Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation in Montana, all Montana Department of Labor & Industry offices are closed to the public to protect the health and safety of our clients and staff. Our services are available through remote delivery. We are available to assist customers through our online public portal at EBIZ.MT.GOV/POL (Professional and Occupational Licenses) and EBIZ.MT.GOV (for Permits). For other services, please contact us via email at DLIBSDWEBHELP@MT.GOV or by phone (406) 841-2300.
Welcome to the Montana Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors
The Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors is pleased to provide relevant information pertaining to the licensing and regulation of professional engineers, professional land surveyors, engineer interns and land surveyor interns in Montana.
Renewing Licensees: The Board of Professional Engineers has considered the impact
COVID-19 has had to licensees’ ability to complete continuing education. In its
mission of public protection, the Board will be auditing the continuing
education of licensees following this renewal period; however, the Board has
made the following changes to the audit that will be conducted:
- The deadline for completing the
required continuing education has been extended 90 days from the license
The new deadline to complete
continuing education is Sept. 29
- The Board has delegated the
discretion to grant hardship waivers to individual licensees. To see if
you qualify for a hardship, see review
Admin. R. Mont. 24.183.2105(7). Requests
for hardship waivers should be submitted to
and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Nonroutine requests will
still require consideration by the Board.
It is important to note that there will be no extensions
provided for renewal of the license. The normal renewal deadline, lapse,
expire, and termination provisions in §37-1-141, MCA will apply.
The board recognizes that the current pandemic has created discord in the
normal application, examination, and licensure process. We are striving to
address these concerns and potential roadblocks as quickly as possible;
however, please understand that this will not occur overnight. The board must
continue its public safety mission while adapting to daily changes occurring
from the pandemic. For now, applicants are encouraged to
begin their application for licensure and to complete as much of the required
information as possible. Applications remain valid for one (1) year under
normal circumstances. If you submit your application and an item is missing,
our licensing specialist will work with you to complete the application. We do
not deny applicants for submitting an incomplete application. By completing the
application’s remaining parts, exempting exams, etc., you can get ahead on the
The board is continuing to monitor the pandemic
and will update this website as a point of public communication. Please
make sure your e-mail is up to date in our licensing records using the change
address form on the right side of this web-page or e-mailing the help desk
- Online applications are
the most efficient application method and allow you to upload your own
supplemental forms directly into your application at any time.
Click here to go to our online system to create an account
and begin your application
the fee triggers the beginning of the staff review process. Be aware that
to verify authenticity, some documents such as exam results,
and transcripts must be sent to the department directly from the
source and cannot be uploaded by the applicant.
The next NCEES paper-and-pencil PE exams will be administered in October 2020.
If you have any questions about NCEES deadlines and exam requirements, visit NCEES at https://ncees.org/
If you have questions about the Montana Board, application reviews and approvals, contact the Board office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applying online for a PE or PLS license by Comity with a NCEES Record?
PE and PLS Comity applicants applying online at https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol frequently contact the Board office to ask if they have to input information from their NCEES Record separately in the online application's "ASI" tables. The answer is "No." Once you have completed the required fields and answered the required questions, you can skip the optional ASI pages of the application and proceed directly to payment of fees. This will open your application and get it before a processing specialist more quickly. You then can go back at your leisure to upload the Board's experience documents (which are required, even with the NCEES Record) and the Board's Laws and Rules Questionnaire, after you've completed them. If you're still unsure about this, open the "Contact Us" Quick Link at the right and e-mail the Board office.
If you apply online for ES (Engineer-Surveyor): This is not a unified application for a single license.To be licensed as an Engineer-Surveyor (ES) in Montana, you must complete the applications for both:
*Professional Land Surveyor
This means you must submit all required documentation for each license type. Each application will be reviewed separately and will be evaluated on its own merits.
The Board reviews applications for ALL applicants seeking dual licensure as Professional Engineer and Professional Land Surveyor, including those who already have one license and are seeking the other; there are no exceptions. The Board also requests that applicants for dual licensure appear before the Board at the time their application(s) are reviewed.
2018 Late Renewals or Change to Inactive Status
The 2018 renewal period ended June 30, 2018 for PE and PLS licensees, Engineer Interns and Land Surveyor Interns. Late renewals still can be made via the "Renew License" Quick Link. You will pay a penalty for late renewal and PE and PLS licensees will be subject to an automatic audit of continuing education.
If you are interested in changing your PE or PLS license status to Inactive, please make sure your license has been renewed. Then contact the Board office for more information about Inactive status.
You still must renew an Inactive license. Failure to renew can lead to late fees and loss of license.
Information about the Montana state-specific Land Surveyor Exam.
All applicants for licensure as a Professional Land Surveyor must pass this exam. The Board uses a computer-based exam administered through ISO-Quality Testing, Inc. or “IQT.” (Website: http://www.isoqualitytesting.com)
IQT has testing centers across the United States, including Montana locations. Please visit the IQT website for more information on testing locations.
A new list of "sources for questions" has been created for this exam and is available for examinees to use in their pre-exam preparations. Click here to access it.
Once an applicant has been approved by the Board to sit for the Montana exam, the Board office will inform IQT, which then will make contact with the applicant and begin the registration process. The examinee then will coordinate with IQT regarding test date and location.
Examinees will be informed of their results (pass/fail) by the Board following the exam.
To all Applicants: Make sure you are using the correct and current version of application forms!
At its May 2013 meeting, the Board directed the Department to only accept applications made on the most current application forms available. This is important since the 2015 Legislature amended statutes governing licensure and the Board made changes to its administrative rules in 2016. The applications on this website are updated regularly to reflect current statutes, rules and Board policies.
Click here for some additional tips for applicants.
If you have recently taken an exam administered by NCEES, Click here to learn about your “Next Steps.”
Note: Hand-written applications may be returned by the Board as incomplete.
Engineer Intern and Land Surveyor Intern Renewals:
Engineer Interns and Land Surveyor Interns now must renew their certificates every two years by June 30. In November 2014, the board adopted new rules that made EI and LSI certificates valid for two years. The change also made those certificates renewable. If you are unsure of your certificate’s issue date, renewal date or status, visit https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol and look up your certificate on the free Licensee Lookup service.
For additional assistance please feel free to contact the board office at (406) 841-2360