Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying Bd.

Present Duties

Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying offices
The Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying leased office is in this Salem building. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
Since 1919, the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying (OSBEELS) has regulated the practice of engineering. In 1945, regulation of the land surveying profession was added. In 1987, OSBEELS absorbed administrative oversight for Certified Water Right Examiners, and in 2005, legislation was passed to include authority to regulate the practice of photogrammetric mapping.

The 11-member board, along with 15 staff, ensures that registered professional engineers, land surveyors, photogrammetrists and certified water right examiners are qualified in fields in which technical and professional knowledge and skills are required. This is accomplished by setting standards of qualification for licensure; ensuring only individuals fully qualified by education, experience and examination are granted the privilege by license to practice engineering, land surveying, photogrammetric mapping and water right examination in Oregon; requiring that all licensed practitioners maintain competency; reviewing relevant laws and rules and revising them expeditiously; vigorously and impartially pursuing enforcement of regulatory laws and rules by carefully investigating any complaints or information relating to violations; and effectively disseminating information regarding board goals and activities to licensees and the public.

OSBEELS transitioned to semi-independent status in 1999. It currently regulates more than 15,000 licensed professionals.​
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Contact Information

Mailing Address: 670 Hawthorne Ave. SE, Suite 220, Salem 97301
Telephone: 503-362-2666
Fax: 503-362-5454
Contact Jason Barbee, Administrator
Records Officer Email: Eric Engelson​
Location Map: by Google Maps

Legal & Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 672.240
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Records & Publications

State Archives Holdings from This Agency

The following are selected abbreviated listings from the holdings of the Oregon State Archives. Additional records may be available. These records may be viewed free of charge at the State Archives Building in Salem. Copies are available for a fee. Take the Web tour for more information about visiting or ordering copies from the Oregon State Archives.
Title: Board Meeting Minutes
Dates: 1960
Cubic Ft.: 1