So you’re ready to take the exam. Whether this is your first time or you’ll be sitting for CST IV, congratulations on taking this step. There are two elements to the process–first, the formalities:
Step 1(a) – Decide on a location with a pre-arranged proctor. Select from the NSPS calendar.
Step 1(b) – Create an exam location and proctor. This is common for larger groups. The exam proctor must complete either the online or paper (proctor’s) application. Online exams can be taken during the week and the 2nd Saturday of each month. Paper exams can be taken anytime. More information regarding proctoring is available on the NSPS site. If you cannot decide on a location or locate a proctor, submit an exam assistance request.
Important: If mailing your application, please allow additional processing time and alert us.
Exam Fee Table for Certified Survey Technician (CST) Program Exam
Examinee = $180.00
Student, Active Military and Veterans = $120.00
Fees apply to all exam levels and are non-refundable. Discounts are available to NSPS members and large groups. Make checks payable to NSPS and direct all mail to:
NSPS CST Program
Attn: Sara Maggi
5119 Pegasus Court, Suite Q
Frederick, MD 21704
Remember, preparation is your responsibility. CST’s open book exam policy tends to provide examinees with a false sense of security. The CST exam sequence is a challenging, timed test. You must be prepared to move purposefully through 4 or more hours of testing.
Study, review, and practice in the CST work elements will prepare you for the wide variety of questions you’ll encounter on the exam. Past test results have shown that many examinees with extensive experience and, in some cases, even formal surveying education did not pass an examination.
Learn CST helps examinees focus on each level’s work elements, locate resources and plan for the exam more effectively. For more information, download the Learn CST course prospectus.