• Certificate of Land Surveying Engineering Technology (Approved by the Texas Workforce Commission)
  • Associates of Applied Science of Land Surveying Engineering Technology (Planned August 2021; Not Yet Approved)
  • Bachelors of Applied Science of Land Surveying Engineering Technology (Planned August 2023; Not Yet Approved)
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Certificate of Land Surveying Engineering Technology

NISET’s Online Surveyor Certification Program was created “to empower the next generation of Professional land Surveyors through quality distance education programs.” The courses and field programs were designed to provide land survey students access to the most current learning methods, rigorous instruction in all core areas of surveying knowledge and provide hands-on, practical experiences meant to replicate what students will experience in the land survey industry after receiving their surveyor certification. Here you can review NISET’s surveyor certification program objects and course information.


  • Program graduates will apply the knowledge and skills gained during their common core, surveying, mathematics, and science communication courses to attain advancement within the surveying profession.
  • Program graduates will be licensed as professional surveyors and be engaged in the professional practice of surveying engineering with high ethical and professional responsibilities.
  • Program graduates will have a deep understanding the of the history of the surveying profession and apply the lessons learned by our forefathers to solve contemporary geospatial problems.
  • Graduates will meet industry expectations in managing ethical, societal, and environmental issues in the practice of surveying engineering technology.
Online Land Surveyor Certificate Program Course Topics

Real-world subjects meant to get you a great job and pass any land survey exam


Fall 2020 (August 2020)

Spring 2020 (Jan. 2021)

Summer 2020 (May 2021)

An introduction to the fundamental concepts of geomatics engineering philosophical thought; the technical, professional, ethical, and social responsibilities of the geomatics engineer; geomatics engineering professional and career opportunities; professional ethics and safety.

A comprehensive course on instrument use and calibration, data collection, data analysis, and data adjustment methods most commonly used in land surveying. Topics include differential leveling, total stations and electronic distance meters, survey tapes/chains and other conventional survey equipment. Data reduction and adjustment of leveling, traverse, and other survey data will also be addressed.

An introduction to graphic and drafting principles and practices in surveying and mapping science. This course includes the development of the basic drafting skills needed to produce surveying plats and graphical presentations. The elements of descriptive geometry are addressed. A major component of the course is an introduction to the fundamentals of computer-aided drafting and design (CADD).

Use of aerial photographs for mapping, geometry of single photo and stereographic models, scale and relief displacement, vertical and titled photos, parallax, photo mosaics, ground control, stereoplotters, resection, orthophotos, oblique photos.

A detailed study of the U.S. Public Land Survey System including its creation, history and evolution, methods of creating townships, subdividing sectionalized lands, locating and restoring corners and conducting field surveys. Students are expected to be able to answer PLSS questions on the FS and PS exams as well as be able to step into a role with a private or government position in a PLSS state.

This course covers the basic theory and mechanics of a least squares adjustment using the traditional surveying observations of distances, angles, azimuths, and elevation differences. It explores the theory of error propagation and uses this theory to determine the precision of indirectly measured quantities. It explores post-adjustment analysis through the use of various statistical tests, and error ellipse computation and analysis. This course primarily focuses on the least squares adjustment and analysis of differential leveling, triangulation, trilateration, traverse and network observations.

Subdivision Design covers different phases of the land development process. We will study subdivision laws from various states, site evaluation, boundaries, topographic and control surveys, and environmental and cultural considerations. Students design lot and building arrangements, all streets, and drainage channels / basins.

History of geodetic measurement. Description of the geodetic model of the earth. Relationship between the ellipsoid, geoid, and earth’s surface. Measurement of long baselines. Gravity and the geoid. Relationship between terrestrial observations and grid coordinates. Prerequisite: SUR 211.

Legal Principles of Land Surveying and Property Boundary Location. The core principles that every land surveyor should know before practicing will be covered including priority of calls, junior/senior rights, simultaneous conveyances, writing and understanding deeds and descriptions, easements, adverse possession, and other must-know subjects. This is a doctrinal class and it is recommended that the student complete an internship or a practical class after completing Legal Aspects.

Principles and reduction of observations and errors in spatial measurement. Techniques of horizontal and vertical angle measurement for precise positioning. Trigonometric heighting and vertical staff tacheometry. Setting out of structures. Design and computation of horizontal and vertical curves.


  • Apply for Graduation At Least One Semester Before Expected Graduation Semester
  • Complete All Required Coursework (32 Credit Hours)
  • Maintain a 2.50 Grade Point Average​
  • Complete All Other Requirements as Listed in Your Audit Report
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A: All courses at NISET cost $300 per credit hour. The Certificate is 32 credit hours, multiplied by $300,
equals $9,600. There are no other costs, fees, or charges except books (actual retail price).

A: All courses at NISET cost $300 per credit hour. The Associates of Applied Science is 60 credit hours,
multiplied by $300, equals $18,000. There are no other costs, fees, or charges except books (actual retail

A: No. NISET was created to serve students nationwide. There is no extra cost depending on which state
you live in.

A: No. About half of the classes involve field work. These labs are completed by the student finding a
“mentor” that is a licensed Professional Land Surveyor. The PLS provides the equipment and
mentorship. The PLS and the student meet throughout the semester, as necessary, to complete the field
labs together and the student’s field notebook is submitted to the professor for grading.

A: NISET intends on being accredited by the 2021 – 2022 academic year.

A: NISET currently offers a Certificate of Land Surveying Engineering. Our Associates of Applied Science
of Land Surveying Engineering is launching in 2021 and our Bachelor of Applied Science of Land
Surveying Engineering is launching in 2023.

A: The best place to find a list of classes for the current academic year is at
https://landsurveycareer.com/academics/ then scroll to “CLASSES FOR 2020.”

A: Our application with the Veteran’s Administration is currently pending. Funding through the GI Bill
will be available for NISET’s courses as of May 2021.

A: Absolutely! NISET’s programs are meant to be “building blocks” starting with the certificate, moving
up to an Associates, and ending with a Bachelors degree. All courses taken at NISET are automatically

A: Yes, please contact us using the button at the top banner of the NISET website and indicate that you
would like to be mailed information. Be sure to include your mailing address.

A: Students may pay by credit/debit card, private student loans, or income sharing agreement. To learn
more about all of these options visit https://landsurveycareer.com/aid/

A: The AS curriculum has not been finalized but the current requirements may be found in the catalog
available at https://landsurveycareer.com/catalog/

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