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Ohio’s 2-Hour, State-Specific Principles and Practice of Surveying Exam

Ohio’s 2-hour, state-specific Principles and Practice of Surveying examination (OHPS) is open book. The exam includes 35 multiple-choice questions and one written legal description.

The OHPS is administered in conjunction with the NCEES Principles and Practice of Surveying exam each April and October. Examinees who pass the national NCEES PS exam but fail the OHPS can reschedule to take the OHPS during a subsequent NCEES exam cycle. Conversely, you can schedule to take the NCEES PS exam if you passed the OHPS.

Comity applicants must schedule to take the OHPS in the Board office by appointment. NCEES exam rules and calculator policies are used when taking an exam in the Board office. The OHPS can only be taken twice a year.

Composition of Ohio’s 2-hour, state-specific Principles and Practice of Surveying exam is developed from the references on this page.

Reference Books

Reference book order is strictly alphabetical by title and does not indicate relative importance to exam questions.

2005 Definitions of Surveying and Associated Terms

ISBN-10: 0976599104
ISBN-13: 978-0976599104

Available from ACSM/NSPS


2009 Manual of Surveying Instructions

ISBN-10: 0615348300 | ISBN-13: 978-0615348308

“While not written specifically for non-Federal surveyors, the principles contained in the Manual on the subject of retracement are an integral part of private surveying in the 30 Public Land States. Further, many States have formally adopted the Manual in statute, rule, and/or case law as guidance for private licensed surveyors.”

Available from ACSM/NSPS


2011 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys

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2013 | Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4733
2013 | Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 4733

Go to web page Click here to access Chapter 4733 Laws and Rules on our website

2005 Ohio Surveying Laws : Annotated

“Ohio Surveying Laws is a compilation of selected selections of Ohio law relating to the professional of surveying. It is intended to provide the practicing Professional Surveyor, the prospective surveyor, and other interested parties with the full text of applicable state statutes in effect as of February 15, 2005.”

Available from the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio


1991 Original Ohio Land Subdivisions OTS.3


1996 Restoration of Lost or Obliterated Corners and Subdivision of Sections

ISBN-10: 1456539361 | ISBN-13: 978-1456539361

“A reprint of the BLM Supplement with an index and cross references to the 1973 and 2009 editions of the Manual of Surveying Instructions. This is a useful tool in relating how various issues in retracement and restoration of the Public Land boundaries have been treated in each of these official BLM publications.”


1979 | Writing Legal Descriptions in Conjuction with Survey Boundary Control

ISBN-10: 0960696288 | ISBN-13: 978-0960696284

Wattles Publications; Fourth edition; June 1, 1979
By Gurdon H. Wattles, Author; Jacob F. Rems, Illustrator

“This book is a must for anyone who works with or writes legal descriptions. Each of the fourteen chapters is structured for the self teaching student or for class participation. Each chapter concludes with assignments, exercises, questions and answers. Supported by extensive court citations, the author presents the material in a concise style which can be understood by the student, practitioner, or attorney. The text is supported by samples, recommended forms, and extensive illustrations.”


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