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State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
Frequently Asked Questions

 

Licensing:

  1. What is the Board’s Web site so I may obtain an application and directions to take the professional examinations?
  2. If I am already licensed in another state as a professional engineer or land surveyor, am I automatically licensed in New Jersey?
  3. What are the Board’s current TOEFL/TSE requirements?
  4. Do I need to take TOEFL and TSE when I have a foreign undergraduate engineering degree and a master’s degree in engineering which was acquired from an educational institution located in the United States?
  5. Do I need to take TOEFL and TSE if I received an undergraduate engineering degree from a foreign country where the official language is English?
  6. Do I need to take TOEFL and TSE if I was an American citizen at the time I received a foreign undergraduate engineering degree in a country where the official language is not English?
  7. As a foreign applicant, do I need to have my foreign undergraduate degree evaluated?
  8. What type and how many references are needed for my professional engineer’s application?
  9. For how long are references valid?

 

Training and Exam:

    1. What type of experience do I need to obtain in order for me to sit for the principles and practices portion of the engineering examination?
    2. To what level of detail should I list my experience on the detailed statement of experience portion of the application?
    3. How can I get a waiver of the fundamentals of engineering examination?
    4. What is the minimum passing score on the Fundamentals and Principles and Practices portions of the engineering examinations?


Miscellaneous:

    1. What are the requirements for a Certificate of Authorization?
    2. How do I obtain a Certificate of Good Standing as it relates to a Certificate of Authorization?
    3. How much does it cost to apply for a Certificate of Authorization?
    4. If my corporation wants to offer both engineering and architectural services, do I need two Certificates of Authorization?

 


 

Continuing Education:

 


Licensing:

  1. What is the Board’s Web site so I may obtain an application and directions to take the professional examinations?
    The Board’s Web site is http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/pels/.

  2. If I am already licensed in another state as a professional engineer or land surveyor, am I automatically licensed in New Jersey?
    No. Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 45:8-35(1)e, the Board’s enabling legislation does not contain an eminence or grandfather clause, nor does it provide for reciprocity with any state, territory or country.

  3. What are the Board’s current TOEFL/TSE requirements?
    The test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) and the test of spoken English (TSE) have been replaced by an Internet-based testing format. This new format tests in four separate areas. The Board requires a total minimum score of a 90 (out of a maximum score of 120) to pass. Details can be found at: www.ets.org.

  4. Do I need to take TOEFL and TSE when I have a foreign undergraduate engineering degree and a master’s degree in engineering which was acquired from an educational institution located in the United States?
    No.

  5. Do I need to take TOEFL and TSE if I received an undergraduate engineering degree from a foreign country where the official language is English? (License)
    No.

  6. Do I need to take TOEFL and TSE if I was an American citizen at the time I received a foreign undergraduate engineering degree in a country where the official language is not English?
    No.

  7. 7. As a foreign applicant, do I need to have my foreign undergraduate degree evaluated?
    Yes. By using one of the Board’s three approved evaluators. They are Josef Silny & Associates which is located at 7101 SW 102 Avenue in Miami, Florida, 33173, and can be reached at (305) 272-1616, ext #107, or www.jsilny.com. Educational Perspectives is located at P.O. Box 618056, Chicago, IL 60661-8056, and can be reached at (312) 421-9300, or www.edperspective.org. and N.C.E.E.S., which is located at 280 Seneca Creek Road, Seneca, SC, 29678, (800) 250-3196, or www.ncees.org.

  8. What type and how many references are needed for my professional engineer’s application?
    Five references are required. Three of the five must be licensed professional engineers in the United States who have regularly and effectively supervised your professional experience. References from relatives will not be accepted.

  9. For how long are references valid?
    One year.

 


Training and Exam:

  1. What type of experience do I need to obtain in order for me to sit for the principles and practices portion of the engineering examination?
    Four years of full-time experience in engineering work to be approved by the Board. Two of the four years’ experience must have been gained in the United States as well as two of the four years of said experience shall be original engineering design experience demonstrating increased responsibility over time, that is of a character acceptable to the Board. All experience must have been gained under the regular and effective supervision of a licensed professional engineer.

  2. To what level of detail should I list my experience on the detailed statement of experience portion of the application?
    For each engagement list and describe the specific projects (especially design) you have worked on, and your specific tasks associated with these projects, in outlined statements, as well as the length of time differentiated between original engineering design experience and other engineering experience. Describe the character of each engagement by describing the design work, and other engineering work and specific projects explicitly in outlined statements. Additionally for each engagement, indicate your title, the name and address of your employer, and the name, address and license number of your immediate supervisor.

  3. How can I get a waiver of the fundamentals of engineering examination?
    The Board may waive the fundamentals of engineering portion of the examination provided that, at the time of application, in addition to the educational requirements of N.J.A.C. 13:40-2.3, the applicant has a specific record of an additional 15 years or more of experience in engineering work of a character satisfactory to the Board. Eight of the 15 years of experience must have been gained in the United States or must have been acquired while working for a United States-based firm. At least two years of experience gained in the United States shall be original engineering design experience demonstrating increased responsibility over time. All experience must have been gained while under the regular and effective supervision of a licensed professional engineer.

  4. What is the minimum passing score on the Fundamentals and Principles and Practices portions of the engineering examinations?
    A grade of 70 is the minimum passing score.


Miscellaneous:

  1. What are the requirements for a Certificate of Authorization?
    Any corporation (except a professional service corporation, partnership, or proprietorship established pursuant to the “Professional Service Corporation Act,” N.J.S.A. 14A:17 et seq.) offering or providing professional engineering and/or land surveying services in the State of New Jersey must obtain a Certificate of Authorization to perform these functions.




  2. How do I obtain a Certificate of Good Standing as it relates to a Certificate of Authorization?
    Contact the New Jersey Department of Treasury at (609) 530-6400. Include this form with your Certificate of Authorization application.



  3. How much does it cost to apply for a Certificate of Authorization? )
    The cost is $120.00 and the fee is valid for two years.




  4. If my corporation wants to offer both engineering and architectural services, do I need two Certificates of Authorization?
    Yes. One must be from the State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors and the other one from the N.J. State Board of Architects, which may be reached at 973-504-6385.




Continuing Education

  1. What are the Board’s continuing education requirements for professional engineers?
    The Board’s L. 2009, c. 294 requires professional engineers licensed in New Jersey to complete continuing education. The effective date of the new law is January 12, 2011. Thus, a licensee will be required to acquire continuing professional competency credits effective January 12, 2011. A current licensee shall be required to obtain, on or before April 30, 2012, 15 continuing professional competency credits, two of which shall be in professional practice ethics, on or before April 30, 2012 to meet the requirements for the 2012-2014 biennial renewal period.

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