PLSSF Public Lands Survey System Foundation


Online Course Library

The PLSS Foundation was created to to support the education of the survey profession in proper legal procedures associated with retracing PLSS surveys and other Federal boundaries. The following professional development courses, previously available to Certified Federal Surveyors (CFedS), are now offered to anyone that wishes to further their understanding of water boundaries within the PLSS. Register for courses individually below or purchase access to a discounted bundle.

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Why is the PLSS Foundation Important?​

The program will challenge you to learn something new about Native Americans and Indigenous People. Even if you don’t have any Federal Trust Lands near you, the procedural background is fascinating.

Dominica VanKoten, PLS, Alaska

Chief Cadastral Surveyor, BLM​

I am pleased to have taken the course. My surveying will be better for it. Many of the nuances of performing surveys according to “The Manual” are clarified now, much to my satisfaction.

J. Anthony Cavell, PLS, CFedS

From Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The CFedS program trains surveyors to deal with the unique problems found on Native American lands. Fractionated ownership of Native land titles, checkerboard ownership patterns and loss of access to sacred sites are just a few of the issues.

Glen W. Thurow, PLS, CFedS

From Albuquerque, New Mexico

CFedS gave me the chance to coordinate with new agencies, design maps according to federal regulations and become immersed in native culture. The background and education that I received on the US Public Land Survey System alone is priceless.

Emily Pierce, PS

From Madison, Wisconsin​