Rhode Island Engineering License

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Licensing requirements for Rhode Island engineers and firms.

This page provides an overview of engineering licensing in Rhode Island 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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Rhode Island Engineering Company Licenses

Rhode Island Engineering Certificate of Authorization

Agency:Rhode Island Division of Design Professionals
Law:

R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-8-1 et. seq. 

Initial Registration

This section applies to engineering firms that are applying for a license in Rhode Island for the first time. If you already have a license and are looking to renew it, please see the renewal section.

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$150

Registration Renewal

This section applies to engineering firms that are already licensed in Rhode Island and need to renew their license.

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$50

Due:

Biennially

Amendment

Form:

Amended Application Package

Agency fee:

$50 for a name change and $0 for all other changes.

Due:

Within 30 days of the effective date of the change.

Rhode Island Geology Firm License

Not required



Registration Not Required

Not required



Individual Licenses

Rhode Island Individual Engineering Licenses

Rhode Island Engineer-in-Training Certification

Agency:Rhode Island Division of Design Professionals

Registration Renewal

Not required



Rhode Island Geologist License

Not required



Registration Not Required

Not required



Rhode Island Professional Engineer Registration

Agency:Rhode Island Division of Design Professionals

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Engineering Application for Examination

Filing method:

Mail or online.

Agency fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Form:

Paper Renewal Application for Professional Engineers Biennial Renewal Application

Filing method:

Mail or online.

Agency fee:

$300

Due:

By June 30 of odd-numbered years.

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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