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Massachusetts Engineering Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for engineering industry firms and individuals in Massachusetts.

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

Massachusetts Engineering Firm License

Not required



Engineering Firm licensure is not required on the State level in Massachusetts.

Engineering firms may need to file a regulatory board certificate with the secretary of state prior to forming a professional entity.

More information: Massachusetts Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and of Land Surveyors
Law:

Mass. Gen. Laws C. 112 § 81R

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

Business Corporations:

  • A corporation may provide or offer to provide engineering services in Massachusetts only if a Massachusetts licensed engineer has management responsibility for that part of the business.

Professional Corporations:

  • Each of the incorporators, shareholders, the president, any vice presidents, and a majority of the directors must be licensed to perform a professional service provided by the firm.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • An LLC may provide or offer to provide engineering services in Massachusetts only if a Massachusetts licensed engineer has management responsibility for that part of the business.

Professional Limited Liability Companies:

  • A PLLC may provide or offer to provide engineering services in Massachusetts only if a Massachusetts licensed engineer has management responsibility for that part of the business.

Partnerships:

  • A partnership may provide or offer to provide engineering services in Massachusetts only if a Massachusetts licensed engineer has management responsibility for that part of the business.

Limited Liability Partnership:

  • An LLP may provide or offer to provide engineering services in Massachusetts only if a Massachusetts licensed engineer has management responsibility for that part of the business.

Massachusetts Geology Firm License

Not required



Geoscience Firm licensure is not required on the State level in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Land Surveying License

Not required



Land Surveying Firm licensure is not required on the State level in Massachusetts.

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  • Although not requiring express licensure with the Board, a co- partnership, corporation or joint stock association may practice land surveying provided that the person in direct charge, control, and supervision of the practice is a land surveyor holding a Massachusetts certificate of registration and is an active participant in the contracting, reporting, publishing, scheduling, etc. of professional services being offered by the firm.
  • Surveyor firms may need to file a regulatory board certificate with the secretary of state prior to forming a professional entity.
More information: Massachusetts Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and of Land Surveyors
Law:

Licensing Statute – Mass. Gen. Laws C. 112 § § 81D through 81T

Licensing Regulations – 250 C.M.R. 2.00 through 7.00

Individual Licenses

Massachusetts Individual Engineering Licenses

Massachusetts Geologist License

Not required



Professional Geoscientist licensure is not required on the State level in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Professional Engineer License

Agency:Massachusetts Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and of Land Surveyors
Allow Digital Signatures?Yes
Digital Signature Guidelines:

(6) Any document bearing the Registrant's seal must also be appropriately dated and signed with either a legible hand written Signature adjacent to (not obscuring) the seal or a properly encrypted digital Signature, in compliance with 250 CMR...(8) The Registrant must take reasonable steps to prevent the Registrant's seal or digital Signature encryption key from being lost, stolen or out of the Registrant's personal possession or control. (9) The Registrant shall not allow another person to use the Registrant's seal or digital Signature encryption key....(11) When a digital Signature is applied to an Instrument of Service, it must have an electronic authentication process attached to it that is uniquely associated with the Registrant, can be authenticated by the recipient, and is uniquely linked to the underlying documents in a manner that will invalidate the digital Signature if any part of the document is changed.

250 CMR 5.03

Allow Digital Sealing?Yes
Digital Sealing Guidelines:

(2) The seal must be a symbol or image in the form of a rubber stamp, embossed seal or digitized seal (computer generated image), or other form approved by the Board. The outside diameter of the depicted image must be approximately one and one half inches.

250 CMR 5.03

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$164 application fee + $160 license fee.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

By June 30 of even-numbered years.

Massachusetts Professional Land Surveyor License

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

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$136 application fee + $150 license fee.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

By June 30 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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