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Professional Engineers

Starting July 1, DCRA will begin accepting renewal applications for occupational and professional licenses.

  • On July 1, 2021, you may start submitting your renewal application online if your license reflects an expiration date during the COVID-19 pandemic. For licenses that expire October 31, 2021 or later, renewal notices will be sent at a later date.
  • You are strongly encouraged to renew early to ensure that renewal is completed before enforcement begins.
  • All occupational and professional licenses are issued biennially, with the exception of Special Police Officers, whose licenses are issued annually. Licenses that expire October 31, 2021 or later may be renewed as per their usual renewal cycles. Note: if your license reflects an expiration date of 2022, no renewal action is required until 2022 when you may renew beginning 90 days before your current license expires. 

General Information

The District of Columbia Board of Professional Engineering regulates the licensing and practice of professional engineers and land surveyors and protects the public by upholding the District of Columbia’s Professional Engineers municipal regulations.

With the consent of the Council of the District of Columbia, the Mayor appoints the members of the Board to serve three-year terms. The Board consists of seven members. Four members must have a valid DC professional engineer license from any discipline, two members must have a valid DC land surveyor license, and one member must be a consumer member. Excluding the consumer member, each Board member must have been actively engaged in the practice of engineering or land surveying in the District of Columbia for at least five years preceding his or her appointment. Four members of the Board constitute a quorum.

The Board is on recesses in April and December. The Board meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 11a.m. at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs located at 1100 4th Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024. Due to the public health emergency, all board meetings are currently being held virtually.

Board meeting minutes are available at www.open-dc.gov.

Applicant

The District of Columbia Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors is established to “determine the scope of practice, the requirements which an applicant must meet for initial licensure and for renewal of the same, including any continuing education requirements, and shall determine the appropriate level of regulation. The Board is governed by the Non-Health Related Occupations and Professions Licensure Act of 1998, effective April 20, 1999 (D.C. Law 12-261; D. C. Official Code § 47-2853.01 et seq. (2001).

The Board consists of seven members who reside in the District of Columbia and are appointed by the Mayor. Four members must each hold a license as a professional engineer – licensed in various disciplines and two members must be licensed land surveyors and one member of the public.

The Board meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs located at 1100 4th Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the Board meetings are being held virtually and are open to the public. To access information from previous meetings, please visit open-dc.gov.

Apply for License

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Items Needed for Application

All Applicants

  • One 2”x2” passport-style photo (.jpeg format)
  • Un-expired government-issued ID (e.g., driver’s license)
  • Debit or credit card to pay application, exam, or license fees

 

Professional Engineer

Examination

  • Education
    • Undergraduate Engineering Degree from an Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology(EAC/ABET)
    • If the Applicant has a foreign degree or a degree from a non EAC/ABET college/university an evaluation is needed.  
    • Board Approved Services:
    • NCEES (ncees.org)
    • Educational Perspectives (edperspective.org)
    • Applicants must request a Subject Analysis Evaluation report for Professional Engineers
    • SpanTran (spantran.com)
    • Applicants should request a General Evaluation plus Comprehensive Course Analysis for Engineers.
    • The Board does not accept Technology Degrees
  • Experience
    • 4 years of progressive experience in the engineering field
    • Experience must have been gained under the supervision of a licensed professional engineer, if the experience was not gained under a licensed engineer an explanation must be provided.
    • Teaching experience must be engineering or engineering related at the collegiate level.  Course description is required.
    • Master’s Degree in engineering followed by a Baccalaureate Degree in engineering may be used as (1) one years’ experience.  If Ph.D in engineering is completed under the same conditions 2 (two) years ‘total experience may be credited.
  • Documents
    • Formal copy of college/university transcripts OR a formal copy of an academic evaluation must be sent from the school/evaluation service to the Board.  
    • Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted
    • Verification of the Fundamentals Examination (FE). This is a requirement for examination and will not be waived in lieu of work experience.
    • Transcripts can be sent electronically or via mail to the following address: avis.pearson@dc.gov

Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
1100 4th Street SW; Suite 500
Washington, DC  20024
Attn:  Avis Pearson

Endorsement

  • Education- same as Examination, see above.
  • Experience- same as Examination, see above.
  • Documents
    • If the Applicant has established NCEES Credentialing Record to include verified college transcripts and/or academic evaluation, employment verification and professional references –the Applicant must contact NCEES and request that this Record be sent to the Board
    • **When completing the online application the “Endorsement with NCEES” Application Type should be selected.
    • Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted
    • Verification of the Fundamentals Examination (FE). ** This exam requirement for licensure and will not be waived in lieu of work or professional experience.
    • If the Applicant does not have a NCEES Credentialing Record all formal transcripts/evaluations must be sent from the college/university or evaluation service to the Board.  This information can be sent electronically to avis.pearson@dc.gov or mailed to:

Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
OPLA
1100 4th Street SW; Suite 500
Washington, DC  20024
Attn:  Avis Pearson

 

Land Surveyor

Examination

  • Education
    • Undergraduate Degree must be a Land Surveyor degree from an Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology(EAC/ABET),the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET (TAC/ABET) collectively the ABET Commissions at the time the applicant received the degree.
    • If the Applicant has a foreign degree or a degree from a non EAC/ABET college/university an evaluation is needed. 
  • Documents
    • Formal copy of college/university transcripts OR a formal copy of an academic evaluation must be sent from the school/evaluation service to the Board.
    • Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted
    • Verification of the Fundamentals of Land Surveying (FLS). 
    • After successful passing the FLS and meeting the education requirements the Applicant is eligible to apply for the Land Surveyor Intern Certification
    • Transcripts can be sent electronically to avis.peterson@dc.gov or via mail to the following address:

Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
1100 4th Street SW; Suite 500
Washington, DC  20024
Attn:  Avis Pearson

Endorsement

  • Education
    • Undergraduate Engineering Degree from an Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology(EAC/ABET), the Applied Science Accreditation Commission (ASAC)
    • If the Applicant has a foreign degree or a degree from a non EAC/ABET college/university an evaluation is needed from one of the Board approved services.
  • Experience
    • 4 years of progressive experience in the engineering field
    • Experience must have been gained under the supervision of a licensed professional Land Surveyor, if the experience was not gained under a licensed engineer an explanation must be provided.
    • Teaching experience, to be creditable, must be obtained in responsible charge of work related to property conveyance and/or boundary line determination.
  • Documents
    • Documentation of the FLS and the PLS. If the Applicant has established NCEES Credentialing Record to include verified college transcripts and/or academic evaluation, employment verification and professional references –the Applicant must contact NCEES and request that this Record be sent to the Board
    • **When completing the online application the “Endorsement with NCEES” Application Type should be selected.
    • Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted.
    • If the Applicant does not have a NCEES Credentialing Record all formal transcripts/evaluations must be sent from the college/university or evaluation service to the Board.  This information can be sent electronically to avis.pearson@dc.gov or mailed to:

Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
OPLA
1100 4th Street SW; Suite 500
Washington, DC  20024
Attn:  Avis Pearson

 

Examination

When Exam Applicants are approved by the Board to test, the applicant must register for the exam with the National Council on Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). To schedule an exam, visit ncees.org/engineering/#district-of-columbia.

 

Fees

Land Surveyor

  • Application $65.00
  • License $120.00 (up to 2 years)
  • Renewal $155.00 (up to 2 years)
  • Late Renewal Fee $50.00
  • Reinstated License $155.00 (up to 2 years)
  • Inactive Status $155.00
  • Land Surveyor Intern $120.00
  • Duplicate License $30.00
  • Verification of Records $30.00

Professional Engineer

  • Application $65.00
  • Exam $250.00
  • License $120.00 (up to 2 years)
  • Renewal $155.00 (up to 2 years)
  • Late Renewal Fee $50.00
  • Reinstated License $155.00 (up to 2 years)
  • Inactive Status $155.00
  • Engineer in Training Certificate $120.00
  • Duplicate License $30.00
  • Verification of Records $30.00

Professional Organizations/Resources

Engineers

  • National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) ncees.org
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) asce.org
  • National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) nspe.org
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE) swe.org
  • Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE) shpe.org
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) nsbe.org

Land Surveyor

  • District of Columbia Association of Land Surveyors (DCALS) dcals.org
  • National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) nsps.us.com.

Refund Request
 

Licensee

License Renewal

Expiration Date: August 31; Renewal Year: Even

Submit an application for renewal of an occupational or professional license.

The District of Columbia Board of Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors mandates a total of 20 professional development hours (to include one course in Ethics) for Professional Engineers and 12 professional development hours (to include one course in Ethics) for Land Surveyors of  to renew your license. Note: This requirement applies to all applicants for the renewal except those applicants seeking the first renewal of a license granted by examination. A renewal applicant must submit proof via course certificates or transcripts. To qualify for approval by the Board, a continuing education program must be prepared, offered, administered, or accepted by an entity approved by the Board.

Letter of Certification/License Verification
Request a Letter of License Certification

 

Consumer

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File a Complaint or Issue
If you have an allegation of non-compliance against a professional engineer or land surveyor who is licensed with the DC Board, please File a Complaint.

 

Calendar

Meeting Dates  

  • January 28, 2021
  • February 27, 2021
  • March 25, 2021
  • Aprril - No meeting
  • May 27, 2021
  • June 24, 2021
  • July 22, 2021
  • August  - Recess
  • September 23, 2021
  • October 28, 2021
  • November 18, 2021
  • December – No meeting

Contact Us

Board Members

Samuel Wilson – Chair, Professional Engineer
Barry Lucas – Professional Engineer
Mary Jean Pajak – Professional Engineer
Roland Carter – Consumer Member
Michael McKenna – Land Surveyor
Vacant – Land Surveyor
Vacant – Professional Engineer

Board Staff

Leon Lewis – Program Coordinator
Avis Pearson – Board Administrator
Katherine Cyrus – Education Coordinator
Kathy Thomas – Education Liaison

For more information, please contact DCRA’s Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration using our online inquiry form, via email at dcra@dc.gov, by phone at (202) 442-4320.

Address: 1100 4th St SW Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20024
Direct Email: opla.professionalengineering@dc.gov

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