Engineering Licensing Compliance
Like many professional industries, practicing as an engineer requires a unique set of licenses. Whether you are a principal of an engineering firm, an employee within a firm, or a recent graduate starting your career, you will face certification and licensing requirements at every level of your career.
Adhering to professional licensing requirements is key to maintaining your legal authority to practice engineering. Beyond that, full compliance demonstrates that you have the engineering skills and judgement to safely practice your trade. Failing to observe engineering industry requirements can result in state imposed penalties and even denial, revocation, or suspension of your license.
The good news? An experienced, dedicated compliance partner can help you take a proactive approach to maintaining engineering licensure and certification. Contact Harbor Compliance today to help you simplify the professional licensing process.
The following guide contains an overview of engineering firm licensing and specific board requirements in each state.
Licenses for Professional Engineers
Explore requirements for becoming a licensed professional engineer, including education, exams, training, applications, and state application processes.
Read more about Professional Engineer Licenses.
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.
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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