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A Technical and Ethical Obligation

All states have laws that govern the practice of civil engineering. Known as "Engineering Practice Acts," the primary purpose of this legislation is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of that state.

Having a professional engineer's license means more than just meeting a state's minimum requirements. It means you have accepted both the technical and the ethical obligations of the engineering profession.

In many states, the typical requirements to obtain your professional engineer's license include:

  • ABET accredited baccalaureate degree in engineering
  • Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination
  • Four years of engineering experience under the supervision of a licensed engineer
  • Principles and Practices (PE) examination

Some jurisdictions have Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) requirements for license renewal, while others do not.

Each state sets its own requirements for licensure and license renewal and individuals should verify the specific requirements in the jurisdiction in which they seek licensure.

Read about the history of licensure and continuing professional competency.