West Virginia Engineering License

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Licensing requirements for West Virginia engineers and firms.

This page provides an overview of engineering licensing in West Virginia 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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West Virginia Engineering Company Licenses

West Virginia Certificate of Authorization (Engineering)

Agency:West Virginia Board of Registration for Professional Engineers
Law:

W. Va. Code Chapter 30, Article 13 and West Virginia Code §30-13A-20 

Initial Registration

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

Form:

Engineering Authorized Company Application

Agency fee:

$0 for Sole Proprietorship, $100 for firms with 3 or fewer PEs, or $150 for firms with more than 3 PEs. 

Registration Renewal

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

Form:Forms are sent in the mail.
Agency fee:

$0 for Sole Proprietorship, $100 for firms with 3 or fewer PE's, or $600 for firms with more than 3

Due:

Biennially

Amendment

Form:

Certificate of Authorization Application (Amendment)

Agency fee:

$0

Due:

Within 30 days of the effective date of the change.

Notes:

Use this form to report a change in your company name or change in engineer in charge.

Amendment

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$0

Notes:

Firms can report a change in their address online.

Reinstatement

Form:

Certificate of Authorization Form

Agency fee:

$0 for Sole Proprietor with no employees; $300 for Firm with 3 or fewer PE's; $900 for Firm with 4 or more PE's

West Virginia Geology Firm License

Not required



Registration Not Required

Not required



Individual Licenses

West Virginia Individual Engineering Licenses

West Virginia Engineering Intern Certification

Agency:West Virginia Board of Registration for Professional Engineers

Initial Registration

Form:

Engineer Intern Certification Application Form

Agency fee:

$25

Registration Renewal

Not required



West Virginia Geologist License

Not required



Registration Not Required

Not required



West Virginia Professional Engineer License

Agency:West Virginia Board of Registration for Professional Engineers

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Engineer Exam Application

Agency fee:

$80

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$70

Due:

By December 31 of even-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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