FAQs

I was just registered. Why do I have to renew?

Personal renewals are based on a two-year cycle. All personal licenses expire on December 31st of even numbered years. When you are licensed in October through December of an even numbered year, your license will not expire until December 31st of the next even numbered year.

 

Commercial Certificates of Commercial Practice (CoCP) renewals are required by December 31st annually.  When you are licensed in October through December, your license will not expire until December 31st of the next year.

How many PDH’s do I need?

Thirty (30) PDHs are required each biennium. Twenty of the 30 PDHs must be technical and one must be in ethics.  However, your requirement may be different depending on when you were licensed.

 

If you were licensed in an odd numbered year, your requirement is 30. You may take credit for any continuing education acquired back to January of the respective year.

 

If your were licensed in January through September of an even numbered year, your requirement is 15, with one of those being in ethics.  You may take credit for any continuing education acquired back to January of the respective year.

 

If you were licensed in October through December of a even numbered  year, your requirement is zero.

 

North Dakota does accept continuing education credits you have earned and recorded for licensure in other jurisdictions, to include ethics.

What is a Model Law?

Model Law is a designation given by NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying) to Professional Engineers or Professional Land Surveyors after review of their professional record.   The designation is a term used to  identify individuals as qualified to be licensed, without further review, as a Professional Engineer or Professional Land Surveyor.   North Dakota recognizes this designation, which allows us to expedite the licensure process.

 

If you wish to gain this designation, you must contact NCEES and have them evaluate your records.

Are exams mandatory for registration?

North Dakota law requires that all applicants have taken and passed Board approved examinations totaling 8 hours in length at both the fundamental level and the principles and practice level. NCEES examinations combined with ND specific examinations will fulfill the examination requirements.  There are no provisions to waive these requirements.

Do you charge for verifications?

No.

How long does it take to get a verification?

Requests for verification are mailed within one to two business days of the request.

How long does it take to get a license?

The Board meets about every 6 weeks. If you are not a Model Law applicant, your application must be considered by the Board. Applicants with a Model Law designation do not have to wait until a Board meeting to be considered.  A Model Law applicant usually has a license within two to three business days.

Can I use a CPC log from another state?

Yes. However, you must have the reporting period relevant to North Dakota.

I do not have a U.S. degree; do I need to get a degree evaluation?

Yes. North Dakota requires that all non-U.S. degrees be evaluated by an education evaluation service. North Dakota will only accept evaluations from NCEES Education Evaluation Services.

What are the requirements for licensure?

The requirements for licensure vary depending on the type of education you have. Please refer to North Dakota Century Code Chapter 43 which can be found under “Resources”.

How old can references be?

Reference letters must be dated within the last 6 years. If you have a Model Law designation, the reference letters in your NCEES record do not expire.

Does my company need to be licensed?

Yes. All businesses offering engineering or land surveying services in North Dakota need to have a Certificate of Commercial Practice. This includes sole proprietors. If you are practicing as an individual under your own name and not a trade name, you do not need a Certificate of Commercial Practice.

How do I update my address and employment information?

Use the Contact Us form available on this web site to change your address or update your information.