CALIFORNIA state-specific Professional land surveyor

The California State-Specific Professional Land Surveyors Exam will test your endurance! This 4-hour, 70 question exam covers almost every surveying-related topic and you never know which of those topics will be on your exam. Instead of continually taking the exam like many applicants, study smart by taking lessons from a California PLS.

California PLS Online Prep Course

Are you ready to crush the California PLS Exam?

Complete 10 – Category Online CA PLS Prep Course

The CA PLS Online Prep Bundle ($499) has everything you need to know to pass your California PLS exam on the first try! Every category tested on the actual  exam is reviewed in the 10 modules below. Enjoy workbooks, videos, handouts and quizzes in each module.  Also included is a full-length practice exam that simulates the actual exam!
  • California Acts and Rules
  • California Subdivision Law
  • California Miscellaneous Law
  • Boundary Law
  • Legal Aspects
  • Public Land Survey System
  • Survey Computations
  • Statistics and Adjustments
  • Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
  • Full-Length Practice Exam

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  • Run a Traverse: Traverse by coordinates or traverse by azimuth/distance
  • Inverse: Finding the azimuth and distance between two points
  • Stub: Find the second coordinate using an initial coordinate plus azimuth/distance
  • Intersections: Find the bearing-bearing, distance-distance, or bearing-distance intersections
  • Construction Curves: Compute horizontal curves and vertical curves given two variables and a starting location
  • Bearing/Azimuth: Convert back-and-forth between bearing and azimuth
  • Triangles: solve for the missing variables of a triangle given two known values (angles or sides)

Practice, Practice, Practice

Full-Length California-Specific Practice Exam​

The California State-Specific Professional Land Surveyor Examination is probably one of the toughest surveying exams in the country with a 20% pass rate. Topics range from inversing between points to the California Acts & Rules. Experience a full-length exam before ever going into a Pearson Vue testing center with a fully up-to-date practice exam from NLC Test Prep!

You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Q: How much does the California State-Specific Professional Land Surveyor test prep course cost?

A: You have two choices: buy the individual modules for $99 or purchase all the modules as a “bundle” for $499. If you buy the bundle, you get all the modules for a 20% discount and also get a FREE full-length practice exam.

Q: Is your course material up-to-date?

A: Yes. This course was built in September 2019 and is updated every 12 months. 

Q: What is the difference between the California State-Specific Professional Land Surveyor exam and the California Laws and Board Rules Exam (formerly known as the “Take-home Exam”)?

A: Every person that wishes to become a Land Surveyor in California, either as their first license or as a reciprocal candidate, must take both exams. The Laws exam is taken online first. Then, the student takes the CA PLS exam at a testing center.

Q: How long do I get access to the course material?

A: Every student gets the content for 12 months. A one year extension may be purchased for $99 if needed. Please e-mail [email protected] for extensions.

Q: How do I know that your courses cover all the subjects tested on the CA PLS exam?

A: The tested categories of the California PLS exam are explained in the “Test Plan” posted on the California Board website. The same document was used to create this test prep bundle for exams study. The Test Plan can be found at 

Q: Do you recommend any other resources in addition to this online course in order to pass this exam?

A: There are very few resources to help applicants pass the CA PLS exam. Other study material include textbooks, study books, and extra practice exams questions. A full-length CA PLS practice exam in hard-copy form and a pre-programmed HP35s calculator are essential products. The course, calculator, and book is available at a 20% discount at the top of this page. 

Q: Can I ask questions or make comments as I go through these modules?

A: Absolutely, every content page has a comment box at the bottom. Posting a message will alert NLC Prep, which we answer once-per-week.

Q: How can I keep in-touch with you as I progress through the study materials?

A: Facebook and LinkedIn get updated often. You can also send me questions via these social media platforms. For a more private message, please e-mail us at [email protected] .

Q: If I don’t like what I purchase, can I get a refund?

A: Yes, we offer no-questions-asked refund up to 14 days from the purchase date of your test prep materials.  Items must be returned in their original condition. Online course users may not have taken the final exam, books must be clean and un-written in, and calculators must be in original working condition with all original programs still installed and functional. Please see our Terms & Conditions page for more information. 

Q: I’m not quite ready to purchase the bundle, but I would like some practice answering PS questions. Are there any free resources out there?

A: Absolutely. Head to NLC’s YouTube page for dozens of answered-and-explained CA PLS questions.