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NYS-Specific LS Exam Spring Review Workshop
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We've revamped our traditional workshop as a LIVE webinar series customized to address the needs of surveying professionals planning to sit for the New York State surveying licensure exam.

3/27/2020 to 4/9/2020
Where: LIVE Webinar Series!
United States
Presenter: Dr. Joseph V.R. Paiva, Principal and CEO of GeoLearn, LLC
Contact: NYSAPLS Office

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Workshop rescheduled as a LIVE webinar series!

In light of the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and encouragement from our government to limit gatherings, we feel it is necessary to cancel our in-person NYS Exam Review Workshop scheduled for next week, March 27-28.

We’ve also learned from our friends at the New York State Board of Engineering Land Surveying and Geology, that the April LS exam has been temporarily “postponed”, with a new date not yet announced. In the meantime, we have worked with our presenter, Dr. Paiva, to design a creative and comprehensive online learning experience that will prepare you for the approaching exam in the comfort of your home (or office).

Online Webinar Sessions

We’ve outlined the following webinar schedule to accomplish what you would have learned in our typical 2-day course. Each session will feature a LIVE presentation from Dr. Paiva and will encourage discussion, questions and will feature interactive quizzes through a secure weblink. You can join the sessions on your computer or tablet. Can’t make all the webinar dates? No worries! We do encourage you to attend all sessions to benefit the most from the program, however, we will also record each of the sessions and can give you access to anything you missed! Please note to get the most out of these webinars, you will be assigned readings, and possibly video viewings, prior to each webinar event.

Webinar Schedule*

Friday, March 27: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Monday, March 30: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Tuesday, March 31: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Wednesday, April 1: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Thursday, April 2: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Monday, April 6: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Tuesday, April 7: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Wednesday, April 8: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Thursday, April 9: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

*Registrants will receive links to each of the webinar sessions via email prior to March 27th.



A handout binder will be mailed  to each registrant. If you haven’t already, please be sure to confirm your mailing address with our office.



For your convenience, any titles ordered from our bookstore will feature FREE SHIPPING. The promo code will be shared during the webinar sessions.


Recommended Books

For maximum benefit from the webinar we highly recommend having the following which you can buy from the Bookstore or borrow from a friend. You will need these when you take the exam too.

·         NSPS Definitions of Surveying and Associated Terms

·         Black’s Law Dictionary (pocket or unabridged editions)

·         Brown’s Boundary Control and Legal Principles

·         Wattles’ Writing Legal Descriptions

·         Comprehensive surveying text such as Ghilani’s Elementary Surveying, Moffit and Bossler’s Fundamentals of Surveying, etc.




Course Objective
:  To familiarize land surveying applicants, potential applicants and surveying technicians with the issues, resources and content required to successfully complete the New York State land surveying licensure exam.

This review program is customized to address the needs of surveying professionals planning to sit for the New York State surveying licensure exam.  The class will offer a comprehensive review of topics based on the licensing examination test blueprint, as published by the NYS Education Department Office of Professions:

  • Computation/Analysis
  • Documentation/Land Information Systems
  • Ethics/Professional Responsibility
  • Land Planning/Design
  • Legal Principles
  • Measurement/Location
  • Monumentation
  • Project Management
  • Research
Time will be spent discussing testing strategies for a multiple-choice exam and how to prepare to sit for one.

This review course has been strategically planned to coincide prior to the NYS surveyor licensure exam date.  Participants will leave with a voluminous reference manual containing NYS rules, statutes, laws and other pertinent study reference materials, including technical references, sample test questions and case law summaries.

Offered at reduced rates for NYSAPLS members!  Don’t
miss your chance to experience an interactive, intensive preparatory session that will not only review surveying topics on the exam, but will help you understand how to prepare to take an exam of this magnitude. In exchange for this preferred rate, attendees will be requested to complete a questionnaire after the course as well as after taking the exam, to help improve the methods of teaching, material in the manual and topics covered in the course.

About our Speaker
Dr. Joseph V.R. Paiva, is principal and CEO at GeoLearn, LLC ( which is an online provider of professional and technical education since February 2014. He previously served as a consultant in the field of geomatics and general business, particularly to international developers, manufacturers and distributors of instrumentation and other geomatics tools. In that role Joe functioned as COO at Gatewing NV, a Belgian manufacturer of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for surveying and mapping during 2010-2011. He also is a writer in many magazines and journals and has been on the “seminar circuit,” delivering continuing education to geospatial professionals, as well as technician and exam preparation courses. Joe was previously managing director of Spatial Data Research, Inc., a GIS data collection, compilation and software development company; senior scientist and technical advisor for Land Survey research & development, VP of the Land Survey group, and director of business development for the Engineering and Construction Division of Trimble; vice president and a founder of Sokkia Technology, Inc., guiding development of GPS- and software-based products for surveying, mapping, measurement and positioning. Other positions include senior technical management positions in The Lietz Co. and Sokkia Co. Ltd., assistant professor of civil engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and partner in a surveying/civil engineering consulting firm. He has continued his interest in teaching by serving as an adjunct instructor of online credit and non-credit courses at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. His key contributions in the development field are: design of software flow for the SDR2, SDR20 series and SDR33 Electronic Field Books and software interface for the Trimble TTS500 total station. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and Professional Land Surveyor, is an ACSM representative to the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), serving as a program evaluator, where he previously served as team chair, and commissioner, and has more than 30 years experience working in civil engineering, surveying and mapping. He writes for POB and The Empire State Surveyor magazines and has been a past contributor of columns to Civil Engineering News.

Workshop Fees
If you have attended this specific workshop anytime in 2014-2019, you qualify for the "repeat attendee" discounted registration fee. 

Member Fee:  $349
Non-Member Fee:  $449
Repeat attendee (member discount):  $299
Repeat attendee (non-member discount): $399


NEW! Option to Protect Your Registration

We now offer cancellation insurance through Allianz Global Assistance, a third party provider. The insurance is ONLY available by registering for this event on our website with a credit card payment. Watch for the prompts during your online registration to learn more about the available options.

NYSAPLS Cancellation Policy:

Payment must be made in full upon registration. Purchase orders not accepted. Cancellations submitted in writing 30 days or more prior to the event, will be granted a 100% refund, less a 10% processing fee. After the 30 day window, I understand that my event ticket purchase is intended to hold my reservation. Therefore, 0-29 days prior to the event, registration fees are non-refundable unless I obtain the cancellation insurance provided by Allianz Global Assistance, a third party provider, during checkout.  


In accordance with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we invite all registrants to advise us of any disability and any requests for accommodations to that disability. If you have any questions, please call the NYSAPLS office at 518-432-4046.


146 Washington Avenue
Land Surveyors Building
Albany, NY 12210
518-432-4046 -- (f) 518-432-4055

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