Value of licensure
Professional Engineering and Surveying Licensure = Competency
Professional licensure protects the public by enforcing standards that restrict practice to qualified individuals who have met specific qualifications in education, work experience, and exams. In the United States, licensure for the engineering and surveying professions is regulated by state. Candidates interested in pursuing licensure are encouraged to check the requirements in the state or territory where they plan to practice, as the requirements vary.
Steps to becoming a P.E.
While each state licensing board has its own laws regarding engineering licensure, there is a general three-step process for licensure candidates:
Generally, engineering licensing boards require P.E. candidates to have an EAC/ABET-accredited bachelor’s degree. Check the requirements of your state licensing board. Each state licensing board has varying educational requirements.
Licensure candidates typically must pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam.
Most states require four years of acceptable, progressive, and verifiable work experience in the industry.
Steps to becoming a P.S.
While each state licensing board has its own laws regarding surveying licensure, there is a general three-step process for licensure candidates:
Complete the appropriate level of education in your state. Check the requirements of your state licensing board. Some require only a high school diploma, while many others require a degree from an accredited four-year surveying program.
Licensure candidates typically must pass the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam, the Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) exam, and a state-specific exam.
Most states require four years of acceptable, progressive, and verifiable work experience under the supervision of a licensed surveyor.
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Are you interested in learning about the tools and opportunities that NCEES provides for those of all ages to advance the engineering and surveying professions?
- Download the latest issue of Squared: A Year In Numbers, the official NCEES source for engineering and surveying licensure statistics.
- Read the latest issue of Licensure Exchange, the NCEES publication dedicated to opinions and ideas regarding the licensure of engineers and surveyors.
- Browse the current NCEES Annual Report, which highlights the Council’s leadership, mission, initiatives, and financial activities.
- View examples of NCEES outreach, educator engagement, and community involvement at the Council’s YouTube channel.
- Learn about the history of NCEES, dating back to the Council’s founding in 1920.