Surveying Technician Credential

surveying technician student

Become a Surveying Technician in as little as two semesters! The Surveying Technician Credential prepares you for satisfying entry-level careers in the surveying, public works, and construction industries. Courses provide you with an understanding of fundamental surveying theory, terrestrial-based and space-based survey measurements, use of traditional and modern surveying equipment, and Coordinate Geometry (COGO) software. Upon completion of the credential, you can expect to develop the technical skills required of related positions.  


Thank you to the City of Ithaca Public Works, City of Cortland, FYT Fuels, and Tompkins Workforce New York for helping create this microcredential. Our industry and community partners are vital to the success of our microcredential programs and many are leading employers of our graduates.


The Surveying Technician Credential at Tompkins Cortland requires you to earn a passing grade in two courses, which can typically be completed in two semesters. These two courses can be applied towards the Applied Science and Technology A.A.S. degree and Construction and Environmental Technology A.A.S. degree. These courses are offered fully in-person. 
Printable version of credential checklist

CONT 202 Surveying I (3 credits)
CONT 203 Surveying II (3 credits)


There are many resources available to assist you in paying for your microcredential. Discuss your options with an Admissions representative when you register. 

  • Grant money is available through the Tompkins Community Recovery Fund for Tompkins County residents 
  • Grants are available through Tompkins Workforce NY Career Center and Cortland Works Career Center for county residents 
  • Several employers in our community offer tuition reimbursement and sponsorship specifically for microcredentials  
  • Financial aid is available to eligible students who pursue the credential while matriculated in a degree program. Apply today!