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Land Surveying

Career Studies Certificate

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You can measure up to a career in surveying

Many TCC students find employment before they even complete the program

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From cities re-zoning neighborhoods to developers planning new communities to homeowners needing clear property titles, land surveyors are needed.

Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Land Surveying offers a comprehensive curriculum in topographic drafting, surveying, geographic information systems, Virginia coordinate systems and Virginia rules, status and surveying law.

TCC’s land surveying program is an approved apprentice program recognized by the commonwealth’s Department of Professional and Occupation Regulation and its board, which governs architects, professional engineers, land surveyors, certified interior designers and landscape architects.

Go further

Apply all the credits you earn in this program to TCC's Associate of Applied Science in Civil Engineering Technology.

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials. Students in this program who have at least six years of work experience can sit for the Fundamentals of Surveying exam. Passing the exam gives you the State Land Surveyors-in-Training (LSIT) designation.

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Hybrid courses allow students to take two classes at the same time slot by offering courses that meet every other week

You will have access to top-of-the-line surveying equipment, including levels, total stations and GPS units, worth over half a million dollars 

Many TCC students find employment before they even complete the certificate. 

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Lay the foundation for a career in land surveying with career studies certificate

Virginia Association of Surveyors

Scholarships are available to land surveying students through the Virginia Association of Surveyors, which also offers students free membership.

What does this program cost?

TCC's Career Studies Certificate in Land Surveying consists of 2 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly at the Advanced Technology Center on the Virginia Beach Campus.

If your schedule doesn't permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part time.

Estimated Program Cost*:
27 credits x $181.10 per credit = $4,889.70 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2017 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

The Career Studies Certificate in Land Surveying prepares students to take the Virginia Land Surveyors-in-Training Examination.

Graduates interested in further education can pursue an Associate of Applied Science in Civil Engineering Technology.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you: 

  • work well in teams
  • are detail-oriented
  • enjoy working outside
  • have an aptitude for spatial reasoning

* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.