Professional Engineer

Pursuant to 2017 Wisconsin Act 278, beginning August 1, 2018, prior to submitting an application for a credential, an individual may apply to the Department for a determination of whether the individual would be disqualified from obtaining the credential due to his or her conviction record.  To apply for a predetermination, please fill out Form #3085 and submit all required documentation specified on the form.  Pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 111.335(4)(e), the offenses or kinds of offenses that may result in a refusal, bar, or termination of licensure are published under Additional Resources on the left side of this page.


License Information

Fee Reduction

Pursuant to 2017 Wisconsin Act 319, beginning August 1, 2018, an applicant for an initial credential may apply for a reduction of the initial credential fee that is equal to 10% of the initial fee.  Qualification is based on the federal adjusted gross income being at or below 180% of the federal poverty guideline prescribed for the applicant's family household size by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. To determine eligibility please visit the United States Department of Health and Human Services website at https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines, prior to submitting Form 3217.

Per Wis. Stat. § 440.08 (2), the required renewal date for the Professional Engineer credential is 07/31/even years.  Should you receive your initial credential in the months leading up to this date, you are still required to renew your license by the statutorily defined date.

The Engineering Section no longer pre-qualifies examination candidates.  You must schedule first with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).

Licensure by Reciprocity (For Engineers Licensed by Another State):

An applicant may apply for registration if he or she holds an unexpired registration in another state in which registration requirements are not lower than those in Wisconsin. The applicant must have passed the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering, the NCEES Principles and Practice Examination, and currently have an  active license in another US state.

Applicants may apply using NCEES Council Record or by direct application to the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.

OLAS (Online Licensure Application System) is available to applicants licensed in another state.

Temporary Permit

Applicants applying for registration under Reciprocity may be eligible for a temporary permit to proceed with a pending project during the time it takes to process the application for registration. An applicant desiring a permit must include a letter specifically requesting the permit which includes a description of the project (location, approximate size, and cost), a copy of their current registration card from the original state of registration and the temporary permit fee. When filling out Application for Professional Engineer Registration (Form #1736), the credential fee and the temporary permit fee must accompany the request for a temporary permit. The temporary permit is optional and is not a requirement for licensure.

Registration Seals:  As a credential holder with this Board, you are required to obtain a personal registration seal in compliance with the specifications outlined in Wis. Admin. Code § A-E 2.02.  It is the credential holder's responsibility to obtain a seal, which should only include the numbers before the dash (i.e. 30666-006, 8178-005).  The inner circle area of the seal must include the credential holder's name, credential number, and the city and state where the credential holder resides or is employed.  This information serves as a basis for locating the credential holder and should be the same as the mailing address on file with the Board office (i.e. if the credential holder's address is Memphis, TN, then Memphis, TN must be placed on the inner circle).

Submission of Plans for State Approval

Questions regarding the submission of plans for state approval should be directed to the Safety and Buildings Division of DSPS at (608) 266-3151.

Certificate of Authorization: A firm, partnership, or corporation requesting a certificate of authorization shall submit a completed application and fee to the Department.  See Architectural, Engineering or Designer of Engineering Systems, Corp Certificate for more information.


Pre-Credential Education Information

An applicant for registration as a professional engineer shall submit satisfactory evidence to the professional engineer section of the examining board all of the following: 

A diploma of graduation, or a certificate, from an engineering school or college approved by the professional engineer section as of satisfactory standing in an engineering course of not less than 4 years, OR;

A diploma of graduation or degree from a technical college approved by the professional engineer section as of satisfactory standing in an engineering-related course of study of not less than 2 years, AND;

For an applicant possessing a diploma or certificate from a course of study of not less than 4 years, a specific record of 4 or more years of experience in engineering work of a character satisfactory to the professional engineer section and indicating that the applicant is competent to be placed in responsible charge of engineering work. 

For an applicant possessing a diploma or degree from a course of study of not less than 2 years, a specific record of 6 or more years of experience in engineering work of a character satisfactory to the professional engineer section and indicating that the applicant is competent to be placed in responsible charge of engineering work. 

If you need a list of approved schools, or want to verify if the school you attended is ABET approved, please visit the ABET web site: www.abet.org.

Foreign Education Evaluation: All education received outside the United States, must be evaluated before submitting it to the Department with your application.  The Professional Engineer Section will accept education evaluations only from NCEES Credentials Evaluations. No other credential evaluation services will be accepted.  No credit will be allowed for education submitted without an educational evaluation.  For more information about NCEES credential evaluations, visit the NCEES web site to find out how to apply on-line, or write to:

      NCEES
      Credentials Evaluations Services
      P.O. Box 1686
      Clemson SC 29633‑1686

Note: If the application data is not submitted online, there will be an additional fee.   Contact NCEES at: (865) 654‑6824


Application for Licensure as an Engineer-In-Training

You must pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam before submitting application forms.

FormDescription
1098Application for Engineer-In-Training Certification
3217​Application for Fee Reduction (This form must accompany the application for the credential)
471Engineer-in-Training Applicant Appraisal Form (3 Appraisal Forms Required)
463Experience Record
475Verification of Examination or Registration
​3085​Application for Predetermination
​2252​Convictions and Pending Charges

Application for Licensure

Applicants who have passed both the Fundamental of Engineering (FE) exam and the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam and have previously submitted an eligibility application for Board approval in the state of Wisconsin, submit only the Application Addendum for PE Registration (Form #2727).

FormDescription
1736Application for Professional Engineer Registration
2727Application Addendum for Professional Engineer Registration
470Professional Engineer Applicant Appraisal Form (5 Appraisal Forms Required
475Verification of Examination or Registration
3084Continuing Education Tracking Sheet (Reciprocity Applicants)
​2288​Application for Credential Reinstatement
​2490​Applicant Appraisal Form for Reinstatement (3 Appraisal Forms Required)
2997​Continuing Education Tracking Sheet (Reinstatement Applicants)
​2489​Experience Record for Credential Reinstatement
​3085​Application for Predetermination
2252​Convictions and Pending Charges
3071​Fax Payment Form

Application by Reinstatement (License Expired Five Years or More)

Submit application Form #2288, supporting documentation and fee as well as evidence that you have completed at least 30 hours of continuing education in the 2 years immediately prior to your application according to Wis. Admin. Code § 13.03.

Renewal Information

Requirements

  • FEE (See Renewal Dates and Fees)
  • SIG  (Continuing education) 30 hours of approved Professional Development Hours (PDHs) or equivalent continuing education units, pertinent to the practice of professional engineering between 8/1/2016-7/31/2018.
  • If your legal status as a qualified alien or nonimmigrant lawfully present in the United States has changed since the issuance of your credential or your last renewal, please contact the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services at (608) 266-2112 or dsps@wisconsin.gov.

Renewal Methods

  • Online Log In: License Renewal Online
  • Request a Paper Renewal Form: (888) 506‑4239 or (608) 261‑4460 for the Madison area

FormDescription
RDAFRenewal Dates and Fees
​R210​Active Duty/Discharge Renewal Extension

Wisconsin Act 210 (effective June 1, 2012)

This Act extends the license of a service member if the license expires while they are on active duty from 90 days to 180 days from the date of discharge. The same applies to a spouse of a service member if the spouse does not practice under their license while the service member is on active duty and does not practice because the service member is on active duty.

This Act repeals a provision of prior law that required a service member to meet all of the requirements for license extension or renewal, except for continuing education requirements, in order to have the license extended.

Service members and spouses may request extensions of licenses beyond 180 days from discharge and may request a waiver or extension of time to complete continuing education requirements due to hardship.  Please view Active Duty/Discharge Renewal Extension Form #R210.