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Hi all, I believe the process is substantially different now that Civil applications use the BPELSG Connect portal.

Does anyone have an experience to share that includes the portal?

For me, I found out I passed the NCEES exam December 1st. Submitted a complete application on December 9th. My references took a bit of time to trickle in and the last one arrived December 30th.

Not a peep since then. There doesn’t seem to be a “technical review” stage - it’s just “Payment - Evaluation - Approval” and since I paid right away, I have been in “evaluation” since 12/9

I’m hoping that the 60-day clock started 12/9, not 12/30 but not optimistic.
There is no "60 day clock". There is/was just a message on the Board's website that stated "please allow 60 days before contacting the Board for status" The new dashboard status in the online Connect system will be your status check.
 

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My application was approved today for mechanical engineering. Total time was about 4.5 months. Hope this info helps any Mechanical Engineers who applied around the same time.

Application submitted: 9/13/21
Forwarded to technical review: 11/9/21
Technical review complete: 1/25/22
Application approved: 1/27/2022
 

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Hi there, just popping in to update. It turns out there still is a "technical review" although the portal doesn't show it until your application moves to that stage. Mine moved onto Technical Review sometime in the first two weeks of February. I'm still at Technical Review stage (as a refresher, my application was submitted 12/9).

I am frustrated of course as I'm at the top salary step of my current position and my career is essentially on hold until I'm licensed (I also don't want to commit to any time-consuming hobbies or plan any real vacations as I'll need to focus on the seismic and surveying exams if and when I'm approved to take them). But it doesn't seem there's much we can do about it...
 

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Hi everyone, some deficiencies were identified (4/8, about 4 months post-application, for the information of other applicants) that are completely baffling to me. Some of it might have been the case of trying to communicate too much in too small a space (fitting 30 months of work into 2 sentences is not easy) but others seem inexplicable...for example, I did 100% PS&E for a concrete/landscaped traffic circle (plus concrete splitter islands, roadway grading, and curb ramps that had to be custom-graded due to a site slope) and it was characterized as "traffic." I'm at a loss for how this could have been considered anything other than civil design. Perhaps I landed on the wrong keywords? Would appreciate any help via DM that anyone might be able to provide in how I seem to have failed at communicating my experience.
 

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To add another data point:

Application submitted: 1/10/22
Forwarded to technical review: 4/4/22

I will update as things change.
 

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Just as a quick question, has anyone figured out how to edit a reference in order to resolve a deficiency? The portal does not seem to allow it (even though the reviewer told me that I was permitted to do so. The UI for the portal definitely needs some work.
 

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Just as a quick question, has anyone figured out how to edit a reference in order to resolve a deficiency? The portal does not seem to allow it (even though the reviewer told me that I was permitted to do so. The UI for the portal definitely needs some work.
Are you a reference responding to an email to verify a work engagement? If so, then you can only access that specific reference portion of the engagement to edit and then resubmit.

If you are the applicant...once submitted, an engagement cannot be edited (same as if you typed it out and mailed it in). Depends on the nature of the deficiency, but if any portion of the engagement needs to be revised, you can just copy the engagement to create a new one then edit that before submitting it as a replacement. You can also respond to the deficiency with a message marking it as resolved.
 

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