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Licensing requirements for Illinois engineers and firms.

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Illinois Geology Firm License

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More information: Illinois Board of Licensing for Professional Geologists

Registration Not Required

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Illinois Professional Design Firm Registration

Agency:Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Law:

225 ILCS 305

Ownership Requirements:

For architecture firms, two-thirds of the board of directors, in the case of a corporation, or two-thirds of the general partners, in the case of a partnership, or two-thirds of the members, in the case of an LLC must be licensed under the laws of any state to practice architecture, engineering, land surveying, or structural engineering. There are no ownership requirements for engineering, land surveying, or structural engineering firms.

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Design Firm Registration Application

Instructions:

Authority to transact business in Illinois must be obtained from the Illinois Secretary of State's Office prior to registering with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. 

Agency fee:

$75

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$75

Due:

Expires on April 30 of every odd year.

Notes:

Renewal notices are mailed 2 months prior to the expiration date.

Amendment

Agency fee:

$0

Due:

Within 2-4 weeks of changes.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

Notify the board and supply documentation when firm information changes.

Reinstatement

Agency fee:

$75 for each renewal period missed + $50 late fee

Notes:

Send the board a letter requesting reinstatement along with the appropriate fees. If the license has been expired for 5 or more years, the license holder should apply for a new license.

Individual Licenses

Illinois Individual Engineering Licenses

Illinois Engineer Intern License

Agency:Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Engineering Examination/License Application

Agency fee:

$20 exam fee + $20 enrollment fee.

Registration Renewal

Not required



Illinois Professional Engineer License

Agency:Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Engineering Examination/License Application

Agency fee:

$100 exam fee + $100 license fee.

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$60

Due:

By November 30 of odd-numbered years.

Illinois Professional Geologist License

Agency:Illinois Board of Licensing for Professional Geologists

Initial Registration

Form:

Geologist Examination Application

Agency fee:

$250

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$150

Due:

By March 31 of odd-numbered years.

Illinois Structural Engineer Intern License

Agency:Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

Registration Renewal

Not required



Illinois Structural Engineer License

Agency:Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

Initial Registration

Form:

Structural Engineering Examination/License Application

Agency fee:

$100 exam fee + $100 license fee.

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$60

Due:

By November 30 of even-numbered years.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

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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