Engineering Licensing Compliance Guide

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Colorado Engineering Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for engineering industry firms and individuals in Colorado.

This page provides an overview of engineering industry licensing in Colorado 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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Colorado Engineering Company Licenses

Colorado Engineering Firm License

Not required



Engineering Firm licensure is not required on the State level in Colorado.

Engineering firms are not licensed at the state level in Colorado. Business entities are permitted to practice engineering provided that they comply with CO Stat. § 12-25-104.

More information: Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors
Law:

CO Stat. § 12-25-104

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

Business Corporations:

  • Officers and directors need not be licensed, but the corporation must appoint a Colorado licensed individual to be responsible for all professional activities undertaken by the firm.

Professional Corporations:

  • Officers and directors need not be licensed, but the corporation must appoint a Colorado licensed individual to be responsible for all professional activities undertaken by the firm.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • Members need not be licensed, but the LLC must appoint a Colorado licensed individual to be responsible for all professional activities undertaken by the firm.

Professional Limited Liability Companies:

  • Members need not be licensed, but the PLLC must appoint a Colorado licensed individual to be responsible for all professional activities undertaken by the firm.

Limited Liability Partnerships:

  • Partners need not be licensed, but the LLP must appoint a Colorado licensed individual to be responsible for all professional activities undertaken by the firm.

Colorado Geology Firm License

Not required



Geology Firm licensure is not required on the State level in Colorado.

Colorado Land Surveying License

Not required



Land Surveying Firm licensure is not required on the State level in Colorado.

Land surveyor firms are not licensed at the state level in Colorado. Business entities are permitted to practice surveying provided that they comply with CO Stat. § 12-25-204.

More information: Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors

Individual Licenses

Colorado Individual Engineering Licenses

Colorado Engineer Intern Endorsement

Agency:Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$30

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Colorado Geologist License

Not required



Professional Geologist licensure is not required on the State level in Colorado.

Currently, Colorado does not require licensure or registration of geologists.

Colorado Land Surveyor Intern Enrollment

Agency:Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors
Fact Checked:1/16/19

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$30

Notes:

There is a separate fee for the fundamentals exam.

Fact Checked:1/21/19

Registration Renewal

Not required



Land Surveyor Intern enrollment is valid indefinitely or until a Professional Land Surveyor license is issued.

Colorado Land Surveyor License

Agency:Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors
Fact Checked:1/16/19

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Notes:

There are separate fees for the exams.

Fact Checked:1/21/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Renewal fees vary from year to year.

Due:

By October 31 of odd-numbered years.

Penalties:

$15 late fee for applications postmarked after October 31.

Fact Checked:1/21/19

Colorado Professional Engineer License

Agency:Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Renewal fees vary from year to year.

Due:

By October 31 of odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:11/2/18

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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