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West Virginia Engineering Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for engineering industry firms and individuals in West Virginia.

This page provides an overview of engineering industry 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:

WV Code § 30-13-17

Eligible Entity Types:
  • Business Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Professional Limited Liability Companies
  • Limited Partnerships
  • Limited Liability Partnerships
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Ownership Requirements:

Business Corporations:

  • Officers and directors need not be licensed, but the corporation must appoint a West Virginia licensed engineer to be responsible for all engineering activities undertaken by the firm in West Virginia.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • Members and managers need not be licensed, but the LLC must appoint a West Virginia licensed engineer to be responsible for all engineering activities undertaken by the firm in West Virginia.

Professional Limited Liability Companies:

  • All members must be licensed in a professional service performed by the PLLC.

Partnerships:

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

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. 

Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Identify a West Virginia licensed engineer to act as the individual in responsible charge of the firm's engineering activities in West Virginia.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Identify a West Virginia licensed engineer to act as the individual in responsible charge of the firm's engineering activities in West Virginia.
  • Obtain a certificate of good standing from your business entity's home state (to be filed during the foreign qualification process). The certificate must dated within the same tax year as the date of filing foreign qualification documents.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File a Verification of Eligibility for Professional Business Organizations with the Wyoming Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors.
  2. After board approval, file the approved verification of eligibility and entity formation documents with the West Virginia Secretary of State - Business and Licensing Division.
  3. File an Engineering Authorized Company Application with the Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. Determine whether or not your entity will need to foreign qualify in West Virginia. If not required, skip to number 4.
  2. File a Verification of Eligibility for Professional Business Organizations with the Wyoming Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors.
  3. After board approval, file the approved verification of eligibility and foreign qualification documents with the West Virginia Secretary of State - Business and Licensing Division.
  4. File an Engineering Authorized Company Application with the Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

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.
Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

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

Due:

By December 31 of odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment
Name Change or Engineer-in-Charge Change

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.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Amendment
Address Change

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

Firms can report a change in their address online.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

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

Fact Checked:11/5/19

West Virginia Certificate of Authorization (Land Surveying)

Agency:West Virginia Board of Professional Surveyors
Law:

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

Eligible Entity Types:

West virginia allows surveying firms to practice under most entity types, including corporations, professional corporations, LLCs, professional LLCs, and partnerships.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Surveying Certificate of Authorization Application

Agency Fee:

$100

How to Apply:
  1. Secretary of State: Foreign entity registration
  2. Board of Surveyors: Certificate of Authorization

Exception: If the firm’s name includes the word “Engineer” or any version of that word, then a Certificate of Authorization must be applied for and granted from the Board of Engineers before submitting an application for registration with the WV Secretary of State.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Surveying Certificate of Authorization Renewal

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

West Virginia Geology Firm License

Not required



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

Individual Licenses

West Virginia Individual Engineering Licenses

West Virginia Engineering Intern Certification

Agency:West Virginia Board of Registration for Professional Engineers
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Engineer Intern Certification Application Form

Agency Fee:

$25

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Renewal Not Required

Not required



West Virginia Geologist License

Not required



Professional Geologist licensure is not required on the State level in West Virginia.

West Virginia Professional Engineer License

Agency:West Virginia Board of Registration for Professional Engineers
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Engineer Exam Application

Agency Fee:

$80

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:11/2/18

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$70

Due:

By December 31 of even-numbered years.

Fact Checked:11/2/18

West Virginia Professional Surveyor License

Agency:West Virginia Board of Professional Surveyors
Fact Checked:6/4/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Registration to Practice Surveying

Agency Fee:

$200

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Fact Checked:6/3/19

West Virginia Surveyor Intern Certification

Agency:West Virginia Board of Professional Surveyors
Fact Checked:6/4/19

Initial Registration

Form:

FS Education Application

Agency Fee:

$120

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Renewal Not Required

Not required



All certificates shall expire 10 years from the passing date of the FS examination and cannot be renewed.

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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