The Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors is the foremost leader in support of professional land surveyors in Idaho.

ISPLS was incorporated in 1976 to advance the science and art of surveying in Idaho. Membership is open to all individuals and companies involved in the profession.




Continuing Education

Professional Land Surveyor license holders are required to earn fifteen Professional Development Hours (PDH) per year.

Each Professional Land Surveyor is responsible for maintaining their own record of Professional Development Hours earned.

Continuing education requirements may be met by:

  • Successful Completion of College Credits
  • Successful Completion of Continuing Education Units
  • Successful Completion of Other Courses: Correspondence, televised, videotaped, and other short courses/tutorials for which college credits or CEU’s are awarded.
  • Attending Qualifying Seminars: Attending qualifying seminars, in-house courses, workshops, or technical or professional presentations made at meetings, conventions, or conferences.
  • Teaching or Instructing. Teaching or instructing above and beyond routine job assignments.
  • Authoring Published Papers, Articles, or Books.
  • Membership in Technical or Professional Organizations.
  • Active Participation in Technical or Professional Organizations.
  • Patents
  • Presentations to Technical, Professional or Civic Organizations.
  • Documented Self Study.

The Rules of Continuing Professional Development are listed on the website of the Idaho Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.


Our dinner/auction that benefits our scholarship program. ISPLS raised more than $13,000 in 2018 for scholarships and is proud to announce the distribution of over $7,000 in scholarship funds this year.

The funds went to the following students:

  • Kirk Reichling
  • Trevor Robason
  • Cory Scoffield
  • Cody Hay

All of these students attend Idaho State University.

Our annual scholarship helps to fund educational opportunities for students who prove to be exceptional in their studies. We have two types of scholarships – an At-Large Scholarship and a College and University Scholarship. For more information visit our website at

We are honored to help support the future surveyors of Idaho.

ISPLS support students through three different scholarship programs. All scholarships, except the At-Large, are due by December 31 of each year. They are reviewed and approved by the ISPLS Annual Conference and are available for the following Fall semester. Awarded funds are sent directly to the school of attendance in the student’s name. For more information please contact the ISPLS office at 208-658-9970.

College and University Students

Each year, ISPLS provides scholarships for students enrolled in Geomatics, Civil Engineering Technology or Surveying Programs in Idaho colleges or universities. Applications are due late Fall of each year.

Students must be in their second or third year of study, be enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours) and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. Awards are given in the amount of $500.00 and $2,350.00. Transcripts, current enrollment schedule, and an essay are required for this scholarship.

Scholarships for College and University Students: Due December 31

Scholarship Announcement

College and University Scholarship Application

Scholarships for At-Large, Non-Traditional Students

ISPLS has three “at large” scholarships of $500 each for non-traditional students with an interest in surveying and some background in field or office work. Applicants will usually be employees of Idaho surveying firms. They will be required to submit at least two letters of recommendation, high school and/or college transcripts and a resume of their employment.

Scholarships for College and University Students: By December 31

At-Large Scholarship Application

Scholarships for Graduating High School Seniors

Three $500 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors in Idaho high schools who will be entering the Geomatics or Civil Engineering Technology Programs at Idaho State University, or the Civil Engineering Technology Program at Lewis-Clark State College, as full time students in the fall semester following graduation.

Granting of these scholarships will be based upon answers to questions in the application form, letters of recommendation and a statement of intent to enroll in one of the programs mentioned above. To be considered, a student must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 from an accredited Idaho high school. A transcript of high school credits must be submitted in order to determine if the applicant will have the necessary background to succeed in the Geomatics courses. Other information, such as a brief biography or list of academic and/or extracurricular achievements will be helpful.

There is no due date – may be submitted at any time based upon need.

Graduating High School Seniors Scholarship Application

Colleges & Universities

Courses leading to a degree in Surveying are offered at the following colleges and universities in Idaho.

Lewis-Clark State College, Technical and Industrial Division

500 8th Avenue
Lewiston, ID 83501

Contact: Steve Staab

Idaho State University, Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology

921 South 8th Ave., Stop 8380
Pocatello, ID 83209-8380
(208) 282-2622

Pocatello Campus: Contact Robert Liimakka


NSPS Sponsored High School Math Skill Award

The Trig-Star Program Contest is an annual high school mathematics competition sponsored by the National Society of Professional Surveyors based on the practical application of Trigonometry. The program recognizes the best students from high schools throughout the nation.

The purpose of the Trig-Star Program:

  • To promote the study of trigonometry in high school and to promote excellence in the mastery of trigonometry by honoring the individual student who has demonstrated superior skill among classmates at the High School level.
  • To acquaint the high school trigonometry students with the use and practical application of trigonometry in the surveying profession.
  • To build an awareness of surveying as a profession among the mathematically-skilled high school students, career guidance counselors and high school math teachers.

Trig-Star Contest Levels:

  • Level 1 is given at local high schools. There is one winner from each participating high school.
  • Level 2 is the national test. The state winner from each participating state is eligible to compete for the National Trig-Star title.

Local Awards

The winner of the Idaho Trig-Star competition is awarded a $500 scholarship from ISPLS. Their school is also awarded a banner that they may place in their permanent collection. Other companies often contribute prizes; in 2010, Trig-Star champion Brad Peck was awarded $500 from Power Engineers, an HP35 calculator from Monsen Engineering Supply and a lift ticket to Sun Valley Ski Resort.

National Awards

National awards provided by the National Society of Professional Surveyors Richard E. Lomax National Trig-Star and Teaching Excellence Awards

  • First place winner – $2,000 award
  • Second place winner – $1,000 award
  • Third place winner – $500 award

For more infomration visit the NSPS Trig-Star Webpage.

Scouting Merit Badge

The Scouts BSA offer a Merit Badge in Surveying. It is one of the original Merit Badges, and celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2010. ISPLS was a proud sponsor of the 2010 National Scout Jamboree Surveying Merit Badge Booth in conjunction with the NSPS Youth Outreach Program.

“While earning this merit badge, Scouts will discover how land is measured and how it is described so that others can know where boundary lines are. They will have a chance to use some fine measuring instruments, apply advanced mathematics, operate computing equipment, and create a survey map.”

Requirements for the Surveying merit badge:

  • Show that you know first aid for the types of injuries that could occur while surveying, including cuts, scratches, snakebite, insect stings, tick bites, heat and cold reactions, and dehydration. Explain to your counselor why a surveyor should be able to identify the poisonous plants and poisonous animals that are found in your area.
  • Find and mark the corners of a five-sided lot that has been laid out by your counselor to fit the land available. Set an instrument over each of the corners and record the angle turned between each line and the distance measured between each corner, as directed by your counselor. With the assistance of the counselor, compute the error of closure from the recorded notes. The error of closure must not be more than 5 feet. From the corners, take compass readings or turn angles to trees, shrubs, and rocks and measure to them. All measurements should be made using instruments, methods, and accuracies consistent with current technology.
  • From the field notes gathered for requirement 2, draw to scale a map of your survey. Submit a neatly drawn copy.
  • Write a metes and bounds description for the five-sided lot in requirement 2.
  • Use one of the corner markers from requirement 2 as a benchmark with an assumed elevation of 100 feet. Using a level and rod, determine the elevation of the other four corner markers.
  • Get a copy of the deed to your property, or a piece of property assigned by your counselor, from the local courthouse or title agency.
  • Tell what GPS is; discuss with your counselor the importance of GPS and how it is changing the field of surveying.
  • Discuss the importance of surveying with a licensed surveyor. Also discuss the various types of surveying and mapping, and applications of surveying technology to other fields. Discuss career opportunities in surveying and related fields. Discuss qualifications and preparation for such a career.

For more information visit Boy Scouts of America Scoutsource.

Contact Us

Idaho SPLS Office:
5460 W. Franklin Rd., Suite A
Boise, ID 83705

Mailing Address:
PO Box 7886
Boise, ID 83707

Phone: 208-658-9970
Fax: 208-321-4819

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