Virginia law now requires individuals who practice land surveying using photogrammetry or other remote-sensing technology to hold a state license.
The legislature established the Surveyor Photogrammetrist
licensure requirement during the 2005 General Assembly Session. The Board for
Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior
Designers and Landscape Architects (APELSCIDLA Board) developed regulations
effective December 1, 2008, to administer the licensure program.
The new state regulations provide for a 12-month license
examination waiver for surveyor photogrammetrists. The waiver allows existing
photogrammetrists-individuals who practice land surveying using photogrammetry
or other remote-sensing technology-to be “grandfathered” into the licensure
Applicants under the “grandfather” provision may qualify for
licensure based on documented education and experience in the field. Licenses
will be issued to qualified individuals who apply between December 1, 2008 and
November 30, 2009. After the 12-month grandfathering period expires, applicants
must meet additional requirements including examinations.
Applications for the Surveyor Photogrammetrist license are
available online atwww.dpor.virginia.gov
or by contacting the APELSCIDLA Board office at (804) 367-8512.
Current practitioners may waive the examination requirement
by submitting an application for a grandfather license no later than November
30, 2009. As of December 1, 2009, all surveyor photogrammetrist license
applicants must qualify for and pass examinations in order to obtain a license.
Virginia Begins Licensure Program for Surveyor Photogrammetrists
January 7, 2009