In this article (and video above), I explain how you can utilize your US PE license outside the USA and what steps you need to take to get there.
If you are currently licensed as a professional engineer (or PE) in the United States and seeking recognition to practice in another country then this video is for you. The NCEES International Registry for Professional Engineers (also known as IRPE) assists U.S.-based professional engineers who are seeking recognition in countries that are members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) or the International Engineering Alliance (IEA), formerly the Engineers Mobility Forum (EMF).
The Countries Include:
- Chinese Taipei
- Hong Kong China
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- Thailand, and the
- United Kingdom
In order to qualify for this process you’re subject to the following, you must:
- Be a citizen or permanent resident currently licensed as a professional engineer in a U.S. state or territory
- Hold a record clean of disciplinary action
- Hold a current NCEES Record
- Have a degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program, or be a graduate of an educational program that meets the NCEES Engineering Education Standard
- Have passing scores on the NCEES FE and PE examinations
- At least have seven years of qualifying experience, including two years in responsible charge of significant engineering work
- Have met the applicable continuing professional competency (CPC) requirements of the jurisdiction(s) where you are licensed. If the jurisdiction does not have a CPC requirement, you must comply with the NCEES CPC guidelines.
As a candidate for the International Registry, you will be required to submit a sworn statement attesting to any sanctions received for violations of applicable licensing laws. If you did not declare an engineering discipline during the licensure process, you must declare your area(s) of expertise when applying for the International Registry.
If you are an existing Record holder and wish to apply for the NC double E S International Registry, you may do so via your MyNCEES account.
- The International Registry application is $50, and the
- Record transmittal is $90
I hope you found this article about how you can utilize your PE license outside the USA helpful. In upcoming articles, I will solve some more PE exam practice problems and answer other questions from our subscribers.
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Anthony Fasano, P.E.
Engineering Management Institute
Author of Engineer Your Own Success