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State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists 

Licensure Guide & Timelines for the State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists

Mission Statement

The State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists regulates the practice, licensure and registration of engineers, land surveyors and geologists in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in order to safeguard life, health and property. The Board also certifies engineers-in-training and surveyors-in-training. The functions of the Board include investigating, approving or disapproving engineering, surveying, and geology applications for those desiring to be licensed in Pennsylvania. 



ASBOG GEOLOGY EXAMS 2023

Beginning in 2023, the ASBOG FG and PG exams will be transitioning to computer-based exams, given through the testing agency, Prometric. The Board's application process will remain the same, and ASBOG's exam dates will remain the same: for 2023 the Spring Exams will be March 17; Fall Exams will be October 6.

If you were previously approved to take either of the exams, that approval will still be valid indefinitely and there will not be a need to reapply. However, it will be necessary to let the Board know that you wish to retest so that you can be added to the information that will be sent to Prometric. All exams are now through Prometric and not Pearson Vue. Please let the Board know if you wish to retest by sending an email to: st-engineer@pa.gov

Although there are no registration deadlines with CBT exams, the Board does need time to be able to process and review applications. The cutoff date to submit an application for the spring exam is January 1, 2023. As long as an application has been submitted online to the Board before that date, it will be processed and reviewed in time for taking the spring exam. Any applications received after January 4, 2023 will be processed for the fall exam.

Once an applicant has been approved, or a prior approval has let us know that they wish to take the spring exam, it will not be possible to register with Prometric until the registration period opens on February 1, 2023. At that time Prometric will send an email to all approved exam candidates to let them know how to register with Prometric, choose one of their nine PA exam locations, or an exam location at a Prometric site in another state, and pay for the exam.

Please note: If you were approved for an exam prior to this fall, it will be necessary to contact the Board if you wish to re-test in the spring.



To Reactivate an Expired LIcense

Login to your account on PALS  www.pals.pa.gov   Scroll to where you see your license number, and just to the left will be a green pencil icon. Click on this pencil to bring up Change Options. One of them will be Reactivate. Click on this to go to the reactivation application. It will be necessary to upload your proof of completion of your required continuing education  of 24 Professional Development Hours (PDH's), as well as the Activity Log. Add this to your cart to proceed to the payment processor to pay your renewal fee of $100. If you have practiced on the license while it was expired, the fee will be an additional $5 per month.  If you need the Activity Log, go to General Board Information, then to Applications and Forms, then to Frequently Requested Forms.







The Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) received reports that a person pretending to be from the State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists is calling licensees about the status of their license.


Licensees are urged to avoid becoming a victim of credit card fraud or identity theft:

  • BPOA and or the Engineer, Land Surveyor & Geologist Board will NOT call licensees asking for payment over the phone.
  • If you get a text message or call asking for your credit card information, hang up.
  • Do NOT give your personal or financial information over the phone.
  • Persons who give their credit card information may not only lose their money, but also can become a victim of identity theft.
  • If you feel that you are a victim of any type of scam, you should immediately notify your local or state police.
 

EIT Certificate Reminder:
In accordance with section 4.2 of Engineer Land Surveyor and Geologist Registration Law, 63 P.S. § 151.2, an applicant cannot begin accruing four or more years of progressive experience to qualify for the principles and practice of engineering examination until AFTER the engineer-in training certificate (EIT) is issued.
 
It is the responsibility of the applicant to apply for the EIT. Applicants must show satisfactory evidence of graduation from an approved engineering curriculum of four or more years or eight years of progressive experience approximating the education obtained through an approved engineering curriculum, to obtain the EIT. The date of issuance of the EIT will be the date the completed EIT application – including proof of graduation when applicable – is processed.
§ 37.58. Seal.
 (a)  A registrant shall obtain, at the registrant’s own expense, a seal in the design authorized by the Board. The following are Board authorized seals for ‘‘Registered Professional Engineer’’ (Design A), ‘‘Registered Professional Land Surveyor’’ (Design B) and ‘‘Registered Professional Geologist’’ (Design C):

 (b)  The seal shall contain the legend ‘‘Registered Professional Engineer,’’ ‘‘Registered Professional Land Surveyor’’ or ‘‘Registered Professional Geologist’’ and the registrant’s name and registration number.

 (c)  The seal shall be 1 3/4 inch in diameter. The diameter of a pocket seal may be reduced to 1 1/2 inch if the design is in the same relative proportions in subsection (a).

 (d)  A registrant may use a rubber stamp or computer image which is a facsimile of the seal, if the registrant first obtains a seal in accordance with this section.

Your seal may be obtained from any seal manufacturer (Search 'Seals-Notary & Corporation')

Any questions regarding your license should be directed to the Board office. Address changes must be reported in writing within ten days following the change.
 

Please note that neither the Board/Commission, nor its staff or counsel, are permitted to provide legal advice or advisory opinions, including interpretations of the law or regulations, or any indication as to how the Board would vote on any given case or scenario.  You are invited to contact a private attorney or professional organization for advice or guidance.