Texas PE License Resources(ref: Texas Board of Professional Engineers TBPE)
Professional Engineering Licensing
The Texas Engineering Practice Act states that "only duly licensed persons may legally perform, or offer to perform engineering services for the public. Furthermore, public works must be designed and
constructed under the direct supervision of a licensed professional engineer. The terms "engineer" or "professional engineer" can only be used by persons who are currently licensed. Anyone who
violates these parameters is subject to legal penalties."
Engineers must achieve certain professional milestones in order to be eligible for a professional engineering license. They must first complete an engineering education, perform certain levels of
engineering work experience, and pass the required examinations. There are many combinations of education, experience, and examinations
that the Board may consider acceptable for a license. Generally, the applicants for licensure must take and pass three examinations - the National Council of Examiners for Engineering & Surveying (NCEES),
Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, the NCEES Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) examination and the Texas Ethics of Engineering examination. Each engineer's application will be
considered on an individual basis. Refer to the links on this page for more information by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers (TBPE).
Continuing Education Program (CEP) for License Renewal
Professional Engineers in Texas are required by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers (TBPE) to obtain 15 Professional Development Hours per year as a requirement for PE license renewal.
The Continuing Education Program (CEP) requires that all active Professional Engineers report 15 hours of continuing education activities beginning with their 2005 renewals.
A Professional Development Hour (PDH) is defined as a contact hour (clock hour) of Continuing Education activity. Course/Activity is defined as any qualifying course or activity
with a clear purpose and objective which will maintain, improve, or expand the skills and knowledge relevant to the license holder's field of practice.
There are many different activities that can count. See the board rules or the FAQ for a list of the activities. All activities must be related to engineering in a technical, managerial, or ethical manner.
Be sure to keep your documentation of the activities as proof in the case of an audit, but do not send it in with your renewal forms. All active PE's must perform the 15 hours of CEP activities each year for license renewal,
even if they are over 65 or in an exempt industry.
Professional Engineering Licensing Information - TBPE Links
- PE License - Who Should be Licensed, Purpose, History, Contacts
Continuing Education Program (CEP) Information - TBPE Links
Continuing Education Program (CEP) Forms - TBPE Links
Continuing Education Program (CEP) Form Instructions - TBPE Links