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PE Initial

Initial Professional Engineering (PE) License

(First PE license - not licensed in any other US state, US territory, or country/jurisdiction)

Nevada licenses professional engineers by specific engineering discipline. The following disciplines are licensed by the Nevada board: 

Agricultural (AGE); Chemical (CHE); Civil (CE); Control Systems (CSE); Electrical (EE);Environmental (ENVE); Fire Protection (FPE); Geological (GEOE); Industrial (INDE); Mechanical (ME); Metallurgical and Materials (METE); Mining and Mineral Processing (MINE); Naval Architecture and Marine (NAME); Nuclear (NUE); Petroleum (PETE); and Structural (SE)

To be eligible to APPLY for INITIAL LICENSURE in NEVADA 

The elements listed below are required of applicants for initial licensure in Nevada:


Must have one of the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree in engineering from an EAC/ABET accredited program.
  • A bachelor’s degree in engineering from an ETAC/ABET accredited program, or related science curriculum.
  • A master’s degree in engineering from an institution that offers EAC/ABET accredited programs.
  • An earned doctoral degree in engineering from an institution that offers EAC/ABET accredited programs.


Passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam unless this requirement is waived by the board.  Applicants seeking to waive the FE exam based on 15 years of practice must include a letter of explanation requesting the waiver when submitting their application.  Passed the Principals and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam related to the discipline of engineering for which you are applying.


Accrued four (4) or more years progressive engineering experience satisfactory to the board. The experience is to indicate that the applicant is competent to be placed in responsible charge of engineering work. Relevant experience is to include one or more of the following: 

Engineering Design; Engineering Calculations; Preparation and Review of Engineering Specifications; Planning, Design,  and Construction Oversight of Engineering Works; Preparation and Review of Engineering Plans and Related Documents; and/or Engineering Analysis. 

Two (2) of the four (4) years of experience is to have been completed under the supervision of a professional engineer who is licensed in the discipline in which the applicant is applying for licensure unless this requirement is waived by the board.

Graduation with EAC/ABET accredited master’s or doctoral degree in a discipline of engineering is the equivalent of two (2) years active experience.

For bachelor’s degree graduates, active experience is accrued post-graduation. For master’s or doctoral graduates, the two (2) years of active experience cannot be accrued concurrent with post-graduate study.

I have a unique circumstance, am I still eligible to apply?

Unique circumstances might include—all my references are from the same employer; my references are civil engineers and I want to be licensed as an environmental engineer; I didn’t take the FE exam; I don’t have two-years supervision under a professional engineer; etc.  

The board can waive certain requirements for licensure in unique circumstances.  When applying, an applicant would include a waiver request letter explaining the unique circumstances.  The waiver request is given special consideration when the board considers your application.   

For questions about your unique circumstance and your eligibility to apply, please contact Jasmine Reis-Bailey, Licensing Specialist, board@boe.state.nv.us or 775.688.1231.

Application Process for Initial Licensure in Nevada

  1. Complete the NCEES application form ($0 fee to create a Record, $175 fee paid directly to NCEES to transmit Record to Nevada)
  2. Complete the Nevada Board short electronic application form ($25 fee, $0 for active military)

Nevada uses the NCEES Record as its application.  Because the completion and verification process required for an initial NCEES Record can take a number of weeks, and the Nevada board online application requires the entry of your NCEES ID#, which can only be obtained after you begin creating an NCEES Record, we recommend starting the NCEES Record process before completing the Nevada short electronic form.

1. NCEES Record

An NCEES Record includes the information listed below.

  • Education information (Transcripts are required for all academic credit. (Foreign degrees may require a credential evaluation)
  • Exam verification (Verification of NCEES FE and NCEES PE examinations)
  • Work experience (Chronological listing and verification of engineering and other work experience)
  • Professional references (five references, four from licensed professional engineers who can reflect the character and diversity of your experience and are personally acquainted with your professional reputation)

    Nevada requires that applicants have two years of supervision under a licensed professional engineer, and that three of the applicants references be licensed in the same discipline for which they are applying, and that only two of the references can be from the applicant’s organization unless this requirement is waived by the board

  • Additional questions for the applicant 

Click here for information about an NCEES record

2. Nevada Board Application for Initial Licensure

Click here to start your application

INITIAL LICENSURE application consideration

Following the completion and transmission of your NCEES Record and the completion of the Nevada short electronic form via the Nevada board’s website, your application packet will be presented at a public meeting of the Nevada State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors for consideration. The Nevada board meets six (6) times per year and at those meetings board members deliberate and vote on the approval of initial licensure applications. To ensure board members have time to review all initial licensure application packets before board meetings, a cut-off deadline is typically set 30 days prior to each meeting. Following are the initial licensure application deadlines for upcoming board meetings.

Upcoming deadlines for submitting INITIAL LICENSURE application packets

  • November 3, 2021 – for consideration at November 18, 2021 board meeting
  • January 4, 2022 – for consideration at January 20, 2022 board meeting
  • February 22, 2022 – for consideration at March 10, 2022 board meeting
  • April 26, 2022 – for consideration at May 12, 2022 board meeting
  • July 5, 2022 – for consideration at July 21, 2022 board meeting

Following board member deliberation and vote of approval, successful applicants will be notified of conditional approval for professional licensure. 

To complete the licensure process, the conditionally approved applicant must pass a short open-book take-home examination on chapter 625 of Nevada Revised Statutes and Nevada Administrative Code relating to the regulations and code of conduct.  The passing grade for this exam is a minimum of 80%.

After passing the take-home exam, the applicant pays a prorated license fee to align with the appropriate biennial renewal period.

The biennial renewal schedule for Nevada is determined by the first letter of the licensee’s surname:

  • A through E – renew by January 1 of each odd-numbered year. 
  • F through K – renew by July 1 of each odd-numbered year.
  • L through R – renew by January 1 of each even-numbered year.
  • S through Z – renew by July 1 of each even-numbered year.


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