Land Surveying

Land Surveying is the science and art of determining the dimensions and contours of the earth surface, using measurements of distance, direction and elevation etc.

The science of delineating property boundaries and physical features of the earth; and survey of mineral properties; and the computation of areas, volumes and other quantities; as well as the preparation of maps and plans.

This pathway is for people who work in the following areas:


Environmental covers all aspects of the management, monitoring and assessment of the environment in the context of real estate, land and construction. For example:

  • Environmental management
  • Land use and contaminated land
  • Environment auditing and assessment
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Environmental risk assessment.
  • Environmental risk assessment.
Planning and development

Planning and development impacts not only on the physical aspects of the built environment, but social and environmental aspects as well. The profession is continually evolving with a wide range of environmental, economic, political and social relevance to its day-to-day activities.

Minerals and waste management

Minerals are the raw materials needed to supply the construction and manufacturing industry and provide fuel for the world’s energy requirements. A consumer-led society needs careful waste disposal and management. Extracting minerals and managing waste requires sensitive planning from the initial prospecting stage to the ultimate restoration and after-use of each site. Examples of areas covered by minerals and waste management are:

  • Mining and quarrying
  • Minerals economics and valuation
  • Mining law
  • Minerals planning
  • Environmental assessment and auditing
  • Waste disposal and management.
  • Environmental risk assessment.
Rural practice

Rural practice draws on a wide range of professional and technical skills and knowledge. The following are examples of areas covered by rural practice:

  • rural estate management
  • agriculture
  • planning
  • valuation
  • auctioneering
  • Asset management.

Pathway Requirements

Mandatory Competencies

You must achieve the minimum standards as set out below.

  • Client care
  • Communication and negotiation
  • Conduct rules, ethics and professional practice
  • Conflict avoidance, management and dispute resolution procedures
  • Data management
  • Health and safety
  • Sustainability
  • Teamworking
Core Competencies
  • Access and rights over land
  • Development/project briefs
  • Inspection/reporting
  • Landlord and tenant (including rent reviews and lease renewals)
  • Legal/regulatory compliance
  • Mapping
  • Measurement of land and property
  • Planning
  • Property management
  • Property records/information systems
  • Valuation.
For more information, download the pathway guide below.

Land Surveying downloads

  Land Surveying Candidate Guide



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  • Institution of Surveyors of Uganda

    Karobwa towers, Nkrumah Road

    P.O.Box 2122 Kampala Uganda.

    Tel(+256) 414-251-258

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