Chemical Engineering Licensure Exam Schedule, Subjects

The field of chemical engineering is vital in shaping various industries and technologies, ensuring the safe and efficient production of goods and services.

In the Philippines, aspiring chemical engineers must undergo the Chemical Engineering Licensure Exam to obtain professional recognition and enhance their career prospects.

The Chemical Engineering Licensure Exam in the Philippines is administered by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Board of Chemical Engineering. The exam is conducted twice a year, usually in the months of May and November. Passing this exam is a crucial step for individuals seeking to become licensed chemical engineers in the country.

The licensure exam assesses the competencies and knowledge required to ensure the safety, efficiency, and ethical practice of chemical engineering professionals. Obtaining a license not only enhances professional credibility but also opens doors to various job opportunities, both locally and internationally.


Chemical Engineering Board Exam Schedule

The First Batch of the Chem Eng Licensure Exam for the year 2023 is on May 16,17 and 18. The start of application is on February 16, 2023, until April 18, 2023. Refer to the table below for the complete details.

CHEMICAL ENGINEERSMay 16, 17 & 18NCR, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, and RosalesFebruary 16, 2023April 18, 2023May 22, 2023

While the second batch of the Chemical Engineering Board Exam is set on October 14, 15 & 16. The application will start on July 14, 2023, until September 15, 2023. Refer to the table below.

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Name of ExaminationDate of ExamPlace/sOpening of Online ApplicationDeadline of ApplicationTarget Date of Release of Exam
CHEMICAL ENGINEERSOctober 14, 15 & 16NCR, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, and RosalesJuly 14, 2023September 15, 2023October 18, 2023

Qualifications for Chemical Engineering Exam

To be eligible for the Chemical Engineering Licensure Exam, applicants must meet certain criteria set by the PRC. The general requirements include:

  1. A Filipino Citizen
  2. A degree in Chemical Engineering from a recognized educational institution.
  3. Completion of the necessary academic units and practical training as specified by the PRC.
  4. Good moral character and not convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude.

Chemical Engineering Licensure Exam (CELE) Requirements

pplicants must submit the following documents to the PRC to apply for the CELE:

  • NSO / PSA Birth Certificate
  • NSO / PSA Marriage Contract (for married female applicants)
  • Transcript of Records with scanned picture and Remarks “For Board Examination Purposes”
  • Valid NBI Clearance (First Timers & Repeaters)
  • Payment: P900.00 – compete

Chemical Engineering Board Exam Subjects

Here is the coverage for the Chem Eng Licensure Exam:

Physical and Chemical Principles – 30%

  1. General Inorganic Chemistry
    1. Matter and energy
    2. Theory of atoms and molecules
    3. Chemical periodicity
    4. Calculation principles in chemical changes
    5. Chemical bonding, solutions
    6. Chemical equilibrium
    7. Chemical kinetics
    8. Nuclear chemistry
  2. Organic Chemistry
    1. Structural characteristics and reaction mechanism of different organic compounds:
      1. Aliphatic
      2. Aromatics
      3. Arenas
      4. Alcohols
      5. Aldehydes
      6. Ketones
      7. carboxylic acids
      8. Carbohydrates
      9. amino acids
      10. and proteins
  3. Analytical Chemistry
    1. Theory and practice of gravimetric and volumetric analysis methods and their application in analysing acids, bases, salts, and minerals.
  4. Physical Chemistry
    1. Properties of gases, liquids, solids, and solutions
    2. Introduction to first and second laws of thermodynamics
    3. Thermochemistry
    4. Homogeneous and heterogeneous equilibria
    5. Transference and conductance of ionized solutions
    6. Electrochemistry.
  5. Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
    1. First and second laws of thermodynamics
    2. P-V-T relationships of fluids
    3. Heat effects
    4. Thermodynamics of flow processes
    5. Power and refrigeration cycles
    6. Phase equilibria
    7. Chemical reaction equilibrium
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Chemical Engineering Principles – 40%

  1. Chemical Engineering Calculations
    1. Elementary mass and energy balances
    2. Stoichiometry
    3. Principles of equilibrium applicable to unit operations and processes
    4. Material and energy balances apply to industrial processes, e.g., gaseous, liquid, solid fuels, sulphur, nitrogen compound, etc.
  2. Reaction Kinetics
    1. Principles and applications of chemical kinetics to the building of chemical reactors
  3. Unit Operations
    1. Principles of fluid mechanics
    2. Heat, mass, and momentum transfer
    3. Separation processes; stage-wise operations
  4. Plant Design
    1. Application of physical and chemical principles in the design of industrial plants or parts thereof involving the development of process flow sheets, mass and energy balances, and equipment design
  5. Chemical Process Industries
    1. Unit processes and operations involved in the inorganic and organic chemical industries
  6. Biochemical Engineering
    1. Aspects of biological sciences, primarily microbiology and biochemistry, are applicable to process industries.
  7. Environmental Engineering
    1. Types of pollutants
    2. Physical, chemical, and biological processes applicable to pollution control and abatement
  8. Instrumentation and Process Control
    1. Principles and operations of a wide variety of process instruments and the proper selection thereof for practical industrial application
  9. Laws, Contracts, and Ethics
    1. Legal and ethical issues related to the practice of chemical engineering, including intellectual property and environmental laws

General Engineering – 30%

  1. Mathematics
    1. Algebra
    2. Trigonometry
    3. Analytic Geometry
    4. Differential Calculus
    5. Differential Equation
    6. Statistics & Probability Theory
  2. Physics
    1. Mechanics
    2. Waves
    3. Sound
    4. Heat
    5. Electricity
    6. Magnetism
    7. Light
  3. Engineering Mechanics
    1. Statics and Dynamics
    2. Free Body Concepts
    3. Equilibrium of Coplanar and non-coplanar systems
    4. Analysis of Frames and Trusses
    5. Friction
    6. Centroids and Moments of Inertia
    7. The motion of Particles and Rigid Bodies
    8. Mass, Force, and Acceleration
    9. Work and Energy
    10. Impulse and Momentum
  4. Strength and Materials
    1. Axial Stress and Strain
    2. Stresses in Torsion and Bending
    3. Combined Stresses
    4. Bean Deflections
    5. Indeterminate Beams
    6. Elastic Instability
  5. Engineering Economics
    1. Introductory financial accounting
    2. Financial Mathematics
    3. Time Value of Money
    4. Break-even Analysis Capital Investment Decision Criteria
    5. Engineering-Oriented Applications
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Remarks: Use of Perry’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook (7th, 8th or 9th editions) and updated Periodic Table shall be allowed ONLY in “Physical and Chemical Principles” and in “Chemical Engineering Principles”.

In the “General Engineering, Ethics and Contracts” subject, the use of Handbook and Periodic Table is strictly not allowed.


In conclusion, the Chemical Engineering Licensure Exam in the Philippines is a significant step towards becoming a licensed chemical engineer.

Remember, the journey to becoming a licensed professional requires dedication, perseverance, and a strong foundation in chemical engineering principles. Good luck to all future chemical engineers preparing for the licensure exam!