Advisory Notices:

Due to the volume and complexity of review, Engineering and Land Surveying applications typically take at least 12 weeks to process after all documentation has been submitted. Applications with education from outside the U.S. and applications that do not contain sufficient detail usually require a lengthier review process. After you have had all of your documentation submitted, please allow at least 6 weeks before submitting a Contact Us Form to verify your application is complete. We cannot provide the status of a licensure application by phone. We thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Advisory Notice: The Board of Regents adopted a regulatory amendment, effective April 3, 2021, that updates the education and experience requirements for licensure as a land surveyor. More information is available here.

Advisory Notice: For the latest information on COVID-19 issues impacting the licensed professions, including professional exam updates, please visit OP’s COVID-19 website.

NCEES Examination and New York State Specific Land Surveying Examination Update: You may now apply for eligibility to sit for the NCEES PE or PS examination utilizing your NCEES Record. You must complete the Professional Engineer Online Form 1 (Application for Licensure) or the Land Surveyor Online Form 1 (Application for Licensure) and request that NCEES transfer your NCEES Record to New York State.

Registration is now closed for the October 2021 NCEES PE paper and pencil exams and NYS Specific Land Surveying Exam

  • NCEES will email you 2 – 3 weeks before the examination(s) with a link to download and print your Examination Authorization Notice. Read it carefully. You will be required to present this documentation along with a valid government issued photo ID upon arrival at the exam site.
  • When the results of the NCEES PE examinations have been validated, NCEES will send an email informing you that your result can be accessed through your My NCEES account.
  • Results of the New York State Specific Land Surveying examination will be mailed directly to each candidate.

NCEES Principles and Practice (PE) Examinations (October 2021 paper and pencil & computer-based exams):

  • With the ongoing conversion of the NCEES exams from paper and pencil to a computer-based format, where the exams may be offered year round, the NYS exam application deadline has been eliminated. Applications will be reviewed in the order received and notification of the results sent to the applicant via email. We strongly encourage applicants to submit their applications at the earliest possible date. For information on the PE examination conversion schedule, visit NCEES.
  • Once you have received approval from the New York State Board for Engineering, Land Surveying and Geology to sit for the NCEES PE exam, you must register through the NCEES website at www.ncees.org
  • For the October paper-and-pencil exams, approximately 30 minutes after completing your registration with NCEES, you will receive an email from Scantron Assessment that contains a linkthat will allow you to submit the scheduling/administration fee to Scantron Assessment, the testing service contracted by NYSED to administer the exam.
  • The NCEES online registration and payment process for the October NCEES PE pencil and paper has closed. Once registration closes, those eligible who have completed all the above steps will have their status changed to “Approved” and will be allowed to select their testing location.

April 2022 New York State Application Filing Deadline for NYS Specific Land Surveying Examination:

  • The April 2022 New York State Examination Administration Application Filing Deadline for the NYS Specific Land Surveying Examination is November 1, 2021. Please note we will make every effort to provide a review of those applications postmarked after this deadline, although reviews for submissions after November 1st cannot be guaranteed. You are strongly encouraged to submit applications at the earliest possible date.
  • Once you have received approval from the New York State Board for Engineering, Land Surveying and Geology to sit for the NYS Specific Land Surveying Examination, you must register through the Scantron Assessment website at www.scantron.com/programs/nysed-surveying/ to schedule and pay the fee for this examination. Instructions will be provided on the Scantron website for the registration and payment for this examination administration. Registration for the April examination administration opens November 1, 2021. The deadline for this registration and payment process is February 24, 2022. There are no extensions. Please remember it is your responsibility to complete this registration and payment process by the deadline.


Eligibility and Registration Procedures for NCEES Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) and Practice of Surveying (PS) Computer-Based Examinations

Eligibility and Registration for NCEES Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) Exam

  • EAC or ETAC/ABET Surveying programs - Students/applicants who are within twenty credits of graduation (generally your final semester) or have graduated from an EAC or ETAC/ABET accredited baccalaureate program in surveying are automatically eligible to sit for the NCEES FS exam. You may verify whether your program is EAC or ETAC/ABET accredited through the ABET website at www.abet.org. If you meet these criteria you are no longer required to obtain approval from the NYS Board for Engineering, Land Surveying and Geology prior to registering for the FS exam with NCEES. To sit for the FS exam, you must register and pay NCEES directly through their online registration system available via their website at www.ncees.org. Information regarding the registration and payment for the FS exam is posted on the NCEES website.
  • All NON-ABET Education programs – You may verify whether your program is EAC or ETAC/ABET accredited through the ABET website at www.abet.org. Students/applicants who are not enrolled or have not graduated from an EAC or ETAC/ABET accredited baccalaureate program in surveying MUST submit an application, which consists of Form1 with $70 fee and a Form 2 with transcripts, to the New York State Board for Engineering, Land Surveying and Geology (NYS Board) for eligibility to sit for the NCEES FS exam. Once you have received approval from the NYS Board to sit for the NCEES FS exam, you must register and pay the exam administration fee with NCEES through their online registration system available via their website at www.ncees.org. Information regarding the registration and payment for the FS exam is posted on the NCEES website.

Eligibility for NCEES Practice of Surveying (PS) Exam

  • The NCEES Principles and Practice exam is offered in a computer-based testing format. All applicants must submit an application and fee to the New York State Board for Engineering, Land Surveying and Geology (NYS Board) for eligibility to sit for the NCEES PS exam.  Information on how to apply to sit for the examination in New York State is available at http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/pels/lsurvlic.htm.
  • Once you have received approval from the NYS Board to sit for the NCEES PS exam, you must register and pay the exam administration fee with NCEES through their online registration system available via their website at www.ncees.org Information regarding the registration and payment for the PS exam is posted on the NCEES website.
Last Updated: October 4, 2021