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Ethics, Code of Conduct, & Standards of Practice 4PDH

September 18, 2018 | Surveyor News

Seminar Topics: focus on the Standards of Practice – KRS & KAR, our responsibility to protect the public; KRS Chapter 322 – definitions, exceptions, licensure requirements, investigation / complaints, makeup of the board & qualifications; Code of Professional Practice and Conduct – definitions, conflict of interest, records retention, qualifications / competence, direct supervision; Standards of Practice – history of the Standards, five most common Standards of Practice deficiencies, definitions, classifications of surveys, measurement specifications, monumentation, Section 13 non-boundary survey work; Q&A

Chris Gephart, PLS has been involved in the surveying industry since 1989 and has experience in a variety of applications including: boundary location/retracement, ALTA/ACSM, topographic, aerial mapping, control and construction layout/staking. Chris is the Vice President of Land Surveying Services and oversees all aspects of the survey work at the Ft. Mitchell office of Bayer Becker from initial client contact and site reconnaissance to the finished record maps or plats. He has extensive experience in boundary survey work including records research, field data acquisition, resolution, property descriptions and platting. Chris has completed surveys for residential subdivisions, industrial parks, retail and commercial centers, utility corridors, and roadway alignments. He has also worked as an expert witness in boundary dispute cases. Chris is a Licensed Professional Surveyor in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He was President of the KAPS in 2004 and currently serves as Liaison to the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Engineers and Land Surveyors. He received the “Surveyor of the Year” award in 2000 and was an integral part of the team that had legislation passed in early 2005 that would require all future Kentucky surveyors to have a bachelor’s degree in order to become licensed. Chris is also a 2007 graduate of Leadership Northern Kentucky. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Technology from Northern Kentucky University.

*Course Materials for Class

Red Book Surveying Standards

Standards of Practice Course Schedule

Ethics, Code of Conduct, & Standards of Practice 8PDH

| Surveyor News

This course fulfills the mandatory 4 hours PDH, but gives 8 total credit hours (must attend the whole 8 hours) for professional land surveyors and 6 total credit hours for professional engineers. Instruction will include concepts; ethics; code of professional practice and conduct; standards of practice for professional land surveyors; minimum standards of practice for mortgage inspections in Kentucky

Jonathan Payne, PLS runs a private surveying consulting firm in Trigg County Kentucky.  He has been licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor since June of 2000.  His journey to becoming licensed began while working on a BS degree in Civil Engineering Technology and a MS degree in Engineering Technology from Murray State University.  This was followed by several years working, in a supervised capacity, for firms in Western Kentucky in areas of boundary, transportation, and subdivision surveys.

After achieving licensure, Jonathan began his own small surveying firm.  In private practice, he has concentrated on boundary retracement and subdivision surveys.  Having taken a brief break from private practice, Jonathan served as the instructor of record for the surveying courses at Murray State University from August 2013 until May 2017.  Back in private practice, Jonathan is pursuing a PhD in Education from the University of Kentucky.

Jonathan has served KAPS in a variety of positions ranging from committee member to President over the past years and present seminars when needed for the organization.

Standards of Practice Booklet

Standards of Practice Course Materials

2018 Non-Member Fall Seminar Registration

September 14, 2018 | Surveyor News

If you wish to register by sending your form to the KAPS office via email or USPS, please click COMING SOON!

Surveying Students may use COMING SOON – STUDENT.  FREE registration is offered to students currently enrolled in a surveying program at one of the state colleges/universities. Name of institution, professor signature, and professor email are required for verification purposes.

You may print out the schedule HERE (we will update this as more seminars are confirmed).

Register and Pay Online today!

Non-Member 2018 Fall Seminar Registration

If you would like to attend one of our seminars, please complete the form below. Payment is processed by PayPal. You can pay with a debit/credit card or a PayPal account.
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*Refunds: A full refund will be granted for cancellations at least 15 days prior to the seminar.   All requests must be in writing. 

NCEES News Release for PS Exam Content Review

February 16, 2017 | Surveyor News

NCEES is seeking licensed surveyors to participate in an online survey for the Principles and Practice of Surveying exam content review. This survey will be used to update the specifications for the exam.

The information is posted online at A PDF of the news release is also available for download on this page. The survey is scheduled to close March 13.

Thank you for your help with this important study.

“Among the First” Art Print

January 11, 2017 | Surveyor News

There has been a problem with the framing supplier for this item causing a delay in availability of this item.  Once the problem has been resolved, we will post an update.


Prints of Professions, Inc. (an art publishing company) and the Kentucky Association of Professional Surveyors (KAPS), working cooperatively, are pleased to announce the availability of a beautiful art print, personalized, matted, and framed, reflecting the heritage of our profession in the earliest years of our nation.

Please see the above photograph of the framed image, entitled “Among the First”. The print edition is limited to 5,000 prints personally signed by artist Gary Curtis, and each print is serially numbered. The print measures 18” x 24” with the image area slightly smaller, plus the matting and framing. Printing has been done by the finest lithographic process available utilizing fade-resistant inks on acid-free paper. The framed print will be offered to the surveying profession nation-wide on March 1, 2017. Any particular print number will be released on a first-come basis to anyone requesting it if it is still available. This may allow you to obtain the serially numbered print which corresponds to your surveyors license number.

Please note there is an engraved brass plate inserted into the center bottom mat. Included in the purchase price is a similar personalized plate with your name, state of licensure, and license number (or whatever short two-line message you choose).

The beautiful wooden frame encasing the forest green outer mat and the dark earth tone inner mat nicely complement the rich colors of the image and would look great in any home or office décor. If used in your office, the purchase price may be tax deductible (check with your legal or tax advisor).

This is a most unique art print which every professional land surveyor would be proud to own, especially with the matching serial number and engraved brass plate feature. If you wish to acquire that print you must be, like those early pioneer surveyors, “Among the First.”

Mail, fax, or email your Art Order Form directly to the manufacturer.

The framed print with shipping and handling is $280.00; print only with shipping and handling is $50.00.

The American Land Surveyor — Among the First

2015 TrigStar Winner & Participants

September 5, 2015 | Events

Winner Presentation



2015 TrigStar Winner, Wally Johnson,

at the awards ceremony (Newport Central Catholic)





Winner Walter Wally Johnson at Presentation



Wally, Mr. Jason Huther (Principal of Newport Central Catholic) and KAPS Representative, Brian Cox




top 5 & Brian Cox



Top five participants and Brian Cox




15 of 18 participants & Brian Cox


Fifteen of eighteen partipants and Brian Cox

House Bill 145

March 18, 2013 | Legislation

KAPS legislative priority this session was passage of HB 145 – legislation placing licensed land surveyors under a one year statute of limitations.   HB 145 was signed by Governor Beshear in May of 2013.

Senate Bill 178 and House Bill 486

May 1, 2012 | Legislation

Also referred to as the “Montgomery Bill” by some. The bill was sponsored by Senator Vernie McGaha and Representative Terry Mills respectively. SB 178 was revised changed from a Constitutional Amendment to a regular bill revising KRS 73 to require Licensing of the County Surveyor. This bill has passed and on its way to Governor Beshear’s office to be signed. Thank you to all that helped with the passing of this bill. And it should be known that surveyors came together to make this happen. I personally know of countless meetings, calls and emails at the right time and very much needed to make this bill a reality. Thank you. Mr. Richard Montgomery, PE, PLS deserves a tremendous amount of credit for making this bill come to fruition. He spent countless hours in Frankfort moving this forward. I personally do not believe this bill would have been passed without Richard. Richard you have my sincerest appreciation and thanks for a job very well done!!!