How to become a surveyor
The pathway to registration in New South Wales will vary depending on the level of training and qualifications reached by the applicant. There are three categories associated with registration; they are Candidate Surveyors, Registration via a Letter of Accreditation and Overseas Assessment.
A person who has either completed a four year degree in NSW or an equivalent degree gained in a reciprocating state can apply to the Board to become a Candidate Surveyor. A Candidate Surveyor will be required to gain a certificate of competency through completing a set amount of practical experience and either sit four examinations or complete a Professional Training Agreement (PTA) for Land or three examinations for Mining. Once they have gained competency they are able to apply for Registration as a Surveyor. For more Information, see the section for Candidates.
Registration via a Letter of Accreditation
A person who has gained registration as a surveyor in a reciprocating state in Australia or New Zealand can apply to practice as a surveyor in New South Wales, via a Letter of Accreditation. The applicant will be required to supply the relevant documentation for approval by the Board. For more information, see the interstate accreditation page.
A person wishing to practice surveying in New South Wales, based on an overseas qualification, will need to supply the relevant documents to the Board for assessment of the qualification. For more information, see the overseas assessment page.