Exams | FS Computer-Based Testing

The NCEES Fundamentals of Surveying [FS] exam is currently offered in a computer-based format. Below are instructions for applying to take the NCEES FS exam in Ohio. All applications for exams must be submitted online through the State of Ohio’s online portal.

Apply for Board Approval before registering with NCEES

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

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.

Graduate of an EAC ABET-accredited civil engineering curriculum and completed 16 semester 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 must be completed from the list of Board-approved surveying courses.

Graduate of a Board-approved surveying program. The Board has approved surveying programs at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Columbus State/Franklin University and Glenville State College (West Virginia). You must contact an advisor at one of the Board-approved programs to make sure you are enrolled or completed the specific Board-approved surveying program.

Fundamentals of Surveying applications should be submitted through the online portal to the Ohio Board at least 120 days before the anticipated testing date. The Board no longer accepts paper applications or check payments. All applications must go through the online portal.

Registering with NCEESIn accordance with Ohio law if you are not a graduate of a surveying curriculum listed above, you are not eligible for examination or registration in Ohio.

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.

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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.