FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

LICENSING

Q.  Where do I get an application to apply for licensing or exams in Nevada?
A.  All applications and forms are available online.  Review the application forms and instructions for more help.

Q.  How much are application and license fees for Nevada?
A
. Fees are as follows:

  • Professional license fee is $100 every two years. $50 for each additional discipline.
  • Professional “Reciprocity” application fee is $200.
  • Professional “Exam and License” application fee $200.
  • Professional “Early Exam Only” application fee is $100.  Subsequent application fee for licensure after passing the early exam is $100.
  • Engineer Intern exam application is $50.
  • Land Surveyor Intern exam application is $50.

 Click for the full fee schedule.

Q.  When and where are the Board meetings held?
A
.  The Board meets every two months alternately in Reno or Las Vegas. Click for the Board Meeting Schedule and locations.

Q.  What professional disciplines does Nevada offer for licensing?
A
.  The following disciplines are offered:

  • Nevada licenses Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors.  Nevada is a “Discipline” state and requires exams and licensing in each discipline you practice.   Click to review a list of Disciplines NAC 625.220.3 – Disciplines of Engineering.  You must complete the appropriate NCEES PE exam in the discipline you apply for.

Q.  How do I get licensed as a Structural Engineer in Nevada?
A
.  You need to meet the minimum experience/education requirements and have taken the proper exams:  Eight (8) hour NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering Examination (FE or EIT) and sixteen (16) hours of Structural examinations.  Acceptable structural exams are the NCEES Structural I & II examinations (16 hr) if passed after April 1993,  the 16-hour Western States (California) Structural Examination, or the new (16 hr) NCEES Structural (Vertical and Lateral Forces) examination.  Nevada does not accept the NCEES Structural I and II examinations taken prior to April, 1993, or any other examinations for structural licensing.  If you also apply for a Civil PE license, you will need to submit two separate applications for the two disciplines and must have completed the NCEES Civil PE exam.

Q.  Is there a “Short Form,” Temporary License,” or a method to expedite license by reciprocity?
A.  Nevada does not have a short form or temporary license to speed up the licensing process.  A completed application must be submitted to the Board for review and approval.  Nevada does accept part of the “NCEES Record” for reciprocity.  Click to review the application and review process.

RECIPROCAL LICENSING

Q.  How do I qualify for a Professional reciprocity license and what are the requirements?
A.  To qualify for a Professional Engineer reciprocal license, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Must have an accredited BS Engineering degree from the US or have an ABET equivalent foreign BS Engineering degree.- NRS 625.183
  • If you don’t have a BS Engineering degree, you must have had a minimum of 10 years experience in the discipline you are applying for and have been licensed in another state prior the July 1, 2010.
  • Have completed the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering exam or qualify for a waiver of the exam – NRS 625.193
  • Have completed the NCEES 8-hr Professional exam in the discipline you are applying for.
  • With a BS degree, have a minimum of 4 years of acceptable engineering work experience after graduation.  Two years must be under a licensed PE in the discipline you are applying for.  References are accepted from US and Canadian PEs.
To qualify for a Professional Land Surveyor reciprocal license you need to meet the following requirements:
  • Must have an approved BS Surveying degree from the US or have an ABET equivalent foreign BS Surveying degree.- NRS 625.270
  • If you don’t have a BS Surveying degree, you must have been licensed in another state prior the July 1, 2010.
  • Have completed the NCEES Fundamentals of Land Surveying exam or qualify for a waiver of the exam – NRS 625.271
  • Have completed the NCEES 6-hr Professional Surveyor exam.
  • With a BS surveying degree, have a minimum of 4 years of acceptable surveying work experience after graduation.  Two years must be under a licensed PLS.  References are accepted from US PLS only.
  • Complete the Nevada 2-hr PLS exam after Board approval of the application.

Nevada only accepts reciprocal applicants licensed in the U.S. or Canada, no other foreign countries.

QUALIFYING FOR EXAMS AND LICENSING

To qualify for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and become a Nevada Engineer Intern, you need to meet the following requirements (NRS 625.183):

  • Have an ABET-accredited BS Engineering degree, or be in your senior year of an accredited Engineering degree program in one of our Universities (UNR or UNLV).
  • If you don’t have a BS engineering degree, you will need a minimum of 4 years of engineering work experience.

To qualify for the Fundamentals of Surveying exam and become a Nevada Land Survey Intern, you need to meet the following requirements:    NRS 625.386 

  • Have an accredited BS Surveying or Engineering degree.  If you have a non-survey or engineering degree you may receive some education credit towards the 4 year experience requirement.
  • If you don’t have a BS Surveying or Engineering degree, you will need a minimum of 4 years of surveying work experience.
To qualify for a Professional Engineer exam and license you need to meet the following requirements:
  • Must have an accredited BS Engineering degree from the US or have an ABET- equivalent foreign BS Engineering degree. NRS 625.183
  • Have passed the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering exam or qualify for a waiver of the exam – NRS 625.193
  • Have a minimum of 4 years of acceptable engineering work experience after graduation.  Two years must be under a licensed PE in the discipline you are applying for.  References are accepted from US and Canadian PEs.

To qualify for a Professional Land Surveyor exam and license, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Must have an approved BS Surveying degree from the US or have an ABET- equivalent foreign BS Surveying degree.- NRS 625.270
  • Have passed the NCEES Fundamentals of Land Surveying exam or qualify for a waiver of the exam – NRS 625.271
  • Have a minimum of 4 years of acceptable engineering work experience after graduation.  Two years must be under a licensed PLS.  References are accepted from US PLSs only.

EXAMS

Q.  When are examinations offered and when must I submit my application?
A
.  The professional engineering and land surveying exams are administered by NCEES in April and October every year. Click to review our exam schedule and deadlines.  Applicants must apply to the Nevada Board for approval to sit for the exam.

The NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering exam is computer-based and is administered year-round at certain testing centers.  Registration for the exam must be done on the NCEES website.  Click here for information.

The NCEES Fundamentals of Land Surveying is also computer-based and administered year-round at certain testing centers.  Registration for the exam must be done on the NCEES website.  Click here for information.

Q.  What exams do I need to complete to be licensed in Nevada?
A
.  Review the following:

  • For engineering, you need to pass the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE, EI or EIT is the same exam) and the NCEES professional exam in the discipline you are applying for.  If you apply for a structural engineer license, you need to have completed an additional 16 hours of exams: the NCEES Structural I and II (after April 1993),  the CA Western States Structural exam, or the new 16-hr NCEES Structural exam..
  • For land surveying, you need to complete the NCEES Fundamentals of Land Surveying exam, the 6-hour NCEES Professional Land Surveyor exam, and a 2-hour Nevada PLS exam.
  • Exams taken in foreign countries are not accepted as NCEES equivalent by Nevada.

Q.  Will Nevada arrange to have our exams proctored in other states, or proctor exams for other states?
A.  NCEES can make arrangements for you to take exams in other states if you are an active military member.  If you have an application approved in another state and want to take the exam in Reno or Las Vegas, request proctoring with NCEES in your home state.  If your home state board allows proctoring, it will have the request approved with NCEES.

FEES

Q.  What is the fee schedule?
A.  Click for Application Fees and other Board fees.

LICENSE RENEWALS

Q.  How do I renew my professional license?
A.  Post cards will be mailed containing online license renewal information approximately four weeks before your current license expires.  Be certain we have your correct mailing address so you receive the post card. The professional license fee is $100 every two years for one discipline.  An additional discipline is +$50.  A late fee of $100 will be assessed after the day your license expires.

Q.  Does Nevada have a grace period for renewals of a professional license?
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Nevada has a 6-month period for renewal of a professional license after the expiration date.  What is the  status of a license during that period?

  • If you have not renewed your license by the expiration date on the pocket card, your license has expired and you can no longer practice in Nevada until the renewal form and fees are submitted.  The 6-month period allows you to renew the license by paying the renewal fee plus a $100 late fee without submitting a new application. 
  • If a license is not renewed during the 6-month period, the license expires and the licensee must submit a new reciprocal application to the Board for approval.  The Board also requires a form from the applicant stating whether or not engineering or surveying work was performed in Nevada since the license expired.  The expired status of the license will be listed on the Board’s online roster. Click here to review NRS 625.395 and NAC 625.410.

STAMPING

Q.  Nevada’s Stamping Regulations have changed.  May I continue to use my old stamp or do I have to order the new stamp that includes the expiration date?
A
.  You may continue to use your old stamp; just remember to write the expiration date of your license below the stamp.  Click to review the latest revisions to the Stamping Regulations in NAC 625.

Q.  Where do I purchase a new stamp?
A.  You may order the new stamp from our Board office or any other retailer.   The stamp must be made in the Nevada Board’s approved design.

Q.   If I order a new stamp, may I have it made with the license expiration date included on the stamp?
A
.  Yes, the expiration date of your license may be included, but remember you will need to have a new stamp made every two years in accordance with your renewal date.    Click for the approved design.

Q.   Are self-inking stamps available?
A
.  Yes, you may order them through the Board office for $50.  Click for the Order Form.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HOURS

Q.  Does Nevada require Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for licensees?
A
.  Yes, Nevada requires 30 PDHs every two years in order to renew a license.  Click to review the CPC Guidelines and requirements.

Q.   Do new licensees need Professional Development Hours (PDHs) to receive their first license?
A
.  A new licensee is required to report PDHs only after he/she has completed a minimum of two years of professional licensure in Nevada.

Q.   What happens to my license if I do not report 30 PDHs when I submit my renewal form?
A
.  Your license will be placed on “Inactive” status until you submit proper documentation to meet the PDH requirement.  Click to review the CPC Guidelines and “Inactive” Status.

Q.   May I earn PDHs if I am a member of a professional organization?
A
.  You may not claim PDHs if you are just a member of a professional organization.  You may claim 2 PDHs per year if you are an “Officer or an active Committee member” in the organization. You may report attendance at technical presentations at their monthly meetings if you keep a record of your attendance, dates, and subjects.

COMPLAINTS

Q.   How do I file a complaint to the Board against an individual?
A
.  To initiate a complaint, you must complete and sign a “Complaint Form” and return the original form to the Board.  Our compliance officer will review your complaint and contact you.

COMPANY OR CORPORATION REGISTRATION

Q.   How do I register a business or corporation to Nevada?
A
.  There is a “Corporate Registration Form” on our website.  You must complete the form and return it to the Board with a $50 fee.  Registration will expire after one year. Click here for the Corporate Registration form.

Firm registration can also be done online after the first time a firm is registered.  Click here to review the information on registering your business.

Q.  Who do I talk to if I have any questions about applications, licensing, compliance, etc.?
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.  Click here for staff contact information.  You may contact us by phone or Email.