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Apply for a Reciprocal License - Professional Engineers

Apply for a Reciprocal License online

If you have an NCEES Council Record, you do not need to submit any of the supporting documents. You only need to submit the Council Record as your supporting documentation. Contact NCEES to have your record transmitted to the Maryland Board.

Requirements
If you are licensed to practice engineering in another state and have passed at least the eight-hour NCEES Principles and Practices of Engineering examination, you may qualify for licensure by reciprocity. You must meet requirements that were equivalent to those required by Maryland at the time you were licensed by the other state. You must qualify under one of three options:

Subsection 14-305(b) - EAC/ABET-APPROVED OPTION
Has graduated from a college or university on completion of at least a four-year curriculum in engineering or its equivalent that the Board approves and has at least four years of work experience in engineering that is satisfactory to the Board and that indicates to the Board that the applicant is competent to practice engineering. The applicant must also have passed an eight-hour written examination in the fundamentals of engineering given by the Board;

On May 11, 2017 the Board for Professional Engineers voted to no longer accept Washington Accord designations as “equivalent” to the NCEES Education Standard.

The Board also voted to recognize the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board as “equivalent” to the NCEES Education Standard.

The Board will automatically accept ABET accredited programs from international institutions.

OR

Subsection 14-305(c) - NON-EAC/ABET-APPROVED OR FOREIGN CURRICULUM OPTION
Has graduated from a college or university on completion of at least a four-year curriculum in engineering or its equivalent that the Board has not approved and has at least eight years of work experience in engineering that is satisfactory to the Board and that indicates to the Board that the applicant is competent to practice engineering. The applicant must also have passed an eight-hour written examination in the fundamentals of engineering given by the Board;

OR

Subsection 14-305(d) - EXPERIENCE OPTION
Has at least 12 years of work experience in engineering that is satisfactory to the Board, during at least five years of which the applicant has been in responsible charge, if the collective experience indicates to the Board that the applicant may be competent to practice engineering. "Responsible charge" means that the individual has direct control and personal supervision of engineering that requires initiative, professional skill, and independent judgment.

An applicant may substitute a complete scholastic year of at least 30 credit hours in a college or university of engineering approved by the Board for each of these years of experience upon demonstrating grades satisfactory to the Board.

If the applicant has successfully completed one or more years of a college or university curriculum in engineering that has not been approved by the Board (i.e. not accredited by EAC/ABET) the Board may allow, for each of those years, a credit of up to six months towards the experience requirements.

If an applicant has completed graduate study in engineering that is satisfactory to the Board, the Board may allow up to one year credit toward the experience requirement.

Supporting documentation is required in order to prove your eligibility for licensure:

  • transcripts (if applicable)
  • verification of licensure and exams from another state
  • record of work experience
  • character references

Application Process

  1. Click on the “Apply for a Reciprocal License online” link at the top of this page.
  2. Complete the application and e-mail your supporting documentation it to the Board’s office:
    DLOPLProfessionalEngineers-DLLR@maryland.gov.
  3. When your application is complete, it will be reviewed by the Board at its monthly meeting and you will be notified shortly thereafter.

License Period: Two-year period from the date of issuance.