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October 2021 Exam deadlines

June 25, 2021

Application Deadline

July 26, 2021

Re-exam application for April 2021 examinees only

August 16, 2021

Last day to submit supplemental information to the Ohio Board

August 26, 2021

3:00pm Deadline to register with NCEES for the exam

October 21, 2021

PE exams – Civil: Construction

                     Civil: Transportation

                     Civil: Water Resources and Environmental

                     SE Vertical Forces Bridges

                     SE Vertical Forces Buildings

October 22, 2021

PE Exams – Controls Systems

                     Civil: Geotechnical

                     Civil: Structural

                     SE Lateral Forces Bridges

                     SE Lateral Forces Buildings


October 2021 PE examination

Registering for the October 2021 PE examination - The Board will start accepting applications for the October 2021 exams after May 1, 2021

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 October 21-22, 2021. Examinees must first apply to the Ohio Board for approval. The deadline for submitting a PE exam application in Ohio is Friday, June 25, 2021. Once approved by the Ohio Board examinees must register with NCEES by 3:00pm EST on August 26, 2021 to reserve your seat at the exam. NCEES exam registration for the October 2021 exam will open at 10:00am EST on June 14, 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.