Steps to Surveyor Registration

Registration as a Surveying Graduate creates a responsibility to progress toward Surveyor registration as skills and experience are gained.

Competency assessment is the means by which Surveying Graduates demonstrate the skills and knowledge they apply every day in the workplace. Surveying Graduates, regardless of which field of surveying they are working in should have suitable examples from their work experience to successfully complete most of the Surveyor competency framework.

Surveying Graduates can opt to demonstrate competency via:

There is no requirement to complete a Professional Assessment Project (PAP) to become registered as a Surveyor.

The steps to follow:

  1. Review the Surveyor Competency Framework and identify what projects provide the required skills and experience
  2. Collect evidence from workplace files which were identified in your Postgraduate Training Plan
  3. Choose how you will demonstrate your competency – CERs or oral presentation
  4. Lodge an application for competency assessment
  5. Develop and submit career episode reports or prepare your oral presentation
  6. Undertake an interview with at least two Board members or representatives. For an oral presentation, the interview will be included within the presentation.

The Board has released a video outlining the options for Surveying Graduates to progress their registration.

The Board has also prepared a number of policies and documents to assist Surveying Graduates understand and work their way through the competency assessment process.  For more detail, review Career Episode Reports or Oral Presentations.


Registration as a Surveying Graduate cannot continue indefinitely as there must be evidence actual progress is being made toward surveyor registration. Refer to Surveying Graduate – Progression requirements.

A Surveying Graduate is required to commence submitting CERs or submit an application for oral presentation prior to the third year of registration as a Surveying Graduate.

  • Non submission of a CER or application for an Oral Assessment prior to the third renewal of Surveying Graduate registration may lead to an interview with two Board members to seek an explanation as to why no evidence of progress toward Surveyor registration has been provided and to discuss options for progression to Surveyor.

Competency Assessment Period

  • On receipt of the form 09A – Application for Competency Assessment for Registration as a Surveyor the Board will open a new competency assessment matter in the Board’s Contact Profile System.
  • The maximum period that the Board will hold a competency assessment matter open will be five (5) years.  Where a registrant has nominated that they will be demonstrating competency by ‘written CER submission’ then the period of five (5) years allows a registrant the opportunity to provide the Board with multiple CER submissions to demonstrate their competency.
  • On the expiry of 5 years, the Board is to write to the registrant.  The correspondence is to include the following:
  1. Notification that the competency assessment matter has expired;
  2. Provide the start and finish dates of the competency assessment period;
  3. Documentation of successfully completed framework elements (if any); and
  4. Request the registrant to show cause as to why the Board should not close the competency assessment matter.