Montana Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors

Board Information

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.


For additional assistance please feel free to contact the board office at (406) 841-2360

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.
  • 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:

    1. The deadline for completing the required continuing education has been extended 90 days from the license renewal date. The new deadline to complete continuing education is Sept. 29 th, 2020.
    2. 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 dlibsdpels@mt.gov 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.

    New Licensees/Applicants: 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 licensure process.

    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 at  dlibsdhelp@mt.gov

    • 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 systemto create an account and begin your application. 
    • Paying 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.

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    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 dlibsdpels@mt.gov

  • 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.
  • 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 Engineer

    *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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

             

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