Surveyor Apprenticeship FAQ’s

How do I apply?

Fill out the application on our website.

I applied some time ago and have not heard from you.

Testing is done on an as-needed basis, we will contact you as soon as a test is scheduled.

I do not live in Northern California but am willing to relocate; can I still apply?

Yes, but you must reside in Northern California before you can enter the program.

Can I apply if I have a criminal record?

Yes. Apprenticeship offers great second-chance opportunities and we are an affirmative-action, equal opportunity program.

I have some surveying experience; can I get credit for it?

Possibly. The program administrator will review your experience, test scores and panel interview results and make a formal determination.

Already a member of Local 3 and interested in taking our curriculum? Give us a call!

Inspector Apprenticeship FAQ’s

How is the labor market for this industry?

Strong at this time; we will continue to schedule orientations as long as it remains so.

How can I apply?

You must attend an orientation to receive an application.

Do I need to attend more than one orientation?

Only if you are reapplying to the program.

Is the orientation date on this web site still scheduled?



What is the dress code for the orientation?


How long is the orientation?

Allow 1 ½ to 2 hours.

I can’t make any of the orientation dates; are there any alternatives?

No, you must attend a scheduled orientation; we do not provide individual orientations. If you cannot attend, please try a later date.

There are no orientations currently scheduled. Does this mean you aren’t taking in new apprentices?

Not necessarily; we schedule quarterly and post as soon as we have our calendar in place. Please continue to check this site at a later date.

I don’t currently have a valid California Driver License. Can I still apply?

Attend an orientation and start preparing your application. You can submit your application as soon as you get the license.

Where is OE3’s jurisdiction?

The 46 counties of Northern California.