NSPS - THSOA Hydrographer Certification
The program was established in 1981 primarily to identify those
individuals that were qualified to conduct the rigorous hydrographic
surveys needed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Office of
Coast Survey under NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration). Since that time over 200 individuals have been
certified as meeting the minimum five year experience requirement and
core competencies of a professional hydrographer.
financial support to the U.S. Hydrographer Certification Program which
is run by a 10-12 member Certification Board. The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) and THSOA cooperatively administer the U.S. Hydrographer Certification program. NSPS/THSOA certification is official recognition that a person has
demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Certification Board that he or
she is minimally competent to conduct hydrographic surveys.
In 2006 the name was changed to add THSOA in recognition of the long standing financial and professional support provided.
examinees must have five years of experience in hydrographic surveying,
two years of which have been in technical charge of surveys in the
field. Applications, which require a detailed resume, must be reviewed
and approved by the Hydrographer Certification Board prior to sitting
for the examination.
The examination lasts three hours and
consists of 160 multiple choice questions covering a wide variety of
topics suggested by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO)
and the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG).
The direct link to the Table of Certified Hydrographers is here.
For Additional Information.
THSOA Reimbursement Program
To emphasize the importance of the NSPS Hydrographer Certification Test
(HCT), THSOA will offer to assist its members who elect to take the test
by reimbursing them for their test fees. The HCT requires a $50
application fee that is due when an applicant applies to take the test
and a $150 examination/certification fee that is due when the applicant
takes the test. The total cost to take the HCT is $200.
For Additional Information
1 April 2012, THSOA will reimburse its members to cover the fees
incurred in taking the HCT after that date. The initial program will continue until further notice. The Board may elect to continue the
program on an annual basis.
- Members must have been active (paid) members of THSOA for at least one year prior to taking the HCT.
members who sit to take the HCT after the specified date will be
eligible for reimbursement. Members who file the application fee ($50)
and then elect not to take the HCT will not be eligible for
- Members may request reimbursement after they have taken the HCT by filling out the on-line form on the THSOA web site.
receipt of a reimbursement request, THSOA will check with the NSPS
board to verify that the member has taken the HCT and that they qualify
as a THSOA-member in good standing (paid) for at least the past year.
- If so, the THSOA will notify the treasurer and a check for $200 will be sent to the member within 30 days.
- If not so, THSOA will notify the applicant as to the reason for the rejection of their reimbursement.
- The member does not have to pass the HCT to qualify for reimbursement.
- Members will only be reimbursed for one attempt at the HCT. Future attempts to pass the HCT will not be reimbursed by THSOA.