EXAMINATION CANDIDATE INFORMATION

California Civil (Engineering Surveying/Seismic Principles) Examinations

The Civil Engineer examinations consist of two separate examinations: the Seismic Principles exam and the Engineering Surveying exam. Each exam format is multiple choice. Each exam is two and half-hours in length.
The state-specific Civil Engineer exams (seismic principles and engineering surveying) are offered on a continuous quarterly basis starting with the quarter that begins on April 1, 2018. You will be authorized to sit for the exams in the quarter following the quarter in which your application is approved by the Board. You may sit for each exam once per quarter.  This is a computer based (CBT) exam.

Examination Schedule:
http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/exam_schedule.shtml

After completing the tutorial, you will have two and half-hours to complete each of the multiple choice exams. The time remaining for your exam is displayed in the upper right-hand corner of the computer screen.

Test Plans
The Civil Engineering Surveying Test Plan:
http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/plan_civsurvey.pdf
The Civil Seismic Principles Test Plan:
http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/plan_civseism.pdf

Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB):
YOU MUST READ THE BULLETIN CAREFULLY. It is recommended that you print and bring a copy of the CIB with you to the test center.  Download the CIB:
Civil Engineering Surveying Examination
https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/California/Pages/Civil%20Engineering%20Surveying%20Exam.aspx
Civil Seismic Principles Examination
https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/California/Pages/CivilSeismicPrinciples.aspx

Recommended references for the Civil Engineering examinations:
http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/refs.shtml
The references included in this list should be considered suggested material only.

Schedule an Appointment
All CBT exams are administered throughout North America at any Prometric test center. 
The easiest way to schedule is online at:
https://www.prometric.com/en-us/Pages/home.aspx       
Take the computer based (CBT) exam at the date and location you select.

Identification Required
You will not be admitted without proper identification and it must be current. Identification will only be accepted if it meets all of the following criteria:
• Issued by a state or federal governmental agency including military IDs, other U.S. states and foreign  countries
• Contains your photograph, visible signature and printed (typed) name
• Has not expired

Important: Student or employee identification cards and government-issued IDs that do NOT contain a photo and visible signature will not be accepted. If you fail to provide appropriate identification at the time of the exam, you will not be admitted to the test center and will not be allowed to take the exam.

Exam Results
You will be issued your results by e-mail or US mail.  Do not contact the Board prior to this time for your results.
In order to receive your results, your e-mail and/or mailing address must be current (30) days prior to the release date. All address and e-mail changes must be submitted directly to the Board using their online address change form:
https://www.dca.ca.gov/webapps/bpelsg/address_change.php

 

GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEER EXAMINATION

The Geotechnical Engineer Examination is administered twice a year, however can only be taken once per year. There is no final filing date. Applications will be accepted and processed on a continuous basis.  This is a computer based (CBT) exam. 

After completing the tutorial, you will have eight hours to complete the multiple choice exam. The time remaining for your exam is displayed in the upper right-hand corner of the computer screen.

Test Plan
The Geotechnical Engineer Test Plan:
http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/geotestplan.pdf     

Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB):
YOU MUST READ THE BULLETIN CAREFULLY. It is recommended that you print and bring a copy of the CIB with you to the test center. Download the CIB:
https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/California/Pages/geotechnicalengineer.aspx

Recommended references for the Geotechnical Engineer Examination:
http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/refs.shtml
References included in this list should be considered suggested material only.

Schedule an Appointment
All CBT exams are administered throughout North America at any Prometric test center. 
The easiest way to schedule is online at:
https://www.prometric.com/en-us/Pages/home.aspx       
Take the computer based (CBT) exam at the date and location you select.

Identification Required
You will not be admitted without proper identification and it must be current. Identification will only be accepted if it meets all of the following criteria:
• Issued by a state or federal governmental agency including military IDs, other U.S. states and foreign  countries
• Contains your photograph, visible signature and printed (typed) name
• Has not expired
Important: Student or employee identification cards and government-issued IDs that do NOT contain a photo and visible signature will not be accepted. If you fail to provide appropriate identification at the time of the exam, you will not be admitted to the test center and will not be allowed to take the exam.

Exam Results
You will be issued your results by e-mail and/or US mail 6-8 weeks after the closing of all exams.  Do not contact the Board prior to this time for your results.
In order to receive your results, your e-mail and/or mailing address must be current (30) days prior to the release date. All address and e-mail changes must be submitted directly to the Board using their online address change form:
 https://www.dca.ca.gov/webapps/bpelsg/address_change.php

 

LAND SURVEYOR EXAMINATION

The Professional Land Surveyor Examination is administered twice a year in Spring and Fall.  This is a computer based (CBT) exam. 
Examination Schedule:
http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/exam_schedule.shtml

After completing the tutorial, you will have four hours to complete the multiple choice exam. The time remaining for your exam is displayed in the upper right-hand corner of the computer screen.

Test Plan
The Professional Land Surveyor Test Plan:
http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/ls_test_plan.pdf

Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB):
YOU MUST READ THE BULLETIN CAREFULLY. It is recommended that you print and bring a copy of the CIB with you to the test center. Download the CIB:
https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/California/Pages/Professional%20Land%20Surveyor%20Exam.aspx

Recommended references for the Professional Land Surveyor Examination. 
http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/refs.shtml
References included in this list should be considered suggested material only.

Schedule an Appointment
All CBT exams are administered throughout North America at any Prometric test center. 
The easiest way to schedule is online at:
https://www.prometric.com/en-us/Pages/home.aspx       
Take the computer based (CBT) exam at the date and location you select.

Identification Required
You will not be admitted without proper identification and it must be current. Identification will only be accepted if it meets all of the following criteria:
• Issued by a state or federal governmental agency including military IDs, other U.S. states and foreign countries
• Contains your photograph, visible signature and printed (typed) name
• Has not expired
Important: Student or employee identification cards and government-issued IDs that do NOT contain a photo and visible signature will not be accepted. If you fail to provide appropriate identification at the time of the exam, you will not be admitted to the test center and will not be allowed to take the exam.

Exam Results
You will be issued your results by e-mail and/or US mail 6-8 weeks after the closing of all exams.  Do not contact the Board prior to this time for your results.
In order to receive your results, your e-mail and/or mailing address must be current (30) days prior to the release date. All address and e-mail changes must be submitted directly to the Board using their online address change form:
 https://www.dca.ca.gov/webapps/bpelsg/address_change.php

 

TRAFFIC ENGINEER EXAMINATION

The Traffic Engineer Examination is administered once a year in the Fall.  There is no final filing date. Applications will be accepted and processed on a continuous basis.  This is a computer based (CBT) exam. 
Examination Schedule:
http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/exam_schedule.shtml

After completing the tutorial, you will have eight hours to complete the multiple choice exam. The time remaining for your exam is displayed in the upper right-hand corner of the computer screen.

Test Plan
The Traffic Engineer Test Plan:
http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/plan_traffic.pdf

Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB):
YOU MUST READ THE BULLETIN CAREFULLY. It is recommended that you print and bring a copy of the CIB with you to the test center. Download the CIB:
https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/California/Pages/TrafficEngineer.aspx

Recommended references for the Traffic Engineer Examination:
http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/refs.shtml
References included in this list should be considered suggested material only.

Schedule an Appointment
All CBT exams are administered throughout North America at any Prometric test center. 
The easiest way to schedule is online at:
https://www.prometric.com/en-us/Pages/home.aspx       
Take the computer based (CBT) exam at the date and location you select.

Identification Required
You will not be admitted without proper identification and it must be current. Identification will only be accepted if it meets all of the following criteria:
• Issued by a state or federal governmental agency including military IDs, other U.S. states and foreign countries
• Contains your photograph, visible signature and printed (typed) name
• Has not expired
Important: Student or employee identification cards and government-issued IDs that do NOT contain a photo and visible signature will not be accepted. If you fail to provide appropriate identification at the time of the exam, you will not be admitted to the test center and will not be allowed to take the exam.

Exam Results
You will be issued your results by e-mail and/or US mail 6-8 weeks after the closing of all exams.  Do not contact the Board prior to this time for your results.
In order to receive your results, your e-mail and/or mailing address must be current (30) days prior to the release date. All address and e-mail changes must be submitted directly to the Board using their online address change form:
 https://www.dca.ca.gov/webapps/bpelsg/address_change.php

 

ASBOG
FUNDAMENTALS OF GEOLOGY & PRACTICE OF GEOLOGY EXAMINATIONS

The ASBOG Fundamentals of Geology (FG) and Practice of Geology (PG) examinations are national examinations required to be taken and passed on the path toward licensure as a Professional Geologist. ASBOG develops and prepares both examinations; information regarding Test Plans, sample examination questions, and other specifics can be found on their website:  http://asbog.org/. Candidates are required to read the following document carefully before taking the ASBOG examinations: http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/examination_instructions.pdf

The FG and PG are each administered as pencil and paper examinations by the Board twice a year in either Northern California or Southern California (only one location each examination cycle). Candidates will have four (4) hours to complete each examination. Examination dates, locations, and final filing dates are posted on the Board’s website:  http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/exam_schedule.shtml
Additional Examination Information: http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/exam.shtml

Test Plan
FG and PG:  http://asbog.org/documents/testblueprint2015.pdf
  
Examination Instructions:
Candidates are required to read the following document carefully before taking the ASBOG examinations: http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/examination_instructions.pdf

Identification Required
You will not be admitted without proper identification and it must be current. Identification will only be accepted if it meets all of the following criteria:
• Issued by a state or federal governmental agency including military IDs, other U.S. states and foreign  countries
• Contains your photograph, visible signature and printed (typed) name
• Has not expired
Important: Student or employee identification cards and government-issued IDs that do NOT contain a photo and visible signature will not be accepted. If you fail to provide appropriate identification at the time of the exam, you will not be admitted to the test center and will not be allowed to take the exam.

Examination Results
You will be issued your results by e-mail and/or US mail 8-10 weeks after the closing of all examinations.  Do not contact the Board prior to this time for your results.

In order to receive your results, your e-mail and/or mailing address must be current (30) days prior to the release date. All address and e-mail changes must be submitted directly to the Board using the online address change form:
 https://www.dca.ca.gov/webapps/bpelsg/address_change.php

 

CALIFORNIA SPECIFIC EXAMINATION

The California Specific Exam (CSE) is a required examination for the Professional Geologist license and is administered twice a year as a computer-based (CBT) exam. Candidates will have three (3) hours to complete the examination. Examination dates and final filing dates are posted on the Board’s website:
http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/exam_schedule.shtml
Additional Examination Information: http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/exam.shtml

Test Plan
The CSE Test Plan:
http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/ca_rg_exmpln.pdf
     
Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB):
YOU MUST READ THE BULLETIN CAREFULLY. It is recommended that you print and bring a copy of the CIB with you to the test center. Download the CIB:
https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/California/Documents/CA.CSE.CEG.CHG.PGP.CIB.pdf

Recommended references
http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/cserefs.pdf
References included in this list should be considered suggested material only.

Schedule an Appointment
All CBT exams are administered throughout North America at any Prometric test center. 
The easiest way to schedule is online at:
https://www.prometric.com/en-us/Pages/home.aspx       
Take the computer based (CBT) exam at the location you select.

Identification Required
You will not be admitted without proper identification and it must be current. Identification will only be accepted if it meets all of the following criteria:
• Issued by a state or federal governmental agency including military IDs, other U.S. states and foreign  countries
• Contains your photograph, visible signature and printed (typed) name
• Has not expired
Important: Student or employee identification cards and government-issued IDs that do NOT contain a photo and visible signature will not be accepted. If you fail to provide appropriate identification at the time of the examination, you will not be admitted to the test center and will not be allowed to take the examination.

Examination Results
You will be issued your results by e-mail and/or US mail 8-10 weeks after the closing of all examinations.  Do not contact the Board prior to this time for your results.
In order to receive your results, your e-mail and/or mailing address must be current (30) days prior to the release date. All address and e-mail changes must be submitted directly to the Board using the online address change form:
 https://www.dca.ca.gov/webapps/bpelsg/address_change.php

 

CERTIFIED ENGINEERING GEOLOGIST EXAMINATION

The Certified Engineering Geologist (CEG) exam is administered once a year, in the fall, as a computer-based (CBT) exam. Candidates will have three (3) hours to complete the examination. Examination dates and final filing dates are posted on the Board’s website:
http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/exam_schedule.shtml
Additional Examination Information: http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/exam.shtml

Test Plan
The CEG Test Plan:
http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/ceg_exmpln.pdf
     
Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB):
YOU MUST READ THE BULLETIN CAREFULLY. It is recommended that you print and bring a copy of the CIB with you to the test center. Download the CIB:
https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/California/Documents/CA.CSE.CEG.CHG.PGP.CIB.pdf

Recommended references
http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/cegrefs.pdf
References included in this list should be considered suggested material only.

Schedule an Appointment
All CBT exams are administered throughout North America at any Prometric test center. 
The easiest way to schedule is online at:
https://www.prometric.com/en-us/Pages/home.aspx       
Take the computer based (CBT) exam at the location you select.

Identification Required
You will not be admitted without proper identification and it must be current. Identification will only be accepted if it meets all of the following criteria:
• Issued by a state or federal governmental agency including military IDs, other U.S. states and foreign  countries
• Contains your photograph, visible signature and printed (typed) name
• Has not expired
Important: Student or employee identification cards and government-issued IDs that do NOT contain a photo and visible signature will not be accepted. If you fail to provide appropriate identification at the time of the exam, you will not be admitted to the test center and will not be allowed to take the exam.

Exam Results
You will be issued your results by e-mail and/or US mail 8-10 weeks after the closing of all exams.  Do not contact the Board prior to this time for your results.
In order to receive your results, your e-mail and/or mailing address must be current (30) days prior to the release date. All address and e-mail changes must be submitted directly to the Board using the online address change form:
 https://www.dca.ca.gov/webapps/bpelsg/address_change.php

 

CERTIFIED HYDROGEOLOGIST EXAMINATION

The Certified Hydrogeologist (CHG) exam is administered once a year, in the fall, as a computer-based (CBT) exam. Candidates will have three (3) hours to complete the examination. Examination dates and final filing dates are posted on the Board’s website:
http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/exam_schedule.shtml
Additional Examination Information: http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/exam.shtml

Test Plan
The CHG Test Plan:
http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/chg_exmpln.pdf
     
Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB):
YOU MUST READ THE BULLETIN CAREFULLY. It is recommended that you print and bring a copy of the CIB with you to the test center. Download the CIB:
https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/California/Documents/CA.CSE.CEG.CHG.PGP.CIB.pdf

Recommended references
http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/chgrefs.pdf
References included in this list should be considered suggested material only.

Schedule an Appointment
All CBT exams are administered throughout North America at any Prometric test center. 
The easiest way to schedule is online at:
https://www.prometric.com/en-us/Pages/home.aspx       
Take the computer based (CBT) exam at the location you select.

Identification Required
You will not be admitted without proper identification and it must be current. Identification will only be accepted if it meets all of the following criteria:
• Issued by a state or federal governmental agency including military IDs, other U.S. states and foreign  countries
• Contains your photograph, visible signature and printed (typed) name
• Has not expired
Important: Student or employee identification cards and government-issued IDs that do NOT contain a photo and visible signature will not be accepted. If you fail to provide appropriate identification at the time of the exam, you will not be admitted to the test center and will not be allowed to take the exam.

Exam Results
You will be issued your results by e-mail and/or US mail 8-10 weeks after the closing of all exams.  Do not contact the Board prior to this time for your results.
In order to receive your results, your e-mail and/or mailing address must be current (30) days prior to the release date. All address and e-mail changes must be submitted directly to the Board using the online address change form:
 https://www.dca.ca.gov/webapps/bpelsg/address_change.php

 

PROFESSIONAL GEOPHYSICIST EXAMINATION

The Professional Geophysicist (PGp) exam is administered once a year, in the fall, as a computer-based (CBT) exam. Candidates will have four (4) hours to complete the examination. Examination dates and final filing dates are posted on the Board’s website:
http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/exam_schedule.shtml
Additional Examination Information: http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/exam.shtml

Test Plan
The PGp Test Plan:
http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/geophys_exmpln.pdf
     
Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB):
YOU MUST READ THE BULLETIN CAREFULLY. It is recommended that you print and bring a copy of the CIB with you to the test center. Download the CIB:
https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/California/Documents/CA.CSE.CEG.CHG.PGP.CIB.pdf

Recommended references
Coming Soon
References included in this list should be considered suggested material only.

Schedule an Appointment
All CBT exams are administered throughout North America at any Prometric test center. 
The easiest way to schedule is online at:
https://www.prometric.com/en-us/Pages/home.aspx       
Take the computer based (CBT) exam at the location you select.

Identification Required
You will not be admitted without proper identification and it must be current. Identification will only be accepted if it meets all of the following criteria:
• Issued by a state or federal governmental agency including military IDs, other U.S. states and foreign  countries
• Contains your photograph, visible signature and printed (typed) name
• Has not expired
Important: Student or employee identification cards and government-issued IDs that do NOT contain a photo and visible signature will not be accepted. If you fail to provide appropriate identification at the time of the exam, you will not be admitted to the test center and will not be allowed to take the exam.

Exam Results
You will be issued your results by e-mail and/or US mail 8-10 weeks after the closing of all exams.  Do not contact the Board prior to this time for your results.
In order to receive your results, your e-mail and/or mailing address must be current (30) days prior to the release date. All address and e-mail changes must be submitted directly to the Board using the online address change form:
 https://www.dca.ca.gov/webapps/bpelsg/address_change.php