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Firm licenses expired as of June 30th, 2016. All firms are now required to pay a renewal fee of $175.00, which includes a reinstatement fee of $100.00. <read more>


The Spring 2016 newsletter is now available.
Spring 2016 (eReader version)
Spring 2016 (pdf version)

Exam schedules have been updated.


HB 742 was passed by the General Assembly in the 2016 short session and will be in effect for the Spring 2017 PE exam. The window will open for the Spring exams November 1st.
Beginning November 1st PE applicants who qualify will no longer make application to the North Carolina Board to take the PE exam. The applicant will go directly to NCEES and sign up to take the PE exam. Read more here...

6/2/2016 - Examination Changes and Information from NCEES  

October 2016 Exam Changes

  •  As a reminder, the following changes are in place for the October 2016 exam administration.
    PE Mining and Mineral Processing — The PE Mining and Mineral Processing exam has new specifications starting in October 2016. The specifications are posted on the NCEES website.
  •  Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) — The PS exam will be administered in computer-based testing (CBT) format with the first appointments available on Monday, October 3, 2016. CBT registration for the PS exam will begin in mid-June 2016.  

October 2016 NCEES Registration Deadlines

  • Fall 2016 Exam Dates — The fall exams will be administered on October 28 and 29, 2016. The PE exams and the Vertical Forces component of the SE exam will be administered only on Friday, October 28. The Lateral Forces component of the SE exam will be administered only on Saturday, October 29.
  • Fall 2016 Registration — Registration for the fall exams will open on June 20, 2016, and close for examinees at 3:00 p.m. eastern time on September 1, 2016. The deadline for boards/testing services to mark candidates approved and confirm shipping information is 3:00 p.m. eastern time on September 15, 2016. To meet the fulfillment and shipping requirements, we cannot add candidates after this time.
  • Special Accommodations — All requests for testing accommodations must be submitted through the E3 system by the registration deadline of September 1, 2016. These include accommodations for ADA and religious reasons and for active military service. More information about special accommodations is posted on the NCEES website. Member boards/testing services must provide all override information for approved ADA and religious accommodations to ensure that correct information is shown on a candidate’s exam authorization.

4/22/2016 - 2016 Changes for National Surveyors Exam

April 2016 Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) was the last time the PS exam was offered as a pencil and paper exam. Beginning in October, the PS exam will become a Computer-Based Test (CBT). Exams will be offered throughout the year instead of only twice a year. See the NCEES website for complete details and to schedule your exam date.

October 3, 2016 is the first official scheduled test with registration to open June 20, 2016. All new registration and re-exams for the PS will be administered through NCEES. Exam fees will be paid directly to NCEES upon registration.

The NC Board of Examiners will no longer be involved with the PS exam, therefore, there will be no prior approval needed to be seated for the PS exam.

Once you have taken and passed the PS exam, you will be required to apply to the NC Board of Examiners to take the State-specific exam with a complete application and map. Application fee and State-specific exam fee will be paid to the Board. Upon passing the State exam, you will become licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor.

Applicants who already have an application on file need to contact the Board Office to find out what is needed to update their files or to apply for a re-exam of the State exam portion.

11/23/2015 - Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors can renew for 2016 beginning on December 1st.

6/5/2015 - Special Notice to Veterans
Exam Fee Reimbursement by the VA -

NCEES filed the required paperwork with the South Carolina Commission for Higher Education and was domesticated as a 501 (c) (3) which allows the reimbursement of exam fees for engineers and surveyors who are military veterans.

The Department of Veteran Affairs has approved NCEES (The National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors) per Section 21.4268 of Title 38 of the US code of Federal Regulations. 

A veteran who takes any of the engineering or surveying exams offered by NCEES should contact the Veterans Administration (  to request reimbursement from the VA no matter where they took the exam or their state of residence.


In order to safeguard life, health, and property and to promote the public welfare, the practice of engineering and land surveying in this State are hereby declared to be subject to regulation in the public interest. It shall be unlawful for any person to practice or to offer to practice engineering or land survying in this State, as defined in the provisions... >>> MORE...

All Firm licenses expired as of June 30, 2014

The deadline for the spring exam is January 2nd and the deadline for the fall exam is August 1.

All PE and PLS licenses expire on 12/31 each year. Reinstatement fee after 1/31 is $100.00

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