50-State Engineering Licensing Compliance Guide

Save time and money managing complex professional licensing requirements.
Side view of a long, arched bridge

Before providing engineering or engineering-related services in a state, it is important to understand the licensing requirements that may apply to your firm. Many state boards of engineering and secretaries of state require registration when engineering industry firms conduct business in their state.

Our managed software solution can save you time, effort, and money. We are experts in AEC compliance requirements. We can help you as much or as little as you require. We efficiently manage the registrations, filings, and renewals needed to maintain good standing across the USA.

Content Featured By
Engineering News-Record logo
National Society of Professional Engineers logo
American Council of Engineering Companies logo
Civil and Structrual Engineer logo
PSMJ Resources, Inc. logo

Beyond entity-level requirements, firms also have individual licenses of qualifiers to track and maintain. This guide provides all the relevant resources you need to manage these requirements, including registering your entity in new states, managing certificates of authorization, and maintaining individual professional licenses.

In addition to our online resources, we provide complete compliance solutions for engineering industry firms, including advanced software for licensing, tax, and entity management and a suite of service packages to provide your staff with guidance and support from AE compliance specialists.

Licensing for Engineering Firms

Find out everything you need to know to license your firm and manage renewals, so you’re always ready to bid opportunities and provide services.

Biomedical Engineering Firm Licensing
Engineering Firm Licensing
Geology Firm Licensing
Hydrology Firm Licensing
Land Surveying Firm Licensing
Soil Science Firm Licensing
Structural Engineering Firm Licensing

Licenses for Engineers

Explore requirements for becoming a licensed engineer, including education, exams, training, applications, and state application processes. And remember to keep up with continuing education requirements and file your renewals.

Hazardous Materials Transportation Licensing
Nuclear Engineering Licensing
Professional Engineer Licensing
Professional Geologist Licensing
Professional Land Surveyor Licensing
Professional Mechanical Engineering Licensing

Explore Engineering Licenses by State

Design Firm - Engineering firm registration is sometimes grouped with architecture and land surveying on a single “design firm” application form.

EI (Engineering Intern) - A term also used to describe an Engineer in Training.

EIT (Engineer in Training) - A professional designation granted upon having completed at least 3 years of school at an ABET-accredited university and having passed the FE exam.

FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) - An exam testing on basic engineering principles that is required to become an engineer in training.

PE (Professional Engineer or 'Principles and Practice in Engineering') - Means either Professional Engineer or refers to the Principles and Practice in Engineering exam that is a prerequisite for an engineering license.

Reciprocity - When a licensed engineer in one state can provide documentation (often an NCEES Record) to more easily apply for a license in another jurisdiction.

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
Accrediting board that sets standards for university programs in a variety of applied science disciplines.

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
Engineering, architecture, and land surveying advocacy group.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Organization that provides continuing education, professional conferences, and advocacy efforts to the civil engineering community.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Mechanical engineering organization that focuses on education and professional development.

Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC)
Reviews accreditation requirements and makes final decisions regarding the accreditation process.

National Council of Examiners for Engineering & Surveying (NCEES)
Develops, administers, and scores the exams used for engineering licenses.

National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
NSPE is an advocacy group for professional engineers.

Outsource your Engineering Firm Licenses    * Eliminate your filing workload and gain peace
                 of mind   * Maintain visibility into future deadlines through the License Manager  software   *
                 Simple package pricing from $500 to $2,000 per license, plus filing fees  Order Online