I have an engineering technology degree which is TAC/ABET accredited. May I apply for licensure in Kentucky?Answer
Kentucky does not accept TAC/ABET degrees for licensure. If you possess such a degree but sat for the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination prior to 7/1/83, please contact the board office. Question
Is a degree required for engineering licensure?Answer
Since July 1, 1983, an engineering degree accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC/ABET) is required. If you are unsure about your degree, you may check it at abet.org
How do I apply for licensure by endorsement?Answer
You must have an NCEES Record and complete the online Licensure by Endorsement application which includes a $300 fee. If you are licensed in a foreign jurisdiction, there is a different application and instructions under Licensure by Endorsement.Question
I have a foreign degree. Will my degree have to be evaluated?Answer
If you have a degree accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board, an evaluation is not required. All other foreign degrees must be evaluated by NCEES Credentials Evaluations http://ncees.org/records/ncees-credentials-evaluations/Question
Does Kentucky offer a temporary permit to practice engineering or surveying?Answer
Do I need a permit for my engineering or surveying firm?Answer
If your firm is a corporation, partnership, or LLC you must obtain a permit. If you are a sole practitioner practicing in the name on your individual license, you do not.
May I use an electronic seal on my engineering or surveying documents?
When documents are to be presented to a client or to a public or governmental entity, at least one copy must have the licensee's original stamp or seal, original signature and date. Any other copy may contain a facsimile of the licensee's stamp, signature and date applied manually or by computer.
May I electronically transmit documents with an electronic signature in place of an original seal, signature and date?
Yes, if the electronic signature is a unique identification of the licensee; is verifiable; is under the licensee's direct and exclusive control; is linked to the electronic document in such a way that any changes to the document are easily displayed; any attempt to change the document invalidates the electronic signature; and the document is transmitted in a read only format.
Can the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination be waived?Answer
No; the only exception being for certain engineering instructors in EAC/ABET accredited engineering programs.Question
When can I sit for the Principles & Practice of Engineering exam?Answer
You may sit after graduation from an EAC ABET accredited engineering program and passing the Fundamentals of Engineering exam. You will need to pass this exam and meet our other requirements such as the required years of progressive engineering experience before you can apply for licensure. Passing this exam is not a guarantee of licensure. Question
May I sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination prior to graduation?Answer
Yes, if you have at least 105 credit hours completed towards your EAC/ABET engineering degree.Question
What is the difference between the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) and the EIT (Engineer in Training) examinations?Answer
None. It is simply a new name for the same examination.
Does Kentucky require continuing education (Professional Development Hours) for Professional Engineers? Answer
Yes. 30 hours every two calendar years. Those engineers who were licensed in Kentucky before 1972 are exempt from the continuing education requirements if they have been continuously licensed and have had no disciplinary actions. Question
Does Kentucky require continuing education (Professional Development Hours) for Professional Land Surveyors?Answer
Yes. Eight hours per calendar year.Question
Do professional development courses have to be pre-approved in Kentucky?Answer
How often is a Professional Land Surveyor required to take the Board sponsored Standards of Practice / Ethics / Code of Conduct course?Answer
Once during each four calendar year period.Question
Who is responsible for keeping Professional Development Hours records?Answer
Each individual licensee.Question
Can I take a course that is not pre-approved?Answer
Yes you may. Pre-approval of courses is not required.Question
When and how do I report my surveying CPD hours?Answer
You are responsible for maintaining your CPD records. On your license renewal form, you will be asked to indicate whether or not you have met the CPD requirements. If selected for audit, you will be asked to provide the supporting documents.Back to top
May I self-certify a Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan in Kentucky as allowed by the U.S. EPA without using a PE?Answer
You may not. In Kentucky, the certification of an SPCC Plan is considered the practice of engineering and therefore requires a PE licensed in our state. The federal regulation only allows this option in states that do not prohibit self-certification.Question
Does 3D Modeling require a PE and/or a PLS?Answer
development of electronic engineering-related or surveying-related design data
shall be subject to licensure requirements under KRS 322. Development of data such as templates, cross
sections, Digital Terrain Models, etc. to be used for the purposes of
construction, earthwork, grading, mining and stake-out is within the definition
of the practice of engineering under KRS 322.010(4)(a)1 and shall be done under
the responsible charge of a Professional Engineer. Any such data that establishes,
reestablishes, locates property lines, locates real property rights or defines
real property lot divisions and lot layout is within the definition of the
practice of land surveying under KRS 322.010(10)(a)1 and shall be done under
the responsible charge of a Professional Land Surveyor.
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