Chapter 4733-9 Qualifications for Registration by Examination, Experience, or Education

4733-9-01 Experience and examinations.

(A) The phrase "Graduation from a college curriculum in engineering of four years or more that is not accredited " used in division (A)(2)(a) of section 4733.11 of the Revised Code is interpreted by the board to mean "a baccalaureate degree in engineering not accredited by ABET such as those programs recently developed or programs offered by foreign schools evaluated by the board as being substantially equivalent to those which have been accredited. "

(B) The board shall consider applications from persons possessing one of the following qualifications:

(1) Professional engineer - A graduate of an approved engineering curriculum of four academic years or more from a school or college approved by the board, and who has had four or more years of experience of a type satisfactory to the board.

(2) Professional engineer - A graduate of an engineering curriculum of four academic years or more from a college curriculum in engineering that is not accredited by ABET, but is evaluated by the board as meeting the national council of examiners for engineering and surveying education standard and found to be of a high quality essentially equal to the curricula which are accredited, or in engineering technology and who has eight years or more of progressive experience in engineering work indicating that the applicant is competent to be placed in responsible charge of such work.

(3) As a professional surveyor after December 31, 1992, either by:

(a) Graduation from an approved curriculum in surveying of four years or more in a recognized school or college, and a specific record of an additional four years or more of surveying office and field experience of a character acceptable to the board, with at least two of these years in responsible charge of this work under the direct supervision of a professional surveyor, and passing the prescribed examination;

(b) Graduation from an approved curriculum in civil engineering of four years or more in a recognized school or college, successful completion of at least sixteen semester hours, or equivalent quarter or trimester hours, of approved surveying courses in surveying directly and mapping arts and sciences, except that courses successfully completed as prior studies may be credited by the board toward this requirement, of which at least six semesterhours, or equivalent quarter or trimester hours, are in property surveying, and a specific record of an additional four years or more of surveying office and field experience of a character acceptable to the board, with at least two of these years in responsible charge of this work under the direct supervision of a professional surveyor, and passing the prescribed examination.

(C) Cut-off date for new or renewed applications for each examination is one hundred twenty days before the examination date. All experience or education and experience requirements must be met one hundred twenty days before the examination date.

Effective: 08/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 05/09/2014 and 08/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4733.07
Rule Amplifies: 4733.11
Prior Effective Dates: 12/01/1968, 06/01/1977, 03/18/1989, 10/22/1990, 05/31/1994, 04/01/2003, 11/01/2003, 11/24/2008

4733-9-02 Acceptable engineering experience defined.

(A) Satisfactory engineering work shall be of a nature such that its adequate performance requires engineering education, training, or experience and must be demonstrated through the application of the mathematical, physical and engineering sciences. Satisfactory engineering experience shall include but not be limited to, an acceptable combination of the following types of engineering activities:

(1) Design or conceptual design of engineering works, products, or systems;

(2) Development or optimization of plans and specifications for engineering works, products, or systems;

(3) Analysis, consultation, investigation, evaluation, planning or other related services for engineering works, products, or systems;

(4) Planning the use or alteration of land, water, or other resources;

(5) Engineering for development of operating and maintenance manuals;

(6) Engineering for construction, or inspection of construction for the purpose of assuring compliance with drawings or specifications;

(7) Engineering for materials testing and evaluation;

(8) Any other work of a mechanical, electrical, electronic, chemical, hydraulic, pneumatic, geotechnical, or thermal nature that requires engineering education, training or experience for its adequate performance;

(9) Teaching experience, to be creditable, must be in engineering or engineering-related subjects at an advanced level in a college or university offering an engineering program of four years or more that is approved by the board.

(10) Experience gained in engineering research and design projects by members of an engineering faculty where the program is approved by the board is creditable.

(B) Experience shall not be obtained in violation of the licensure act.

(C) Experience gained in the armed services, to be creditable, shall be of a character equivalent to that which would have been gained in the civilian sector doing similar work. Normally, it would be expected that the applicant while in the armed services served in an engineering or engineering-related group.

(D) Experience shall be gained under the supervision of a licensed professional engineer or, if not, an explanation shall be made showing why the experience should be considered acceptable. Experience gained under the technical supervision of an unlicensed individual shall be considered if the appropriate credentials of the unlicensed supervisor are submitted to the board.

(E) For sales experience to be creditable, it shall be demonstrated that engineering principles were required and used in gaining the experience.

(F) Experience in construction, to be creditable, must demonstrate the application of engineering principles.

(G) Successful completion of graduate study leading to the master's degree in engineering which has followed a baccalaureate degree in engineering from an accredited program may be used for credit for one year's experience. If the Ph.D. in engineering is completed under the same conditions, two years total experience may be credited. The two years credit includes the one year for the master's degree. If the Ph.D. is obtained without the master's degree, the credit for experience may be two years. Credit for work experience and for undergraduate or graduate study, occurring within the same period, shall not exceed the elapsed calendar time during which this occurs.

(H) In the review of engineering experience, the board shall consider whether the experience was sufficiently complex and diverse, and of an increasing standard of quality and responsibility and whether the quality of engineering work shows minimum technical competency.

Replaces: part of 4733-9-04

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 05/09/2014 and 05/09/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4733.07
Rule Amplifies: 4733.13
Prior Effective Dates: 10/04/1976, 04/14/1985, 03/08/1989, 02/01/1996, 11/01/2003, 11/24/2008

4733-9-04 Examinations and minimum grades and intern certificates.

(A) The board shall administer or direct the administration of examinations prepared and furnished by the national council of examiners for engineering and surveying or other provider approved by the board.

(B) Examinations for surveyors and engineers will be held on dates set by the national council of examiners for engineering and surveying and approved by the board.

(C) The language of the examination will be in English.

(D) Locations at which the examinations are given are designated by the board.

(E) In determining an applicant's qualifications for registration by examination, the following minimum grades will be required:

(1) For the fundamentals of engineering examination or fundamentals of surveying examination, a passing grade as set by the national council for examiners of engineering and surveying and approved by the board is required.

(2) For the principles and practice of engineering examination, a passing grade as set by the national council of examiners for engineering and surveying and approved by the board is required.

(3) For the principles and practice of surveying, the applicant must pass both the national council of examiners for engineering and surveying principles and practice examination and the two hour professional practice examination devoted to the laws and practices of this state. A passing grade as set by the national council of examiners for engineering and surveying and approved by the board is required for the six hour national principles and practice examination and a passing grade as set and approved by the board is required for the two hour professional practice examination devoted to the laws and practice of this state.

(F) Upon successful completion of the fundamentals examination, and after the candidate has provided evidence that the candidate has graduated from an approved engineering or surveying program of four years or more, a certificate as an engineer intern or surveyor intern will be issued by the board. Such certificate as an engineer intern or surveyor intern does not allow the holder of such a certificate to perform, offer to perform or contract for engineering or surveying services or to use the initials P.E. or P.S. with their name.

(G) A person who has passed the national council of examiners for engineering and surveying fundamentals of engineering examination or fundamentals of surveying examination from another state, territory of the United States, or District of Columbia, and who meets the requirements for registration pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code, will not need to again pass said examinations in Ohio.

Effective: 08/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 05/09/2014 and 08/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4733.07
Rule Amplifies: 4733.13
Prior Effective Dates: 10/04/1976, 04/14/1985, 03/08/1989, 02/01/1996, 11/01/2003, 11/24/2008

4733-9-05 Compliance with examination policies and procedures.

Examinees shall abide by the examination administrator's published examination policies and procedures. An examinee who does not fully comply with the examination administrator's requirements may, in addition to any action by the board, be subject to dismissal from the remainder of the examination.

Effective: 08/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 08/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4733.07
Rule Amplifies: 4733.13

4733-9-06 Noncompliant conduct in association with examinations.

An examinee may be dismissed from the examination and subject to disciplinary or other board action for conduct including, but not limited to:

(A) Cheating on the examination;

(B) Giving assistance to, or receiving assistance from, another person;

(C) Compromising the integrity of the examination;

(D) Disruptive or abusive behavior;

(E) Participating in any form of violation of examination policies or procedures during examination.

Effective: 08/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 08/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4733.07
Rule Amplifies: 4733.13

4733-9-07 Consequences of noncompliant conduct with examination policies and procedures.

Evidence of failing to comply with the examination administrator's policies and procedures subsequent to an examination may also be cause for action by the board. An examinee who does not fully comply with the examination administrator's policies and procedures during and after an examination will be subject to having their examination results invalidated and being prohibited from taking the examination(s) for a period of time as determined by the board.

Effective: 08/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 08/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4733.07
Rule Amplifies: 4733.13

4733-9-08 Comity applications for noncompliant examinees.

Any licensure examination taken and passed in another state or jurisdiction while barred from taking an examination in Ohio will not be acceptable for licensure purposes in Ohio.

Effective: 08/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 08/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4733.07
Rule Amplifies: 4733.13