Michigan Engineering License

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Licensing requirements for Michigan engineers and firms.

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Michigan Engineering Company Licenses

Michigan Architecture, Engineering, or Surveying Firm Approval

Agency:Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) - Bureau of Professional Licensing
Law:

MCL 339.2010

Ownership Requirements:

A firm may engage in the practice of architecture, professional engineering, or professional surveying in this state, if not less than 2/3 of the principals of the firm are licensees.

Notes:

Firm licenses are not issued at the state level, however, firms must receive approval from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs before offering services to the public. Firms must also employ an individual in responsible charge of the professional services performed by the firm.

Initial Registration

Agency fee:

$0

Notes:

In order to obtain approval from the Department, send an email to BPLHelp@michigan.gov that contains the following:

  • Name of the firm seeking approval
  • Address of the firm
  • Name of the person submitting the request
  • A certification stating the following: "2/3 of the principals of (Firm Name) are licensed under Article 20 of the Occupational Code and the conduct of the firm and its principals complies with the law and rules promulgated by the Department."

Renewal Not Required

Not required



No renewal application is required, but upon request by the department, a firm shall report to the department the names and addresses of its principals, persons in responsible charge, unlicensed principals, and any other information the department considers necessary.

Michigan Geology Firm License

Not required



Registration Not Required

Not required



Individual Licenses

Michigan Individual Engineering Licenses

Michigan Geologist License

Not required



Registration Not Required

Not required



Michigan Professional Engineer License

Agency:Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) - Bureau of Professional Licensing

Initial Registration

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$75

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$80

Due:

Biennially by October 31.

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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