Engineer, Licensed Professional

Department of Inspections, Appeals, and Licensing | Division of Licensing


Engineers apply the theories and principles of science and mathematics to the economical solution of practical technical problems. They design industrial machinery; develop scientific equipment; supervise the construction of buildings and highways; design consumer products and various other innovations; and, evaluate the overall effectiveness of new products and operations, as well as the cost and reliability. Responsibilities may include inspection, quality control, management and administration. Engineers typically specialize in one of more than 25 specialties recognized by professional societies.

Code Citation IC, Chapter 542B; IAC 193C

Who Applies Any person wishing to obtain a license to practice professional engineering in Iowa.

When To Apply After academic requirements and practical experience are completed.

Initial Requirements In order to be recognized as a licensed professional engineer, the state requirements for licensure must be met. The applicant for a professional engineer\\’s license must have a degree in engineering and four or more years of practical experience.

Duration Biennial renewal is required to remain active.

Processing Time Applications are generally processed within five to ten business days.

Fee Structure Application: $100 – Principles & Practice examination $150 – Comity (if licensed in another state) Renewal: $100 – Active $40 – Inactive Exam: Varies by exam Other: $15 – Certificate

Renewal Requirements Thirty hours of continuing education (professional development hours) are required biennially for license renewal.

Exam The applicant must pass two examinations. 1. The Fundamentals of Engineering examination. 2. The Principles and Practice of Engineering examination. Four years of practical experience satisfactory to the Board must be obtained prior to taking this examination.

Additional Information National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying 280 Seneca Creek Road Seneca SC 29678 Iowa Engineering Society 100 Court Ave Ste 203 Des Moines, IA 50309 National Society of Professional Engineers 1420 King St Alexandria VA 22314

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Engineering & Land Surveying Examining Board Administrator
200 E. Grand Ave.
Ste. 350
Des Moines, IA 50309