What is a Professional Engineer?

Professional Engineer or the designation “P.E.” is the title used in North Dakota by individuals qualified to practice engineering. In North Dakota, the use of the title Professional Engineer or the initials P.E.. can only be legally used by individuals who have been given a Professional Engineering license by the North Dakota State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.


A licensed Professional Engineer has demonstrated to the Board that they have the proper education and experience to practice engineering. Additionally, an engineer must pass two 8-hour exams before they may become licensed. Qualifying for a license takes at least 8 years from entering college, passing the first 8-hour exam, obtaining the necessary experience and passing the second 8-hour exam. Stringent requirements have been established to make sure that only qualified individuals become licensed.


A Professional Engineer is bound by law to the highest standards of integrity, competency and ethical conduct. The sole function of licensing Professional Engineers is to protect YOU. The laws that established license requirements tell the Board to protect “the health, safety and welfare of the public.”

If you are planning a project that requires the practice of engineering or if you come into contact with someone who calls themselves an engineer, make sure they are licensed before you commit. This web site has a searchable roster feature so you can check the name of the individual you are in contact with and the Board office staff is always able to assist you and answer questions about license requirements.