PE licensure is the engineering profession's highest standard of competence, a symbol of achievement and assurance of quality. NSPE provides its members, whether already licensed or soon-to-be licensed, with the information and resources they need to earn and maintain the respected PE seal. NSPE does not license PEs. Licensing authority and requirements for PEs falls under the jurisdiction of the licensing board for the state, district, or country in which an engineer practices. The national organization that represents the state boards is the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).

Becoming Licensed in the US

The first step to being licensed in the US is credential evaluation and then determining which state you wish to be licensed in, because US licensure is done on a state by state basis. Learn more.

  • What is a PE?
    A century ago, anyone could work as an engineer without proof of competency. In order to protect the public health, safety, and welfare, the first engineering licensure law was enacted in 1907 in Wyoming. >>
  • Why Get Licensed?
    Just as the CPA defines the accountant, and a law license defines the lawyer, the PE license tells the public that an engineer has mastered the critical elements of the profession. >>
  • How to Get Licensed
    Becoming licensed as a professional engineer is a well-earned honor, as well as a sign of competence to employers and clients. >>
  • Maintaining a License
    Upon completion of the PE exam, engineers must meet requirements defined by the state to maintain the license. >>
  • Exemptions to Engineering Licensure Laws
    The following compilation of industrial, manufacturing, and governmental exemptions to engineering licensure laws has been developed by NSPE. >>
  • NSPE Protects Your License
    Since 1934, NSPE has served as an advocate for licensed professional engineers across the nation and assists them in upholding the duty of protecting the public. >>
  • Licensing Boards
    To find out about licensure requirements and dates and locations of licensure exams, contact your state/territory licensure board. >>
  • Resources
    Whether you're pursuing a PE license or you're an established PE, NSPE offers a wealth of resources useful throughout the licensure process and beyond.  >>
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