Information for the License:

Structural Engineer

Licensing Agency:

Agency or Department Name:  Department of Consumer Affairs
Board or Council Name:  Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
Division Name: Geologists and Geophysicists Program
Telephone:  (916) 263-2222
Agency Web Address:

License Description:
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Structural Engineer

Examination Requirement: 16-hour National Council for Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES) Vertical Forces & Lateral Forces Structural examinations.

Fees: Application: For current fee schedule, please refer to the Board's website at:

Background Check: Completing a background check is required for licensure. All applicants are required to submit fingerprints prior to sitting for examination. For more information, please refer to the Board’s website at:

Examination Frequency: Semi-Annual (spring and fall) examination cycle. For final filing dates please refer to the Board's website at:

Exam Locations: Statewide at designated locations. Please refer to the NCEES website at:

Experience Requirement: Three (3) years of responsible charge experience in structural engineering after licensure as a Civil Engineer, except for persons who have been operating under an exemption or have been practicing in another state or country. Applicants must have a valid, unexpired license as a Civil Engineer in California. Please refer to the Board's website at:

Average Time to Process Application: Three (3) months.

Renewal: Every two (2) years. For renewal information, please refer to the Board's website at:

Authority: Business and Professions Code, Chapter 7, Section 6736.