Engineering Licensing Compliance Guide

Engineering Licensing Compliance

Pennsylvania Engineering Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for engineering industry firms and individuals in Pennsylvania.

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

Pennsylvania Engineering License

Not required



Pennsylvania does not license firms, but requires that engineering companies have at least one licensed engineer on staff. The name registration for is only required for firms with some form of "Engineer" in the name. You must receive board approval prior to foreign qualification.

More information: Pennsylvania Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists

Registration Not Required

Pennsylvania Geology Firm License

Not required



More information: Pennsylvania Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists

Registration Not Required

Not required



Pennsylvania Land Surveying License

Not required



Pennsylvania does not license firms, but requires that land surveying companies have at least one licensed land surveyor on staff. Entities with some form of "Survey" in their name will be required to file a fictitious name registration with the board. You must also receive board approval prior to foreign qualification.

More information: Pennsylvania Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists

Individual Licenses

Pennsylvania Individual Engineering Licenses

Pennsylvania Engineer in Training Certificate

Agency:Pennsylvania Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists

Initial Registration

Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$25 application + $85 processing fee to Pearson VUE

Registration Renewal

Not required



Pennsylvania Geologist in Training Certificate

Agency:Pennsylvania Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists

Initial Registration

Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$50

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Pennsylvania Professional Engineer License

Agency:Pennsylvania Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists

Initial Registration

Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$50 exam fee + $50 license fee.

Registration Renewal

Agency fee:

$100

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Pennsylvania Professional Geologist License

Agency:Pennsylvania Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists

Initial Registration

Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$50

Registration Renewal

Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$100

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Pennsylvania Professional Land Surveyor License

Agency:Pennsylvania Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists

Initial Registration

Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$50 exam fee + $50 license fee.

Registration Renewal

Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$100

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Pennsylvania Surveyor in Training Certificate

Agency:Pennsylvania Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists

Initial Registration

Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$25 application + $85 processing fee to Pearson VUE

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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