New Website

NCPMA has a new website… This one may continue as an archive, but information will not necessarily be updated. The calendar page and the RSS feed should continue to be updated so long as we’re using the current Google Calendar setup.

Please update your links to the new website at

Thank you.

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2020 and 2021 Events Affected by COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, many events are being rescheduled, cancelled, or moved into a virtual environment.

As announced via email in April, our 2020 Mapping School scheduled for August in Greenville was cancelled.  2021 Mapping School scheduled for Clemmons is hoped to be held as previously scheduled. We are then looking at returning to Greenville in 2022, as the last school held in the East was 2017. Assumption is that 2023 would then return to the Western side of the state.

In June we announced that this year’s Fall Conference would be held virtually, and now we’re pleased to announce that it will be a Joint Virtual Conference held in conjunction with the NC Arc Users Group (NCAUG) September 2-4, 2020. For more details and registration information, see the Full Announcement page (also available under the “Events & Registration” tab of the menu above.

The Land Records Management Division of the Secretary of State is also working on some virtual workshops for the Fall, including Plat Review Officer Workshops, presented in half-day blocks.

UNC School of Government will offer Property Tax Listing and Assessing in North Carolina virtually October 27-30, 2020. This is a required course for State Certification and for NCPMA Senior Mapper designation.

It has also been recently announced that the NC GIS Conference, which was scheduled for Raleigh during February 2021 has been postponed until 2022 at this time. There is a hope of putting on some virtual conference or workshops around the original dates or possibly multiple instances.

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One More Review Officer Workshop

If you’re still in need of hours to renew your certification, or if you have someone needing Review Officer training who was unable to attend one of the 6 workshops done throughout the year, you have one last opportunity to get the 4-hour training before the end of the year!

The training will be held on Tuesday, December 10th at the NC Secretary of State Atlantic Avenue location, 4701 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 116, Raleigh NC 27604.  The class will start at 10am and run to 3pm with an hour lunch break about noon. The site features free parking and numerous restaurants in quick walking distance.

Registration Link

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IAAO 600 Course (2019)

Registration for IAAO 600 is open.
To Register, go to the cvent site for the 2019 NCAAO Fall Conference

Register Here through CVent

Registration Instructions: On the first screen, you will enter your information and select Registration Type: Conference Registration (Local Government Only)
You will not actually be registering for the Conference, but this option will give you the IAAO 600 as a choice further in.
After you’ve entered your information in the first 2 screens, you have an Item Selection page. On this 3rd page, click the radial button to select IAAO 600 Principles and Techniques of Cadastral Mapping. The tuition is $600. Do not select either of the other options.
Continue through the remaining screens to confirm and register for the class. This is the same system NCPMA has used for registrations for over a year now. The site will allow you to pay with a credit card or to note that you will be paying by check. Note that you will be paying this to NCAAO, not to the NCPMA. NCPMA is a co-sponsor, but NCAAO will be hosting us for the class being held during their conference in Winston Salem.
Speaking of Winston Salem… If you need hotel reservations and wish to stay in one of the 2 host hotels where the conference and our class are taking place, the information is below:
If calling, be sure to request the rate for “North Carolina Association of Assessing Officers” Group block deadline is October 18th!
More rooms are blocked at the Marriott than the Embassy, and the Marriott rate is cheaper. At last check, Embassy showed the rate not available for the full time of the class.
If those room rates are prohibitive, I was able to find a Government Rate of $96 per night at Hotel Indigo Winston Salem Downtown, a brand-new property within easy walking distance. And government rates in the $71-75 range at Holiday Inns within a short drive. Note that whether you stay in the host hotel or not, parking in downtown Winston Salem is mostly parking decks and is not free.
If you have questions about registration or issues with hotel reservations, please contact Tina Stone at the NC Department of Revenue.
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2019 Review Officer Workshops

In addition to the 3 Plat Review Officer Workshops done earlier this year in Bryson City, Laurinburg, and Kernersville, 3 additional locations are planned for the Fall.

These workshops are presented by the NC Secretary of State Land Records Management Division and sponsored by the NC Property Mappers Association, valid for 4 hours continuing education credit for State Certified Property Mappers.

Locations, dates, and registration information:

October 17
Pamlico Community College
5049 NC 306, Grantsboro NC 28529
Deadline: October 14th
October 30
NC Secretary of State, Atlantic Avenue
4701 Atlantic Ave #116, Raleigh NC 27604
Registration  *FULL*
Deadline: October 28th
November 5th
Western Piedmont COG
1880 2nd Ave NW, Hickory NC 28601
Deadline: November 3rd

*To help avoid participants being hindered by early morning or late afternoon traffic for that location, the Raleigh workshop will begin at 10am and run to 3pm with an hour break approximately at noon for lunch. The NCSOS Atlantic Avenue offices located in a former grocery store location feature plentiful, free parking and 5 restaurants in the same complex for lunch options.

For those who didn’t get registered before the Raleigh location filled, we will have another Raleigh offering in December TBA.

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2019 Mapper of the Year

Nominations are being collected for the NCPMA Mapper of the Year to be awarded at the Fall Conference.  Nominations should be submitted to Lucy Cardwell, Nominations and Awards Chair, no later than Friday, August 30, 2019.

The nominee must be a member in good standing and be certified as either a Mapper or Senior Mapper to be considered. (previous recipients are not eligible)

The Mapper of the Year award is based on nominations from our members and it is to recognize a member that has gone above and beyond for the NCPMA. We have quite a few members who work very hard for our organization and not all of them are in visible positions.

Many people work hard behind the scenes. If you know someone, make sure to nominate them and let us give them the recognition they deserve!

NCPMA 2019 Mapper of the Year Nomination Form

Please use the form linked above and email or fax it to Lucy Cardwell. Her email address and fax number are listed below.

Lucy C. Cardwell, PLS, GISP
GIS Specialist – Land Records
County of Currituck ITS – GIS
Phone: 252-232-2034
Fax: 252-232-3568

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2019 Spring Land Records Workshops

Spring Workshops 2019 Speakers, Agenda, and Topic Summaries 

  • 8:00 – 9:45
    • John Bridgers, Land Records Consultant – NC Department of the Secretary of State
      An introduction to ownership and land title, types of deeds, and various types of estates of ownership.
  • 9:45-10:00 Break
  • 10:00 – 10:50
    • Adam Blythe, Office of the State Fire Marshall
      This presentation will focus on the challenges related to fire district mapping in North Carolina.  The Office of the State Fire Marshall (OSFM) is required to conduct an inspection of all fire departments having 9S insurance classification to ensure compliance with criteria established by the Department of Insurance.  A part of this inspection requires that all 9S fire departments submit an adopted map of their fire districts.  The overall goal of this presentation is to clear up any confusion as to what needs to be submitted to OSFM and discuss techniques to ensure overall data accuracy.
  • 11:00 – 11:50
    • David Tuttle, NC Board of Examiners for Engineers & Surveyors
      Will address what a survey should show and provide for reliance.  Will start with what to look for in a plat and progress to Standards of Practice for Land Surveying in NC, The Standards of Professional Conduct, Signing and Sealing, Exhibits, Easements, Responsible Charge, GIS and what information is available on the Board’s website.
  • 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (on your own)
  • 1:00 – 1:50
    • Gary Thompson, NC Geodetic Survey
      Update on the replacement, in 2022, of the North American Datum (NAD83) and North American Vertical Datum of 1988.  As well as update of Flood Inundation Mapping Alert Network (FIMAN).  North Carolina Geodetic Survey Update – i.e. state lines and county boundaries.
  • 2:00 – 2:50
    • Michael Cline, State Demographer for North Carolina
      Presentation Details TBD
  • 2:50 – 3:05 Break
  • 3:05 – 5:00
    • Rich Elkins, NC Department of the Secretary of State – Land Records Management
      Subdivisions, Condos, and PUD’s, Oh My!  – Will explore the similarities and differences between these three major types of developments including how they are created, mapped, and assessed, with special attention to community-owned common areas and elements.
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Join or Renew for 2019 now!

Good Morning everyone.

It’s time to renew your NCPMA membership!

Membership runs from January 1st to December 31st of every year. Make sure to get yours submitted before the registration deadline on Friday, April 12th 2019 to guarantee your name is in this year’s Legend.

2019 Membership Application *updated 3/18/19*.

Please take the time to fill it out and send it back to me at the address or email listed on the form.

To our many surveyor members, don’t forget to get your membership in to take advantage of the “free to members” workshops offered in the spring and fall.

You can contact me with any additional questions and I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Katie Doherty, GISP
G.I.S & E911 Addressing Administrator
Rutherford County
Public Works and Planning Department
174 Fairground Rd
Spindale, NC 28160
(828) 287-6136 & Main – (828) 288-4501

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2018 Fall Review Officer Workshops

We are pleased to announce the schedule for the 2018 Fall Plat Review Workshops co-sponsored by the NCPMA and the Secretary of State Land Records Management Division.

Participants in these workshops will receive documentation for 4 hours of continuing education toward Property Mapper (NCPMA and State Certifications), Professional Land Surveyors (NCSS), Tax Assessors and Appraisers (NCAAO) and Registers of Deeds (NCARD). Credit for this workshop is limited to 4 hours per calendar year, so anyone who participated in earlier offerings (Clinton NC in June or NCPMA Pre-Conference Workshops) may attend, but cannot use credits from both.

Registration is FREE for all NCPMA Members and any other Government Employees.  For others, the cost is $30, which also makes you an NCPMA Member through the end of the year.  Registration is being done through cVent, which will accept Credit Card payments for any who need to pay, as well as having the option to mail or bring a check.

Dates and Locations are listed below.  Click on the location to link to the appropriate registration for that site. Clicking on the address will take you to the location on Google Maps.

(click location to register)
(click address for map)
Thurs. Nov. 8th
Chatham County Cooperative Extension 1192 US 64 Bus West
Pittsboro NC 27312
Tues. Nov. 27th
Mountain Horticultural Research Center 455 Research Dr
Mills River NC 28759
Weds. Nov. 28th
Iredell County
Cooperative Extension
444 Bristol Dr
Statesville NC 28677
Weds. Dec. 5th
Onslow County
Government Center
234 NW Corridor Blvd
Jacksonville NC 28540
Thurs. Dec. 6th
Chowan County
Cooperative Extension
730 N Granville St
Edenton NC 27932

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Fall Conference 2018 Reminder

Don’t forget to register for the 2018 Fall Conference! All the details are found in the menu above under “Events and Registration” or by clicking the conference logo below.


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