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Chapter 180-4 QUALIFICATIONS: LAND SURVEYOR AND LAND SURVEYOR-IN-TRAINING

Rule 180-4-.01 Education

The Board's approval or disapproval of the applicant's education as required under O.C.G.A. 43-15-12 or 43-15-13 will be made upon the applicant's submission of his/her educational transcript to the Board.

Rule 180-4-.02 Experience

In evaluating experience offered by an applicant to qualify under OCGA §§ 43-15-12 or 43-15-13, the Board will consider the following factors:

(a) Prior Education. The applicant's prior education at the time the experience was acquired will be considered.
(b) Kind of Experience.
1. The experience should involve the special knowledge of the mathematical and physical sciences including those of the land surveying profession. It should also involve the preparation and interpretation of maps, plats and other related data, as used in the land surveying profession.
2. For applicants applying under OCGA § 43-15-12(1)(B) and OCGA § 43-15-13(2), a maximum of one year of experience equivalent may be granted for successful completion of undergraduate or graduate studies in a curriculum of land surveying, geomatics, civil engineering, civil engineering technology, or law, provided that any such education record to be applied as experience equivalent is in addition to the education used to meet the education requirement for OCGA §§ 43-15-12(1)(B) or 43-15-13(2).
3. The additional specific record of not less than four years as required by OCGA § 43-15-13(2)(B) and OCGA § 43-15-13(3)(B) shall commence no sooner than the date that the applicant successfully took and passed the Land Surveyor in Training examination.
(c) Quality of Experience.
1. The quality of experience should demonstrate that the applicant has developed technical skills and initiative in the correct application of land surveying. The experience should also demonstrate sound judgment in the application of principles and in review of such applications of principles by others. It should also indicate the capacity to assume responsibility for work of a highly technical character.
2. Experience credit will not be granted if the experience is determined by the Board to be the unlicensed practice of land surveying.
3. For experience evaluated in regards to OCGA § 43-15-13,"responsible charge" shall consist of working independently in a leadership and/or decision making role where the applicant is directly responsible for progress of land surveying projects, provided however that all such experience shall be under the direct supervisory control on a daily basis by a registered land surveyor as required by OCGA § 43-15-22. Work in responsible charge reflects the applicant's ability to take land surveying projects from beginning to finished product and shall demonstrate the ability to competently complete all research prior to field work, competently perform a compliant field traverse that adequately identifies all applicable field evidence and elements of possession, properly analyze all field work through thorough calculations and evaluation, and prepare maps and plats that adequately depict all required elements of such maps and plats.
(d) Scope. The experience should demonstrate sufficient breadth and scope within the basic land surveying field rather than highly specialized technical skill in a very narrow and limited branch of that field.
(e) Progression. The record of work experience should indicate successive and continued progress from initial work of simple character to recent work of greater complexity, difficulty and responsibility.
(f) Capacity and Viewpoint. The record of experience should indicate that the applicant has attained those attributes of clear thinking and keen analysis essential to competence.

Rule 180-4-.03 Repealed