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Minnesota Engineering Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for engineering industry firms and individuals in Minnesota.

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

Minnesota Engineering Company Licenses

Minnesota Professional Firm Registration

Agency:Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design
Law:

MN St. § 326.14

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

All Entity Types:

  • Ownership interest in the corporation can be held only by licensed design professionals, other entities authorized to provide at least one of the same professional services, a voting trust if all voting trustees are licensed design professionals, or an employee stock ownership plan where all voting trustees are design professionals.
Notes:
  • Minnesota does not issue a license number. Firm registrations are listed by name only and can be verified by contacting the board by phone or email.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Firm Registration Application

Agency Fee:

$100

Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Identify a Minnesota licensed design professional, who is a full-time employee, to be in responsible charge of the firm's professional design activities in the state.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Identify a Minnesota licensed design professional, who is a full-time employee, to be in responsible charge of the firm's professional design activities in the state.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with the Minnesota Secretary of State.
  2. Obtain a copy of your approved entity formation documents to file with the firm registration application.
  3. File a Professional Firm Registration Application with the Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File foreign qualification documents with the Minnesota Secretary of State.
  2. Obtain a copy of your approved foreign qualification documents to file with the firm registration application.
  3. File a Professional Firm Registration Application with the Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Professional Firm Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

Notify the board of changes via phone or email.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Reinstatement

Form:

Professional Firm Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$25 for each year expired.

Notes:

Licenses that have been expired for longer than 4 years cannot be reinstated and the licensee should instead apply for a new license.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Individual Licenses

Minnesota Individual Engineering Licenses

Minnesota Geologist-in-Training Certificate

Agency:Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design
Fact Checked:8/20/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Fundamentals of Geology

Agency Fee:

$25 application fee + $200 exam fee.

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Minnesota Land Surveyor License

Agency:Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design
Fact Checked:1/16/19

Exam Application

Form:

Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) and Minnesota Land Surveying Exam Application

Agency Fee:

$75

Notes:

There are separate fees for the exams.

Fact Checked:1/21/19

Initial Registration

Agency Fee:

$120

Notes:

After passing all 3 exams, applicants are notified by mail how to apply for a license.

Fact Checked:1/21/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$120

Due:

By June 30 of even-numbered years.

Fact Checked:1/21/19

Minnesota Land Surveyor-in-Training Certificate

Agency:Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design
Fact Checked:1/16/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) Exam Application

Agency Fee:

$25

Notes:

There is a separate fee for the fundamentals exam.

Fact Checked:1/21/19

Registration Renewal

Not required



Surveyor-in-Training certificates do not expire.

Minnesota Professional Engineer License

Agency:Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Principles & Practice of Engineering Exam Application

Agency Fee:

$75 exam fee + $120 license fee.

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$120

Due:

By June 30 of even-numbered years.

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Minnesota Professional Geologist License

Agency:Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design
Fact Checked:8/20/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Professional Geologist

Agency Fee:

$75 application fee + $250 exam fee + $120 license fee due after approval of application.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$120

Due:

By June 30 of even-numbered years.

Minnesota Professional Soil Scientist License

Agency:Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design

Initial Registration

Form:

Practice of Soil Science Exam Application

Agency Fee:

$75 application fee + $195 exam fee + $120 license fee due after approval of application.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$120

Due:

By June 30 of even-numbered years.

Minnesota Soil Scientist-in-Training Certificate

Agency:Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design

Initial Registration

Form:

Fundamentals of Soil Science Exam Application

Agency Fee:

$25 application fee + $195 exam fee.

Renewal Not Required

Not required



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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