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Washington Engineering Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for engineering industry firms and individuals in Washington.

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

Washington Certificate of Authorization (Engineering and/or Land Surveying)

Agency:Washington Department of Licensing - Business and Professions Division
Law:

RCW § 18.43.130

Eligible Entity Types:
  • Business Corporations
  • Professional Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Professional Limited Liability Companies
  • Partnerships
  • Joint Stock Associations
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Ownership Requirements:

Business Corporations:

  • Officers and directors need not be licensed, but the corporation must appoint a Washington licensed individual to be responsible for all professional activities undertaken by the firm in Washington.

Professional Corporations:

  • All shareholders, directors, and all officers, other than the secretary and the treasurer, must be licensed in a profession performed by the firm.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • Members and managers need not be licensed, but the LLC must appoint a Washington licensed individual to be responsible for all professional activities undertaken by the firm in Washington.

Professional Limited Liability Companies:

  • All members and managers must be licensed in a profession performed by the firm.

Partnerships:

  • Partners need not be licensed, but the partnership must appoint a Washington licensed individual to be responsible for all professional activities undertaken by the firm in Washington.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application and a Designated Engineer/Land Surveyor Affidavit

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$150

Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Identify a Washington licensed engineer and/or land surveyor, who is a full-time employee, to be in responsible charge of the firm's engineering and/or surveying activities in Washington.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Identify a Washington licensed engineer and/or land surveyor, who is a full-time employee, to be in responsible charge of the firm's engineering and/or surveying activities in Washington.
  • Obtain a certificate of good standing from your business entity's home state (to be filed during the foreign qualification process). The certificate cannot be more than 60 days old when filing foreign qualification documents.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with the Washington Secretary of State - Corporations Division.
  2. File a Business License Application and a Registered Professional Design Firm Addendum with the Department of Revenue - Business Licensing Service or complete the online application process to obtain a license.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File foreign qualification documents with the Washington Secretary of State - Corporations Division.
  2. File a Business License Application and a Registered Professional Design Firm Addendum with the Department of Revenue - Business Licensing Service or complete the online application process to obtain a license.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$110

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment

Form:

Change of Designated Engineer/Land Surveyor

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 30 days of the effective date of the change.

Notes:

Other information updates should be reported to the board in writing.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Washington Geology Firm License

Not required



Geology Firm licensure is not required on the State level in Washington.

More information: Washington Department of Licensing - Geologist Licensing Board

Individual Licenses

Washington Individual Engineering Licenses

Washington Engineer-in-Training Certification

Agency:Washington Department of Licensing - Business and Professions Division
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Certification Application

Agency Fee:

$0

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Washington Geologist License

Agency:Washington Department of Licensing - Geologist Licensing Board
Fact Checked:8/20/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Geologist and/or Specialty License Application

Agency Fee:

$100 application fee + $300 exam fee.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Geologist/Specialty Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

$100 (+$85 per endorsement if applicable)

Due:

Annually

Washington Land Surveyor-in-Training Certification

Agency:Washington Department of Licensing - Business and Professions Division
Fact Checked:6/4/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Land Surveyor-in-Training Registration Application

Agency Fee:

$0

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Washington Professional Engineer License

Agency:Washington Department of Licensing - Business and Professions Division
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Engineer Registration Application

Agency Fee:

$65

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Professional Engineer Renewal Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$116

Due:

Biennially by the licensee's birthday.

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Washington Professional Land Surveyor License

Agency:Washington Department of Licensing - Business and Professions Division
Fact Checked:6/4/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Land Surveyor Registration Application

Agency Fee:

$140

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$116

Due:

Biennially by the licensee's date of birth.

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Washington Structural Engineer License

Agency:Washington Department of Licensing - Business and Professions Division
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Structural Engineer Registration Application

Agency Fee:

$65

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Professional Engineer Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

$116

Due:

Biennially by the licensee's birthday.

Notes:

Licensees who hold more than one type of engineering license only need to file a single renewal application and pay the $116 fee.

Fact Checked:11/2/18

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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