Professional Engineers

How to Apply Professional Engineer

Requirements to become licensed as a Professional Engineer in Delaware (Reference 2817 of Delaware Prof. Engineers' Act)

If you are NOT licensed in another state:

You must be qualified in three areas: Education, Experience and Examination.

Education: Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in engineering, engineering technology, or a science-related to engineering program. Otherwise, you are required to have 15 years of verifiable, acceptable engineering experience. Applicants with foreign education are required to have the education evaluated by NCEES at www.ncees.org.

Experience: Graduates from an ABET-accredited engineering curriculum are required to have four (4) years of acceptable, verifiable engineering experience. All other graduates (non-ABET accredited engineering, engineering technology, or science-related to engineering programs) are required to have eight (8) years of acceptable, verifiable engineering experience.

One year of experience may be given for a Master's degree in engineering or two years of experience may be given for a PhD, involving full-time post-graduate study in an engineering educational program. If working while obtaining either of these degrees, experience credit will only be granted for either the degree or the work experience, not both.

Examination: All applicants are required to pass both the 8-hour Fundamentals of Engineering examination, and one of the 8-hour Principles & Practice of Engineering examinations, prepared by NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering & Surveying). Specifications for each of these examinations are available at www.ncees.org.

Exemptions: If you have earned a PhD from an institution that had an ABET-accredited engineering bachelor's program, and that PhD required a qualifying exam, you may be eligible for a waiver of the Fundamentals of Engineering examination; or

If you have a Council-approved engineering baccalaureate degree and fifteen (15) years of experience you may be eligible for a waiver of the Fundamentals of Engineering examination.

If you ARE licensed in another state:

Upon application and payment of the required fees, Council may issue a license if:

The applicant's qualifications on the date of licensure would have satisfied the requirements for license in Delaware on that date; or

The qualifications of the applicant include a minimum of ten (10) years of continuous and verifiable experience as a Professional Engineer, obtained in a state, territory, or possession of the U.S., D.C., or a province or territory of Canada. And, the applicant has not been the subject of any disciplinary action in a licensing jurisdiction.

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HOW TO APPLY TO BECOME LICENSED AS A PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER

[ ] All applicants are required to complete the application by applying electronically at https://www.dape.org - New Applicant. If you are unable to complete an electronic application please contact us via email at office@dape.org

[ ] Applications must include a passport-like photograph taken within the last 90 days, and signed and dated on the front of the photo. If applying electronically, applicant must download the affidavit section of the application, and will attach photo to this page before sending in to DAPE. Applications will not be processed until completed affidavit is received by DAPE.

[ ] Applicants with foreign education must contact NCEES at www.ncees.org. to obtain a formal written evaluation of the education. An original copy of this evaluation must be forwarded to DAPE directly from NCEES. Applications will not be processed until the evaluation is received.

[ ] Applications must be signed and then notarized. Again, if applying electronically, applicant must download the affidavit section of the application and have this section notarized. Applications will not be processed until completed affidavit is received by DAPE.

[ ] Applications must include payment of the application fee ($100). Checks should be made payable to DAPE. Electronic applications require a major credit card. ALL FEES ARE NON- RETURNABLE AND NON-TRANSFERABLE.

[ ] All applicants must complete the Ethics & Regulations questionnaire, which requires reading of the Delaware Professional Engineers' Act, as well as the Code of Ethics. Unacceptable responses will be returned.

[ ] NCEES record holders must complete the application (although the experience record may be brief, with the exception of the current experience) and then order directly from NCEES a copy of their record to be forwarded to the DAPE office.

Application information requires verification, review, evaluation and approval before consideration can be given to either take the examinations or issue a license.



Applicants will be advised of the results as soon as possible.