Getting Your Individual License

Qualified individuals may apply for licensure to practice:

Please note that in all applications we will ask you to select a default mailing address.  This will be your address of record with us that we will use for correspondence.  It will also be the address released as part of an Open Records request.

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.

A person may not 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.

Tax Compliance

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

Methods of Becoming Licensed 

The Kentucky Revised Statutes provide two methods by which a qualified applicant may become licensed to practice in Kentucky:
KRS 322.040 (PDF - 6K) and KRS 322.045 (PDF - 6K): Initial licensure by examination.
KRS 322.120 (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.
Please note that all fees are non-refundable.


Principles & Practice of Engineering exams are "paper and pencil" exams given in April and October. They are one day; 8 hour exams except for the Structural exam which is a two day; 16 hour exam.   The exams are transitioning to computer based exams with the Chemical and Nuclear exams changing in 2018.  Other exams will also transition from 2018 - 2023.
The Fundamentals of Engineering, Fundamentals of Surveying, and the Principles
and Practice of Surveying exams are computer based and given year round at Pearson VUE testing centers across the country. The Fundamentals exams are six hours in length and the Principles exam is seven hours in length.  You may take the exam at any location. For further information please visit
Exam fees are as follows:
Fundamentals of Engineering  $175
Fundamentals of Surveying  $175
Principles & Practice of Engineering  $350 (paper & pencil); $375 (computer based)
Principles & Practice of Surveying  $300
Structural - Day One  $500
Structural - Day Two  $500
A retake of the state specific surveying exam is $50. 

NOTICE TO VETERANS - all the exams have been approved by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs for reimbursment as part of their benefits program.  Please contact your local VA for further information.



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