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Kansas Engineering Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for engineering industry firms and individuals in Kansas.

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

Kansas Certificate of Authorization for Business Entity (Engineering)

Agency:Kansas State Board of Technical Professions
Law:

K.S.A. 74-7036

Eligible Entity Types:
  • Business Corporations
  • Professional Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Partnerships
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Ownership Requirements:

Business Corporations:

  • At least one of the principal officers or directors, who is also a full-time employee, must be a Kansas licensed engineer.

Professional Corporations:

  • All of the shareholders, officers (other than secretary), and directors must be Kansas licensed engineers.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • At least one of the members, who is also a full-time employee, must be a Kansas licensed engineer.

Partnerships:

  • At least one of the partners, who is also a full-time employee, must be a Kansas licensed engineer.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

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

Form:

Certificate of Authorization for Business Entity

Agency Fee:

$170

Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Identify a Florida licensed individual to act as the qualifying architect and a Florida licensed individual to act as the responsible supervisor for each Florida branch office location.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Identify a Florida licensed individual to act as the qualifying architect and a Florida licensed individual to act as the responsible supervisor for each Florida branch office location.
  • Ensure that your Florida entity meets ownership requirements.
  • Obtain a certificate of good standing from your business entity's home state (to be filed during the foreign qualification process). The certificate cannot be more than 90 days old when filing foreign qualification documents.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. If a PC, email ksbtpadmin@ks.gov with the name of your principal in responsible charge, incorporators, and proposed business name to receive a verification document to file with the Secretary of State.
  2. File articles of incorporation/organization with the Secretary of State.
  3. Obtain a Certificate of Good Standing from the Kansas Secretary of State to file with license application.
  4. Submit a Certificate of Authorization for Business Entity application with the State Board of Technical Professions.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. Email ksbtpadmin@ks.gov with the name of your principal in responsible charge and proposed business name to receive a verification document to file with the Secretary of State.
  2. File a Foreign Entity Application for Registration with the Secretary of State.
  3. Obtain a Certificate of Good Standing from the Kansas Secretary of State to file with license application (If you determine not to foreign qualify with the Kansas Secretary of State instead include a letter detailing your intended use of a Certificate of Authorization and state your reason for not filing per K.S.A. 17-7932 to complete this requirement).
  4. Submit a Certificate of Authorization for Business Entity application with the State Board of Technical Professions.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

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

Form:

Paper Renewal Form for Business Entities

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$95

Due:

Business Entities with names beginning with A-L renew by December 31 in even numbered years; M-Z renew by December 31 in odd numbered years. 

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment
Principal in Responsible Charge Change

Form:

Principal in Responsible Change Form

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

In the event of a change of any principal, such change shall be provided to the board within 30 days after the effective date of such change.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Amendment
Change of Business Name

Form:

Name Change Form for Businesses

Agency Fee:

$0

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Amendment
Change of Business Address

Form:

Change of Address Form

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

The licensee shall notify the board in writing of any change of address within 30 days after the date of such change.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Kansas Certificate of Authorization for Business Entity (Geology)

Agency:Kansas State Board of Technical Professions
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Fact Checked:8/20/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business Entity Renewal Form

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$95

Due:

Business entities with names beginning with A-L renew by December 31 in even numbered years; M-Z renew by December 31 in odd numbered years.

Kansas Certificate of Authorization for Business Entity (Land Surveying)

Agency:Kansas State Board of Technical Professions
Law:

Kan. Stat Ann. 74- 7001 et. seq. 

Eligible Entity Types:

Kansas allows land surveying firms to practice under most entity types, including corporations, professional corporations, LLCs, professional LLCs, limited liability partnerships, and corporate partnerships.

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Fact Checked:11/5/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Certificate of Authorization for Business Entity

Agency Fee:

$170

How to Apply:
  1. Secretary of State: Application for Registration of Foreign Covered Entity
  2. State Board of Technical Professions: Certificate of Authorization for Business Entity

NOTE: The Secretary of State may request a certificate from the Board of Technical Professions verifying a principal’s professional license and company name before approving the foreign registration. The KSBTP does not offer a form for this certificate, it can be obtained by emailing “ksbtpadmin@ks.gov” with the name of the principal in responsible charge and the proposed business name.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Paper Renewal Form for Business Entities

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$95

Due:

Business Entities with names beginning with A-L renew by December 31 in even numbered years; M-Z renew by December 31 in odd numbered years. 

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:11/5/19

Individual Licenses

Kansas Individual Engineering Licenses

Kansas Engineer Intern Certificate

Agency:Kansas State Board of Technical Professions
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Intern Engineer Certificate

Agency Fee:

$20

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Intern certificates do not expire.

Kansas Geologist Intern Certificate

Agency:Kansas State Board of Technical Professions
Fact Checked:1/16/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Fundamentals of Geology Exam Application

Agency Fee:

$220

Fact Checked:1/21/19

Registration Renewal

Not required



Intern certificates do not expire.

Kansas Professional Engineer License

Agency:Kansas State Board of Technical Professions
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Professional Engineer License by Exam

Agency Fee:

$60

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$70

Due:

Biennially by April 30. Licensees with last names beginning with A through L must renew their license in even-numbered years. Those with last names beginning with letters M through Z must renew their license in odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Kansas Professional Geologist License

Agency:Kansas State Board of Technical Professions
Fact Checked:1/16/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Geologist by Exam Application

Agency Fee:

$310

Fact Checked:1/21/19

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$70

Due:

Biennially by June 30. Licensees with last names beginning with A through L must renew their license in even-numbered years. Those with last names beginning with letters M through Z must renew their license in odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:1/21/19

Kansas Professional Surveyor License

Agency:Kansas State Board of Technical Professions
Fact Checked:1/16/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Surveyor by Exam Application

Agency Fee:

$60

Notes:

There are separate fees for the exams.

Fact Checked:1/21/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$70

Due:

Biennially by March 31. Licensees with last names beginning with A through L must renew their license in even-numbered years. Those with last names beginning with letters M through Z must renew their license in odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:1/21/19

Kansas Surveyor Intern Certificate

Agency:Kansas State Board of Technical Professions
Fact Checked:1/16/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Fundamentals of Surveying Exam Application

Agency Fee:

$20

Notes:

There is a separate fee for the fundamentals exam.

Fact Checked:1/21/19

Registration Renewal

Not required



Intern certificates do not expire.

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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