South Carolina Engineering License

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Licensing requirements for South Carolina engineers and firms.

This page provides an overview of engineering licensing in South 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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South Carolina Engineering Company Licenses

South Carolina Certification of Authorization (Engineering and/or Land Surveying)

Agency:South Carolina Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors
Law:

S.C. Code § 40-22-2 et seq. 

Ownership Requirements:

None for business corporations and LLCs.

Initial Registration

Form:

Certificate of Authorization Application

Agency fee:

$115

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$75

Due:

By March 31 of odd-numbered years.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Amendment

Form:

Amended Certificate of Authorization Application

Agency fee:

$0

Due:

No specific time frame - just whenever changes are made

Reinstatement

Form:

COA Reinstatement Application

Agency fee:

$115

Individual Licenses

South Carolina Individual Engineering Licenses

South Carolina Engineer-in-Training Certification

Agency:South Carolina Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors

Initial Registration

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$0

Registration Renewal

Not required



South Carolina Geologist in Training Registration

Agency:South Carolina Board of Registration for Geologists

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$75

Due:

By June 30 of odd-numbered years.

South Carolina Professional Engineer License

Agency:South Carolina Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors

Initial Registration

Form:

PE Application by Exam

Agency fee:

$65

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$85

Due:

By June 30 of even-numbered years.

South Carolina Professional Geologist Registration

Agency:South Carolina Board of Registration for Geologists

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Registered Professional Geologist

Agency fee:

$200 ($150 if submitted after April 1 of even-numbered years.)

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$200

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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