Professional Examinations Information
Land Surveyors in Training:
Practical Surveying (pdf)
The Practical Surveying category consists of two examinations, each being three hours in duration. A candidate must write both Parts 1 and 2 at one sitting of the exams with the average mark for the category being a minimum of 70% with a minimum of 50% in each part. The Part One exam is open book. The Part Two exam is closed book.
Part 1 – is subjective in nature and consists of principles of evidence, problem solving, instrument calibration, field and office practices, risk management, exercising professional judgment, general surveying computations and spatial positioning.
Part 2 – partially consists of problem solving covering the practical aspects of cadastral surveying specific to British Columbia, which are encountered in a day-to-day BC land surveying practice. These may include, but are not limited to, legal precedent/case law pertinent to BC and the varied survey systems. The exam will also include questions on the structure of the profession – the Association; its bylaws and policies.
Study Resources may include but are not limited to:
- General Survey Instruction Rules
- Professional Reference Manual
- Surveyor General Circular Letters
- Land Title Practice Manual
- Getting It Right BC seminar
- Precision Surveying: The Principles and Practice (John Ogundare – available at the BCIT bookstore)
- Professional Surveyors Canada Loss Prevention and Practice Management Guide
- ABCLS Business Practices Bulletins
- Various Link Magazine Articles
- Cadastral Survey Practise 1851 to 2004 (Don Duffy) (on ABCLS website)
- Crown Lands: A history of Survey Systems (on ABCLS website)
- Crown Land Grants: A history of Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway Land Grants (on ABCLS website)
- Various Court proceedings (ABCLS web site, Link magazine)
- Searching for Survey Evidence DVD (Jon Magwood) (available from the office)
Note: additional information can be found on the web and in most survey related text books, and by discussing relevant topics with various land surveyors.
The Association website is found at www.abcls.ca