Becoming a Surveyor

Surveying Degrees are currently not offered at any Universities in the ACT. To obtain a degree enrolment at one of the following University would be required.

The University of Southern Queensland

  • Bachelor of Spatial Science(Surveying)
  • Bachelor of Spatial Science Technology(Surveying)
  • Associate Degree of Spatial Science(Surveying)

The Faculty of Engineering and Surveying provides flexible off campus online education(Distance).

University of New South Wales

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Surveying)

University of Newcastle

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Surveying)


Surveying Diplomas and certificates can be obtained at the following training facilities.

Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT)

  • Diploma(Surveying)
  • Certificate II-IV(Surveying)

NSW Technical and Further Education Commission(TAFE NSW)

  • Diploma(Surveying)
  • Certificate III-IV(Surveying)

Becoming a Registered Surveyor

In order to protect the integrity of our land tenure system and the legal determination of boundaries, all definitions of boundary positions and preparation of the supporting legal documents are required by law to be carried out by a Registered Surveyor.

If you wish to undertake boundary (cadastral) surveys you will need to complete a four year surveying degree and have at least two years practical experience and pass the registration examinations from one of the Council of Reciprocating Surveyors Boards of Australia and New Zealand. The ACT currenlty has no board and it's Registered Surveyors are goverend by Board of Surveying and Spatial Information of NSW(BOSSI). For further information on registration in New South Wales visit

For further information about a career in surveying the following web sites may be of interest;

  • Surveying A life without limits – Information about Surveying and Study options –
  • The Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute – National based body for individual and company members of the spatial information industry –
  • Board of Surveying & Spatial Information – Statutory body responsible for the registration of Surveyors in NSW –
  • Institution of Surveyors NSW incorporated – State based professional body for individuals employed in the surveying industry –