Qualified individuals may apply for licensure to practice:
Who May Apply
This Board will accept applications for licensure from those who qualify for original licensure in Kentucky and from those who seek licensing by endorsement based on original licensure outside Kentucky.
No person shall be eligible for licensure if not of good character and reputation, if convicted of a felony within the past ten years involving violence, sexual misconduct, fraud, or deceit, or judged mentally incompetent.
Admission to practice must be determined by individual qualifications.
Kentucky law does not allow the issuance of temporary licenses to practice engineering or surveying.
Per KRS 131.1817, our Board provides information on licensees and permit holders to the Kentucky Department of Revenue for the purpose of tax compliance. If you have questions regarding tax issues, please contact them at http://revenue.ky.gov/.
Methods of Becoming Licensed
The Kentucky Revised Statutes provide two methods by which a qualified applicant may become licensed to practice in Kentucky:
(PDF - 6K): Endorsement on the basis of having met requirements which are not lower than those effective in Kentucky at the date of the applicant's original licensure.
Written examinations for the Principles & Practice of Engineering (including the Structural exam) and the Principles & Practice of Surveying are given each April and October. They are one day; 8 hour exams except for the Structural exam which is a two day; 16 hour exam.
The Fundamentals of Engineering and the Fundamentals of Surveying exams are computer based and 6 hours in length. They are given in January, February, April, May, July, August, October and November at Pearson VUE testing centers across the country. You may take the exam at any location. For further information please visit www.ncees.org
Kentucky will not proctor the Principles & Practice exams for other jurisdictions nor will Kentucky candidates be allowed to sit for those exams in other jurisdictions. Candidates for the Fundamentals exams may sit at any location.
Applications for the Principles & Practice of Surveying exam must be received by January 1 for the April exam and by July 1 for the October exam. Those applying for the Principles & Practice of Engineering exam or due to three failures must do so by February 1 for the April exam and by August 1 for the October exam. There are no application deadlines for the Fundamentals exams as they are offered during eight months of the year.
Exam fees are as follows
Fundamentals of Engineering $225
Fundamentals of Surveying $225
Principles & Practice of Engineering $265
Principles & Practice of Surveying $265
Structural - Day One $510
Structural - Day Two $510
The fee for the Principles and Practice of Surveying exam includes the state specific exam. A retake of the state specific exam portion only is $50.