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§30-13A-8. Education, experience and examination requirements for a surveying license.
(a) Before a person may apply for a surveying license to practice under the provisions of this article, the person must have completed one of the following educational, experience and examination requirements:

(1) Prior to the thirty-first day of December, two thousand four, has completed or is in the process of completing one of the following education, experience and examination requirements:

(A) Is a graduate of a surveying curriculum of two scholastic years, has six years or more of experience in surveying under the direct supervision of a licensee or a person authorized in another state or country to engage in the practice of surveying, has passed the examination prescribed by the board, which examination shall cover the basic subject matter of land surveying and land surveying skills and techniques, and has passed the West Virginia examination;

(B) Is not a graduate of a surveying curriculum, has eight years or more of experience in surveying under the direct supervision of a licensee or a person authorized in another state or country to engage in the practice of surveying, has passed the examination prescribed by the board, which examination shall cover the basic subject matter of land surveying and land surveying skills and techniques, and has passed the West Virginia examination;

(C) Is a graduate of a surveying curriculum of two or more years, has passed the surveyor-in-training (SIT) examination which must have included an eight-hour portion of fundamentals in science, mathematics and surveying, has six years or more of experience in surveying under the direct supervision of a licensee or a person authorized in another state or country to engage in the practice of surveying, and has passed the examination prescribed by the board, which examination consists of principles and practices of land surveying and has passed the West Virginia examination; or

(D) Prior to the thirty-first day of December, two thousand four, if a person has begun one of the education, experience or examination requirements, stated in this subdivision, and has not completed the requirements prior to the thirty-first day of December, two thousand four, then the person must notify the board that he or she will be making application under this subdivision and comply with the procedures prescribed by the board; or

(2) On and after the first day of January, two thousand five, has completed one of the following education, experience and examination requirements:

(A) Has a four-year degree or a bachelor degree in surveying approved by the board, which degree must include a minimum of thirty hours of surveying or surveying-related courses, has passed an examination in the fundamentals of land surveying, has two years or more of experience in surveying in responsible charge, has passed an examination in the principles and practice of land surveying and has passed the West Virginia examination;

(B) Has a four-year degree or a bachelor degree, has completed a minimum of thirty hours of surveying or surveying-related courses, has passed an examination in the fundamentals of land surveying, has four years or more of experience in surveying, including two years of experience in responsible charge under the direct supervision of a licensee or a person authorized in another state or country to engage in the practice of surveying, has passed an examination in the principles and practice of land surveying and has passed the West Virginia examination;

(C) Has a two-year degree or an associate degree in surveying or a related field approved by the board, which degree must include a minimum of thirty hours of surveying or surveying-related courses, has passed an examination in the fundamentals of land surveying, has four years or more of experience in surveying, including two years of experience in responsible charge under the direct supervision of a licensee or a person authorized in another state or country to engage in the practice of surveying, has passed an examination in the principles and practice of land surveying and has passed the West Virginia examination; or

(D) Is not a graduate of a surveying curriculum, has completed the national society of professional surveyors survey technician program, has obtained a level IV certification, issued by the national society of professional surveyors, with a total of five and one-half years of experience in surveying under the direct supervision of a licensee or a person authorized in another state or country to engage in the practice of surveying, has passed an examination in the fundamentals of land surveying, has four additional years of experience in surveying, including two years of responsible charge under the direct supervision of a licensee or a person authorized in another state or country to engage in the practice of surveying, has passed an examination in the principles and practice of land surveying and has passed the West Virginia examination: Provided, That the person intending to apply for the license pursuant to the provisions of this subdivision so notifies the board before the first day of January, two thousand five.

(b) A person graduating from a two-year or four-year approved surveying degree program with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher is permitted to take the examination in the fundamentals of land surveying during his or her final semester.

(c) A person must pass the examination in the fundamentals of land surveying and complete the work experience before he or she is allowed to take the examination in the principles and practice of land surveying and the West Virginia examination.

(d) The examination in the fundamentals of land surveying, the examination in the principles and practice of land surveying and the West Virginia examination shall each be held at least once each year at the time and place determined by the board. A person who fails to pass all or any part of an examination may apply for reexamination, as prescribed by the board, and shall furnish additional information and fees as required by the board.