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How to get your license: Professional engineer by exam

Requirements

To get your license, you must meet:

  • Pass the EIT (Engineer-in-Training exam).
    • If you took the Fundamentals of Engineering exam (EIT) in another state, go to NCEES (ncees.org) to request a license or exam verification.
  • 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 you must:

  • 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)
    • 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

You can apply online or by mail.

What you'll need

Experience verification options

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 or exam verification.

Or complete the Applicant portion of a Professional Engineering Experience and Verification form for each experience you're 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. Don't open the sealed envelope. Or the verifier can email the form to engineers@dol.wa.gov, but it must come directly from the verifiers email address.

Official transcripts must be in an envelope sealed by the college or university, or emailed direct from the school. Have them sent to:

Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
Department of Licensing
PO Box 9025
Olympia, WA 98507-9025

Online

  1. Prepare your documents for upload:
    • Electronic copy of your completed Engineers Law Review
  2. Log in or sign up to apply and pay your application fee.
  3. Have any official transcripts or experience verification sent to:
    Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 9025
    Olympia, WA 98507-9025

By mail

  1. Complete a Professional Engineer Registration Application and Engineer Law Review.
  2. Mail documents 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 3777
    Seattle, WA 98124-3777
  3. Have any official transcripts or experience verification sent to:
    Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 9025
    Olympia, WA 98507-9025

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