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Land Surveyor Education bill Signed Into Law

Friday, October 11, 2019  
Posted by: Amber Carpenter
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The Land Surveyor Education bill (A.3937-A/S.6316) was signed into law as Chapter 322 of the Laws of 2019 on October 3, 2019.


This law eliminates the all-experience pathway to licensure as a professional land surveyor in New York State.  Instead, it creates an education pathway requiring a bachelor’s degree or higher in land surveying, with the opportunity for the State Education Department to accept an associate’s degree in land surveying or an associate’s degree or higher in engineering, math, or related science with acceptable credits in land surveying.  Details of what constitutes acceptable credits will be provided as the State Education Department develops the regulations attendant to the new law.


Although the law was signed on October 3rd, it becomes effective 18 months after it was signed: April 3, 2021.  In addition, the all-experience pathway to licensure will not be completely repealed until 8 years after the effective date: April 3, 2029.  This means that an individual wishing to pursue the all-experience route can start their 8-year path on or before April 3, 2021 and will still complete the pathway before the all-experience provision is repealed.  Anyone currently working toward licensure via the all-experience route will also have until April 3, 2029 to complete that pathway.

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