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Arizona Engineering Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for engineering industry firms and individuals in Arizona.

This page provides an overview of engineering industry licensing in Arizona for individuals and firms. You will find state requirements, application fees, filing instructions, and more. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

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Arizona Engineering Company Licenses

Arizona Annual Branch Registration

Agency:Arizona State Board of Technical Registration
Notes:

A branch office registration must be filed for each branch office that is located in the state of Arizona and that is part of a firm registered with the board.

Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Annual Branch Registration 

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Annual Branch Registration (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by the initial registration anniversary date.

Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment

Form:

Annual Branch Registration (Amendment)

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Notify the board within 30 days of the effective date of the change.

Fact Checked:1/24/20

Arizona Annual Firm Registration

Agency:Arizona State Board of Technical Registration
Law:

A.R.S. § 32-141 et seq. 

Eligible Entity Types:
  • Business Corporations
  • Professional Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Professional Limited Liability Companies
  • Partnerships
Ownership Requirements:

Business Corporations:

  • Corporations can either ensure that at least one officer is a licensed professional in each of the regulated services the firm provides, or designate that the licensed individual(s) have full authority of the professional services offered by the firm.

Professional Corporations:

  • At least 1/2 of the shareholders, and at least 1/2 of the directors, and the president of the corporation must be licensed in one or more states to render the professional service(s) conducted by the firm.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • LLCs can either ensure that at least one member is a licensed professional in each of the regulated services the firm provides, or designate that the licensed individual(s) have full authority of the professional services offered by the firm.

Professional Limited Liability Companies:

  • All of the members of the PLLC must either be licensed individuals, a partnership having at least one partner who is licensed in Arizona, or a PC or PLLC.

Partnerships:

  • Partnerships can either ensure that at least one partner is a licensed professional in each of the regulated services the firm provides, or designate that the licensed individual(s) have full authority of the professional services offered by the partnership.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Annual Firm Registration 

Agency Fee:

$50

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Identify an Arizona licensed individual to act as the principal registrant for each office the firm has in Arizona.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Identify an Arizona licensed individual to act as the principal registrant for each office the firm has in Arizona.
  • Ensure that your Arizona entity meets ownership requirements.
  • Obtain a certificate of good standing from your business entity's home state (to be filed during the foreign qualification process). The certificate cannot be more than 60 days old when filing foreign qualification documents.
  • Obtain certified copies of your entity's formation documents (including amendments) from its home state to file during the foreign qualification process. These documents must be dated within 60 days of the date of application for foreign qualification.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. If a corporation or LLC, create an ecorp account and use the portal to create your business entity.
  2. If a partnership, file a certificate of partnership application with the Arizona Secretary of State.
  3. File a Firm Registration Application with the State Board of Technical Registration.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. Determine whether or not your business is required to foreign qualify. If not required, skip to number 5.
  2. If a foreign PC, obtain an approval statement from the Board of Technical Registration showing that the entity meets ownership requirements in Arizona before foreign qualifying with the Arizona Corporation Commission.
  3. If a corporation or LLC, create an ecorp account and use the portal to foreign qualify your business entity.
  4. If a partnership, file a foreign partnership registration application with the Arizona Secretary of State.
  5. File a Firm Registration Application with the State Board of Technical Registration.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Annual Firm Registration (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by the initial registration anniversary date.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment

Form:

Annual Firm Registration (Amendment)

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Notify the board within 30 days of the effective date of the change.

Fact Checked:1/24/20

Individual Licenses

Arizona Individual Engineering Licenses

Arizona Engineer-in-Training Designation

Agency:Arizona State Board of Technical Registration
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Fundamentals Exam Authorization

Agency Fee:

$100 application fee + $40 registration fee to be paid after passing the exam.

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Once issued, the engineer-in-training designation does not expire.

Arizona Geologist-in-Training Designation

Agency:Arizona State Board of Technical Registration
Fact Checked:8/20/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for In-Training Designation

Agency Fee:

$40

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Once issued, the geologist-in-training designation does not expire.

Arizona Land Surveyor-in-Training Designation

Agency:Arizona State Board of Technical Registration
Fact Checked:1/16/19

Exam Application

Form:

Land Surveyor Fundamentals Exam Packet

Agency Fee:

$100

Notes:

There is a separate $170 fee for the exam itself.

Fact Checked:1/21/19

Initial Registration

Agency Fee:

$40

Notes:

There is no separate registration form, simply submit the $40 fee after passing the exam.

Fact Checked:1/21/19

Registration Renewal

Not required



Surveyor-in-Training certificates do not expire.

Arizona Professional Engineer License

Agency:Arizona State Board of Technical Registration
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for NCEES Professional Engineer Exam Authorization

Agency Fee:

$100

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Professional Engineer Registration

Agency Fee:

$100 application fee + $225 registration fee due after the application is processed.

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Professional Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$225

Due:

Triennially during the quarter when the registration was first filed. For example, engineers who registered between January 1 and March 31 file every three years by March 31.

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Arizona Professional Geologist Registration

Agency:Arizona State Board of Technical Registration
Fact Checked:8/20/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Professional Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$225

Due:

Triennially during the quarter when the registration was first filed. For example, architects who registered between January 1 and March 31 file every three years by March 31.

Arizona Professional Land Surveyor Registration

Agency:Arizona State Board of Technical Registration
Fact Checked:1/16/19

Exam Application

Form:

Land Surveyor Professional Exam Authorization Packet

Agency Fee:

$100

Notes:

There is a separate $240 fee for the exam itself.

Fact Checked:1/21/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Land Surveyor Registration Packet

Agency Fee:

$100

Fact Checked:1/21/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Professional Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$225

Due:

Triennially during the quarter when the registration was first filed. For example, surveyors who registered between January 1 and March 31 file every three years by March 31.

Fact Checked:1/21/19

Learn about engineering licensing in other states:

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.

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