Land Survey School (2)

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.


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)

Introduction to Surveying provides a broad comprehensive overview of the land surveying profession, segments of surveying work, introduces students to famous land surveyors, and lays a foundation for the 2-year and 4-year land surveying degree programs.

Plane Surveying includes historical introduction to field measurement and mapping; distance measurement using electronic distance meters; calibration and reduction. Leveling instruments; principles, construction, testing and adjustment; ancillary equipment. Optical and electronic theodolites. Traverse computations and adjustment. Coordinate systems. Map projections.

Introduction to manual and computer-based drafting principles, practices, and techniques in surveying and mapping. Lessons include the development of the basic drafting skills needed to produce surveying plats and graphical presentations, the use of scale, perspective, and color/shading to produce useful, beautiful maps, and the required skills to operate computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) programs.

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.

Theory of random error in observations or measurements. Use of statistics in spatial data analysis, statistical testing, advanced data structures. Emphasis on computer-based problem solving and programming to solve spatial data problems.

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.

Introduces the student to construction and right-of-way principles including three-wire digital and trigonometric leveling, design and computation of horizontal and vertical curves, computation of areas and volumes, laying out structures, and other construction-related tasks.

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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