EIT/LSIT Certification: Information and Application (Engineer-in-Training/Land Surveyor-in-Training)

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All applicants are required to supply the Board with a full set of fingerprints upon submittal of an application for licensure/certification.  If the applicant has submitted fingerprints with a previous application to the Board, resubmittal with a subsequent application is required if it has been 24 months or more since the last submittal of fingerprints. Please view the Fingerprinting FAQs for further information and instructions.

1. GENERAL

  • Certification as an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) is the first step required under California law towards becoming licensed as a Professional Engineer.
  • Certification as a Land Surveyor-in-Training (LSIT) is the first step required under California law towards becoming licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor.
  • Each applicant must register for the Fundamentals examination on the NCEES website, pay the NCEES examination fee, and sit for the Fundamentals examination. Examinees who pass the examination then apply to the Board (and pay the application fee) to be issued a certificate as either an Engineer-in-Training or a Land Surveyor-in-Training, whichever is appropriate.
  • NOTE: Neither U.S. Citizenship nor California residency is required; however, disclosure of your Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number is mandatory. Your application will not be processed without it.  Additional information is located on the Information Collection, Access and Disclosure page.

2. CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certification applicants must have
    Three years or more of postsecondary (college-level) engineering education.
    OR
    Three years or more of engineering-related work experience.
    OR
    A combination of postsecondary (college-level) engineering education and engineering-related work experience totaling three years.
    AND
    Previously passed the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.
  • Land Surveyor-in-Training (LSIT) certification applicants must have
    Two years of postsecondary (college-level) land surveying education.
    OR
    Two years or more of land surveying-related work experience.
    OR
    A combination of postsecondary (college-level) land surveying education and land surveying-related work experience totaling two years.
    AND
    Previously passed the NCEES Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam.
  • EIT and LSIT applicants are required to submit fingerprints upon submittal of an application for certification. For detailed information regarding the fingerprinting requirement and the process, please visit the Fingerprinting Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

3. HOW TO REGISTER AND APPLY

  • You must first register for the appropriate Fundamentals (FE or FS) examination on the NCEES website, pay the NCEES examination fee, and sit for the Fundamentals examination.
  • Once you pass the FE or FS examination, you must then submit an application and $75.00 application fee to the Board to obtain certification as an EIT or LSIT.
  • You will use the NEW Online Portal to CONNECT with the Board to submit your application for certification as an EIT or LSIT. If you submitted a paper application prior to the launch of the NEW Online Portal (postmarked September 16, 2020 or prior), you do not need to resubmit an application through the Online Portal.

4. HOW TO CHECK THE STATUS OF YOUR APPLICATION

  • Once you submit your application for an EIT or LSIT certificate through the NEW Online Application Portal, you will be able to monitor status of the application review, address any deficiencies, and communicate with Board staff by logging into your user profile. You must allow the Board a minimum of 60 days from when you submit your application to process your application.
  • If you submitted your application prior to the launch of the Online Application Portal, you may contact the Board at (916) 999-3600 or BPELSG.EIT.LSIT@dca.ca.gov to check on the status of your application. You must allow the Board a minimum of 60 days from when you submit your application to process your application.

Questions and contact information: (916) 999-3600 or BPELSG.EIT.LSIT@dca.ca.gov.