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.
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:
- Register with NCEES to reserve a seat for the national 8 hour Professional Engineering exam and pay the fee of $265.00 to NCEES.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
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.