DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS  
DIRECTOR’S OFFICE  
PROFESSIONAL SURVEYORS – GENERAL RULES  
(By authority conferred on the board by section 308 of the occupational code, 1980  
PA 299, MCL 339.308; and on the director of the department of licensing and regulatory  
affairs by sections 205 and 2009 of the occupational code, 1980 PA 299, MCL 339.205  
and 339.2009; and Executive Reorganization Order Nos. 1991-9, 1996-2, 2003-1, and  
2011-4, MCL 338.3501, 445.2001, 445.2011, and 445.2030)  
PART 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS  
R 339.17101 Definitions.  
Rule 101. (1) As used in these rules:  
(a) "Act" means the occupational code, 1980 PA 299, MCL 339.101 to 339.2677.  
(b) “Continuing education” means an instructional course or activity designed to  
bring licensees up to date on a particular area of knowledge or skills relevant to a  
licensee’s area of professional practice.  
(c) “Department” means the department of licensing and regulatory affairs.  
(2) Terms defined in the act have the same meanings when used in these rules.  
History: 1985 AACS; 1995 AACS; 2013 AACS; 2014 AACS; 2020 MR 14, Eff. July 23, 2020.  
R 339.17102 Rescinded.  
History: 1985 AACS; 1995 AACS.  
R 339.17103 Rescinded.  
History: 1985 AACS; 2014 AACS.  
R 339.17104 Rescinded.  
History: 1985 AACS; 2001 AACS.  
R 339.17105 Rescission.  
Rule 105. (1) R 338.551 to R 338.563 and R 338.581 to R 338.588 of the Michigan  
Administrative Code, appearing on pages 2446 to 2453 of the 1979 Michigan  
Administrative Code, are rescinded insofar as these rules pertain to land surveyors.  
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(2) R 338.2401 to R 338.2461 of the Michigan Administrative Code, appearing  
on pages 2554 to 2565 of the 1979 Michigan Administrative Code, are rescinded.  
History: 1985 AACS.  
PART 2. EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND EXAMINATIONS  
R 339.17201 Educational requirements.  
Rule 201. An applicant for a professional surveyor license shall submit 1 of the  
following to satisfy the educational requirements under the act:  
(a) Transcripts verifying that he or she received a baccalaureate degree or higher  
degree in a surveying program accredited by any of the following:  
(i) The Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for  
Engineering and Technology, Inc. (EAC/ABET).  
(ii)  
(ETAC/ABET).  
(iii) The Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET  
(ANSAC/ABET).  
(b) A National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)  
The Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET  
credentials evaluation that verifies he or she received a baccalaureate degree or higher  
degree and meets the NCEES surveying core program requirements found in the NCEES  
Surveying Education Standard.  
(c) A credentials evaluation that verifies he or she received a baccalaureate degree  
or higher degree in surveying from an educational program that is substantially  
equivalent to a baccalaureate degree or higher degree program that is accredited by  
EAC/ABET, ETAC/ABET, or ANSAC/ABET. The credentials evaluation must be  
generated by a company that is a current member of the National Association of  
Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  
History: 1985 AACS; 2020 MR 14, Eff. July 23, 2020.  
R 339.17202 Professional surveying experience; verification; educational credit  
for experience.  
Rule 202. (1) Pursuant to section 2004(3)(a) of the act, MCL 339.2004(3)(a), an  
applicant for a professional surveyor license shall document at least 8 years of  
professional experience in professional surveying, including not more than 5 years of  
education. An applicant shall satisfy the requirements of this rule to receive credit for  
professional experience.  
(2) Professional surveying work that is performed while under the supervision of a  
professional surveyor who is licensed or registered in Michigan or another state and  
involves work in 1 or more of the following areas qualifies as professional experience:  
(a) Providing professional services such as consultation, investigation, testimony,  
evaluation, planning, mapping, assembling, and interpreting reliable scientific  
measurements and information relative to the location, size, shape, or physical features of  
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the earth, improvements on the earth, the space above the earth, or any part of the earth,  
and the utilization and development of these facts and interpretations into an orderly  
survey map, plan, report, description, or project.  
(b) Land surveying, which is the surveying of an area for its correct determination  
or description for its conveyance or for the establishment or reestablishment of a land  
boundary and the designing or design coordination of the plotting of land and the  
subdivision of land.  
(c) Geodetic surveying, which includes surveying for a determination of the size  
and shape of the earth, both horizontally and vertically, and the precise positioning of  
points on the earth utilizing angular and linear measurements through spatially oriented  
spherical geometry.  
(d) Utilizing and managing land information systems through the establishment of  
datums and local coordinate systems and points of reference.  
(e) Engineering and architectural surveying for design and construction layout of  
infrastructure.  
(f) Cartographic surveying for the making of maps, including topographic and  
hydrographic mapping.  
(3) An applicant for a professional surveyor license shall submit to the department 1  
of the following to receive credit for professional experience:  
(a) Proof acceptable to the department verifying that he or she has obtained not  
less than 4 years of experience practicing as a licensed or registered professional surveyor  
in another state.  
(b) All of the following:  
(i) The dates of performing work that satisfies the requirements under subrule (2)  
of this rule.  
(ii) The supervising individual’s name, license or registration number, and state  
in which the supervising individual is licensed or registered as a professional surveyor.  
(iii) Documentation from the supervising individual attesting to the work  
experience, supervision, and the dates of work and supervision.  
(4) The department shall grant not more than 5 years of professional experience in  
professional surveying to an applicant holding a degree that satisfies the requirements  
under R 339.17201. Credit must be granted in the following amounts:  
(a) Not more than 4 years of professional experience must be granted for a  
baccalaureate degree. Experience must be granted for only 1 baccalaureate degree.  
(b) Not more than 1 year of professional experience must be granted for a post-  
baccalaureate degree. Experience must be granted for only 1 post-baccalaureate degree.  
History: 1985 AACS; 1995 AACS; 2020 MR 14, Eff. July 23, 2020.  
R 339.17203 Examination requirements.  
Rule 203. An applicant for a professional surveyor license shall satisfy all of the  
following to meet the examination requirements under the act:  
(a) Achieve a passing score on the Fundamentals of Surveying Examination  
administered by NCEES. A passing score on the exam must be determined by NCEES.  
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(b) Achieve a passing score on the Principles and Practice of Surveying  
Examination administered by NCEES. A passing score on the exam must be determined  
by NCEES.  
(c) Achieve a passing score on the Michigan Professional Surveying Examination.  
A passing score on the exam must be determined by the department’s chosen  
administrator of the exam.  
History: 1985 AACS; 1993 AACS; 2013 AACS; 2020 MR 14, Eff. July 23, 2020.  
PART 3. PROFESSIONAL SURVEYOR SEAL AND RELICENSURE  
R 339.17301 Professional Surveyor Seal.  
Rule 301. (1) Effective 60 days after the promulgation of this rule, the seal of a  
professional surveyor must include the licensee’s full name and license number, as shown  
on his or her state-issued professional surveyor license, and indicate “State of Michigan”  
and “Licensed Professional Surveyor” in the legend surrounding the seal. The seal must  
have a design substantially similar to Figure 301 below.  
(2) A licensee's seal must be used by the licensee whose name appears on the seal  
for so long as the license remains in effect. A licensee is responsible for the security of  
his or her seal.  
FIGURE 301  
History: 1985 AACS; 1995 AACS; 2014 AACS; 2020 MR 14, Eff. July 23, 2020.  
R 339.17302 Rescinded.  
History: 1985 AACS; 1995 AACS; 2013 AACS; 2014 AACS.  
R 339.17303 Relicensure.  
Rule 303. (1) An applicant whose license has lapsed for less than 3 years after the  
expiration date of the last license may be relicensed under section 411(3) of the act, MCL  
339.411(3), by satisfying all of the following requirements.  
(a) Submitting a completed application on a form provided by the department.  
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(b) Paying the required fee to the department.  
(c) Submitting proof to the department that he or she completed 15 hours of  
continuing education, 1 of which must be in the area of professional ethics related to  
surveying, in activities approved under R 339.17506 during the 1-year period  
immediately preceding the date of filing the relicensure application. If the department  
determines that the amount of the continuing education hours submitted with the  
application is deficient, the applicant has 1 year from the date of filing the application to  
provide proof of completing the deficient hours.  
(2) An applicant whose license has lapsed for 3 years or more after the expiration  
date of the last license may be relicensed under section 411(4) of the act, MCL  
339.411(4), by satisfying all of the following requirements:  
(a) Submitting a completed application on a form provided by the department.  
(b) Paying the required fee to the department.  
(c) Establishing that he or she has met all of the requirements for initial licensure  
under the act and these rules.  
(d) Submitting proof to the department verifying that he or she completed 30 hours  
of continuing education, 2 of which must be in the area of professional ethics related to  
surveying, in activities approved under R 339.17506 during the 2-year period  
immediately preceding the date of filing the relicensure application. If the department  
determines that the amount of the continuing education hours submitted with the  
application are deficient, the applicant has 1 year from the date of filing the application to  
provide proof of completing the deficient hours.  
History: 2020 MR 14, Eff. July 23, 2020.  
PART 4. STANDARDS OF PRACTICE AND PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT  
R 339.17401 Solicitation of employment; restrictions; exception.  
Rule 401. (1) In the solicitation of employment, a licensee shall not falsify, or  
permit the misrepresentation of, the academic or professional qualifications of the  
licensee or the licensee's associates.  
(2) A licensee shall not offer to pay or give, or pay or give, directly or indirectly, to  
a client or potential client or to the agent of a client or potential client, a commission,  
contribution, gift, or other substantial valuable consideration to secure or retain  
professional surveying work. This restriction does not include payments to an  
employment agency for the purpose of securing employment or employees for salaried  
positions.  
(3) A licensee shall seek professional employment on the basis of the licensee's  
qualifications, competence, and ability to properly accomplish the employment sought.  
History: 1985 AACS; 1995 AACS.  
R 339.17402 Conflict of interest.  
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Rule 402. (1) To avoid a conflict of interest, a licensee shall promptly inform, in  
writing, an employer or client of the licensee or a public body on which the licensee  
serves of any employment, business association, interest, duty, or circumstance if that  
relationship is with another and involves the current or prospective work assignment of  
the licensee with that employer, client, or public body.  
(2) A licensee shall not accept compensation, financial or otherwise, from more  
than 1 party for services performed on the same project or assignment, unless the  
circumstances are fully disclosed to all parties that pay, or are required to approve  
payment, for the work performed by the licensee.  
(3) A licensee shall not solicit or accept gratuities, directly or indirectly, from  
contractors, their agents, or other parties dealing with the client or employer of the  
licensee in connection with work for which  
the licensee is responsible, nor shall the licensee solicit or accept financial or other  
valuable consideration from another for specifying products or services.  
History: 1985 AACS.  
R
339.17403  
Participation  
in  
project;  
responsibilities;  
survey  
identification.  
Rule 403. (1) A licensee shall undertake to participate only in those phases of a  
project in which the licensee is competent. In the areas of a project involving architecture  
or professional engineering in which the licensee lacks competence, the licensee shall  
retain licensed professional associates for those phases of that project.  
(2) A licensee is responsible for clear, accurate, and complete development of plats,  
plans, drawings, specifications, survey reports, and other instruments of service as is  
customary in the practice of the licensee's profession, and the material shall properly  
satisfy the need for which it is intended.  
(3) Surveys and drawings not intended to delineate, monument, or define property  
boundaries and limits shall be clearly identified as not being boundary surveys.  
History: 1985 AACS; 1995 AACS; 2014 AACS.  
R 339.17404 Rescinded.  
History: 1985 AACS; 1995 AACS; 2014 AACS.  
PART 5. CONTINUING EDUCATION  
R 339.17505 Continuing education; license renewal; requirements.  
Rule 505. (1) An applicant for license renewal who has been licensed during the 2-  
year period immediately preceding the expiration date of the license shall obtain not less  
than 30 hours of continuing education during the 2-year period immediately preceding  
the expiration date of the license and satisfy both of the following requirements:  
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(a) Obtain 2 of the 30 hours of continuing education in an activity that focuses on  
the area of professional ethics related to surveying. The professional ethics related to  
surveying is not required to focus on areas specific to Michigan administrative rules or  
statutes.  
(b) Obtain all of the 30 hours of continuing education in activities that satisfy the  
requirements under R 339.17506.  
(2) Submission of an application for renewal constitutes the applicant’s certification  
of compliance with this rule and R 339.17506.  
(3) A licensee shall retain documentation of satisfying the requirements of this rule  
and R 339.17506 for a period of 4 years from the date of filing the application for license  
renewal.  
(4) A licensee is subject to audit under this part and may be required to submit  
documentation as described by R 339.17506 upon request of the department.  
(5) A request for a continuing education waiver pursuant to section 204(2) of the  
act, MCL 339.204(2), must be received by the department before the expiration date of  
the license.  
History: 2013 AACS; 2020 MR 14, Eff. July 23, 2020.  
R 339.17506 Acceptable continuing education; limitations.  
Rule 506. (1) The department shall grant credit for continuing education hours that  
satisfy the requirements in the following chart:  
Activity  
Code  
Activity and Proof Required  
Number of Continuing  
Education Credits for the  
Activity  
(a)  
Completing a continuing education program or The number of continuing  
activity related to professional surveying that is education credits approved  
approved or offered for continuing education by the approving entity  
credit by another state board of professional must be granted for this  
surveyors.  
activity.  
If audited, a licensee shall submit documentation  
or certificate of completion showing the  
licensee’s name, total continuing education  
credits earned, sponsor name and contact  
information, program title, and the date the  
program was held or completed.  
(b)  
Passing an academic course related to Fifteen  
continuing  
professional surveying from a baccalaureate education credits must be  
degree or higher degree surveying program that granted for each semester  
is accredited by EAC/ABET, ETAC/ABET, or credit or 10 continuing  
ANSAC/ABET.  
education credits must be  
granted for each quarter  
If audited, a licensee shall submit a copy of the credit.  
transcript showing credit hours of the academic  
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courses related to surveying.  
(c)  
Attending a seminar, in-house course, workshop, One continuing education  
or professional or technical presentation related credit must be granted for  
to surveying.  
every 50 minutes of  
continuous instruction.  
If audited, the licensee shall submit a copy of the  
presentation notice or advertisement showing the  
date of the presentation, the licensee’s name  
listed as a presenter or attendee, and the name of  
the organization that approved or offered the  
presentation.  
(d)  
Presenting  
a
seminar, in-house course, Two continuing education  
workshop, or professional or technical credits must be granted for  
presentation related to surveying. A licensee every 50 minutes of  
shall not receive credit for a presentation offered continuous instruction.  
as part of their regular job description or duties.  
If audited, the licensee shall submit a copy of the  
presentation notice or advertisement showing the  
date of the presentation, the licensee’s name  
listed as a presenter or attendee, and the name of  
the organization that approved or offered the  
presentation.  
(e)  
Teaching, instructing, or presenting a subject Two continuing education  
related to professional surveying that is part of credits must be granted for  
an academic course related to surveying that is every 50 minutes of  
offered at a college or university.  
continuous instruction.  
If audited, a licensee shall submit documentation  
by the college or university confirming the  
licensee as the teacher, instructor, or presenter of  
the academic course, the dates of the course or  
presentation, number of classroom hours spent  
teaching, instructing, or presenting, and the  
course title.  
(f)  
Initial publication of a peer-reviewed paper, Six continuing education  
article, or book related to surveying.  
credits must be granted for  
this activity.  
If audited, the licensee shall submit a copy of the  
publication that identifies the licensee as the  
author or a publication acceptance letter.  
(g)  
Serving as a voting member on a state or Three continuing education  
national surveying committee, board, council, or credits must be granted for  
association. To receive credit, a licensee shall the year in which the  
participate in at least 50% of the regularly licensee serves as  
scheduled meetings of the committee, board, member.  
a
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council, or association.  
If audited, a licensee shall submit documentation  
satisfactory to the department verifying the  
licensee’s participation in at least 50% of the  
regularly scheduled meetings of the committee,  
board, council, or association.  
(h)  
Attending a Michigan board of professional One continuing education  
surveyors meeting. To receive credit, the credit must be granted for  
licensee shall obtain a form provided by the each meeting attended.  
department from a department employee present  
at the meeting and have that employee complete,  
sign, and date the form. The licensee shall  
present  
a
valid government-issued photo  
identification to the department employee for  
verification.  
If audited, the licensee shall submit a copy of the  
form completed, signed, and dated by the  
department employee who was present at the  
meeting.  
(i)  
Serving as a school-sponsored mentor to a Four continuing education  
surveying student in  
a
school-sponsored credits must be granted for  
program. To receive credit, this activity shall not this activity.  
be part of the licensee’s regular job description.  
If audited, the licensee shall submit a letter from  
an authorized official from the school verifying  
the licensee’s role and the number of mentoring  
hours the licensee provided.  
(j)  
Obtaining patents related to surveying.  
Ten continuing education  
hours must be granted for  
each approved patent.  
(2) Continuing education credits must not be granted for a program or activity that  
has substantially the same content of a program or activity for which the applicant has  
already earned continuing education credits during the renewal period.  
(3) Not more than 12 continuing education credits must be earned during a 24-hour  
period.  
(4) As used in this rule, “continuous instruction" means the time spent completing  
an activity not including breakfast, lunch, or dinner periods, coffee breaks, or any other  
breaks in the program.  
History: 2013 AACS; 2020 MR 14, Eff. July 23, 2020.  
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R 339.17507 Rescinded.  
History: 2013 AACS; 2020 MR 14, Eff. July 23, 2020.  
R 339.17508 Rescinded.  
History: 2013 AACS; 2020 MR 14, Eff. July 23, 2020.  
R 339.17509 Rescinded.  
History: 2013 AACS; 2020 MR 14, Eff. July 23, 2020.  
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