Renew or Join Today for 2020!

We are perhaps going through the most unusual experience in our country’s history. When 2020 began, who would have thought that we would be under a national state of emergency caused by something that can only be seen under a microscope? There are very few families who have come through this experience unscathed either physically, emotionally, or financially.  The NCSS Board of Directors sincerely hopes that your family is healthy and productive during these unique circumstances.

We trust that Professional Surveyors and supporting Associates will make membership a continued priority. Your dues enabled NCSS to work fervently during the early days of the pandemic to ensure surveyors were included as an exempted profession in Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 121. NCSS is a healthy and thriving professional association. Let’s not let a virus alter our momentum. Here are some of our 2019-2020 accomplishments:

  • Passed the Fair Contracting Act that limits a surveyor’s liability to defend the owner on large contracts if they are not the ones negligent.
  • Statute of Limitations, Statute of Repose legislation rewritten clarifying a surveyor’s liability of three years from discovery and seven years from the time of error.
  • NCEES granted 1.3 million dollars to 5 states for a regional pilot project to recruit surveyors and promote surveying education and workforce development based upon a grant written by NCSS.
  • We continue to work avenues to make education more affordable for those hoping to become a licensed surveyor or those completing their 4-year degree by awarding a total of $10,000 in scholarships to students working on degrees.
  • Career ambassadors introduced the surveying profession to hundreds of students across the state in our efforts to educate them on a viable career choice.

Those are just the highlights!  I could let you know about many other initiatives that support you and help brand your value to the public.  Without our members, NCSS would not exist, and the above successes would not have been accomplished. Please help us again this year as we protect and promote the Geospatial profession.

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Types of Membership with NCSS

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Professional Membership

A Professional Land Surveyor holding a current or retired issued certificate of licensure by the North Carolina State Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors to practice land surveying within the State of North Carolina and who has applied for and been accepted to membership and is current in payment of annual dues to the Society. Includes membership in NSPS.

Associate Membership

Any person who has been certified by the North Carolina State Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors as a Surveyor Intern. Any person with an interest in the surveying profession, who is not eligible to be a professional member and who has a desire to participate in the activities of the Society or any NCSS chapter.

Sustaining Membership

Any person, partnership, company, corporation, agency or other entity engaged in either the manufacture or distribution of surveying instruments or equipment, in the compilation or reproduction of maps, or in the performance of services for land surveyors; or shall be licensed as a surveying firm in North Carolina and the employees, who are not otherwise eligible to be Professional members may have Society benefits as voted on by the Society’s Board of Directors from time to time.  Click Here for Registration Form

Student Membership

A student enrolled full-time in a geomatics, surveying, mapping, earth science or mathematics program in a university, college or high school.


A Professional Life member shall be a Professional member who has maintained membership in good standing in the Society for at least twenty-five (25) years and is age seventy-five (75) or older at the time of application, OR a Professional Life member shall be a Professional member who has maintained membership in good standing in the Society for at least twenty-five (25) years and is a Professional Land Surveyor, Retired with the NC Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors and is age sixty-five (65) or older at the time of application.

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Value of Membership

Some of the greatest assets of being a member of NCSS are not realized as part of the benefits package. NCSS has been committed to enhancing professionalism, improving legislative awareness and promoting the profession of surveying since its founding in 1939. Becoming a member allows you to partner with us in this worthwhile endeavor while also receiving all of the other benefits of membership. It further allows you the opportunities to fellowship and enjoy the camaraderie offered through meetings, classes and various other gatherings with Professional Surveyors and their affiliates statewide. These assets are invaluable… whether it’s the resources, seminars, discounts, special events, legislative updates, etc. being a North Carolina Society of Surveyors member makes life easy. What are you waiting for? Get started now.

Advantages of Membership

Founded in 1939, NC Society of Surveyors is the only professional organization representing Surveyors throughout our state. Here are some of the advantages to membership with NCSS:


NCSS is the only professional organization in the state, which through an elected Board of Directors and Officers is representing you and your chosen profession. The Board of Directors meets quarterly. Election of Officers is held annually. As a Regular Member, you have voting privileges.


The local Chapters of NCSS provide you with the opportunity to participate by interacting with fellow professionals in your area. This interaction allows for the dissemination of information not only from local governing bodies, but state and national entities, as well. It provides the professional surveyor with the chance to express personal and professional opinions about issues affecting daily business dealings and also the future of the profession. Meetings are usually held monthly at various locations throughout the state.


NCSS has a strong and effective state lobbying program. The NCSS Lobbyist, who is also the Executive Director, works closely with the Legislative Committee, the Executive Committee, and the PAC to provide vigilant efforts to monitor legislation that may affect your livelihood. The NCSS legislative team has been successful in fighting off legislation that would adversely affect the profession and is working to implement legislation that may enhance your practice.


As an approved provider, NCSS offers an extensive array of seminars in locations throughout the state. The focus of our Education Program is to provide PDH benefits and to enhance the abilities of our members in order to ensure long-term viability of the profession. In addition to our seminars held during the last quarter of each year, which are offered at a $100 discount to NCSS members, you may also receive PDH credits at our annual Conference & Institute.


The annual meeting offers you an opportunity each year to connect with your colleagues from across the state. The Conference and Institute is also the ideal time to become acquainted with the NCSS leadership and an opportunity to obtain higher-level education. Furthermore, you can take home new ideas and information by attending seminars, visiting our ever-growing trade show, and attending various NCSS meetings.


This newly re-vamped publication has been gaining quite a bit of attention during the past year. The Tarheel Surveyor is the official publication of NCSS and is provided to members of the Society as a means of keeping you informed of NCSS business, activities and other happenings. Vendors are also well represented in the newsletter and always appreciate the mention of the advertisements.

NCSS WEBSITE is your source for current news, information and upcoming events. Seminar information is available on the website as well as current meeting minutes and the NCSS Minutes and Reports Book. The NCSS website has had quite a face lift in the past year and is still a work in progress. The NCSS staff is continuously striving to improve upon the website and what is offered. Everything you need is now available on the website, including low-cost classified ads.


The NCSS staff is always eager to assist you with any questions, concerns or ideas you may have. Our goal is your satisfaction.


*Membership Year Runs July 1st - June 30th. Log in today to join.