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State Board Completes Five Year Rule Review

The Ohio State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors has recently completed the five-year rule review. Ohio law requires the Board to review each of its rules every five years to determine whether to keep the rule as written, or amend or rescind the rule. This review ensures the Board considers the purpose, scope and intent of each rule every five years.

When performing the rule review some items considered by the Board include:

• The continued need for the rule.
• Any complaints received concerning the rule.
• Any relevant changes that may affect the rule.
• Whether or not the rule needs amendment or rescinded to eliminate unnecessary paperwork.
• Whether or not the rule duplicates, overlaps with, or conflicts with other rules.
• Does the rule have an adverse impact on businesses?

While most of the changes were minor in nature the following rules were amended:

Rule Number Type Title
4733-5-02 Amended Notice of meeting
4733-9-01 Amended Experience and examination
4733-9-04 Amended Examination and minimum grades and intern certificates
4733-13-01 Amended Comity and temporary registrations
4733-25-01 Amended Reinstatement of an expired certificate of registration
4733-29-01 Amended Principles and practice exam
4733-33-01 Amended Examination for surveyors
4733-37-01 Amended Preamble
4733-37-03 Amended Monumentation
4733-37-04 Amended Measurement specifications
4733-37-05 Amended Plat of survey
4733-39-03 Amended Applications and filing requirements
4733-39-04 Amended Annual renewal filing
4733-39-05 Amended Certificate of Authorization

The most significant changes were changes to the PE exam application deadline and updates to the Minimum Standards for Boundary Surveys. The PE exam deadline was removed to reflect the conversion of the exams from the paper-and-pencil format to computer-based testing and to allow applicants for professional engineer registration to take the PE exam after passing the FE exam and before obtaining four years of engineering experience. This change is consistent with the national model law developed by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying [NCEES]. The Minimum Standards for Boundary Surveying were updated to reflect current conditions and current industry standards and requirements.

The next rule review will be in 2027.

You can view the updated rules at

The Ohio State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors is the state agency that regulates and licenses the professions of engineering and surveying in Ohio. The Board has approximately 30,000 registered professional engineers and professional surveyors, 3,200 registered engineering and surveying firms and administers more than 2,500 licensing examinations yearly. The Board’s mission is to safeguard the health, safety, property and welfare of the citizens of Ohio by providing effective licensure and regulation of professional engineers, professional surveyors and engineering and surveying firms.

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