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Connecticut Engineering Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for engineering industry firms and individuals in Connecticut.

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

Connecticut Certificate of Registration for Engineering Company

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection - Occupational and Professional Licensing Division
Law:

Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 20-299 to 20-310

Eligible Entity Types:
  • Business Corporations
  • Professional Service Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Professional Associations
  • Partnerships
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Ownership Requirements:

Business Corporations:

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

Professional Service Corporations:

  • At least two-thirds of the individual owners of a PC must be individually licensed and must own at least two-thirds of the voting interests.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • At least two-thirds of the individual members of an LLC must be individually licensed and must own at least two-thirds of the voting interests.

Professional Associations:

  • Each member of the association must be a licensed engineer.

Partnerships:

  • All partners must be licensed engineers.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Certificate of Registration for Professional Engineering Company

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$565

Notarize:Required
Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Ensure that your business entity will meet ownership requirements.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Ensure that your Connecticut 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 90 days old when filing foreign qualification documents.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with the Connecticut Secretary of State.
  2. Obtain a Certificate of Legal Existence (good standing) from the Connecticut Secretary of State to be filed with the license application.
  3. Submit an Application for Certificate of Registration for Professional Engineering Company to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File a foreign qualification application with the Connecticut Secretary of State.
  2. Submit an Application for Certificate of Registration for Professional Engineering Company to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection along with your Connecticut-issued foreign qualification certificate.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$375

Due:

Annually by the day prior to the date of initial registration.

Fact Checked:4/15/20

Connecticut Certificate of Registration for Land Surveying Company

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection - Occupational and Professional Licensing Division
Law:

Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 20-299 to 20-310 

Eligible Entity Types:

Connecticut allows land surveying firms to practice under most entity types, including corporations, professional corporations, and LLCs

Ownership Requirements:

At least two-thirds of the individual members of an LLC must be individually licensed and must own at least two-thirds of the voting interests. At least two-thirds of the individual members of a PC must be individually licensed and must own at least two-thirds of the voting interests. Business corporations do not have ownership requirements.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Certificate of Registration Application

Agency Fee:

$565

How to Apply:
  1. Secretary of State: Application for Certificate of Authority
  2. Department of Consumer Protection: Application for Certificate of Registration for Professional Land Surveying Company
Fact Checked:11/5/19

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$375

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Connecticut Geology Firm License

Not required



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

Connecticut Joint Practice License

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection - Occupational and Professional Licensing Division
Law:

Conn Gen Stat § 20-306b

Eligible Entity Types:
  • Business Corporations
  • Professional Service Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Professional Associations
  • Partnerships
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Ownership Requirements:

Business Corporations:

  • Persons licensed as architects, landscape architects, professional engineers, or land surveyors must own not
    less than 2/3 of the voting stock of the corporation.
  • Each profession must own a minimum of 20% of the voting stock of the
    company.

Professional Service Corporations:

  • Persons licensed as architects, landscape architects, professional engineers, or land surveyors must own not
    less than 2/3 of the voting stock of the corporation.
  • Each profession must own a minimum of 20% of the voting stock of the
    company.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • Persons licensed as architects, landscape architects, professional engineers, or land surveyors must own not
    less than 2/3 of the voting interest of the LLC.
  • Each profession must own a minimum of 20% of the voting interest of the
    company.

Professional Associations:

  • Each member of the association must be a licensed in one of the professions offered by the association.

Partnerships:

  • At least 1/2 of the partners or principals must be licensed architects and each member engaged in the practice of engineering must be licensed.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Joint Practice of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Professional Engineering, & Land Surveying

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$565

Notarize:Required
Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Ensure that your business entity will meet ownership requirements and that the firm has at least one licensed individual to act as the responsible party for each professional service.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Ensure that your Connecticut business entity will meet ownership requirements and that the firm has at least one Connecticut licensed individual to act as the responsible party for each professional service.
  • 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 90 days old when filing foreign qualification documents.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with the Connecticut Secretary of State.
  2. Obtain a Certificate of Legal Existence (good standing) from the Connecticut Secretary of State to be filed with the license application.
  3. Submit an Application for Architecture Corporation to the Connecticut Architectural Licensing Board.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File a foreign qualification application with the Connecticut Secretary of State.
  2. Submit an Application for Architecture Corporation to the Connecticut Architectural Licensing Board along with a certificate of good standing from the secretary of state of your entity's home state.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$375

Due:

Annually by April 30.

Fact Checked:4/15/20

Individual Licenses

Connecticut Individual Engineering Licenses

Connecticut Combined Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor License

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection - Occupational and Professional Licensing Division
Fact Checked:7/9/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$80

Fact Checked:7/9/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$225

Due:

Annually by January 31. Licenses issued in November and December do not need to be renewed in the first January after their issuance.

Fact Checked:7/9/19

Connecticut Engineer-in-Training Certification

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection - Occupational and Professional Licensing Division
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Engineer-in-Training Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$76

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Renewal Not Required

Not required



A license as an engineer-in-training shall remain valid for a period of ten years from the date upon which the applicant's first such license was issued by any state toward meeting in part the requirements in professional engineering or land surveying.

Connecticut Geologist License

Not required



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

Connecticut Land Surveyor License

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection - Occupational and Professional Licensing Division
Fact Checked:7/9/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Land Surveyor License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$80

Fact Checked:7/9/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$225

Due:

Annually by January 31. Licenses issued in November and December do not need to be renewed in the first January after their issuance.

Fact Checked:7/9/19

Connecticut Land Surveyor-in-Training License

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection - Occupational and Professional Licensing Division
Fact Checked:7/9/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Land Surveyor-in-Training License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$64

Fact Checked:7/9/19

Renewal Not Required

Not required



A license as a surveyor-in-training shall remain valid for a period of ten years from the date upon which the applicant's first such license was issued by any state toward meeting in part the requirements in professional engineering or land surveying.

Connecticut Professional Engineer License

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection - Occupational and Professional Licensing Division
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Engineer License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$80

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$285

Due:

Annually by January 31. Licenses issued in November and December do not need to be renewed in the first January after their issuance.

Fact Checked:2/3/20

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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