SLSI Benefits

In this technically advanced, competitive age, land surveyors need all the help they can get to survive and succeed. For over 70 years surveyors have turned to their state organization for this help. SLSI provides its members with a wealth of resources and professional benefits.

Public Relations

SLSI has available "Why and How to Secure the Services of a Land Surveyor." SLSI distributes to cities, counties, state agencies, and other potential clients information on why and how to secure the services of a professional land surveyor.  This document is available to members at no cost. In addition, SLSI has videos promoting land surveying available at no cost to members.

Continuing Education

SLSI's annual conference and educational workshops provide members with professional development opportunities and association with fellow surveyors. SLSI offers workshops to SLSI members at reduced rates.


SLSI makes available to its members an annual directory of members. SLSI also publishes yearly "Laws and Administrative Rule Relating to Land Surveying in the State of Iowa."  SLSI publishes its quarterly newsletter "Random Lines" to keep you up-to-date with surveying issues in Iowa.  Also available to SLSI members are land surveying corner certificate forms.


SLSI monitors Iowa legislative activity and disseminates information to members. SLSI represents the legal interests of Iowa surveyors before the state legislature, state agencies, and the licensing board. The American Congress on Surveying & Mapping (ACSM) is your representative at the national level.

National Liaison

SLSI Full Members automatically become a member of the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS). These members will receive NSPS publications and notices, stolen equipment alerts, insurance options and much more. Life Members may choose to belong to NSPS and pay their annual dues with their SLSI membership dues annually.  


SLSI provides a resource on ethical issues related to land surveying prior to getting state licensing board involvement.


Memberships consist of full membership, land surveyor intern membership, surveying technician membership, sustaining membership, associate membership, honorary membership, and life membership. See more details on each below.

Full Membership shall be granted to land surveyors who are licensed according to the laws of the State of Iowa, and are in good standing with the Iowa Engineering and Land Surveying Examining Board. Newly licensed land surveyors shall be granted a free full membership for the balance of the year following their licensure date, subject to payment of the initiation fee.

Land Surveyor Intern Membership shall be granted to individuals who hold a land surveyor intern certificate issued by the Iowa Engineering and Land Surveying Examining Board or the equivalent board of another state.

Surveying Technician Membership shall be granted to individuals employed as technicians in the surveying profession who are not licensed land surveyors or land surveyor interns.

Student Membership shall be granted to individuals who are full- or part-time students in land surveying technology, civil engineering technology, or civil engineering program, or a similar baccalaureate or associate degree program intended to meet the education requirements for licensure as promulgated by the Iowa Engineering and Land Surveying Examining Board.

Sustaining Membership may be granted to companies or firms that are engaged in the practice of land surveying, or any company, firm or individual that markets instruments, equipment, tools, supplies, software, hardware, or other products or services to land surveyors and the land surveying profession.

Associate Membership may be granted to any person, business or organization closely associated with or having a non-commercial interest in the advancement of the surveying profession. This designation may include, but is not limited to, land surveyors licensed or registered in states other than Iowa, educational institutions, teachers, attorneys, county assessors, recorders and auditors, and other city, county, state, and federal employees and officials.