Surveyor Industry Forecast
NISET’s online surveyor certificate program helps students enter a sought-after, fast-growing industry. A Certificate of Surveying Engineering Technology can provide a significant increase in income, as well as a rigorous education that develops professional growth. Check out some of the careers NISET students join after completing NISET’s online surveyor certification program.
PROFESSIONAL SURVEYOR CAREERS STUDENTS JOIN AFTER NISET
CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES AFTER GRADUATION
Certified Surveyor Technician (CST)
CST is a comprehensive national certification program for survey technicians, and is sponsored by the National Society of Professional Surveyors. The program is recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor within its National Apprenticeship Program.
The Certified Survey Technician Board administers the program, which is intended to gauge technical capabilities and general knowledge of workplace safety and procedures.
Four levels of certification are offered in two primary tracks – field and office. Certification is by examination, which must be monitored by an approved Proctor. For more information visit https://cstnsps.com/
Land Surveyor in Training
- Certification as a Land Surveyor-in-Training (LSIT) is the first step required under most state’s rules when working towards becoming licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor.
- Each applicant must register for the Fundamentals examination on the NCEES website, pay the NCEES examination fee, and sit for the Fundamentals examination. Examinees who pass the examination then apply to the Board (and pay the application fee) to be issued a certificate as either a Land Surveyor-in-Training. Prior Board approval is required in some states.
LEVELS OF CST CERTIFICATION
LEVEL 1: BASICS
Level I addresses basic field operations, types of surveys and relevant equipment and procedures used in these functions. Additional work elements focus on computational ability, survey note taking, drafting/CAD and map reading. We’ll also address first aid skills and safety.
LEVEL 2: FIELD
Level 2 field certification addresses more advanced field operations, including types of surveys and relevant equipment and procedures used in these functions. Additional work elements focus on computational ability, survey note taking, drafting/CAD and map reading.
LEVEL 2: OFFICE
Field certification is offered in two varieties, office and field. You can choose to become certified in one track or both. Office II addresses basic field operations, types of surveys and relevant equipment and procedures used in these functions. Our core focus becomes the modern office.
LEVEL 3: ADVANCED
Field track students choose between Party Chief Boundary or Construction while the office track builds towards certification as Chief Computer Operator. Our approach with level 3 changes, utilizing hundreds of custom questions prepared by NSPS’s instructor panel.
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: NISET is currently only available to U.S. citizens.
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: To find a full list of required courses, visit https://landsurveycareer.com/academics/#certificate
A: The AS curriculum has not been finalized but the current requirements may be found in the catalog
available at https://landsurveycareer.com/catalog/