Professional Engineers

HOW TO APPLY TO BECOME LICENSED AS A PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER

All applicants are required to complete the online application (link below). If you are reapplying, please contact office@dape.org before you begin.

Application Types:

Applications must include an affidavit with a passport-like photograph taken within the last 90 days, and signed and dated on the front of the photo (this is generated as part of the online application).

Applicants with foreign education must submit an NCEES credentials evaluation. [LINK: https://ncees.org/records/ncees-credentials-evaluations/ ]

DAPE requires OFFICIAL transcripts to verify your education qualifications. This means the transcript must be sent directly from the institution to office@dape.org or to the mailing address above.

Applications must include payment of the application fee ($150). Online credit card payments are accepted. Checks should be made payable to DAPE and mailed to the address above, with your application number in the memo field.

Applicants should describe engineering work in detail, citing examples from projects which help demonstrate your specific, personal engineering contribution, and with a focus on analysis, design, computations, and engineering evaluations. Avoid vague terms such as "I was involved with" or "the team was responsible for" in favor of specifying exactly what engineering work you did.

Our examining committee often refers candidates to the definition of the Practice of Engineering as written into the Delaware Professional Engineer's Act, to help formulate your descriptions:

Applicants may not verify their own experience.

At least 3 of your 5 professional references must hold ACTIVE PE licenses.

All applicants must complete the Ethics & Regulations questionnaire, which requires the following reference materials:

NCEES record holders still need to complete the application (the experience history may be brief, but should include at least 4-8 years of engineering experience) and then have NCEES transmit your record to the Delaware PE board. We will use the information on the record to verify the information you've provided in your application, so your references will not need to fill out additional forms.

Application information requires verification, review, evaluation and approval before consideration can be given to either take the examinations or issue a license. Our examining committee reviews complete applications leading up to a meeting held on the last Wednesday of each month. The Committee's recommendations are forwarded to the Council, which meets the 2nd Wednesday of the following month. Once the application is submitted, you will be able to track the progress of the application, and are encouraged to follow up with professional references and employment verification contacts to be sure they have received and completed forms.

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