Cadastral Law Exam Procedure

To be a surveyor in New Zealand requires an understanding of the law relating to cadastral surveys. The Cadastral Law Examination ensures this knowledge is gained and a pass is required before candidates can sit for their Professional Entrance Examination. It is the first step for candidates wishing to become Licensed Cadastral Surveyors.

The Cadastral Law Examination happens once a year, usually in the location of candidates sitting the exam throughout the country. It consists of a research component and a written examination which evaluates the candidate's knowledge in many areas of land surveying. The details of the research component are emailed to candidates 10 days prior to the written examination and candidates are required to hand in the completed assignment to the examination supervisor on the day of the examination.

The research component will be assigned 40% (forty per cent) of the marks and the written exam 60% (sixty per cent). The minimum pass mark is 50% (fifty per cent). Candidates are not allowed to bring any book, notes, written material, recorded information or printed matter into the examination room. 

To be eligible to sit the Cadastral Law Exam, applicants must hold an approved degree in surveying (e.g BSurv Otago) and have had not less than 10 months post-graduation practical experience in land title in New Zealand at the time applications close.

Step 1: Study! The Young Professionals Network creates study groups for members. Join S+SNZ to know more. If you are a member, but not part of the YP Stream, contact us to update your profile.

Step 2: Pay for the exam at the Tickets and Events tab on our website (keep the receipt number).

Step 3: Register by filling in your registration form online here (you'll need your receipt number).

Step 4: If you are a member, please check and update your profile information online in your Dashboard. It's important to keep your information current to get the most out of your membership.

Step 5: You will receive your candidate information by email, including where the examination will occur and a candidate number. 

Note - Add the address @surveyors.org.nz as safe with your email provider to avoid your messages going to your spam folder.

Step 6: Go to the venue on the date and time provided. Bring with you photo ID (driver license or passport) and your candidate entry form.

Venues for the Cadastral Law Exam 2018:


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Have a look below for past Cadastral Law Examination resources:


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