Engineering Licensing Compliance Guide

Engineering Licensing Compliance

North Carolina Engineering Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for engineering industry firms and individuals in North Carolina.

This page provides an overview of engineering industry licensing in North Carolina 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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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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Entity Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$100

Order of Operations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$75

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Amendment

Agency fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Reinstatement

Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$55

Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$25

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$0

Renewal Not Required

Not required



North Carolina Geologist License

Agency:North Carolina Board for the Licensing of Geologists

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$55

Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$85

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

North Carolina Professional Engineer License

Agency:North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers & Surveyors

Initial Registration

Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$100

Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$75

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

North Carolina Professional Land Surveyor License

Agency:North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers & Surveyors

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$100 application fee + $275 exam fee.

Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$75

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

North Carolina Surveyor Intern Certification

Agency:North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers & Surveyors

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$0

Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Renewal Not Required

Not required



The surveyor intern certificate does not expire and, therefore, does not have to be renewed.

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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