Some features of this site are not compatible with older versions of Internet Explorer. Upgrade your browser to better experience this site.




Do I Qualify?

Applicants for the Structural Engineering Certification Board designation must meet the following exam and education requirements:


Applicant must have successfully passed 16 hours, or in the case of option 6 below, 15.5 hours of Professional Engineering Exams. Permitted examination combinations are:

  1. The NCEES Structural examination (16 hours).
  2. The NCEES SE I (8 hours) examination and the NCEES SE II (8 hours) examination.
  3. The NCEES Civil Engineering examination or the NCEES Architectural Engineering examination (8 hours) and the NCEES SE II (8 hours) examinations.
  4. The Western States Structural Engineering examination (16 hours).
  5. The NCEES SE II (8 hours) examination and the California SE III (8 hours) examination or the Washington SE III (8 hours) examination.
  6. The NCEES SE I (8 hours) examination or the NCEES Civil Engineering (8 hour) examination or the NCEES Architectural Engineering examination and the IStructE Structural Engineering (7.5 hours) examination.

The examination requirement described above need not be met for applicants holding an active license or registration (as applicable) in any U.S. jurisdiction to act in responsible charge of structural engineering projects. The license and/or registration must have been awarded at least 15 years prior to the application date, and must remain valid continuously through the time of application.


Applicant shall hold at least a B.S. in an engineering discipline and shall have successfully completed a total of at least 36 semester hours covering at least 6 of the 9 subject areas indicated below:

  1. Structural Analysis, including mechanics of material
  2. Advanced Structural Analysis (for example: Matrix Methods of Analysis)
  3. Structural Steel Behavior and Design
  4. Structural Concrete Behavior and Design
  5. Timber Behavior and Design
  6. Masonry
  7. Structural Dynamics
  8. Soil Mechanics/ Foundation Design
  9. Technical Writing

The Board may, in individual cases, waive a portion of the education requirements after consideration of the quality of an applicant’s engineering experience, including whether the applicant has graduated from an approved engineering curriculum, has achieved special honors or awards, has had numerous articles published in professional journals, has participated in the writing of textbooks relating to structural engineering, and any other attribute which the Board accepts as evidence that such applicant has outstanding and proven ability in the practice of structural engineering

Download flowchart below to see if you are qualified for SECB certification. 

 Questions? Let's Talk