Licensure & Qualifications for Practice

NSPE Professional Policy No.: 
Latest Revision: 
September 2015
Sunset Date: 
September 2020
NSPE Contact: 
Committee on Policy and Advocacy

The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) was founded in 1934 based on a key goal of licensing (registration) of engineers in the United States. Promotion of strong licensure laws is a Core Value of NSPE.

It is therefore the policy of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) to actively support appropriate and effective licensure of engineers in all jurisdictions, as a means to provide for the protection of public health, safety and welfare. It is further the policy of NSPE that licensure as a professional engineer is the appropriate statutory process by which an individual meets the legal requirements to practice engineering in any jurisdiction.

NSPE endorses and supports the enactment of uniform licensure laws in all jurisdictions, and comity between all jurisdictions.

It is further the policy of the NSPE to protect the public health, safety, and welfare against the potential for incompetent engineering services if the services are performed by unlicensed individuals who lack the necessary education, training, experience, and other qualifications to perform engineering services as defined under state licensing laws. NSPE endorses vigorous support of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying and the state licensing boards in the establishment and strengthening of provisions in the NCEES Model Law

and the laws of individual states and their actions to vigorously enforce laws prohibiting the unlawful practice of engineering.

The NSPE position is further expanded in NSPE Position Statement 1737.


PP No. 168, “Engineering Education Requirements”

Board of Action 96-070 7/96

Executive Committee Minutes 1/95

Board Minutes 7/91

Position Statement No. 1737, “Licensure and Qualifications for Practice”

Model Legislation, page 120, Item 1