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Ethics for Surveyors

Course Outline

Surveying profession is considered to be of vital importance to the safety, health and welfare of the public. In order to serve the public effectively and ensure the well-being of the society, all surveyors and mappers must not only possess and maintain a high level of technical expertise and competence, but also perform under the standard of professional conduct with adherence to the highest ethical principles. The ethical principles governing the engineering profession are embodied in codes of ethics. Such codes have been adopted by state boards of registration, professional surveying societies and even by some private industries. In this course, you will be asked to study the Surveyors Creed and Canons by the National Society of Professional Surveyors and two sample codes of ethics and professional conduct.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this one hour course, the student will

Course Content

The fundamental principles of conduct of surveyors include truth, honesty, impartiality, fairness, equity and trustworthiness in their service to the society, which is holding surveying professions accountable for decisions that affects quality of life. The purpose of this course is to provide positive stimulus for ethical conduct as well as helpful guidance and advice for handling ethical dilemmas and making ethical decisions as a surveyor or a mapper. You are required to study the following three documents at the website of each organization:

Surveyors Creed and Canons by National Society of Professional Surveyors

Professional Conduct - Code of Ethics by Delaware Board of Registration for Professional Land Surveyors

Model Code of Ethics by CCLS Board of Directors

You need to open or download those documents to study this course.

Related Websites

National Society of Professional Surveyors

Delaware Board of Registration for Professional Land Surveyors

Canadian Council of Land Surveyors

National Institute for Engineering Ethics

Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.