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Professional Engineering Licensure

Licensure in the State of South Dakota is overseen by the The South Dakota Board of Technical Professions. More specific information regarding the Board can be found on their website.


NCEES (the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing professional licensure for engineers and surveyors. It develops, administers, and scores the examinations used for engineering and surveying licensure in the United States.

Why get licensed?

Licensure is the mark of a professional.  It's a standard recognized by employers and their clients, by governments and by the public as an assurance of dedication, skill and quality.
There are many powerful reasons – both professional and personal – for earning and maintaining a PE license.  Only a licensed engineer, for instance, may prepare, sign, seal and submit engineering plans and drawings to an public authority for approval, or to seal engineering work for public and private clients.
For consulting engineers and private practitioners, licensure is a virtual necessity.  In fact, it is a legal requirement for those who are in responsible charge of work, be they principals or employees.

Exam Deadline Information




Starting in 2014, the FE exam will be offered as a computer-based exam at two designated testing centers in South Dakota. In the years following 2014, the PE exams will eventually be converted to computer-based exams and offered at the designated testing centers. The computer-based exams will be offered during eight months of the year, and applicants may chose an available appointment date to take the exam at a testing center.  To find the nearest test locations: 

For examination study material please see the following websites:


NSPE - Exam Review & Prep



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