How to become a CFedS

Qualification Requirements

To qualify for the CFedS Program, registered/licensed land surveyors must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a registered/licensed land surveyor under state law in at least one state;
  • Have no disciplinary actions within the last 5 years with any state registration board or court resulting in the loss of surveying privileges.

Pre-registered/pre-licensed land surveyors must have passed the NCEES Fundamentals of Surveying examination.

Registration & Fees

All application fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Payment of fees shall be by credit card. The initial fees cover the cost of the training courses and testing for admission to the program. After you have registered you will be provided with information on where to submit your fees. Once your fees have been processed you will be able to continue with your training and CFedS activity. You have two years or three attempts at the examination, whichever comes first. Initial training, examination, and CFedS certification = $1,200.00.

Register ($1,200) or renew your certification ($40) via this website.

Training Requirements

After acceptance into the program, applicants will be required to successfully complete the following initial training courses:

  • CFedS I Records Investigation, History of the PLSS, Administrative Procedures, Indian Land Law and Cultural Awareness
  • CFedS II Federal Boundary Law and Title Examination
  • CFedS III Survey Evidence Analysis
  • CFedS IV Restoration of Lost Corners
  • CFedS V Introduction to Water Boundaries
  • CFedS VI Subdivision of Sections
  • CFedS VII Federal Boundary Standards and Business Practices

Applicant will be required to take all of the CFedS courses listed above and successfully complete the quiz associated with each course.

Trainees who have been withdrawn from the Program and have re-registered will be required to retake only the courses and quizzes associated with the exam Unit(s) they have not yet passed.

A course map has been provided to walk you through the materials step-by-step. The course lectures are presented via video from leading experts in the field. Web-based problems, optional training courses, and the quizzes are accessed from the courses main menu. Students will also be able to access course study guides which contain the content, exercises, handouts and other valuable resource information. The website and directions to access the courses will be provided when you are accepted into the program.

The CFedS training is designed to be a self-paced, distance learning program, flexible enough to adjust to the schedules of busy professionals. There is a 20 Week Program designed for those of you that prefer more structure. See below for more information.

Each trainee is given two years or three attempts at passing the certification exam, whichever comes first, to complete the CFedS training and become a CFedS.

Exam Dates

Exams are scheduled for the first Friday of each February, June & October.

20 Week Program

We have developed a 20 week schedule designed to provide structure to the training by dividing the training into 2 week portions. It will require 5-10 hours of study time per week to complete all the material in the course and properly prepare you for the exam. When you have completed each assignment download the feedback which will identify items of special importance, key material that will likely be on the exam and concepts/information that seems to have caused students the most difficulty on past exams.

Approximately one month before each exam we will have a conference call to provide important information about the exam and to answer any questions you might have.

The CFedS Training Coordinator, is always available to answer your questions, so don’t hesitate to contact him to discuss any aspect of the training.

Exam Information

The exam is divided into three units for a total of 6 1/2 hours.

  • Unit #1 covers courses 1 & 2 (2 hours)
  • Unit #2 covers courses 3 & 4 (2 1/2 hours)
  • Unit #3 covers courses 5, 6 & 7 (2 hours)

Getting College Credit through Oregon Institute of Technology

The Certified Federal Surveyors program has an agreement with Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT), which provides CFedS with college credit for earning the CFedS certification.

This agreement allows all CFedS the option to obtain 4 credits of 400 level (upper division) course work. This is not new or additional training. It is recognition of the intensity and rigorousness of the work you have already completed as demonstrated by passing the CFedS exam.

Why would you want college credit for something you have already done?

Some of you may want to become registered in another state that now has an affirmative education requirement, or want to use this for your continuing education units required by your state. A few of you are working on advanced degrees in surveying and this may help you.

However, since there is no additional training involved, you will not receive any CFedS continuing education for this.

The cost for the 4 credit hours is $300.00. For more information on how to receive college credit, please contact the CFedS Program Manager.