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Massport CST Testing to be Announced

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Massport CST Testing to be Announced - Sign Up to Take the Test
By Jack Hammer, PLS, Mass Port Authority


The Massachusetts Port Authority will become a one-time-only test site for the general survey population for Certified Survey Technicians (CSTs) in the coming months. Massport requires that its surveyors be CST level II (instrument operator) or Level III (party chief). The testing facility is limited in size, so surveyors are urged to make application as soon as possible to NSPS to qualify for the test. Up to eight surveyors from the general population will be permitted to test at Massport. To qualify for a seat at the Massport testing facility, candidates must complete the CST application process with the National Society of Professional Surveyors (including payment to NSPS).


For more on the CST Program and to make your application:  www.nspsmo.org


As the NSPS web site states: “The National Society of Professional Surveyors sponsors a comprehensive national certification program for survey technicians. The program is recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as part of the National Apprenticeship Program and the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). The Certified Survey Technician Board (CST Board), which administers this program, recognizes the importance of technicians to the surveying and mapping profession.”


“This four-level certification program for surveying technicians throughout the United States indicates official recognition by NSPS that a person has demonstrated that he or she is minimally competent to perform surveying tasks at a specified technical level. Certification provides the individual with a sense of achievement, since it reflects advancement in the field of surveying. Certification also provides employers with a method of determining job assignments and advancement since certification is an indication of one's ability to perform specific job tasks.”  


After an interested surveyor has qualified for a seat at the Massport testing facility, he/she should contact (Caryn Harding or Lillian Ciulla) by mail with his/her information and provide proof of NSPS prequalification. Massport will advise candidates of the availability of a seat when the test date has been established.

Massport’s address is:
Massachusetts Port Authority
One Harborside Drive,
East Boston, MA 02128
ATTN: Human Resources



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