How to get your license: Professional engineer by exam

Licensing requirements

To get your license, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Pass the EIT (Engineer-in-Training exam).
  • Pass the PE (Principles and Practices of Engineering exam).
  • Have 8 years of professional-level experience under the direct supervision of a licensed engineer. (Education in an ABET-accredited program may count for up to 4 years of this experience.)
  • If you have an engineering degree from a foreign country: Have your degree evaluated by NCEES Credentials Evaluations (ncees.org), unless:
    • Your degree was accredited by EAC/ABET,
    • Your degree was accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB), or
    • You have a Masters degree from a school that has an ABET-accredited undergraduate program in the same discipline as the graduate degree. If you have a Masters in Engineering, you must provide an English translation of your undergraduate transcripts with your evaluation.

How to apply

Online

  1. Complete a Professional Engineer Online Application Supplement and have it ready to upload. See Uploading document instructions.
  2. Login and follow the on-screen instructions to submit and pay for your license application.
  3. Complete sections 1 and 2 of a Professional Engineering Experience and Verification form for each work experience you are having verified. Have the work verifier complete section 3 and return the form to the address shown on page 1 of the form.
  4. If you took the Fundamentals of Engineering exam (EIT) in another state, go to NCEES (ncees.org) and follow the instructions for requesting a license/exam verification.
  5. If you want education considered toward the 8 year experience requirement, you must request official transcripts from colleges/universities. Have them sent to:
    Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 9025
    Olympia, WA 98507-9025
    Email: engineers@dol.wa.gov (Email must be sent directly from the school)
  6. After we receive your online application and payment, we’ll send you an email with instructions on how to access the online Law Review.

Want to apply by mail?

  1. Complete a Professional Engineer Registration Application and send it with a check or money order for the $65 fee (payable to the Department of Licensing) to::
    Department of Licensing
    Business and Professions Division
    PO Box 35001
    Seattle, WA 98124-3401
    • If you aren’t having an NCEES record sent to us, complete the Applicant portion of a Professional Engineering Experience and Verification form for each experience you are having verified and send it to the experience verifier.
      • The verifier must complete their portion and return it to you in a sealed envelope signed across the flap.
      • The verification must be submitted with your application.
  2. If you took the Fundamentals of Engineering exam (EIT) in another state, go to NCEES (ncees.org) and follow the instructions for requesting a license/exam verification.
  3. You must include official transcripts from colleges/universities with your application if you want education considered toward the 8 year experience requirement. Official transcripts must be in an envelope sealed by the college/university.
  4. Once we receive your application and fee, we’ll send you an email with instructions on how to access the online Law Review. You must complete the Law Review before your application will be considered for licensure. For help in understanding the application process, please see the PE application flowchart.

Once we receive your application and fee, we’ll send you an email with instructions on how to access the online Law Review. You must complete the Law Review before your application will be considered for licensure. For help in understanding the application process, please see the PE application flowchart.

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