Jul 25, 2024  
2024-2025 Course Catalog 
2024-2025 Course Catalog

Land Surveying, Certificate

Location(s): Boone

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The Land Surveying program provides 9 credit hours of Land Surveying Coursework.   The 9 credits in this Certificate fulfill the surveying course requirements to seek licensure as a Land Surveyor in the State of Iowa.  This Certificate is intended for students who already have an Associates or Bachelor’s degree in a program containing mathematics, basic science courses, and practical experience.  Note:  Engineers and Land Surveyors in Iowa are licensed and regulated by the Engineering and Land Surveying Examining Board, and an applicant is subject to their terms and requirements.  Completion of this Certificate only fulfills the surveying course requirements, it does not fulfill the 2 year or 4 year degree requirement or any experience requirements.

Program Details

Pathway: Engineering & Manufacturing

More information on this Pathway.

Students may start this program in Spring semester

Program Graduation Requirements

To earn a Land Survey, Certificate, a student must complete all required coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Semester 1

  • Select 1 Credit from Option 1: 4 Credits

Total Credits Required to Complete this Award - 9

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$193.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Books (approximate) $120 $120

Approximate total cost for the program: **$1,977

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Perform surveying of highways and roadways.
  • Perform construction surveying.
  • Read/Write Land Descriptions.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Knowledge of operating surveying equipment.
  • Knowledge of data acquisition and usage.
  • Knowledge of Surveying Law and Ethics.

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

  • Land Surveyors are in high demand to fill current and future Industry needs.
  • Anticipated average starting salary  $52,000 (2022-2023 Placement Report)

Program Competencies

  1. Demonstrate the use of surveying equipment by measuring distance, direction and location accurately
  2. Use survey data to create and alter highway designs
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of Land Descriptions and Boundary Law


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Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Lack of English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in career and technical education programs.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Executive Campus Dean’s office, the Executive Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, dso@dmacc.edu. Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Title9@dmacc.edu. Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
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Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at Academic Pathway website.(2024)

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