Article 20 of Public Act 299 of 1980, as amended was created, to license and regulate the practice of professional engineering in Michigan. Article 20 defines professional engineering as professional services, such as consultation, investigation, evaluation, planning, design or review of material and completed phases of work in construction, alteration or repair in connection with a public or private utility, structure, building, machine, equipment, process, work or project when the professional service requires the application of engineering principles or data.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs currently oversees the practice of approximately 20,274 licensed professional engineers.

Eligibility for Licensing

1.  Possess a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a school and program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission/Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (EAC/ABET) or Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB).

2.  Possess at least 4 years of acceptable engineering work experience obtained after having received an acceptable bachelor’s degree.

•  Experience must be verified by 5 individuals familiar with the nature of work performed of which 3 of the 5 individuals must be licensed professional engineers.

3.  Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination administered through the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). The cost of the examination is $225.

4.  Submit an online application at or submit the Professional Engineer Application found at

•  Applicants must be of good moral character. The fee due at the time of application is $75.

5.  Pass the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) examination administered through NCEES. The cost of the examination is $350. *Records unavailable from a foreign country in relation to education or experience shall be allowed upon submitting the following to the department:

(a) A notarized affidavit approved stating the total number of years of education received, the name of the school or schools attended, the dates each school was attended, the degree obtained, the courses taken, the grades received, and the names of each former employer.

(b) A notarized statement approved from a governmental official testifying to the unavailability of the necessary records.