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Please note, the Ohio Board recently moved locations. While we are in the process of update the address on all applications, please be sure you are sending all applications, supporting documentation, and correspondences to 77 S High St Ste 2472 Columbus Ohio 43215. 

Effective January 2014, the NCEES Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) and Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examinations have transitioned to computer-based testing at Pearson Vue Select testing centers located throughout Ohio. Paper-and-pencil exam administration is no longer available. Below are instructions for applying for the NCEES FS exam in Ohio.

Apply for Board Approval

You are eligible for registration as a Professional Surveyor in Ohio if you have completed any of the education requirements listed below.

1 A graduate of an ASAC/EAC/ETAC ABET-accredited surveying curriculum of four years or more, or currently enrolled and in your final two semesters of an ASAC/EAC/ETAC ABET-accredited surveying curriculum.

2 Graduate of an EAC ABET-accredited civil engineering curriculum with 16 semester hours, or 24 quarter hours, of Board-approved surveying coursework — at least six semester hours (or eight quarter hours, or trimester equivalent) in surveying of land boundaries. The 16 semester hours, or 24 quarter hours, must be completed from the list of Board-approved surveying courses.

3 Board-approved surveying programs at Cincinnati State/Northern Kentucky, and Glenville State College (West Virginia) .

Fundamentals of Surveying applications should be submitted to the Ohio Board at least 120 days before the anticipated testing date.


Go to Board-Approved Surveying Courses 

Download General Guidelines for Exams (FE, FS) (Rev. 01/2014) 4-PAGE PDF 

Download FS Exam Approval Application PES 1011-FS  | 2-PAGE PDF 

If you are not a graduate of a surveying curriculum listed above, you are not eligible for examination or registration in Ohio.

Registering with NCEES

After Board approval, you must register to take the exam at NCEES.

To register with NCEES, you must create an account through NCEES’s website and follow the exam registration instructions. You should select Ohio as the state you want to receive your exam results if you are applying for registration in Ohio. You must also schedule a time, date and location at which to take the exam at a Pearson Vue Select testing center. Once you have completed the exam, scores will be released within one week.

Register to take an NCEES exam 

Fundamentals Reexam

Individuals who have been approved by the Board to take a fundamentals exam (FE or FS only), and who must retake the exam due to a failing score, do not need to reapply with the Board before each reexam.

ABET Acronyms

ABET Formerly Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
ASAC Applied Science Accreditation Commission
EAC Engineering Accreditation Commission
ETAC Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission

CBT Exam Dates

NCEES computer-based testing (CBT) exam scheduling is offered in four two-month testing windows.

  • January-February
  • April-May
  • July-August
  • October-November

There is no CBT in March, June, September or December.