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This document includes the requirements for applying to Ohio for a PE or PS license by reciprocity. Applications that do not meet the requirements in the document will be deemed incomplete or denied.   The Ohio Board strongly suggests all applicants read through the guidelines carefully before applying for a reciprocity license in Ohio. The Board does not refund applications fees for those that submit applications without meeting the requirements for licensure in Ohio.

Reciprocity | FAQ


Reciprocity is Ohio’s application process whereby a currently-licensed professional engineer or professional surveyor in good standing may apply for an Ohio license based on their license in another state or U.S. jurisdiction. The Board does not automatically grant an Ohio license because an individual is licensed in another jurisdiction.


Q I have an engineering degree from outside of the United States. Am I eligible for registration in Ohio?

A You may be eligible for registration but you must first have your undergraduate engineering degree evaluated by NCEES Credentials Evaluations.

Q I had my degree evaluated by NCEES Credentials Evaluations service and the report identified deficiencies in basic math and science. I have been out of school for a number of years, do I have to make up the deficiencies?

A Yes. If an applicant has had their transcripts evaluated by NCEES Credentials Evaluations and the report indicates that there are deficiencies in the curriculum, the deficiencies must be made up before the application will be approved. Coursework must be made up at a college or university that has an ABET accredited engineering or surveying program. Coursework must be completed in accordance with ABET’s Criteria for Accrediting Programs in Engineering in the United States.

Applicants may make up deficient coursework by passing College Level Examination Programs (CLEP) tests. In order to receive credit for CLEP tests the course must be shown on an official college or university transcript indicating a passing score and full credit awarded. Also, if you have additional college course work not listed on your undergraduate transcript or you have earned a graduate degree, that course work will be evaluated by the Board in place of any deficiencies.