Alaska requires licensees to declare a discipline for licensure, and a distinction is made between civil and structural engineering. The licensee can first apply for one discipline, and then add the other if he or she desires to practice in both fields.
Requirements for Licensure
There are 10 paths to licensure as a Professional Engineer in the state of Alaska:
- a 4 Year ABET accredited engineering degree plus 4 years of relevant work experience.
- OR a 4 year unaccredited engineering degree plus 6 years relevant work experience.
- OR a 4 year ABET accredited engineering degree, a master’s or doctorate in engineering acceptable to the board and 3 years work experience.
- ORa 4 year ABET accredited engineering degree that is not in the discipline applied for, a master’s or doctorate in the discipline applied for and 4 years work experience.
- OR a 4 year ABET accredited engineering technology degree and 5 years work experience.
- OR a 4 year ABET accredited engineering degree that is not in the discipline being applied for and 5 years work experience.
- OR a Master’s degree in engineering acceptable to the board in the discipline being applied for and 6 years work experience.
- ORa Doctorate degree in engineering acceptable to the board in the discipline being applied for and 5 years work experience.
- OR a Master’s or Doctorate degree from an ABET accredited school and 5 years work experience.
- OR a minimum of 3 years course work in an ABET accredited engineering curriculum and 8 years experience.
- AND Previously passed the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering exam.
- ANDPassed the NCEES Professional Engineering exam.
- AND taken a board approved, university administered class in Arctic Engineering.
For more detailed information on qualification requirements refer to the Board.
The application process involves 2 steps:
- Submit the Alaska Professional Engineering applicationto the board with the appropriate fee.
- Once the application is accepted, register for the national 8 hour Professional Engineering exam through NCEES and pay the appropriate fee. Instructions will be provided once the initial application to the board is accepted.
The application is the most time consuming, and it’s important to keep filing dates in mind when applying. Explicitly follow these steps to ensure your application to the board is complete and processed in a timely manner.
- Select 5 references and contact them immediately to verify they’re comfortable serving as your reference. Three of these references must be licensed professional engineers with personal knowledge of your engineering experience. These references do not have to submit anything, but may be randomly contacted by the board.
- Complete the Professional Engineering application.
- Mail the Work Experience Verification Form to each Professional Engineering licensed supervisor verifying employment. The verifying engineer must be licensed in the discipline for which you are applying. Include a stamped envelope, addressed to the board. The supervisors verifying experience must submit this form directly to the board.
- Order certified sealed college transcripts to be sent directly to the board.
- If you’re applying by comity, or took the Fundamentals of Engineering exam in a different state, submit the verification of registration form to the jurisdictions for which you’re already licensed.
- Submit the application, to the State of Alaska Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers and Land Surveyors, with a $175.00 check made payable to the State of Alaska (If applying by comity, this check should be $275.00).
Now you get to wait until the application is processed by the state of Alaska. For questions concerning your application, find the relevant contact on the Alaska Board Contact Information page. Once accepted, follow the provided instructions to register for the Professional Engineering exam administered by NCEES. The fees required to register for the Professional Engineering exam through NCEES are 265.00.
License by Comity
If the applicant has passed the Professional Engineering exam, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in another state, he or she may apply for an Alaska professional engineering license by comity, following the same process outlined in the Application Process. The application fee is $275.00.
To simplify the application process, Alaska accepts the NCEES record.
Professional Engineering Exam Details
The Professional Engineering exam is typically the last step in become a fully licensed professional engineer. Refer to the NCEES exam schedule for upcoming exam dates. This exam is targeted for an engineer with 4 or more years of engineering experience after college graduation. During exam registration each examinee must choose from one of the following modules for the afternoon portion of the exam:
The exam is an 8 hour breadth and depth multiple choice exam. The 4 hour morning session is a 40 question breadth exam equally covering each of the above listed modules. The 4 hour afternoon session is a 40 question depth exam covering only the module selected during registration. This exam is open book, and the examinee is allowed to bring any reference to the exam provided it is bound, and stays bound throughout the test. Loose papers bound by a 3 ring binder, or other device, are acceptable.
Refer to the calculator policy for a list of approved calculators for this exam.
Continuing Education Requirements
Alaska requires continuing education to help safeguard life, health, and property, and to promote public welfare. To demonstrate continuing professional competency, the licensed engineer must earn 24 PDH per biennial renewal period.
Continuing professional activities which satisfy the professional development requirements are as follows (provided these activities are relevant to the practice of engineering or land surveying):
- Successfully completing or auditing college or university sponsored courses.
- Successfully completing courses which are awarded continuing education units (CEU).
- Successfully completing tutorials, televised courses, short courses, correspondence courses, or videotaped courses.
- Attending seminars, in-house programs, workshops, or professional or technical presentations made at meetings, conventions, or conferences.
- Teaching, presenting, or instructing in any of the above mentioned courses.
- Authoring published papers, articles, books, or accepted licensing examination items.
- Receiving a Unites States patent.
The board does not preapprove any Continuing Professional Competency activities. It is the responsibility of each licensee to determine if the claimed PDH meets these requirements.
Continuing Professional Competency activities must meet the following criteria:
- There is a clear purpose and objective for each activity which will maintain, improve, or expand skills and knowledge obtained prior to initial licensure or to develop new and relevant skills and knowledge.
- The content of each presentation is well organized and presented in a sequential manner.
- There is evidence of preplanning which should include the opportunity for input by the target group to be served.
- The presentation will be made by persons who are well qualified by education or experience.
- There is a provision for individual participant registration which will include information required for record keeping and reporting.
The conversion to PDH from other units is as follows:
- 1 University semester hour = 45 PDH
- 1 Audited university semester hour = 15 PDH
- 1 University quarter hour = 30 PDH
- 1 Hour of acceptable professional development = 1 PDH
- Authorship of papers, articles, or books = preparation time (not to exceed 10 PDH) – Cannot be claimed until published
- Up to 8 PDHs per year as an officer or participating committee member per professional or technical society based on one PDH for each two hours of service or participation. Credits are earned at the end of each full year of service or participation.
- Teaching or instructing qualifying courses or seminars, or making presentations at technical meetings, earns PDH at twice that of participants.
The board does not encourage correspondence, video, audio, or online courses. PDH for these courses may be acceptable if the licensee can demonstrate high quality education from the course, if requested. These courses must require the participant to show evidence of achievement and completion and/or a final graded test.
The board does not accept self study, repetitive teaching, service club meetings, equipment demonstrations, or membership on Boards or Committees.
The licensee may carryover a maximum of 12 PDH into the next renewal period.
Continuing Education Exemptions:
licensees may be exempt from the continuing professional competency requirements for one of the following reasons:
- A non-career military licensee serving on active duty for a minimum of 120 consecutive days in a calendar year.
- A licensee in retired status.
- A licensee who has experienced serious illness or injury of a nature and duration which has prohibited completing the continuing professional competency requirements. To claim this exemption, a letter from a physician must be supplied to the board.
If a registrant is currently registered in another jurisdiction which has mandatory continuing education requirements that are substantially similar to or exceed those of Alaska a registrant may certify that he/she has met all continuing education requirements in that jurisdiction. Registrants must maintain logs of professional development hour (PDH) activities earned from that jurisdiction and make them available to the board in the event of an audit.
New licensees are exempt from these continuing education requirements for their first registration renewal.
It is the licensees responsibility to maintain continuing education records. At minimum, these records must include a log showing the type of activity claimed, sponsoring organization, location, duration, instructor’s or speaker’s name, and PDH credits earned. Records must also include attendance verification in the form of completion certificates, signed attendance receipts, paid receipts, a copy of a listing of attendees signed by the sponsoring organization, or other proof of attendance. These records must be maintained for a period of 4 years, and copies must be furnished to the board, if requested for auditing purposes. Alaska provides a continuing education activity log for your convenience.
The license renewal period is 2 years in the state of Alaska, and licenses expire on December 31st of each odd numbered year. The yearly Professional Engineering license renewal fee is $125.00. Licenses expire if not renewed within 5 years of the renewal date.
License renewals may be submitted in one of two ways, online renewal or paper renewal. The online renewal is available during the open renewal period, after which time, the licensee can only submit for renewal via the paper renewal form.