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Maryland Laws and Rules
for Professional Land Surveyors

Course Outline

This course provides a review of the Maryland Board Rules contained in Title 9 of Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR), Surveyors Creed and Canons published by National Society of Professional Surveyors, and some Frequently Asked Questions related to the practice of land surveying. In addition, brief case summaries are presented for recent violations and the disciplinary actions taken by the Board. 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 course, the student will be:


The Maryland Law requires that all licensed Professional Land Surveyors and Property Line Surveyors comply with continuing professional competency (CPC) requirements as a prerequisite to their license renewal. According to COMAR, all licensees are required to obtain 24 Continuing Professional Competency credits in each biennium to renew their licenses. At least 16 out of 24 CPC credits must be in Category A programs; no more than 8 may be in Category B programs. However, all 24 may be in Category A programs. In addition, the Board allows a carryover of no more than 12 CPC credits toward the next renewal cycle for credits in excess of 24 CPC required.

Generally speaking, any course related to business management, ethics, and practices, as applicable to the practice of land surveying or property line surveying, belongs to Category A program while others such as personal improvement and writing courses are considered as Category B program.

In October 2008, an amendment to COMAR 09.13.08 was proposed, and subsequently approved by the Board at the January 2009 meeting. This amendment became effective on February 9, 2009, requiring that every other licensing term, all licensees are required to complete six hours of CPC in Category A programs related to Maryland Law and Ethics or Minimum Standards of Practice. This course is designed to meet this special requirement.

Course Content

In this course, you are required to study the following documents:

Maryland Laws and Rules for Professional Land Surveyors (66 pages, PDF).
Licensed Design Professionals’ Overlapping Practice Guide (Study pages 22-28 only, PDF).

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Course Summary

To safeguard the life, health, property and welfare of the public, licensed professionals must fully understand the Board Laws and Rules. A licensee who violates any provision of the Board Laws and Rules may be subject to disciplinary action, such as reprimand, suspension or revocation of the license in addition to fines.

Related Links

For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:

Maryland State Law
Maryland Board for Professional Land Surveyors


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

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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 professional engineer. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at his/her own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.