What We Do

IPLSA is working for you! The Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association strives to improve your professional life as a Land Surveyor!

  • IPLSA advocates for land surveyors before state government.
  • IPLSA provides educational opportunities to assure that you get the professional development hours you need!
  • IPLSA promotes the highest ethical standards in land surveying.
  • IPLSA answers your regulatory and licensure questions and keeps you up-to-date in the latest issues affecting you.
  • IPLSA provides you the opportunity to network with other surveyors and related professionals through our Annual Conference and other events.
  • IPLSA works to increase awareness of the land surveying profession in colleges, high schools, and middle schools.
  • We promote the public welfare, adhering to the highest ethical standards.

Professional Land Surveyors are highly trained individuals who scientifically measure land. To become a professionally licensed surveyor in Illinois, candidates must:

  • Graduate from an approved land surveying curriculum of at least 4 years who has passed an examination in the fundamentals of surveying; or a baccalaureate curriculum of at least 4 years, including at least 24 semester hours of land surveying courses from an approved land surveying curriculum and the related science courses.
  • Pass Fundamentals of Surveying examination to work as a licensed Survey Intern.
  • Obtain at least 4 years qualified experience under the supervision of a licensed surveyor.
  • Pass Principles and Practice Exam.
  • Be of good ethical character.


Professional Land Surveyors use their skills to:

  • Determine boundary lines
  • Subdivide land
  • Properly site buildings, facilities, utilities, etc. on construction sites
  • Locate impediments to construction
  • And much more

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