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NSPS offers certifications to help enhance your career!

Certified Survey Technician 

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/

Hydrographer Certification

 Add credibility to your contract proposals and increase your opportunities.

NSPS - THSOA Hydrographer Certification is well-recognized and considered by many Federal, State and local agencies as well as private firms, seeking subcontractors when evaluating technical proposals for marine engineering, surveying, and construction. These include port authorities, NOAA and the Corps of Engineers. The certification program is also endorsed by The Hydrographic Society of America which provides financial support through annual contributions.

Designed for hydrographers with five years of experience, NSPS - THSOA Certification authenticates your work experience and gives credence to your resume. Earn certification through examinations offered throughout the year. Don't get left behind as others obtain certification, get the great job offers and empower their companies to be awarded contracts.

For more information visit https://www.nsps.us.com/page/Certification

Certified Federal Surveyor 

The Certified Federal Surveyor (CFedS) program will:

  • Increase the pool of qualified surveyors to perform work on or near federal interest lands.
  • Ensure such surveys comply with regulations and policies decreasing the chance and expense of rework.
  • Provide opportunities to increase self-determination for Indian tribes.
  • This site provides an internet home for CFedS surveyors and groups that are requiring the services provided by the CFedS.

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.

For more information visit http://cfeds.org/

Certified Floodplain Surveyor

This certification program provides a comprehensive body of knowledge to the surveyor about his or her relationship with the National Flood Insurance Program. Surveyors are a major link in the entire NFIP system. To adequately perform the duties to fulfill NFIP requirements, a surveyor must expand his or her knowledge on this specialized aspect of the profession. Over an intense three day period of instruction, the surveyor is exposed the many flood issues including the National Flood Insurance Program, Code of Federal Regulations Title 44, Flood Insurance Rate Maps, Letters of Map Change (LOMA, LOMR-F, LOMR), no rise certifications and the Elevation Certificate. Following this training, there is a four hour exam administered to assess the surveyor’s floodplain knowledge. PDH’s are offered for the course work, but not for the exam.

If your state is interested in adopting the CFS program, please contact Bart Crattie (Tennessee) to arrange the training session and exam in your state or region.

Bart Crattie, LS, CFS, CFM

The certification is currently being offered in the following states. Please visit their websites for more information.

North Carolina - Click Here 

Tennessee - Click Here



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