Credential Evaluations FAQs
What are the exam registration requirements?
Every U.S. state and foreign entity that offers NCEES exams has unique requirements that examinees must meet before they are allowed to sit for their exams. To begin the registration process, select the state board or foreign entity you plan to register with and read about their application process.
How do I find out if my degree is accredited?
You do not need an evaluation if your degree was accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET at the time of your graduation. If you aren’t sure whether your degree program is EAC-accredited, you can search for it at the ABET website. If your program is not listed, you will likely need to have your educational credentials evaluated by NCEES.
How do I begin the evaluation process?
Create or log into your MyNCEES account and then add your education information. In order to have your education information verified, you will need to send an NCEES-generated form to your educational program. Once the requested information is received by NCEES, you can begin your evaluation.
- What is an NCEES Credentials Evaluation?
An NCEES Credentials Evaluation compares a licensure candidate’s college-level education to the NCEES Engineering Education Standard to evaluate if it is comparable to a typical US-based engineering degree. If your college-level coursework meets the standard, your evaluation report will indicate this. If it does not, your report will indicate any areas of deficiency.
- What is the NCEES Engineering Education Standard?
The NCEES Engineering Education Standard reflects generally agreed-upon educational qualifications for entering the profession.
- How do I know if I need an evaluation?
Most applicants are referred to the NCEES Credentials Evaluation Service by a state licensing board. It is designed primarily for candidates who have earned a degree outside of the United States and are pursuing licensure through one of the state boards.
NCEES Records Program applicants who do not have an EAC/ABET-accredited degree must have their education evaluated by the NCEES Credentials Evaluation Service, which is the only service accepted by all state licensing boards. The completed evaluation will become a part of your NCEES Record.
You do not need an evaluation if your degree was EAC/ABET-accredited at the time of your graduation.
- What materials are needed to complete the application process?
All applicants must provide the following from all universities attended and for all college-level coursework and degrees earned.
- Official academic transcript
- Official diploma or certificate of graduation
- Official course descriptions
- Do I have to purchase a Credentials Evaluation before I can submit my documentation?
No. Applicants must submit all required documentation and it must be verified before they will be eligible to purchase an evaluation.
- Why don't I have the option to purchase an evalutation from my MyNCEES dashboard?
Once all of your documents have been received and verified, you will have the option to purchase a Credentials Evaluation from your MyNCEES dashboard.
- How long will it take to complete my evaluation?
A credentials evaluation is typically completed within 15 business days from the date of purchase.
- Can I monitor the status of my Credentials Evaluation application?
Yes. You can monitor the status of your application through your MyNCEES account. To monitor the receipt of your documentation, select update education from you profile, which is located in the drop-down menu next to your username at the top of the screen. The status of each document will be noted below the appropriate school entry. When all documents have been received and verified, you will have the option to purchase an evaluation from your MyNCEES dashboard.
- Do my official documents have to be provided in English?
Yes. All official documents in the native language must be accompanied by literal English translations, which must be completed by a certified translation service
Academic Transcript FAQs
- Do I have to provide the required documentation for every school I attended?
Yes. You must provide the required documentation for all schools Delays in processing your application will occur if all universities, colleges, and technical schools attended are not listed. You must include graduate work, U.S. degrees, evening school, community college courses, CLEP exams, and any other education for which academic credit is given.
- Do I need to include training courses for which no academic credit is given?
No. Do not list training courses for which no academic credit is given. Examples include short courses and Army, Navy, or Air Force service schools.
- Do I have to send an official transcript from each school?
Yes. Your evaluation will not be completed until all necessary official transcripts are received. Official transcripts must be received directly from the institution. They will not be accepted from any other source. This includes those in a sealed envelope that you may have in your possession.
- Does my transcript have to include anything specific?
Yes. Transcripts must include the specific topics and/or titles of all courses taken. Courses that do not have a title will be placed in the “other” category during the evaluation process.
- My institution won't reproduce my transcripts. Will you accept a photocopy of my original academic transcript?
NCEES will accept photocopies of your original academic transcript if it is received directly from the institution and is officially attested/verified as a true copy by the appropriate school authority. To accomplish this, send a copy of your transcript and a completed copy of the Transcript Request Form to the university’s registrar or controller of exams and have them verify and stamp the copy as a true copy. The institution must include the completed Transcript Request Form in the return package to NCEES. NCEES will use the postmark and original completed Transcript Request Form for document verification.
- How do I request official transcripts?
Official transcript requests are part of the Credentials Evaluation application process. Follow the instructions and prompts within the system as appropriate.
- What if my institution won’t mail the documents to NCEES?
Provide the institution with a postage paid envelope addressed to NCEES Credentials Evaluations Service. Make sure you include your MyNCEES account number. The institution must include the completed Transcript Request Form in the return package. NCEES will use the postmark and original completed Transcript Request Form for document verification.
- What if my institution requires someone to appear in person to receive the documents?
If you have to have someone receive the documents in person on your behalf, the package must include the official documents, the original completed Transcript Request Form, and it must be mailed directly to NCEES Credentials Evaluation Service from the institution or city. NCEES will use the postmark and original completed Transcript Request Form for document verification.
- Does my official transcript have to be in English?
Yes. If official documents cannot be provided in English, a translation from a certified translation company is required. Copies of foreign education documents are not acceptable. Original language documents must still arrive to NCEES directly from the institution.
Official Diploma or Certificate of Graduation FAQs
- What does the official diploma or certificate of graduation need to include?
In order to verify your degree, your official diploma or certificate of graduation must include the title of the degree, the discipline of the degree, and the date the degree was conferred.
- Do I have to submit an official diploma or certificate of graduation if my official transcript includes the required information?
No. If your official transcript includes the title of your degree, the discipline of the degree, and the date the degree was conferred, it does not need to be submitted.
- My university does not include or will not send a copy of the diploma with my transcript. Can I submit a copy instead?
Yes. NCEES will accept a color copy of the diploma from you as long as it is notarized by a U.S. or Canadian Notary Public. The notary stamp and contact information must be viewable. You may mail the document to NCEES or scan it into a PDF and send it as an attachment to a help ticket within MyNCEES. Be sure to select Education Evaluation and Subject Diploma when submitting your help ticket.
- Does my official diploma or certificate of graduation have to be provided in English?
Yes. If official documents cannot be provided in English, a translation from a certified translation company is required. Both the native language document and the translated version must be submitted.
- Can I submit a provisional certificate of graduation?
Provisional certificates are accepted within one year of graduation only.