Tennessee Engineering License

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Licensing requirements for Tennessee engineers and firms.

This page provides an overview of engineering licensing in Tennessee 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.

Company Licenses

Tennessee Engineering Company Licenses

Tennessee Corporation, Partnership and Firm Disclosure (Engineering)

Agency:Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance: Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners
Law:

Tenn. Code Ann. § 62-2-101 et seq. 

Ownership Requirements:

At least one of the principals or officers of the corporation must be put in responsible charge or engineering activities and is a Tennessee licensed engineer.

Initial Registration

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

Form:

Corporation, Partnership, and Firm Disclosure

Agency fee:

$0

Notes:

Tennessee does not issue firm licenses, but engineering firms must file the Corporation, Partnership, and Firm Disclosure form.

Registration Renewal

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

Not required



No renewal form is required, however, firms must notify the board within 60 days if a change occurs to the information listed on the disclosure.

Amendment

Agency fee:

$0

Due:

Notify the board in writing within 60 days of any changes in firm information.

Individual Licenses

Tennessee Individual Engineering Licenses

Tennessee Engineer Intern Certification

Agency:Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance: Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners

Initial Registration

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$15

Registration Renewal

Not required



Tennessee Professional Engineer Registration

Agency:Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance: Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners

Initial Registration

Form:

Engineer Exam Application

Agency fee:

$30

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$140

Due:

Biennially by the end of the month of initial licensure.

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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