Illinois license questions
I've been licensed in Florida for over 20 years, and have a BS from New Mexico State.. Lately as my kids are getting out of the nest, I've thought about getting licensed in my home state of Illinois and maybe do some "snowbird" type surveying. ( I work for myself here in Florida) Might be nice to avoid the crazy heat and hurricanes for a bit, then come back when it's nice.
So, I've just started looking through the state rules, and have to say I don't see where I fit into the flow chart of requirements. Anybody have the info on what it would take for a Florida PSM with a BS in surveying to get an Illinois license??
I'd say you're covered with the BS in Surveying and ample enough experience. I live in the St. Louis metro area so it's quite common for surveyors to work both sides of the Mississippi. Getting licensed on the IL side is way harder though. It doesn't matter if you have over 20 years experience, licensed in 3 states, and your AS in surveying has more survey hours than the 24 required by IL, (this all would be me) they won't even consider you without the BS. Yes, it's a sore subject with me, lol!
In all seriousness, you should be just fine to apply. If you need any additional help, my company has a plethora of IL LS's that I can ask.
I'm not licensed in Illinois but I was educated back there. It's a degree state so your BS is what they look for. So long as you have the required credits in the necessary classes they'll let you sit, and you should be good with a survey-specific degree.
Illinois is a continuing-ed state but I believe Florida is too, right?
IL rejected my BS, rejected my UMaine Graduate Certificate in Surveying, and my 36 hrs post-bac survey courses. IL Board states that all work must be completed with your BS and all subsequent work does not count. I applied once, re-applied after additional course work, and then asked for an appeal. All denied.
I work for the Federal Government now so I don't need it anyways since we don't do "boundary" work.
IL is by far the most difficult state I have dealt with to get licensed. The numbers are spiraling. I would guess that nearly 95% of IL surveyors in StL metro are over 60 and were grandfathered in when the rules changed back in the 2000's.
I'm looking for something similar. Would love to avoid these oppressive Vermont summers, then come back for the winter when it's nice again.