TITLE 68: PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
CHAPTER VII: DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL AND PROFESSIONAL REGULATION
SUBCHAPTER b: PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
PART 1480 THE STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING PRACTICE ACT OF 1989
SECTION 1480.150 EXAMINATION


 

Section 1480.150  Examination

 

a)         Prior to the April 2011 exam administration, the examination for licensure as a structural engineer shall be divided into 3 Parts.

 

1)         Fundamentals of Engineering.  This examination shall consist of problems or other examining techniques designed to evaluate the applicant's knowledge of the basic and engineering sciences and related subjects normally considered as the fundamentals of engineering.

 

2)         Structural I Examination.  This examination shall be 8 hours in duration and shall consist of problems or other examining techniques relating to designs in or to the practice of structural engineering as described in Section 5 of the Act.

 

3)         Structural II Examination.  This examination shall be 8 hours in duration and shall consist of problems or other examining techniques relating to designs in structural engineering, including seismic design.  These problems may include, but not be limited to, bridges, buildings, foundations, and seismic and lateral forces.   

 

b)         Beginning with the April 2011 exam administration, the examination for licensure as a structural engineer shall be divided into 2 Parts.

 

1)         Fundamentals of Engineering.  This examination shall consist of problems or other examining techniques designed to evaluate the applicant's knowledge of the basic and engineering sciences and related subjects normally considered as the fundamentals of engineering.

 

2)         16-hour Structural Examination.  This examination shall consist of two 8‑hour components: the Vertical Forces (gravity/other) and Incidental Lateral component and the Lateral Forces (wind/earthquake) component.  An applicant must receive acceptable results on both 8-hour components to pass the Structural examination.  An applicant may sit for each component in separate exam administrations but must receive acceptable results on both components within a five-year period.  The problems may include, but not be limited to, bridges, buildings, foundations, or the practice of structural engineering as described in Section 5 of the Act.  This examination replaces the Structural I and Structural II examinations.

 

3)         No credit will be accepted for passing either the Structural I or the Structural II examination, if both the examinations were not passed prior to the April 2011 examination administration.

 

c)         The examination administered by the Division shall be provided by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).  The specific examination content shall be as determined by periodic evaluations of the test specifications by NCEES.

 

d)         The scoring of the examinations and determination of scores shall be as approved by NCEES.

 

e)         Separate scores shall be given for the Fundamentals of Engineering, Structural I and Structural II and/or the 16-hour Structural.  All scores shall be graded as pass or fail.  Once an applicant fails a Part of the examination, that Part shall not be waived.

 

f)         Candidates may not review their examination booklet or the associated answer sheets.  Rescoring of the examination or any individual problem is not permitted; however, a retabulation of the numerical score will be permitted for a paper examination, but no retabulation of a computer-based examination is allowed.

 

g)         Retake of Examination

 

1)         Applicants shall be required to retake only the Part on which a passing score was not achieved.

 

2)         If an applicant fails to pass an examination for licensure under this Act within 3 years after filing the application, the application shall be denied.  However, the applicant may thereafter make a new application for examination, accompanied by the required fee (Section 1480.195).  New applications shall include proof of meeting the qualifications for examination in effect at the time of the new application except as provided for in subsection (g)(1).

 

h)         Successful scores of previously passed Parts of the examination shall be accepted for the purpose of licensure provided the applicant has met all other requirements for licensure as outlined in the Act.  For these purposes, the most recent score on a Part shall be the score of record.  In no circumstances shall the Division accept a previous passing score on a Part for an applicant whose score of record is a failing score.

 

i)          After the October 2010 examination administration, if an applicant has not passed both the Structural I and II examinations, the applicant will be required to take and pass the 16-hour Structural examination and will receive no credit for passing either the Structural I or the Structural II examinations.

 

j)          Examinations may be given in various formats with different application submittal dates depending on the examination format.  For examinations administered in paper form in October and April, the application deadline is November 15 for the April exam and May 15 for the October exam.  For examinations administered continuously in a computer-based format, there is no deadline for submittal of the application.  Computer-based examinations will be offered at times and in manners prescribed by NCEES.  If approved for any examination, paper or computer-based, the applicant will be allowed to test for three years after the date of receipt of the application by the Department, with no limit on the number of times the examination may be taken.

 

k)         Any person who is licensed in Illinois as a Structural Engineer will not be allowed to retake a passed examination or take a different version of the structural examination unless specifically required to do so by the Board. 

 

(Source:  Amended at 39 Ill. Reg. 14876, effective November 13, 2015)