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Professional Engineer


A licensed professional engineer (PE) evaluates, plans, designs, supervises, and/or consults on the construction or operation of:

  • utilities
  • houses, office buildings, shopping centers, roads, bridges, etc.
  • machines and equipment

. . . and other projects and processes which require the application of engineering principles and data to safeguard people and property.

Licensing Requirements:

Any use of the title "Professional Engineer" or provision of professional engineering services within New York State requires licensure, except in certain "exempt" settings. These settings are detailed in Section 7208 of the Education Law.

To be licensed as a professional engineer in New York State you must:

  • be of good moral character;
  • be at least 21 years of age; and
  • meet education, examination and experience requirements.

The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 145, section 7206 of New York's Education Law and Part 68 of the Commissioner's Regulations.

Education Requirements:

To become licensed as a professional engineer in New York State you must complete a combination of education and experience for which years of credit are awarded. The credit awarded for your education determines the required number of years of experience you need:

  • A total of 6 years of credit is required for admission to the Fundamentals of Engineering examination (Part A)
  • A total of 12 years of credit is required for admission to the Principles and Practice examination (Part B) for licensure.

Experience Requirements:

Experience acceptable for licensure must be of a scope and nature satisfactory to the Department and must be appropriately verified by the Department. The experience must:

  1. demonstrate the intensive application of engineering principles in the practical solution of engineering problems;
  2. demonstrate a knowledge of engineering mathematics, physical and applied sciences, properties of materials, and the fundamental principles of engineering design;
  3. be broad in scope;
  4. develop and mature the applicant's engineering knowledge and judgment; and
  5. include at least two years of experience working on projects requiring knowledge and use of codes and practices commonly used in the United States.

All the experience you wish to have evaluated must be described on Forms 4 and 4A and should be accounted for chronologically. Experience descriptions must include specific duties you personally performed, the complexity of the work, and make clear the extent of your responsibility for the work. Please list your experience in a comprehensive, detailed, and explicit manner. The Department will consider only experience that you have completed by the date the application is signed. The quality of the experience, not merely the calendar time, will be evaluated. Time claimed on the forms cannot exceed actual calendar time.

Fees (as of November 3, 2016)

The fee for licensure and first registration is $377.

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2014, there were 1,348 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2015, there were 1,149 licenses issued for this occupation.

As of July 1, 2016, there were 28,708 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Education Building
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Engineering/Land Surveying Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 250

Standard Occupational Classification:

17-2011 to 17-2199 - Various Engineers to All Other Engineers
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information:

National Society of Professional Engineers
1420 King Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314-2794
Phone: (888)285-NSPE (6773)
Fax: (703) 684-2821


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 12/21/16.

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