What is a PE?

The highest standard of competence an engineering professional can obtain is their PE license. Your PE license informs your client that they can expect the highest quality of work from you and know that you have the professional skillset to do the job correctly. For potential and current employers, it signals that you are ready for a higher level of responsibility. The specific requirements to become licensed can differ from state to state, however licensure candidates tend to follow the same basic steps throughout the U.S. and its territories. 

In most states within the U.S., engineers must complete a four-year college degree, work under a Professional Engineer for at least four years, pass two intensive competency exams, and earn a license from their state’s licensure board. Then, to retain their licenses, Professional Engineers (PEs) must continually maintain and improve their skills throughout their careers. Depending on the state in which a PE is licensed they will need to complete continuing education requirements.

Is Getting Your PE Worth It?

Do the benefits of having your PE outweigh the long list of requirements necessary to acquire it? The short answer is, absolutely. A century ago, anyone could work as an engineer without proof of competency. In order to protect the public health, safety, and welfare, the first engineering licensure law was enacted in 1907 in Wyoming. Now every state regulates the practice of engineering to ensure public safety by granting only Professional Engineers (PEs) the authority to sign and seal engineering plans and offer their services to the public.

In addition to the responsibility of signing and sealing engineering plans, having a license is  becoming increasingly more significant in regards to government and academics. Many federal, state, and municipal agencies, certain governmental engineering positions, particularly those considered higher level and responsible positions, must be filled by licensed professional engineers. Multiple states also require that any individuals teaching engineering must themselves be licensed.Have more questions about what a PE is or how to obtain yours? Visit NJSPE.org



 Nspe.org. 2021. What is a PE?. [online] Available at: <https://www.nspe.org/resources/licensure/what-pe> [Accessed 31 March 2021].

The Importance of Continuing Education in Engineering

Why is it that continuing your education is so important in the Engineering industry? As an Engineer you have the added responsibility of obtaining continuing education credits in order to maintain your license. The purpose of continuing education for license renewal is that it should expand and improve your current engineering skills, as well as cultivate new and relevant engineering skills. An aspect that NJSPE is here to help you with. Visit https://bit.ly/3bU3lg5 to view all of the courses currently being offered. 

Engineering is an ever changing field. New technologies are populating the industry every day. This is why continuing education credits are so crucial to the engineering profession. Learning how to adapt to new technologies, developments, skills, and regulations within your field. The courses offered by NJSPE will allow you to stay current within the industry. Chances are you  would not trust a doctor who is unfamiliar with the newest advances in medicine. As an engineer, it is crucial to be aware of the ever changing landscape of your job.  Therefore continuing education credits are mandated across the board.


Every engineer is required to complete 24 personal development hours (PDH) every 2 years to renew their license. 


Engineering licensing in New Jersey is managed by the State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (PELS), and they require that you earn 24 PDH credits every 2 years. A minimum of 2 PDH credits must come from ethics courses, but you cannot earn more than 8 hours in total. You can obtain your continuing education courses by taking online classes, and there is no limit to how many credits can be earned in this manner.


Luckily for New Jersey engineers, we can provide most of your CE credits in just a few sessions. NJSPE offers its members discounts on webinars and courses.  As a member, you are also given access to the continuing education credits available through our national chapter.

Interested in becoming a member? Click here to get started.


“New Jersey Professional Engineer Continuing Education Requirements – Continuing Education for Professional Engineers PDH.” PRO, 27 Aug. 2020, www.pdh-pro.com/new-jersey-requirements/#:~:text=Every%20engineer%20is%20required%20to,into%20the%20next%20renewal%20cycle.

NJSPE Membership Types

Interested in learning more about the types of memberships available through NJSPE? We’ve got you covered. Read on to discover which NJSPE membership is the best fit for you!

Licensed Engineers

A Professional Engineer membership is open to anyone holding a valid license or certificate of registration as a professional engineer, engineer-in-training or engineering intern certification, issued under the laws of any state, territory, possession, or district of the US, or the equivalent as defined under the laws of any other country. For $299 a year, you’ll be making an investment in your professional future.

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Enterprise Membership

Enterprise membership allows a company to sponsor NSPE membership for multiple employee engineers and to design specialized benefits around their needs. Through the Enterprise program, NSPE will develop a package option perfectly suited to your organization.

  • NSPE membership is an employment benefit that will help you hire and keep the best engineers
  • By joining NSPE at a corporate level, your clients will recognize your company’s commitment to engineering and ethical best practices
  • Your employees will recognize your commitment to their professional growth
  • Employees will benefit from maximum access, value and convenience in everything NSPE membership has to offer
  • Your company may also be able to save on its professional liability premiums

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Student Membership

You qualify for a free membership if you are a student enrolled full-time in an ABET-accredited engineering program; a student enrolled in an engineering or pre-engineering program that has a transfer agreement with one or more ABET accredited engineering programs; or, a student enrolled full-time in a graduate-level engineering program.

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Recent graduates of an engineering program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (or international equivalent).

Rates include state and national dues in the years following graduation:

  • 1st Year: $66.00
  • 2nd Year: $132.00
  • 3rd Year: $198.00
  • 4th Year: $264.00

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Choose a practice division and gain even more membership benefits. During the first year, joining a practice division is free. Choose one or any number of the divisions!

Professional Engineers in Construction (PEC) represents engineers in the construction industry; has active projects to develop better contract documents; and helps members in such areas as design/build and construction management contracting, legislation and government affairs, building safety, arbitration, privatization, and engineering licensure.

Professional Engineers in Education (PEE) serves engineers whose goal is to satisfy the educational needs of the engineering profession.

Professional Engineers in Government (PEG) is dedicated to meeting the needs of all engineers employed in local, state, or federal government.

Professional Engineers in Industry (PEI) works to help engineers in industry faced with the needs created by more uncertain career patterns, frequent job changes, and the pressures of ever increasing worldwide competition.

Professional Engineers in Private Practice (PEPP) focuses on the professional concerns of engineers providing construction design services to the public and private sectors.

Now that you know which NJSPE Membership is the right one for you make sure to check out this blog post https://bit.ly/30aSZlC which breaks down all the great benefits of an NJSPE membership!

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