Engineering Firm Licensing

Overview

The Engineering Industry is highly regulated by every state in the U.S. While all states require individual engineer licenses, most now require engineering firm licenses as well. The purpose of these registration regulations is to increase public protection by implementing various requirements such as having a licensed professional engineer in responsible charge of each office at all times. These engineering firm applications - often referred to as Certificates of Authorization - generally consist of tedious forms and varying supporting documentation. Errors and deficiencies in the application process are likely to cause considerable delay in the issuance of your engineering industry license. LicenseLogix streamlines this process so you can focus on the job at hand.

Background

Most states issue engineering firm licenses through their Board of Professional Engineering. These states may also have unique name requirements which may limit the names under which a firm may provide services. Professional Engineering Firm licenses, or “Certificates of Authorization,” may be denied if your firm name conflicts with the specific requirements of a state.

Generally, the first step in applying for a firm license is to comply with the name requirements that often necessitate registration of a DBA (“doing business as”). The second step is to obtain an individual license in the appropriate state for your “Professional Engineer in Responsible Charge” who will qualify your engineering firm for a license. To do so, the individual may be required to take an examination or qualify by reciprocity with a state in which they are already licensed. The final step is to apply for your Certificate of Authorization. The application will usually require a fee up to $200 as well as attachments such as copies of licenses and various corporate documents. Once the license is issued, renewals are required to be filed either annually or biennially, varying by state.

Ramifications of Non-Compliance

An Engineering Firm operating without a license, or with an expired license, may be subject to penalties ranging from high fines to cease-and-desist orders to criminal penalties, including imprisonment or probation.Unlicensed operation of energy services will be penalized with high fines, cease and desist orders, and permanent revocation of a license.

How we help your business:

  1. We stay up-to-date with changing requirements and forms so you can focus on the job at hand.
  2. We prepare engineering firm license application packets efficiently and correctly, allowing your in-house staff to save valuable time struggling to obtain the proper licenses.
  3. Once your license has been issued, we ensure that you remain compliant with all engineering industry licensing laws.

More Resources:

- National Society of Professional Engineers
- American Engineering Association
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers
- National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying


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