Registration as a surveyor - Queensland


You will need this registration to undertake work as a surveyor. Surveyors carry out work such as determining property boundaries, preparing contour maps or setting out the location of roads, tunnels and buildings.

There are four levels of registration:

  1. surveying associate
  2. surveying graduate (this registration requires you to gain practical experience in the profession and demonstrate progression towards registration as a surveyor)
  3. surveyor
  4. surveyor with endorsement.

Registration alone does not qualify you to undertake surveying work, and you must not conduct surveys of a specific category until you have obtained the relevant endorsement. A registered surveyor may seek one of the following endorsements:

  • cadastral
  • engineering
  • mining (three categories - open cut, underground coal, underground metalliferous)
  • consulting.

You will need a consulting endorsement to operate a cadastral surveying business or charge a fee for a cadastral survey. If corporate registration is sought then the corporation must nominate a cadastral surveyor with a consulting endorsement.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this registration, you must:

  • meet the Competency Assessment process for the applicable level of registration sought
  • hold the relevant tertiary qualification for the level of registration sought
  • be a suitable person - the board will consider your reputation, character, honest and integrity
  • hold professional indemnity insurance of $1,000,000 - only applies to the consulting endorsement.

If you are currently registered in another state or territory or New Zealand you may apply by satisfying the Board that you're registered as a surveyor with a Reciprocating Board or other competent authority of a state or territory of the Commonwealth, or of New Zealand, or that you're is entitled to be so registered. This is called a Reciprocal Registration.


This registration remains in effect until 31 December each year and is renewed in the period from October to December.


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Application process


Submit the appropriate application form to the Surveyors Board. An individual who practises as a surveyor will need to pay an application fee plus an annual registration fee.

The following documents must be submitted with the application:

  • copies of academic transcript, diplomas and other relevant certificates
  • evidence of competency issued within 12 months to date of this application
  • successful exit Interview
  • two signed references issued within 12 months, one to good fame and character.

Approval by the Board Members during a Board meeting is required before the registration is granted.


This registration cannot be transferred.

Administering agency

Surveyors Board of Queensland

Contact details

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