Professional Engineers

TO BE LICENSED IN THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AS A PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER, you must meet at a minimum the requirements for one of the following categories:

If you do not meet these requirements, you are not eligible for registration in RI.

CATEGORY 1

  • ABET-EAC Four (4) year Engineering Degree
  • Minimum of Four (4) years’ experience working under the supervision of a registered PE (registered in any US jurisdiction)
  • Passing Score on the FE Exam
  • Passing Score on the PE Exam
  • NCEES Record

CATEGORY 2

  • ABET-EAC 4-year Engineering Degree
  • Minimum of Twelve (12) years’ experience working under the supervision of a registered PE (registered in any US jurisdiction)
  • FE Exam Waived
  • Passing Score on the PE Exam
  • NCEES Record

CATEGORY 3

  • ABET-ETAC 4-year Engineering Technology Degree
  • Minimum of Eight (8) years’ experience working under the supervision of a registered PE (registered in any US jurisdiction)
  • Passing Score on the FE Exam
  • Passing Score on the PE Exam
  • No Waiver for FE permitted
  • NCEES Record

CATEGORY 4

  • Non-Accredited 4-year  Engineering Degree or NCEES Education Equivalency Evaluation
  • Minimum of Six (6) years’ experience working under the supervision of a registered PE (registered in any US jurisdiction)
  • Passing Score on the FE Exam
  • Passing Score on the PE Exam
  • No Waiver for FE permitted
  • NCEES Record

CATEGORY 5

  • Non-accredited 4-year Math, Science or Engineering Technology Degree with Advanced Engineering Degree from an ABET-EAC program
  • Minimum of Six (6) years’ experience working under the supervision of a registered PE (registered in any US jurisdiction)
  • Passing Score on the FE Exam
  • Passing Score on the PE Exam
  • No Waiver for FE permitted
  • NCEES Record

COA REQUIRED — Individual Professional Engineer Registration Not Enough

Important Reminder to Registered Professional Engineers - Each entity that practices or offers to practice engineering in Rhode Island must hold a current Certificate of Authorization ("COA"). This required COA is in addition to the individual's registration stamp. Check to make sure that your firm (whether sole proprietorship, corporation, partnership or LLC) has a current COA. Contact the Board of Examination and Registration of Professional Engineers with any questions.

Design Professionals

State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers
Email: Dbr.designprof@dbr.ri.gov.