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UPDATED 06/11/2021 (ORIGINALLY POSTED: 05/17/2021) - BPOA has received many questions from licensed professionals about what happens to licensing waivers if the COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration is ended. With the Governor's signing of HB 854 (now Act 21 of 2021), licensing waivers will remain active until September 30, 2021, unless ended sooner. We will provide additional updates as more information becomes available.
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
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.
Electronic Signatures and Seals During Covid-19 Pandemic
Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, social distancing guidance from the Federal and State government and remote work is making it difficult for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists to issue final or complete documents to clients, where Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists might interpret existing regulations to require a physical stamp and signature. The Department of State is providing this notice to clarify that all licensees of the State Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists may utilize electronic/digital signatures and seals until such time that Governor Wolf determines that the statewide emergency proclamation may be lifted. Electronic/digital signatures and seals affixed during this statewide emergency shall be recognized as originals notwithstanding the end of the current statewide emergency.
Pearson Vue testing site closure information
The best method for candidates to register for an exam is to log into their Pearson VUE account, via the web at: https://home.pearsonvue.com/pa/bpoa, and search for an exam date & time; candidates can then enter different zip codes and a mile radius as well for alternate options.
Visit our COVID Webpage: https://home.pearsonvue.com/coronavirus-update
- Click on the FAQ Hyperlink for questions and answers regarding scheduling and rescheduling.
Information on the Governor’s Plan to Reopen Pennsylvania
The plan for Pennsylvania can be found here:
More information on the full process to Reopen Pennsylvania can be found here
Learn more about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
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.