Department of Labor and Regulation

Board of Technical Professions

Information for Professional Engineers

Accredited Education Programs

Education and Experience Requirements

Planning to Take the Exam - Dates and Deadlines to Apply

Exam Reference Form

Taking the Exam - Locations and Schedule

Fees

Forms and Applications

Licensure by Comity/Reciprocity

Continuing Education Requirements

Continuing Education Providers

Professional Development Hours (PDH) Log

Accredited Education Programs

Visit the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or the Canada Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) websites for assistance locating accredited education programs in engineering.

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Education and Experience Requirements

Licensure as a professional engineer involves completing three main components, which are education, experience and examinations. Although no engineering experience is required, an individual must achieve at least senior status in an accredited engineering program before being eligible to apply to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. Upon passing this FE exam, the individual is enrolled as an engineering intern and begins internship in the engineering profession.

Normally, an individual must have earned a baccalaureate degree in engineering from an accredited engineering program as well as gained a minimum of four years of qualifying engineering experience under the direct supervision of licensed professional engineers prior to being eligible to apply to take the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam.

For individuals who have also earned a master's and/or doctoral degree in engineering, a minimum of three years of qualifying engineering experience is required. Upon approval of the application by the Board and passing the PE exam as well as the South Dakota take home exam on laws and rules, the individual is licensed as a professional engineer and may begin to legally practice the profession of engineering.

Applicants should refer to the Blue Book, Page 13 (covering South Dakota Codified Law (SDCL) 36-18A-25 and 36-18A-26) and Page 34 (covering Administrative Rule of South Dakota (ARSD) 20:38:30:02) for specific information regarding education requirements for licensure as a Professional Engineer. Applicants should refer to the Blue Book, Page 13 (covering SDCL 36-18A-26) and Pages 35 to 36 (covering ARSD 20:38:31:01 and 20:38:31:03) for specific information regarding experience requirements for licensure as a Professional Engineer.

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Planning to Take the Exam - Dates and Deadlines to Apply

Both the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam are administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), whereas the South Dakota take home exam is administered by the South Dakota Board of Technical Professions.

Through 2013, the FE and PE exams are offered as paper and pencil exams once during the month of April and once during the month of October at two designated exam sites in South Dakota. Starting in 2014, the FE exam will be offered as a computer-based exam at two designated testing centers in South Dakota. In the years following 2014, the PE exams will eventually be converted to computer-based exams and offered at the designated testing centers. The computer-based exams will be offered during eight months of the year, and applicants may chose an available appointment date to take the exam at a testing center.

Applicants for either the FE or PE exams should refer to the Blue Book, Pages 37 to 38 (covering ARSD 20:38:32:01 and 20:38:32:03) for specific information regarding examination requirements for licensure as a Professional Engineer. Applicants should refer to the Blue Book, Pages 32-33 (covering ARSD 20:38:29) for specific information regarding application procedures and deadlines for submitting applications to the Board. Applicants should consult with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) website regarding scheduled dates for engineering examinations.

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Exam Reference Form

Before taking the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam, you will need to have references complete and submit an Exam Reference Form (in Adobe .pdf format*). This form is not required for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.

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Taking the Exam - Locations and Schedule

Visit the NCEES website for the engineering examinations schedule. After registering for an examination, specific information will be provided by NCEES regarding the location and schedule for taking the examination as well as other specific instructions relating to the examination.

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Fees

Please visit our Fees Web page for information on fees for engineering applications and examinations that are payable to the Board. Visit the NCEES website for fees for national engineering examinations that are payable to NCEES.

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Forms and Applications

Application to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (completed online)

Application to take the Professional Engineering Exam (completed online)

Before taking the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam, you will need to have references complete and submit an Exam Reference Form (in Adobe .pdf format*). This form is not required for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.

Please visit our Forms and Applications Web page for any additional forms needed.

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Licensure by Comity/Reciprocity

Before providing or offering to provide any engineering services on projects located in South Dakota, you must be licensed in South Dakota. In order to apply for licensure, you will need to complete and submit the forms listed below. Refer to the Blue Book, Pages 41-42 (covering ARSD 20:38:34) for specific information regarding comity licensure requirements.

Comity/Reciprocity Application (can be completed online)

Comity Reference Form (in Adobe .pdf format*) (Must be completed by your references, and then submitted to the Board, if such references showing experience gained under direct supervision of licensed professional engineers are not already contained in a NCEES record being submitted to the Board.)

Due Dates for Comity/Reciprocity Applications

The completed application form, along with all of the required supporting documentation, must be received by the Board office by the following deadline for consideration at the respective Board meeting.

January 1 for January Board meeting
March 1 for March Board meeting
May 1 for May Board meeting
July 1 for July Board meeting
September 1 for September Board meeting
November 1 for November Board meeting

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Continuing Education Requirements

Individual licensees are expected to maintain their professional competency by participating in continuing education activities throughout their practicing career. Generally, licensees are expected to earn a minimum of 30 professional development hours (PDH) during each two years of licensure and demonstrate their compliance with this minimum requirement by submitting a "PDH log" showing their completed continuing education activities at the time of renewing their individual license. A maximum of 10 PDH can be earned in professional management subjects, with the balance being earned in technical subjects relating to their engineering practice.

Individual licensees should refer to the Blue Book, Page 17 (covering SDCL 36-18A-39) and Pages 42-45 (covering ARSD 20:38:35:01-10) for specific information regarding continuing professional development requirements for maintaining licensure as a Professional Engineer.

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Continuing Education Providers

Visit the following websites for information on providers of continuing education for professional engineers. Please note these links are provided as a service to licensees. It is not an endorsement from the South Dakota Board of Technical Professions. The Board does NOT pre-approve courses for those organizations offering continuing education/Professional Development Hours (PDH). Licensees should take only those courses that meet Board requirements and are pertinent to the engineering profession and their respective engineering discipline.

National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)

American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES)

Civil engineers may also want to visit the following website for information on continuing education for civil engineers.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

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Professional Development Hours Log

Professional Development Hours (PDH) Log -
  Choose [Adobe .pdf format*] or [Microsoft Excel format]

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Contact Us

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Phone: 605.394.2510
Fax: 605.394.2509
email: sdbtp@state.sd.us

Mark Humphreys, Executive Director
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Kathryn Patterson, Senior Secretary
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Susan Neuf, Secretary
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Marcia Hultman, Secretary
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Pierre, SD 57501-2291
Tel. 605.773.3101
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