Arizona Professional Engineering License

Arizona is a unique state for engineering licensure, as it does not require a traditional degree as a basis for becoming a licensed professional engineer.  In fact, if one does not have a degree, he or she may become a licensed professional engineer with as little as 8 years work experience in the discipline for which licensure is sought!  Furthermore, Arizona currently does not require ongoing continuing education for licensed professional engineers.

Requirements for Licensure

  • 8 years of active engagement directly related to the applicant’s branch of engineering.
  • AND Previously passed the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering exam.
  • AND Passed the NCEES Professional Engineering exam.

Active engagement may come in the form of a combination of education, work experience, or a combination of both.

Active engagement for education is granted as follows:

  • Applicants with a bachelor degree from an ABET accredited school in the discipline for which registration is sought are granted 48 months of active engagement.
  • Applicants with a bachelor degree and a master’s or doctorate degree from ABET accredited schools in the discipline for which registration is sought are granted 60 months of active engagement.
  • Applicants with a bachelor degree from an ABET accredited school in a discipline other than that for which registration is sought are granted 36 months of active engagement.

Active engagement in work experience is credited as follows:

  • 130 hours or more of work experience in a given month in the discipline for which registration is sought is credited 1 month.
  • 85 to 129 hours of work experience in a given month in the discipline for which registration is sought is credited 0.5 months.
  • Less than 85 hours of work experience in a given month is given no credit.

For more detailed information on qualification requirements refer to the Board.

Application Process

The application process differs slightly depending on whether or not the applicant has a qualify engineering education.

For the applicant with a qualify engineering degree from an ABET accredited school:

  1. Register with NCEES to reserve a seat for the national 8 hour Professional Engineering exam and pay the fee of $265.00 to NCEES.
  2. Submit the Arizona Professional Engineering application to the board with the appropriate fee of $100.00 made payable to the Board of Technical Registration.  Application instructions are provided by the Board.

For the applicant with only work experience, or the applicant who does not have a qualifying engineering degree:

  1. Submit the Arizona Professional Engineering application to the board with the appropriate fee of $100.00 made payable to the Board of Technical Registration.  Application instructionsare provided by the Board.
  2. Upon board approval, register with NCEES to reserve a seat for the national 8 hour Professional Engineering exam and pay the fee of $265.00 to NCEES.
  3. Complete the Professional Engineering application along with the Arizona Statement of Citizenship, and submit an original along with a copy to the Board with the $100.00 fee made payable to the Board of Technical Registration.
  4. Complete section A of the Certificate of Experience Record and Reference form for each of the supervisors and or references selected in steps 1 and 2 above. Mail these forms, along with an Authorization and Releaseletter and a Board addressed stamped envelope, to each of the supervisors and/or references. They must submit these forms directly to the board.
  5. Order certified sealed college transcripts to be sent directly to the board if you’re claiming educational credit.

If you’re applying by comity, or took the Fundamentals of Engineering exam in a different state, request each state for which a license is held to provide a verification of license to the Arizona State Board of Technical Registration.

Now you get to wait until the application is processed by the state of Arizona.  For questions concerning your application, find the relevant contact on the Arizona Board Contact Information page.

Your total fee for applying for your Arizona Professional Engineering license amounts to $365.00. Please note, this fee does not include the cost of license verification from other jurisdictions.

Exam Exemptions

No exemptions are listed in the state of Arizona.

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 Arizona professional engineering license by comity, following the same process outlined in the Application Process. The application fee is $100.00. To simplify the application process, Arizona 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

Arizona does not require continuing professional competency as a means for license renewal.

License Renewal

The license renewal period is 3 years in the state of Arizona.  The initial expiration date is dictated by the initial licensure date

  • If the initial licensure was granted between January 1st and March 31st, the expiration date is 3 years from March 31st.
  • If the initial licensure was granted between April 1st and June 30th, the expiration date is 3 years from June 30th.
  • If the initial licensure was granted between July 1st and September 30th, the expiration date is 3 years from September 30th.
  • If the initial licensure was granted between October 1st and December 31st, the expiration date is 3 years from December 31st.

If the renewal fee is not paid prior to the expiration date, a penalty fee equal to 1/6th of the renewal fee for each year or a fraction of year of delinquency is assessed.  If a license is not renewed within one renewal period, it is canceled, and a new application must be submitted to reinstate the license.

Alabama Forms and Links

Important Links:

Forms:

Alabama Professional Engineering License

Alabama does not distinguish between a Civil Professional Engineer and a Structural Engineer. As a licensed Civil PE, an individual may engage in structural engineering work without additional licensing.

Requirements for Licensure

There are 7 paths to licensure as a Professional Engineer in the state of Alabama:

  • 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 TAC engineering technology degree with an ABET accredited MS engineering degree plus 6 years relevant work experience.
  • ORa 4 year related science degree with an ABET accredited MS engineering degree plus 6 years relevant work experience.
  • ORa 4 year TAC engineering technology degree plus 8 years relevant work experience (if originally licensed as a Professional Engineer in another state prior to December 31, 2005).
  • ORa 4 year related science degree including 32 semester hours or 48 quarter hours combined math and basic science plus 8 years relevant work experience (if originally licensed as a Professional Engineer in another state prior to December 31, 2005).
  • ORNo degree and 8 years of relevant work experience (if originally licensed as a Professional Engineer in another state prior to December 31, 1992).
  • AND Previously passed the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering exam.
  • AND Passed the NCEES Professional Engineering exam.

For more detailed information on qualification requirements refer to the Board.

Application Process

The application process involves 4 steps:

  1. Complete the Pre-Application formto determine your eligibility for PE licensure.
  2. Submit the Alabama PE applicationto the board with the appropriate fee.
  3. Once the application is accepted, register for the national 8 hour PE exam through NCEESand pay the appropriate fee. Instructions will be provided once the initial application to the board is accepted.
  4. Within 30 days of passing the PE exam, pay the $25.00 licensure fee.

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.

  1. 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. The PE supervisors used to verify employment may also serve as references.
  2. Complete the 6 page Civil PE application.
  3. Mail the Reference Formto each of your references.  Include a self addressed stamped envelope and instructions to have the reference stamp and sign over the envelope seal once the reference form is complete (reference forms will not be accepted without this stamp and signature).  The references must return these completed and sealed forms to you for inclusion with the application.
  4. Mail the Experience Verification Formto each PE licensed supervisor verifying employment.  The verifying engineer must have been licensed prior to the time period being verified. Include a self addressed stamped envelope and instructions to have the reference stamp and sign over the envelope seal once the employment verification form is complete (experience verification forms will not be accepted without this stamp and signature).  The supervisors verifying experience must return these completed and sealed forms to you for inclusion with the application.
  5. If a supervisor was not licensed as a professional engineer during the time period being verified, he or she must submit a Background Information on Endorser form which must be included with the experience verification form.
  6. Order certified sealed college transcripts to be sent directly to the board.
  7. If you’re applying by comity, or took the Fundamentals of Engineering exam in a different state, submit the verification of registrationform to the jurisdictions for which you’re already licensed.
  8. Submit the application, along with the 5 sealed reference forms and the sealed experience verification forms to the State of Alabama Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, with a $50.00 check made payable to PE & LS Fund (If applying by comity, this check should be $75.00).
Now you get to wait until the application is processed by the state of Alabama.  For questions concerning your application, find the relevant contact on the Alabama Board Contact Information page. Once accepted, follow the provided instructions to register for the PE exam administered by NCEES.  The fees required to register for the PE exam through NCEES are  265.00.
As soon as you receive notification of passing the PE exam, submit your $25.00 licensure fee to the board.

Your total fee for applying for your Alabama PE license amounts to $340.00.

Exam Exemptions

No exemptions are listed in the state of Alabama.

License by Comity

If the applicant has passed the PE exam, and is a licensed professional engineer in another state, he or she may apply for an Alabama professional engineering license by comity, following the same process outlined in the Application Process. The application fee is $75.00, and includes both the application fee and licensure fee.

To simplify the application process, Alabama accepts the NCEES record.

PE 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

Alabama requires continuing professional competency to help safeguard life, health, and property, and to promote public welfare. To demonstrate continuing professional competency, the licensed engineer must earn 15 Professional Development Hours (PDH) per annual renewal period or 30 PDH per biennial renewal period.

Approved Activities:

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.

Criteria:

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.

Units:

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 Audited university quarter hour = 10 PDH
  • 1 Continuing education unit (CEU) = 10 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
  • Receipt of a US patent = preparation time (not to exceed 10 PDH)
  • 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.

Carryover limit:

The licensee may carryover a maximum of 15 PDH into the next renewal period whether on an annual or biennial renewal cycle.

Continuing Professional Competency 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 employed as a professional engineer assigned to duty outside of the US for a minimum of 120 consecutive days in a calendar year.
  • 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.
  • Licensees who list their occupation as retired or inactive on the renewal form, and who certify they are not currently practicing engineering.  To reinstate a retired or inactive license, licensees must accrue PDH for each year exempted (not to exceed 2 years).

New Licensees:

New licensees are awarded 15 PDH toward their first renewal.

Records:

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. Alabama provides on online continuing education activity log for your convenience.

License Renewal

The license renewal period is 1 year in the state of Alabama, and licenses expire on December 31st.  License renewal notices will be sent out on October 15th.  The yearly PE license renewal fee is $45.00.  Lapsed licenses are subject to a reinstatement fee which includes the renewal fee.  For licenses lapsed 1 year or less, this fee is $295.00. This fee increases yearly, and is $345.00 for 2 years, $395.00 for 3 years, and  $445.00 for 4 years.  If the license is not renewed within 4 years from expiration, it is considered expired and a new application must be submitted for licensure.

License renewals may be submitted in one of two ways, online renewal or paper renewal. The board provides renewal instructions for the paper renewal form. It is recommended that the licensee use the online continuing education activity log along with the online renewal form to automate the tracking of your continuing education. Using this method of renewal will automatically calculate the PDH carryover allowance for you.

Alabama Engineer-in-Training Certification

Under Alabama law, certification as an Engineer-in-Training is the first step toward becoming a licensed Professional Engineer.

Requirements for Licensure

Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certification applicants must have:

  • a 4 Year ABET accredited engineering degree.
  • OR a 4 year unaccredited engineering degree and 2 years work experience.
  • OR a 4 year TAC engineering technology degree with ABET accredited MS engineering degree and 2 years work experience.
  • OR a 4 year related science degree with ABET accredited MS engineering degree and 2 years work experience.
  • AND Previously passed the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering exam.

Refer to the board for more information on the above listed requirements.

Application Process

The Engineer-in-Training application process requires three steps, completing the Pre-Application form, completing the application for the board, and registering for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam through NCEES. Instructions are provided by the board at the following location: http://www.bels.alabama.gov/pdfs/FE%20instructions.pdf

First, the applicant must fill out the Pre-Application form. This form is not a requirement, but is used to ensure you meet the requirements for licensure prior to submitting an application, at which time, the application fee is non-refundable.

Second, the applicant submits a completed Engineer-in-Training application to the Alabama board.  Fill out the form, and submit to the board with a $15.00 check made payable to PE&LS Fund.  The applicant must request official school transcripts be sent directly to the board after a degree is received.  The applicant may apply prior to graduation, but the Engineer-in-Training certification will not be given until the Fundamentals of Engineering exam is passed, and the board has received proof of the completion of an approved engineering program.

If the applicant graduated from a non-accredited program, and work experience is claimed, The supplemental application must be completed in lieu of the above provided application (refer to the supplemental application instructions).  The work experience claimed must be verified by a Professional Engineer, registered prior to the time being verified, with the experience verification form. The experience verification form must be sent from the verifying Professional Engineer directly to the board (it is customary to provide the verifying Professional Engineer with a stamped, addressed envelope for this purpose).

Once the application is accepted by the board, the applicant is given an AL candidate ID number, and directed to apply to sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam with NCEES.  The registration fee for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam is $125.00.

Exam Exemptions

No exemptions are listed.

License by Comity

If the applicant has passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam in another state, the applicant will not be required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam a second time, provided the exam was an 8-hour written EIT/FE exam. Proof of taking and passing this examination must be verifiable by the appropriate state’s Engineering Board.

Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Details

Designed for students who are within one year of completing their undergraduate degree in engineering, the Fundamentals of Engineering exam is typically the first step in becoming fully licensed as a Professional Engineer. A 4 hour general morning session, and a 4 hour discipline specific afternoon session constitute the 8 hour, multiple choice exam.  All examinees are  required to take the same morning exam, which tests basic math, science and engineering knowledge typically obtained in the first 2 years of an ABET accredited engineering program.    The afternoon portion of the exam tests engineering discipline specific knowledge typically gained in the first 3 years of an ABET accredited program.  Examinees choose 1 of the following 7 modules for the afternoon portion of the exam (click on the link for exam details) :

The Fundamentals of Engineering exam is closed book, and each examinee will be given a reference manual on exam day.  A copy of this manual may be purchased at http://www.ncees.org/Exams/Study_materials.php?exam=FE&product=1R   for review prior to exam day.

Continuing Education Requirements

Continuing education is not required for those holding an Engineer-in-Training certification.

License Renewal

The Engineer-in-Training license expires annually on December 31st. Renewal is not necessary, but it is recommended to ensure your information with the board is kept up-to-date. The renewal fee is $5.00. If the Engineer-in-Training license expires, the reinstatement fee is $10.00.

 

Alabama Licensing

Alabama

AlabamaWelcome to the Alabama licensing page! This page will provide all of the detailed steps necessary to get licensed and stay licensed in Alabama.

For detailed contact information for the Alabama State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors see the contact information page.

The state of Alabama does not distinguish between a Professional Engineer and a Structural Engineer.  Civil Professional Engineers may practice Structural Engineering without the need for further licensing.

Through this page, you can find detailed instructions on how to:

You can also:

Refer to the forms and links page if you want to change your address, order a duplicate license, lookup a license, etc.

If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, feel free to contact us at info@civilpe.net.

Alabama Board Contact Information

Alabama State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors

Address:

RSA Union Building Suite 382
100 North Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36104

Mailing Address:

PO Box 304451
Montgomery, AL 36130-4451

General Contact Information:

Toll Free: (866) 461-7640
Local Phone: (334) 242-5568
Fax: (334) 242-5105

Website:

URL: http://www.bels.alabama.gov/

Contacts:

Name: Regina Dinger
Title: Executive Director
Email: regina.dinger@bels.alabama.gov
Name: Rick Huett
Title: Assistant Executive Director/Investigator
Email: rick.huett@bels.alabama.gov
Name: Bob Herbert
Title: Investigator
Email: robert.herbert@bels.alabama.gov

Get Answers to Specific Questions

If you have questions about  Professional Engineering or Professional Land Surveying licensure qualifications, applications, examination results, license renewals, continuing education or about the reinstatement of a delinquent license contact one of the following indivduals. 

Question: Fundamentals of Engineering Application
Name: Candy Moore
Email: candy.moore@bels.alabama.gov
Question Topic: Professional Engineer, Land Surveyor-in-Training, OR Land Surveyor Application
Name: Bonnie Kelly
Email: bonnie.kelly@bels.alabama.gov
Question Topic: Certificates of Authorization (New or Renewal)
Name: Rick Huett
Email: rick.huett@bels.alabama.gov
Question Topic: Verification of License to Another State Board
Name: Joy Whatley
Email: joy.whatley@bels.alabama.gov
Question Topic: Alabama History and Law of Surveying exam (ALLS) Fees
Name: Bonnie Kelly
Email: bonnie.kelly@bels.alabama.gov
Question Topic: Renewals
Name: Rick Huett
Email: rick.huett@bels.alabama.gov
Question Topic: Reinstatements
Name: Joy Whatley
Email: joy.whatley@bels.alabama.gov
Question Topic: Continuing Education Requirements for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
Name: Rick Huett
Email: rick.huett@bels.alabama.gov
Question Topic: Renewal Audits
Name: Joy Whatley
Email: joy.whatley@bels.alabama.gov
Question Topic: Accounting/Receipts
Name: Shawndala Harrison
Email: shawndala.harrison@bels.alabama.gov
Question Topic: Customer Service
Name: Rose Stokes
Email: rose.stokes@bels.alabama.gov

Board Members:

W. Gerald Wilbanks, PE
Chair
Earl Foust, PE C. Michael Arnold, PLS 
Vice-Chair
Charles P. Willis, PE Dr. Daniel S. Turner, PE
Secretary
Marc S. Barter, PE
Phillip E. Santora, PLS

Order a Professional Engineer and/or Professional Land Surveyor Roster:

Rosters for the state of Alabama are provided free of charge, and can be found at http://www.bels.alabama.gov/pdfs/2009-2010%20Roster.pdf