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April 2021 PE/SE Exam Schedule

  December 28, 2020

  Ohio Exam Approval Application deadline

  January 25, 2021

  October 2020 examinee ***ONLY Re-examination application deadline

  January 27, 2021 - 10:00am EST

  NCEES exam registration opens at 10:00am EST

  February 12, 2021 

  Last day to submit additional documentation to the Ohio board       (transcripts, experience, additional information)

  March 4, 2021 - ***3:00pm EST

  NCEES exam registration closes at 3:00pm EST***

  April 23, 2021

  PE examination, SE Vertical examination 

  April 24, 2021

  SE Lateral examination 

April 2021 PE examination

Registering for the April 2021 PE examination - The Board will start accepting applications for the April 2021 exams after November 1, 2020

Your PE exam application will need to be submitted through the online portal. Directions below can help walk you through the process of creating an account through the online portal and submitting an application.

The NCEES Principles and Practice of Engineering Examination [PE] is scheduled for April 23-24, 2021. Examinees must first apply to the Ohio Board for approval. The deadline for submitting a PE exam application in Ohio is Monday December 28, 2020. Once approved by the Ohio Board examinees must register with NCEES by 3:00pm EST on March 4, 2021 to reserve your seat at the exam. NCEES exam registration for the April 2021 exam will open at 10:00am EST on January 27, 2021. You can contact NCEES at ncees.org.

Before you begin the application process, you will first need to create an account in the online system.

***Please note, if you have never applied for an exam or license through the Ohio Engineer’s and Surveyor’s Board, you will be creating an account by clicking the “I do not have a license” button in the licensing portal. If you have submitted an application or taken a previous engineering or surveying exam in Ohio, you most likely already have an account in the system so will need to click on “I have a license”

Creating an account in the eLicense Ohio licensing portal

PE exam application instructions

Once you have created an account in the eLicense Ohio licensing portal, you can apply for exam approval through the portal.


Degree Evaluation

Non-ABET Degree Evaluation Required

Your non-ABET degree must be evaluated before you can be approved for an Ohio examination. Go to our Degree Evaluation Policy page for information.

Calculator Policy

Click on banned calculator to go to NCEES calculator policy page From the NCEES calculator policy page: “To protect the integrity of its exams, NCEES limits the types of calculators you may bring to the exam room.” The Board’s calculator policy is the same as the NCEES calculator policy. There are no exceptions.  

Study Materials

The Board cannot suggest and does not supply study materials for NCEES exams.

The NCEES PE is open-book exams. The NCEES PS exam is closed book however a reference book will be provided at the exam site.  Information about allowed and disallowed reference materials can be found on the NCEES Exam-day policies web page. Board policy is the same as NCEES policy; there are no exceptions.

The 2-hour Ohio PS is an open-book exam. References can be found on our OHPS Surveying References page.