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Individual license renewals for 2015 will begin on December 1, 2014.

The Fall 2014 newsletter is now available.
Fall 2014 (eReader version)
Fall 2014 (pdf version)

Exam schedules have been updated. >>>Click Here

NCBELS has introduced legislation that changes the process to become a licensed Professional Engineer.
In August of 2013 the NCEES National Model Law was changed to incorporate what is known as “decoupling”.  The current PE licensure process at that time was to pass the FE , graduate from college and with an additional four years of progressive engineering experience be eligible to sit for the PE.  The national model law was changed to remove the word “additional” – in essence “decouple” experience from the exam.
The new language in the national model law reads that to become a PE an applicant must:

  • Pass the FE and PE
  • Graduate from college
  • Have four years progressive engineering experience (or more depending on the degree obtained.)

North Carolina House Bill 742 changes 89C in order to incorporate the NCEES model law language.  The change eliminates the need to wait four years to take the PE.  An applicant can take the PE at any time after passing the FE and graduating college.  The law still requires a minimum of 4 years progressive engineering experience before becoming a licensed PE – it just “decouples” the experience from the exam process.

The proposed law also cleans up language in the PE application process but no other changes to the law have been proposed.  If you have any questions regarding the proposed change please contact:

Andrew Ritter     

Click here for the link to the proposed legislation.


04/07/2015 - Online firm license renewals for 2015 do not begin until June 1st and firms cannot renew prior to that time. A renewal postcard will be mailed out to the firm at the end of May with renewal instructions. Now is a good time to make sure the firm’s mailing address is up-to-date in the Board records. To do this, click on License Lookup link , enter the firm number or name, select Firms and submit. The address that comes up is the mailing address currently on file. If the firm needs to update its mailing address, go to the Businesses Tab and submit the appropriate change form at the bottom of the page.

02/28/2015 - Memo regarding the transition of the PS exam to computer-based testing. >>Click here<<

11/2/2014 - Individual license renewals for 2015 will begin on December 1, 2014.  Renewal forms will be mailed at the end of November. A reminder email will be sent on December 1st, as well.

10/28/2014 - NCEES has introduced new specifications for the PE Civil exam, effective with the April 2015 exam administration. Click here for the full release from NCEES.

10/08/14 - FE/FS and PE/PS Post Exam Instructions

9/23/14 - G.S. 89C is posted with the revisions by the legislature to 89C-19 and 89C-25(1), (4) and (7a replacing 7)).

8/19/14 -Link to revised Board rules effective August 1, 2014
Link to the summary of the proposed revisions
Link to the Proposed Revisions to the Board rules

4/29/14 - NCEES announces changes to upcoming exams


In order to safeguard life, health, and property and to promote the public welfare, the practice of engineering and land surveying in this State are hereby declared to be subject to regulation in the public interest. It shall be unlawful for any person to practice or to offer to practice engineering or land survying in this State, as defined in the provisions... >>> MORE...

All Firm licenses expired as of June 30, 2014

The deadline for the spring exam is January 2nd and the deadline for the fall exam is August 1.

All PE and PLS licenses expire on 12/31 each year. Reinstatement fee after 1/31 is $100.00

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