Engineering Licensing Compliance Guide

Engineering Licensing Compliance

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:

WASH. REV. CODE ch. 18.43

Initial Registration

Form:

Certificate of Authorization Application

Agency fee:

$150

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$110

Due:

Annually by December 31.

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.

Washington Geology Firm License

Not required



More information: Washington Department of Licensing - Geologist Licensing Board

Registration Not Required

Not required



Individual Licenses

Washington Individual Engineering Licenses

Washington Engineer-in-Training Certification

Agency:Washington Department of Licensing - Business and Professions Division

Initial Registration

Form:

Certification Application

Agency fee:

$0

Registration Renewal

Not required



Washington Geologist License

Agency:Washington Department of Licensing - Geologist Licensing Board

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

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Washington Professional Engineer License

Agency:Washington Department of Licensing - Business and Professions Division

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Engineer Registration Application

Agency fee:

$65

Registration Renewal

Form:

Professional Engineer Renewal Application

Filing method:

Mail or online.

Agency fee:

$116

Due:

Biennially by the licensee's birthday.

Washington Professional Land Surveyor License

Agency:Washington Department of Licensing - Business and Professions Division

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$116

Due:

Biennially by the licensee's date of birth.

Washington Structural Engineer License

Agency:Washington Department of Licensing - Business and Professions Division

Initial Registration

Form:

Structural Engineer Registration Application

Agency fee:

$65

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.

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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