North Carolina Engineering License

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Licensing requirements for North Carolina engineers and firms.

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North Carolina Engineering Company Licenses

North Carolina Firm License (Engineering and/or Land Surveying)

Agency:North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers & Surveyors
Law:

N.C. Gen. Stat. § 89C-1 

Ownership Requirements:

Two-thirds of owners/shareholders must hold a professional engineer license and at least one of the officers or directors must be licensed in North Carolina. ESOPs are permitted if all trustees are licensees and at least one of the trustees is licensed in North Carolina.

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Licensure

Agency fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$75

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Amendment

Reinstatement

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$175

Notes:

File for renewal online and then email the board at firms@ncbels.org to let them know that the late renewal was filed online.

North Carolina Geological Corporation License

Agency:North Carolina Board for the Licensing of Geologists
Ownership Requirements:

For firms offering only geological services: NC Licensed Geologist (LG) must be an officer and director if professional corporation, or member and manager if PLLC. For firms offering multiple professional services: Each professional service offered must be represented by an officer or director (member or manager for PLLC). NC licensed geologist must hold one or both positions. Two-thirds of shares/interest must be held by licensed professionals. For domestic corporations the NC licensed geologist must be a shareholder (this requirement does not apply to foreign corporations).

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Corporate License

Agency fee:

$55

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal Form

Agency fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Notarize:Not required

Individual Licenses

North Carolina Individual Engineering Licenses

North Carolina Engineer Intern Certification

Agency:North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers & Surveyors

Initial Registration

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$0

Registration Renewal

Not required



North Carolina Geologist License

Agency:North Carolina Board for the Licensing of Geologists

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Individual License

Agency fee:

$55

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal Form

Agency fee:

$85

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Notarize:Not required

North Carolina Professional Engineer License

Agency:North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers & Surveyors

Initial Registration

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$100

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$75

Due:

Annually by December 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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