Licensure Requirements

Steps for Becoming a Land Surveyor:

Step 1 - Complete Your Education

Applicants to be come an SIT (and eventually a PLS) must have either:

  1. Four-year baccalaureate degree in Land Surveying from an accredited college or university program; or
  2. Four-year baccalaureate degree in a related science, including at least 24 semester hours of land surveying courses from an IDFPR approved curriculum of an accredited institution.

Step 2 - Become an SIT

Once an individual has completed their education, they can begin the application process to the State of Illinois to take the SIT exam. (See Below)

With successful passage of the SIT exam, you are then an SIT.

Step 3 - Get Experience

After becoming licensed as an SIT, a potential surveyor must gain at least four years of "responsible charge experience" under a Professional Land Surveyor.

Step 4 - Take and Pass the PLS Exam

An SIT may apply to the State of Illinois to take the PLS exam if he or she has, or will have, completed the requisite 4 years experience prior to the exam date.  (See below for application process.)

Upon successful passage of the PLS exam, you then become licensed as a PLS.

Taking the PLS as soon as you are eligible helps because (1) the information is more fresh; and (2) the SIT license expires after 10 years, and if you don’t take and pass the PLS exam by then, you must retake the SIT exam as well as the PLS exam to become licensed.



Testing Process & Deadlines

SIT Application Process

Applicants must register through three separate entities – with different deadlines and three sets of fees – prior to taking the exam.

Step 1

Complete your application through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Click here to access the IDFPR applications. Please note that you will only need to complete the parts for SIT Examination.

Step 2

Register with NCEES and obtain an identification number. You do not need to wait for IDFPR approval before applying for your NCEES ID number, however you should submit your IDFPR application prior to applying for the NCEES number.

Deadlines to register with NCEES: Approximately 60 days prior to exam date.

Click here to create an NCEES account. Use the "Create an Account" button on the right half of the page.

Step 3

Register with Continental Testing (the company that administers the exams for the State of Illinois). Upon receiving approval from the IDFPR to take the exam, register online with Continental Testing for your seat to take the exam. You will need your NCEES ID number in order to do this.

Deadlines to register with Continental Testing: Approximately 60 days prior to exam date.

Click here to access the Land Surveyor in Training page at Continental Testing. The actual link you will need is at the very bottom of the page.

PLS Application Process

Applicants must register through three separate entities – with different deadlines and three sets of fees – prior to taking the exam.

Step 1

Complete your application through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Click here to access the IDFPR applications. Please note that you will only need to complete the parts for LS Examination.

Application Deadline for IDFPR - November 15 for the April Examination; May 15 for the October Examination.

Step 2

Locate your NCEES identification number or apply for one. You do not need to wait for IDFPR approval before applying for your NCEES ID number, however you should submit your IDFPR application prior to applying for the NCEES number.

Deadlines to register with NCEES: Approximately 60 days prior to exam date.

Click here to create an NCEES account.   Use the "Create an Account" button on the right half of the page.

Step 3

Register with Continental Testing (the company that administers the exams for the State of Illinois). Upon receiving approval from the IDFPR to take the exam, register online with Continental Testing for your seat to take the exam. You will need your NCEES ID number in order to do this.

Deadlines to register with Continental Testing: Approximately 60 days prior to exam date.

Click here to access the Land Surveyor page at Continental Testing. The actual link you will need is at the very bottom of the page.