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Oregon PLS Exam Study Information

The PLSO and the Oregon Young Surveyors Network (OrYSN) gathered resources to help future Oregon Professional Surveyors study for the Oregon State Specific PLS exam. Materials listed below were suggested by individuals who have recently passed the exam. The suggested materials include a mix of books and documents. Selected documents are available in PDF format for your enjoyment and are in the categorized folders below.

Oregon’s state specific exam is open book. At a minimum, successful test takers should have printouts of the Statutes and Rules listed on the exam syllabus and the OCRS Manual in addition to reference materials such as the BLM Manual and a legal dictionary to have a successful test day.

Registration for the Oregon State Specific PLS Exam is through the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying (OSBEELS). The test is offered twice a year; for more information on registration and exam dates, visit the OSBEELS Website.

Suggested Materials

  • Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) and Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) from Exam Syllabus *Always make sure the version you have is CURRENT
  • OCRS Handbook *PDF available
  • 2009 BLM Manual of Surveying Instructions *PDF available (ISBN 9780615348308)
  • BLM Lost and Obliterated Corners *PDF available
  • Sample legal descriptions *PDF available

  • Surveyor Reference Manual – Andrew L. Harbin (ISBN 9781591261742)
  • Surveying Solved Problems for the FS and PS Exams – Jan Van Sickle (ISBN 9781591264873)
  • Writing Legal Descriptions – Gurdon H. Wattles (ISBN 9780960696284)

  • Brown’s Boundary Control and Legal Principles – Curtis Brown (ISBN 9781118431436)
  • Black's Law Dictionary - Bryan A. Garner (ISBN 9780314613004)
  • A Casebook of Oregon Donation Land Claims – C. Albert White (Purchase here)

Statutes and Rules

ORS 09209320967212949697100105


OAR 820

Legal Descriptions

Some documents containing relevant information on boundaries and descriptions in Oregon. This folder also contains example legal descriptions that have been recorded in the state of Oregon.


PDF version of the BLM Handbook as well as a BLM-published corner restoration reference.


Contains the Oregon Coordinate Reference System Handbook as well as GNSS and Map Projections information.

Water Boundaries

A few resources containing historical information on water boundaries in Oregon.

For questions or comments please Contact OrYSN

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