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Professional Engineers

Important Message in Reference to COVID-19

Licensees,

In accordance with Title III, Section 312 of the “COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020, “the Act”, professional or occupational licenses that expire during the declared public health emergency are considered valid.

As noted on the coronavirus.dc.gov page under the section listed Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, once the public health emergency is over, licensees will have 45 days to renew a license and renewal notices will be sent at that time.

For the latest information on the District Government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please visit coronavirus.dc.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) will begin accepting renewal applications for occupational and professional licenses starting July 1, 2021. Enforcement of licensure will begin on September 1, 2021. Additional information will be issued in the near future.


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.

Excluding December and one other month that varies from year to year, the Board meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs located at 1100 4th Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024.

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 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.

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

 

Apply for License

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Examination

Examinations are available through the National Council on Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. 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
  • 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

Renewal
The District of Columbia Board of Architecture, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture mandates a total of 24 professional development units of continuing education to renew your license. Note: This requirement applies to all applicants for the renewal of or a license to practice architecture, except those applicants seeking the first renewal of a license granted by examination. A renewal applicant must submit proof via course certificates or transcripts of having completed 24 hours of credit in approved continuing education programs in health, safety, and welfare subjects during the term of the license (May 1, 2018 – April 30, 2020). To qualify for approval by the Board, a continuing education program must be prepared, offered, administered, or accepted by an entity approved by the American Institute of Architects or accepted by an entity approved by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

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 at licensing@dcopla.com. Need to find the status of a licensee? Visit our website here.

File a Complaint

 

Calendar

    Meeting Dates  

  • January 28, 2021
  • February 27, 2021
  • March 25, 2021
  • April 23, 2021
  • May – No meeting
  • 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 – Executive Director
  • Avis Pearson - Board Administrator
  • Stephanie Johnston – Board Assistant

For more information or to contact us, 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.

To apply for a vacancy, please visit the Mayor’s Office of Talent and Appointments for more information and an application.

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