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Become a Professional Engineer

Professional licensure ensures that individuals practice in a manner that protects the health, safety, and welfare of the public by satisfying minimum qualifications in education, work experience, and exams.

Why Get An Engineering License?

Open Career Doors

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“A P.E. license prepares you for scenarios where the use of a license is necessary because some engineering companies self-perform or have design contract awards that will require drawing certifications to support their customers.”

Kevin Edwards, P.E., MBB

Belong to a Licensed Profession

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“Attaining a P.E. license provided immediate credibility as to my engineering skillset and enabled me to develop as a leader of other engineering practitioners.”

Mike Vonesh, Ph.D., P.E.

Protect the Public

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“Being a P.E. means you are conscientious and always looking out for the health, safety, and welfare of the public.”

Kelly Becker, P.E.

Your Path to Becoming a Professional Engineer (P.E.):



Generally, engineering licensing boards require P.E. candidates to have a bachelor’s degree from an EAC/ABET-accredited program.*



Most states require four years of acceptable, progressive, and verifiable work experience.*



Licensure candidates typically must pass the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and the NCEES Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam. *

* These steps reflect the most commonly accepted path to licensure. Many states provide additional paths for licensure. Candidates interested in pursuing licensure are encouraged to verify the requirements in the state or territory where they plan to practice.

Value of Licensure

In the United States, engineers are licensed at the state level by professional licensing boards. Professional engineering licenses establish a standard for minimum competency that is critical in safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of the public.



Enforce standards that require licensed engineers to practice in a manner that protects the public.


Protect the public by ensuring a baseline level of proven qualification and expertise.


Preserve the credibility, validity, and reliability of the engineering license.

Hear from a Licensed Engineer

Through Advance: An NCEES podcast series and other engineer profiles, NCEES highlights the important work of licensed engineers as well as provides updates on important topics related to professional licensure.

Dedicated to advancing professional licensure for engineers and surveyors

Whether you are an educator or a current or prospective licensed engineer or surveyor, NCEES has the resources available to help you navigate the licensure path.