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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. 


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: 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:

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 fall exam is July 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 fall exam. Any applications received after July 1, 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 August 23 , 2023. At that time ASBOG will send an email to all approved exam candidates to let them know how to register with Prometric, choose a testing site, and pay for the exam.

Please note: It is still necessary, at this time, to notify the Board of any retest plans, so that your information can be added.

To Reactivate an Expired LIcense

Login to your account on PALS   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 persons pretending to be from one of the business-related boards are contacting both active and inactive licensees.  The scammers are altering the information that appears on caller ID to show the State Board phone number and name (spoofing).  The scammers are known to be aggressively accusing licensees of drug trafficking and/or money laundering and sending emails and text messages indicated the license has been suspended.  In addition, the scammers are sending facsimiles to licensees on forged letterhead, originating from a fake phone number.  

BPOA reminds licensees and applicants of the following: 

·    We will NOT text, call or fax you a suspension notification.  The Department initiates disciplinary action through an administrative process.  If you are the subject of an investigation or disciplinary action, you will receive notice by certified mail and/or personal service.

·    We will NOT engage you in a 3-way call with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

·    We will NOT ask you to receive faxes from a specific retailer for a fee. 

·    Do NOT give your personal or financial information over the phone, by text message or fax, including your zip code. 

·    We will NEVER request payment for any service or civil penalty by wire, gift cards or transfer to a foreign country. 

·    We WILL provide you with a contact name and phone number if you are the subject of an investigation or disciplinary action.

·    CONTACT the Board office if you are not sure if a communication pertaining to your licensure status is legitimate.

·    CONTACT your local police department or the Pennsylvania State Police if you believe you have been the victim of a scam.

·    REPORT any email or online scam attempts to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) Internet Crime Complaint Center(IC3) | Home Page


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.