Are you planning to take the Civil Engineering Board Exam?
Whether your answer is a yes, a maybe, or a not-anytime-soon, we encourage you to keep on reading! After all, civil engineering plays a significant role in nation-building, literally and figuratively, that having a head knowledge about this exam might save you (or your friend) once you decide to pursue a career in civil engineering someday.
This five-year course opens A LOT of careers that are both challenging and fulfilling. It includes a shot in being a project engineer, city planner, engineering firm owner, and more! If these career paths excite you, learn about the Civil Engineering Board Exam. You’ll need it to practice your hard-earned degree in this highly in-demand field!
What is the Civil Engineering Board Exam?
As part of the Professional Regulation Commission’s (PRC) mandate to oversee the different professions in the country, the Republic Act No.544 or the Civil Engineering Law requires aspiring civil engineers to take a written technical exam to measure their competence and evaluate whether they’re fit for this career or not.
Passing the Civil Engineering Licensure Exam is required for anyone who wants to practice civil engineering as a profession. So prepare well for it!
What is the coverage of the Civil Engineering Board Exam?
The Civil Engineering Licensure Exam is not an exam you can cram in an all-nighter study sesh. (Yup, no matter how much it worked for you in college!) Since the discipline is highly technical, the exam coverage will include a gazillion computations, analyses, and everything in between. Don’t worry, PRC will provide scratch sheets for you!
Based on the syllabi released by the Board of Mechanical Engineering, these are the subjects that will be included in the exam:
- Plane and spherical trigonometry
- Descriptive and solid geometry
- Differential and integral calculus
- Rational and applied mechanics
- Highway and railroad surveying
- Plane, topographic and hydrographic surveying
- Advance surveying
- Design and construction
- Highways and railroads
- Masonry structures
- Wooden and design and construction of highways and railroads, masonry structures, wooden and reinforced concrete buildings, bridges, towers, walls, foundations, piers, ports, wharves, aqueducts, sanitary engineering works, water supply systems, dikes, dams and irrigation, and drainage canals
For the complete list of topics under each subject area, check out the exam syllabi uploaded on the PRC website.
What is the passing rate for the Civil Engineering Board Exam?
To be a certified civil engineer, you must get a general average of 70% plus no grades lower than 50% in any of the subject areas. You can do that, right?
To keep you ~extra~ motivated when you take the exam, let’s look at how our aspiring civil engineers fare in the previous exams. Here’s the trend of the civil engineering licensure exam passing rates over the last three years:
|Exam Date||No. of Passers||Total No. of Examinees||Passing Rate|
What are the eligibility requirements of the Civil Engineering Board Exam?
Every licensure exam is regarded with high standards. After all, the board passers will eventually shape our country’s workforce! That’s why any person who wishes to take the Civil Engineering Licensure Exam must first qualify for eligibility. Here’s a checklist of PRC’s criteria for every board taker:
- At least 21 years old;
- A Filipino citizen
- Has a good reputation and moral character;
- Has graduated from a four-year civil engineering course in a government-recognized school, institute, college, or university.
What are the application requirements of the Civil Engineering Board Exam?
While the majority of the application process already takes place online, there’s still paperwork that needs to be done! According to PRC’s website, here are the documents you need to prepare when applying for the exam:
- NSO/PSA Birth Certificate
- Transcript of Records with scanned picture and Remarks “For Board Examination Purposes”
- Valid NBI Clearance
- Two (2) Certificates of Good Moral Character
- Examination fee payment (Php 900)
When getting a Good Moral Certificate, take note that the PRC requires you to request it from any two of the following: barangay, church, school, employer.
When is the Civil Engineering Board Exam schedule?
There are various licensure exams happening all year round where most, if not all, are occurring twice a year. Based on the 2019 licensure exams schedule released by the PRC, here are the upcoming dates to watch out for if you want to take the Civil Engineering Licensure Exam:
|Dates||Days||Place||Opening of Online Processing||Deadline in Filing of Applications||Target Release Date of Exam Results|
|May 5 & 6||Sunday & Monday||Manila
All Regional Offices
|November 16, 2018||April 5, 2019||May 10, 2019|
|November 9 & 10||Saturday & Sunday||Manila
Cagayan de Oro
|May 13, 2019||October 10, 2019||November 14, 2019|
How to apply for the Civil Engineering Board Exam?
There are days you’ll be thankful you live in a tech-savvy generation. Well, one of those days might just be the day you need to process your exam application! To get started, go ahead and access PRC’s Licensure Examination and Registration Information System (LERIS)!
Here’s a quick overview of your exam application process:
- Prepare all your requirements.
- Register and set up your LERIS account.
- Select the Civil Engineering Licensure Examination tab.
- Schedule an appointment with PRC.
- Choose your preferred payment method and pay for the exam fee.
- Print your application form.
- Proceed to the PRC on your appointment date and submit your requirements.
P.S. Note that your PRC account is your easy access to the site’s other services. For starters, when you need to process or renew your professional license! (This is our lowkey way of reminding you to remember your log-in credentials.)
Where can I check the Civil Engineering Board Exam results?
No matter how hard the exam might be, nothing’s more intense than the days that come after a.k.a. the waiting game! We can already imagine all the questions (and panic) that can flood you into overthinking if you did well in the exam. In these situations, we say keep calm and wait patiently!
As early as three working days, the PRC releases the official list of passers and top performing schools. Just check the PRC official website or go directly to the online verification portal! Should you pass the exam (and we know ya will!), expect your certificate of registration and professional license from the PRC after a month of the test release date.
Every year, thousands of civil engineers pass the board exam. Will you be the next one in the list? If they can do it, we’re pretty sure ya gonna nail the exam too. (pun intended) Start your application early. Study hard for it. And keep dreaming! Your hard hat is waiting for you.