TEXAS Registered Professional Land Surveyor

Online Exam Prep


The Online Bundle Covers All 15 RPLS Exam Categories with Videos, Handouts, and Practice


Crunch Triangles, COGO, Horzintaonal and Vertical Curves, and More with a Pre-Programmed HP35s

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Test Your Mettle with a Simulated RPLS Practice Exam that includes the same types and number of questions as a real RPLS test.

Texas Registered Professional Land Surveyor: Test Prep

Complete 10-Category Online RPLS Prep Course

Are you ready to crush the RPLS exam? 

The Texas Registered Professional Land Surveyor (RPLS) exam is most likely the toughest professional surveying exam in the entire country. Instead of a national (6 hour) and state (1 – 3 hour) exam, the Texas RPLS exam has been uniquely created to imperiously test Texas surveyors on laws, practices, skills and techniques required to be a surveyor in the Lone Star state.  NLC Inc. is one of the few resources available to help applicants list, process and understand the Texas RPLS exam. Only need to study one topic? Click any one of the modules below to purchase individually (only $99).

Professionaly Programmed by Tony Nettleman

Buy Your Pre-Programmed HP35s with Confidence! Every Calculator comes with a printed user guide to get you started using the programs as well as a free online course where you can watch Dr. Nettleman run the survey programs as you follow-along with your own unit.

  • 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)

Full-Length Texas RPLS Practice Exam

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Ready for the Texas RPLS exam? Don’t take it without preparing using a full-length Texas RPLS practice exam. This exam contains the same number of questions as the real exam, contains the same categories of exam questions as the real exam, and is built with one thing in mind: get you ready for Test Day!

Thank you for all your help. I passed the FOS exam (first try). I never thought when I started surveying 16 years ago that I would attempt or even pass this exam. I did not go to college for geomatics, land surveying or civil engineering. I received an associate’s degree in Natural Resources Conservation and had taken a 3 credit course in plane surveying which was not a mathematical rigorous course, we didn’t even have a text book. Luckily with that class and my algebra and trigonometry classes I was able to get a job in surveying. 

Your study program is what this profession needs. You are providing education that is needed in this field of work, I have learned so much and will be purchasing your PS program.

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Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know “We” did it! Passed the FS on the first try. I say “We” because I couldn’t have don’t it without ya. Your program takes the time to break this “bear of a test” down to where its manageable. Don’t have enough thank you (s) to hand ya, but please know that I’m really grateful for you and your staffs help through this process. Now on to the PLS I’m sure you’ll be hearing from me again soon for help with the PLS. 

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My son took the FS exam three times. Before his fourth try, he took your course. This time, he passed.

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Our goal is to have every NLC, INC Student pass on the first try! 

But, if you don’t pass after completing an NLC, INC Online Course, we will provide you with:

1. An additional year of online access to the NLC Online Course at no cost to you

2. A 15 minute one-on-one phone call with Dr. Nettleman to discuss areas of improvement

3. Up to 24 credit hours of additional online lessons in the subject area you need the most

You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Q: What is the difference between a Registered Professional Land Surveyor and a Licensed State Land Surveyor?

A: RPLS licenses are the most common in Texas. They allow the surveyor to conduct boundary surveys, sign and seals plat and generally practice as a surveyor. The LSLS license is very specialized with only about 60 active LSLS’s as of 2017. LSLS licenses allow professionals to conduct surveys on behalf of the state of Texas and include certain privileges like filing documents with the General Land Office.

Q: What is the difference between the full RPLS exam and the reciprocal RPLS exam?

A: Applicants that are not licensed as a surveyor in any other state must take the full, 8-hour RPLS exam. This exam includes a morning and afternoon session. Out-of-state surveyors may sit for an abbreviated, 4-hour exam called the “reciprocal exam.” The reciprocal exam tests on both legal and analytical questions from 1PM to 5PM on test day.

Q: When can I take the RPLS exam?

A: After gaining pre-approval by the Texas Board of Land Surveying, the full-length and reciprocal exams are offered in April and October of each year.

Q: What are the prerequisites for becoming licensed in Texas?

A: For a full explanation of becoming licensed in Texas, including as a newly-licensed surveyor or out-of-state already licensed surveyor, go to http://txls.texas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Candidate-Guidelines.-Full-Doc.pdf

Q: Who administers surveyor exams in Texas?

A: The Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying approves applicants for the Fundamentals of Surveying, Registered Professional Land Surveyor and Licensed State Land Surveyor exams. They can be contacted at txls.texas.gov

Q: What exam does this test prep bundle cover?

A: The TX RPLS Test Prep bundle prepares students for the Texas Registered Professional Land Surveyor exam.

Q: How much does the RPLS test prep course cost?

A: You have two choices: buy the individual modules for $99 or purchase all the modules for $499. If you buy the bundle, you get six modules for the price of five – a 20% discount.

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

A: Every student gets the content for 12 months. If you need an extension, then it only costs $49 to get all the content for another year. Please e-mail Dr. Nettleman for extensions.

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

A: The sections of the RPLS exam are explained in the “Exam Specifications” PDF on the Texas Board website. The same document was used to create this test prep bundle. To learn more, see the following documents:
• Legal Blueprint (full exam): http://txls.texas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Legal-Exam-Blueprint.pdf
• Analytical Blueprint (full exam): http://txls.texas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Analytical-Exam-Blueprint.pdf
• Combo Blueprint (reciprocal exam): http://txls.texas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Reciprocal-Exam-Blueprint.pdf

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

A: Other RPLS exam study materials include textbooks, study books, and extra practice questions. A full-length RPLS exam in hard-copy form and a pre-programmed HP35s calculator can be purchased on our site.

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 me, I can answer, and then the Q/A will be there to help your fellow students. I can’t respond to every comment immediately but I’ll do my best to address any question or concern you may have.

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

A: Yes, the course was initially built in December, 2016 and is updated monthly. New ideas and information are collected regularly from Dr. Nettleman’s university courses and added to the modules on a regular basis. If you have information that is relevant to the course, you are encouraged to contact Dr. Nettleman.

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

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 me.

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

A: Yes, Siminars.com allows no-questions-asked refunds up to 14 days from the purchase date of your test prep materials.

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

A: Absolutely. Head to Tony’s YouTube page for dozens of answered-and-explained RPLS questions.

Q: What rules govern the use of this Prep Course?

A: Please read the Prep terms of service PDF before beginning the course.