Engineering Licensing Compliance Guide

Learn about licensing requirements for engineering firms and engineers.
Engineering Licensing Compliance
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In any state where you provide services, you generally need to maintain registrations with multiple government agencies, from secretaries of state and licensing boards to departments of revenue.

And beyond those entity-level requirements, you have individual licenses of your 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 firm licenses, and maintaining individual professional engineer licenses.

In addition to our online resources, we provide complete compliance solutions for engineering 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.

Individual Engineering Licensing

Licenses for Individual Engineers

Explore requirements for becoming a licensed engineer, including education, exams, training, applications, and state application processes.

Read more about Individual Engineer Licenses.

Engineering Firm Licensing

Licensing for Engineering Firms

Find out everything you need to know to license your firm in your home state and beyond, so you’re always ready to bid opportunities and provide services.

Read more about Engineering Firm Licenses.

Licensing 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.

Engineering License Service

Our experts help engineering firms, land surveying firms, and their professionals manage licensing nationwide.

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