How to apply for CMS

Persons interested in applying for certification or recertification, should follow this general procedure:

Step 1:


Determine separately the number of years of actual job experience attained in functions that are classified as being at the professional level.


Step 2:


Read the preceding sections (“Basic Requirements” and “Educational Credit”); ascertain that actual work experience, with or without educational credit, meets conditions listed under “Basic Requirements.”


Step 3:


If applying for initial certification, download an application for Level 1 Certified Portable 3D Metrologist and reference forms;

If applying for Level 2 certification, download application for Level 2 Certified Portable 3D Metrologist and reference forms;

or contact ASPRS Headquarters: send an email to or call (301) 493-0290, ext 101 or fax your request to (301) 493-0208.


Step 4:


If applying for recertification, read carefully the Section on “Recertification Criteria” and be sure to complete the Application for Recertification (TBA) and the reference forms. NOTE: When describing experience, applicants are advised to be complete. The CMS Evaluation Committee evaluates the application data and does not assume data not presented.


Step 5:


Provide names and addresses of at least four persons to whom you have sent a copy of the Confidential Reference Form. Fill out the Confidential Reference Forms with the person’s name and complete address on the top left side and forward to the respective references. Request said references to supply, from their own personal knowledge, facts with reference to your character and information concerning your professional qualifications, and to mail the completed reference form, with their name, address, and any accompanying letters to the Society.


Step 6:


Return your completed application form to the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, together with the application fee indicated below. Make checks payable to the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and mail to:


CMS/ASPRS Certification Program
5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 210
Bethesda, MD 20814-2160


Step 7:


Be prepared to furnish additional background information if requested by the CMS Evaluation Committee.


Step 8:


Upon notification of approval by the CMS Evaluation Committee, the applicant must take a written examination within six months of approval.

CMS Certification Application Fees

Type of
Current CMS
Includes annual
Without annual
Level 1 Certification
$400.00 (US) $435.00 (US) $500.00 (US)
Level 2 Certification $400.00 (US) $435.00 (US) $500.00 (US)
Recertification $200.00 (US) $200.00 (US) $250.00 (US)
(NOTE: The fees charged defray administrative costs of the Certification Program.
Fees are not refundable in the event of non-certification, and are subject to change by CMS/ASPRS.)



A matrix illustrating the mix of examination questions has been prepared for applicant review.


The structure for administering the CMS/ASPRS Certification Program consists of two major elements:

  1. The CMS Certification Committee which reviews, then approves, or rejects all applications for Certification or Recertification.
  2. The CMS Professional Conduct Committee, which investigates allegations and complaints involving practicing portable 3D metrologists and recommends appropriate action to the Executive Committee.

The Society’s Certification Committee monitors and develops policy guidelines for the program. The CMS Executive Committee and the ASPRS Board of Directors are the final authority on matters involving certification and professional conduct.

Applications for Certification and Recertification will, upon receipt at ASPRS Headquarters, be reviewed for completeness. When the required references have submitted Confidential Reference Forms, they are combined with the application. Applications found to be in order are sent to the Chair of the CMS Certification Committee.The Committee will meet as required to take action on all bona fide applications.

Applicants for certification/recertification will be notified of action by the CMS Committee as soon as possible.


Successful applicants for certification will be awarded an official certificate. Those certified by the Society may display the certificate and use one (or more as appropriate) of the following designations on business stationary and cards:

    – Certified Portable 3D Metrologist (CMS)

Successful applicants for recertification will continue to be listed on the Active Certified Roll and will be awarded a certificate to show that the applicant has maintained skills in the technology.

Last updated: February 25, 2013