Engineering Licensing Compliance Guide

Engineering Licensing Compliance

Georgia Engineering Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for engineering industry firms and individuals in Georgia.

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

Georgia Certificate of Authorization for Land Surveying Firms

Agency:Georgia Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
Eligible Entity Types:

Georgia allows surveying firms to practice under most entity types, including corporations, professional corporations, LLCs, and Professional LLCs

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Certificate of Authorization for Land Surveying Firms

Agency Fee:

$0

How to Apply:
  1. Secretary of State: Foreign entity registration
  2. Engineering and Land Surveying Board Certificate of Authorization

Registration Renewal

Form:

Online

Agency Fee:

$10

Due:

By June 30 of even-numbered years.

Notes:

Reinstatement of Lapsed Certificate: $500

Georgia Certificate of Authorization for Professional Engineering

Agency:Georgia Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
Law:

O.C.G.A. § 43-15-23

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

Business Corporations:

  • At least one of the principal officers must be a Georgia licensed engineer.

Professional Corporations:

  • All shareholders of Georgia PCs must be licensed to practice architecture.
  • At least one member of the board of directors and the president of a professional corporation shall be licensed to practice the profession for which the corporation is organized.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • At least one of the principal members must be a Georgia licensed engineer.

Partnerships:

  • At least one of the partners must be a Georgia licensed engineer.

Initial Registration

This section applies to engineering firms that are applying for a license in Georgia for the first time. If you already have a license and are looking to renew it, please see the renewal section.

Form:

Application for Certificate of Authorization for Professional Engineering

Agency Fee:

$0

Turnaround:

About 15 days.

Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Ensure that your business entity will meet ownership requirements.
  • Identify a Georgia licensed engineer to act as the professional in charge of the firm's engineering activities for each office location in Georgia.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Obtain a certificate of good standing from your entity's home state showing that your entity is actively registered to file with your foreign qualification application (certificates cannot be more than 90 days old at the time of filing).
  • If using a DBA in your home state, also obtain a copy of the resolution of the board of directors, certified by the entity’s secretary, adopting the name (to be filed with your foreign qualification application).
  • Ensure that your Georgia entity will meet ownership requirements.
  • Identify a Georgia licensed engineer to act as the professional in charge of the firm's engineering activities for each office location in Georgia.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with the Secretary of State - Corporations Division.
  2. Submit an Application for Certificate of Authorization for Professional Engineering to the Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. Determine whether or not your entity will need to foreign qualify in Georgia. If not required, skip to number 3.
  2. File foreign qualification documents with the Secretary of State - Corporations Division.
  3. Submit an Application for Certificate of Authorization for Professional Engineering to the Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

Registration Renewal

This section applies to engineering firms that are already licensed in Georgia and need to renew their license.

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$10

Due:

By June 30 of even-numbered years.

Notes:

Reinstatement of Lapsed Certificate: $500

Amendment

Due:

Within 30 days of the effective date of the change.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

Notify the board in writing with any changes via fax or mail. The company address can be changed online.

Georgia Geology Firm License

Not required



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

More information: Georgia Board of Geologists

Registration Not Required

Not required



Individual Licenses

Georgia Individual Engineering Licenses

Georgia Engineer-in-Training Certificate

Agency:Georgia Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Georgia Land Surveyor Intern Certificate

Agency:Georgia Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Georgia Professional Engineer License

Agency:Georgia Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

By December 31 of even-numbered years.

Georgia Professional Geologist Registration

Agency:Georgia Board of Geologists

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Registration as a Professional Geologist

Agency Fee:

$30 Application fee + $220 exam part 1 fee + $250 exam part 2 fee.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$90

Due:

Dec 31 odd years

Georgia Professional Land Surveyor License

Agency:Georgia Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

By December 31 of even-numbered years.

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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