Engineering Licensing Compliance Guide

Engineering Licensing Compliance

Iowa Engineering Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for engineering industry firms and individuals in Iowa.

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

Iowa Engineering License

Not required



Firm licenses are not issued at the state level, however, a licensed individual must oversee all engineering work. Firms should consult board rules and state statutes before doing business.

More information: Iowa Professional Licensing Bureau - Engineering & Land Surveying Examining Board

Registration Not Required

Not required



Iowa Geology Firm License

Not required



Registration Not Required

Not required



Iowa Land Surveying License

Not required



Firm licenses are not currently required, however, individual surveyors should register with the Bureau of Professional Licensing.

More information: Iowa Professional Licensing Bureau - Engineering & Land Surveying Examining Board

Individual Licenses

Iowa Individual Engineering Licenses

Iowa Geologist License

Not required



Registration Not Required

Not required



Iowa Land Surveyor License

Agency:Iowa Professional Licensing Bureau - Engineering & Land Surveying Examining Board

Exam Application
Principles and Practice of Land Surveying Exam

Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$100

Initial Registration

Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$100 license fee prorated at 6-month intervals.

Notes:

After completing the necessary exams, applicants can apply for a license.

Registration Renewal

Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$100

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Iowa Professional Engineer License

Agency:Iowa Professional Licensing Bureau - Engineering & Land Surveying Examining Board

Exam Application
Principles and Practice of Engineering Exam

Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$100

Initial Registration

Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$100 license fee prorated at 6-month intervals.

Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

After completing the necessary exams, applicants can apply for a license.

Registration Renewal

Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$100

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

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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