Steve Trent

Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Dr. Arthur Gumenik

Degree Award Date

Spring 2000


Land Surveyors, Continuing Education, Debate


Adult and Continuing Education | Business | Education


Land surveying is a unique profession. Surveyors establish boundaries of land to determine the rights of ownership. Many stereotypes are attached to the surveying profession. Some think of the surveyor as the person standing behind a three-legged instrument. Others think of the surveyor as the person holding the pole on the side of the road. However, there is much more to the surveying profession than the public perceives. Technology has brought dramatic changes to the surveying profession. The technology of 30 to 40 years ago has been replaced. Because of this technological revolution, the debate over whether or not continuing education should be made mandatory as a requisite for continued licensure has become a hot topic of discussion. In this paper, I will outline licensure requirements and attempt to lay out both sides of the controversy over mandatory continuing education in an unbiased manner. This paper includes continuing education requirements that certain states have at this time, and also a short discussion of the perceptions of several licensed land surveyors regarding the value of continuing education.