DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS  
DIRECTOR’S OFFICE  
PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS – GENERAL RULES  
By authority conferred on the board of professional engineers by section 308 of the  
occupational code, 1980 PA 299, MCL 339.308; and on the director of the department of  
licensing and regulatory affairs by sections 205 and 2009 of the occupational code, 1980  
PA 299, MCL 339.205 and 339.2009; and Executive Reorganization Order Nos. 1991-9,  
1996-2, 2003-1, and 2011-4, MCL 338.3501, 445.2001, 445.2011, and 445.2030)  
PART 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS  
R 339.16001 Definitions.  
Rule 1. (1) As used in these rules:  
(a) “Act” means the occupational code, 1980 PA 299, MCL 339.101 to 339.2677.  
(b) “Board” means the Michigan board of professional engineers created under  
section 2002 of the act, MCL 339.2002.  
(c) “Continuing education” means an instructional course or activity designed to  
bring licensees up to date on a particular area of knowledge or skills relevant to a  
licensee’s area of professional practice.  
(d) “Course” means any qualifying activity with a clear purpose and objective that  
will maintain, improve, or expand the skills and knowledge relevant to the licensee’s area  
of professional practice.  
(e) “Department means the Michigan department of licensing and regulatory  
affairs.  
(2) Terms defined in the act have the same meanings when used in these rules.  
History: 1985 AACS; 2008 AACS; 2013 AACS; 2014 AACS; 2020 MR 23, Eff. Dec. 10, 2020.  
R 339.16002 Rescinded.  
History: 1985 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R 339.16003 Rescinded.  
History: 1985 AACS; 2008 AACS; 2014 AACS.  
R 339.16004 Rescinded.  
History: 1985 AACS; 2001 AACS.  
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R 339.16006 Rescission.  
Rule 6. R 338.551 to R 338.563 and R 338.581 to R 338.588 of the Michigan  
Administrative Code, appearing on pages 2446 to 2453 of the  
1979 Michigan  
Administrative Code, are rescinded insofar as these rules pertain to professional  
engineers.  
History: 1985 AACS.  
PART 2. LICENSURE  
R 339.16021 Educational requirement.  
Rule 21. An applicant for licensure shall submit to the department 1 of the  
following to satisfy the educational requirement under the act:  
(a) Transcripts verifying that he or she received a baccalaureate degree or higher  
degree in engineering from a program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation  
Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.  
(EAC/ABET) or the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB).  
(b) Transcripts verifying that he or she received a master’s degree or doctorate in  
engineering from a school and program with an EAC/ABET-accredited or a CEAB-  
accredited baccalaureate degree program that is in the same engineering discipline as his  
or her master's degree or doctorate.  
(c) A credentials evaluation from the National Council of Examiners for  
Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) that verifies all of the following:  
(i) The applicant for licensure received either of the following:  
(A) A baccalaureate degree in engineering from a non-United States-based  
program.  
(B) A master’s degree or doctorate in engineering from a non-EAC/ABET-  
accredited program.  
(ii) The applicant for licensure completed not less than 32 college semester credit  
hours in the areas of mathematics and science.  
(iii) The applicant for licensure completed not less than 48 college semester  
credit hours in engineering science or engineering design courses that satisfy the course  
requirements established under the NCEES Engineering Education Standard.  
(d) A credentials evaluation that verifies he or she received a baccalaureate degree  
in engineering from an educational program that is substantially equivalent to an  
EAC/ABET-accredited baccalaureate degree program in engineering. The credentials  
evaluation must be generated by a company that is a current member of the National  
Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  
History: 1985 AACS; 2008 AACS; 2020 MR 23, Eff. Dec. 10, 2020.  
R 339.16022 Professional engineering experience; credit for work experience;  
credit for educational experience.  
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Rule 22. (1) Pursuant to section 2004(2)(a) of the act, MCL 339.2004(2)(a), an  
applicant for professional engineer licensure shall document at least 8 years of  
professional experience in engineering work, including not more than 5 years of  
education granted under subrule (4) of this rule. An applicant shall satisfy the  
requirements of this rule to receive credit for professional experience.  
(2) An applicant for licensure shall submit either of the following to the department  
to receive credit for professional experience in engineering work:  
(a) Proof acceptable to the department verifying that he or she has obtained not  
less than 4 years of experience practicing as a licensed or registered professional engineer  
in another state.  
(b) All of the following:  
(i) The dates of performing engineering work that qualifies as professional  
experience under subrule (3) of this rule.  
(ii) The supervising individual’s name and license or registration number and the  
state in which the supervising individual is licensed or registered as a professional  
engineer.  
(iii) Documentation from the supervising individual attesting to the work  
experience, dates of work, and supervision.  
(3) Engineering work that satisfies all of the following requirements qualifies as  
professional experience:  
(a) The work involves the use of engineering principles and data.  
(b) The work is in the form of consultation, investigation, evaluation, planning,  
design, or review of materials or completed phases of work in the construction, alteration,  
or repair in connection with a public or private utility, structure, building, machine,  
equipment, process, work, or project.  
(c) The work is performed while under the direction of a professional engineer  
licensed in Michigan or licensed or registered in another state.  
(4) The department shall grant not more than 5 years of professional experience  
credit to an applicant holding a degree that satisfies the requirements under R 339.16021.  
Credit shall be limited to the following amounts:  
(a) Not more than 4 years of professional experience for a baccalaureate degree in  
engineering. Experience shall be granted for only 1 baccalaureate degree.  
(b) Not more than 1 year of professional experience for a post-baccalaureate  
degree in engineering. Experience shall be granted for only 1 post-baccalaureate degree.  
History: 1985 AACS; 2020 MR 23, Eff. Dec. 10, 2020.  
R 339.16023 Rescinded.  
History: 1985 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R 339.16024 Rescinded.  
History: 1985 AACS; 2014 AACS; 2020 MR 23, Eff. Dec. 10, 2020.  
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R 339.16025 Relicensure requirements.  
Rule 25. (1) An applicant whose license has lapsed for less than 3 years after the  
expiration date of the last license may be relicensed under section 411(3) of the act, MCL  
339.411(3), by satisfying all of the following requirements:  
(a) Submitting a completed application on a form provided by the department.  
(b) Paying the required fee to the department.  
(c) Submitting proof to the department verifying that he or she has completed 15  
hours of continuing education in activities approved under R 339.16041 during the 12  
months immediately preceding the date of filing the relicensure application. If the  
department determines that the amount of continuing education hours submitted with the  
application is deficient, the applicant has 1 year from the date of filing the application to  
provide proof of completing the deficient hours.  
(2) An applicant whose license has lapsed for 3 years or more after the expiration  
date of the last license may be relicensed under section 411(4) of the act, MCL  
339.411(4), by satisfying all of the following requirements:  
(a) Submitting a completed application on a form provided by the department.  
(b) Paying the required fee to the department.  
(c) Establishing that he or she has met all of the requirements for initial licensure  
under the act and these rules.  
(d) Submitting proof to the department verifying that he or she has completed 30  
hours of continuing education in activities approved under R 339.16041 during the 24  
months immediately preceding the date of filing the relicensure application. If the  
department determines that the amount of continuing education hours submitted with the  
application is deficient, the applicant has 1 year from the date of filing the application to  
provide proof of completing the deficient hours.  
History: 1985 AACS; 2008 AACS; 2014 AACS; 2020 MR 23, Eff. Dec. 10, 2020.  
R 339.16026 Examination requirements.  
Rule 26. An applicant for professional engineer licensure shall submit to the  
department both of the following to satisfy the examination requirements under the act:  
(a) Verification that he or she achieved a passing score as determined by NCEES  
on either of the following examinations:  
(i) The NCEES Principals and Practice of Engineering examination.  
(ii) Both components of the NCEES Structural Engineering examination, known  
as SE-I and SE-II.  
(b) Verification of either of the following:  
(i) He or she achieved a passing score as determined by NCEES on the NCEES  
Fundamentals of Engineering examination.  
(ii) He or she received a doctorate in engineering from a school and program with  
an EAC/ABET-accredited or a CEAB-accredited baccalaureate degree program that is in  
the same engineering discipline as his or her doctorate in engineering.  
History: 2008 AACS; 2020 MR 23, Eff. Dec. 10, 2020.  
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PART 3. STANDARDS OF PRACTICE AND PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT  
R 339.16031 Professional conduct; requirements; restrictions.  
Rule 31. (1) A licensee shall comply with all of the rules of conduct under this part.  
(2) A licensee shall do all of the following:  
(a) If he or she is the person in responsible charge, he or she shall notify his or her  
employer or client, and any other appropriate authority when his or her judgment is  
overruled under circumstances that endanger life or property.  
(b) If he or she is not the person in responsible charge, he or she shall notify the  
person in responsible charge when his or her judgment is overruled under circumstances  
that endanger life or property.  
(c) Participate in phases of a project in which he or she is competent.  
(d) Undertake assignments in which he or she is qualified by education or  
experience in the specific technical field involved.  
(e) Complete, sign, seal, or approve engineering documents that conform with the  
law and applicable professional standards.  
(f) Be objective and truthful in professional reports, statements, or testimony and  
include all relevant and pertinent information in these reports, statements, or testimony.  
(g) Disclose to an employer, client, or public body on which he or she serves all  
known or potential conflicts of interest that could influence or appear to influence his or  
her judgment or the quality of his or her services.  
(3) A licensee shall not do any of the following:  
(a) Disclose confidential information obtained in a professional capacity without  
the prior consent of the client or employer, unless authorized or required by law or these  
rules.  
(b) Partner, practice, or offer to practice with any person or firm or assist any  
person or firm that he or she knows is engaged in fraudulent or dishonest business or  
professional practices or the unlawful practice of professional engineering.  
(c) Falsify his or her qualifications or the qualifications of his or her associates or  
permit misrepresentations of his or her qualifications or the qualifications of his or her  
associates.  
(d) Misrepresent or exaggerate his or her experience or qualifications.  
(e) Knowingly make statements containing a material misrepresentation of fact or  
omitting a material fact or knowingly make statements that deceive the public.  
(f) Attempt to injure, maliciously or falsely, directly or indirectly, the professional  
reputation, prospects, practice, or employment of other licensed professional engineers.  
(g) Give or offer to give, directly or indirectly, to a client, potential client, the  
agent of a client, or the agent of a potential client, a commission, contribution, gift, or  
other valuable consideration to secure or retain engineering work. This restriction does  
not include payments to an employment agency for securing employment or employees  
for salaried positions.  
(h) Solicit or accept a compensation, contribution, gift, or other valuable  
consideration, directly or indirectly, from more than 1 party for services on the same  
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project, or for services pertaining to the same project, unless the circumstances are fully  
disclosed and agreed to by all interested parties.  
(i) Solicit or accept a commission, contribution, gift, or other valuable  
consideration, directly or indirectly, from other parties dealing with his or her clients or  
employers, or from outside agents who have no dealings with his or her client or  
employer, in connection with the work for which he or she is responsible, unless the  
circumstances are fully disclosed and agreed to by all interested parties.  
(j) Solicit or accept a commission, contribution, gift, or other valuable  
consideration, directly or indirectly, under circumstances in which his or her judgment  
may be compromised.  
(k) Complete, sign, seal, or approve engineering documents that do not conform  
with the law or applicable professional standards.  
(4) Work for which the licensee is responsible, the procedures followed, and the  
decisions made by persons under the licensee's supervision must be subject to sustained  
review and approval by the licensee.  
History: 1985 AACS; 2020 MR 23, Eff. Dec. 10, 2020.  
R 339.16032 Professional engineer seal.  
Rule 32. (1) Effective 2 years after the promulgation of this rule, the seal of a  
professional engineer must include the licensee’s full name and license number, as shown  
on his or her state-issued professional engineer license, and indicate “State of Michigan”  
and “Licensed Professional Engineer” in the legend surrounding the seal. The seal must  
have a design substantially similar to figure 32 below.  
(2) A licensee's seal shall be used by the licensee whose name appears on the seal  
for as long as the license remains in effect. A licensee is responsible for the security of  
his or her seal.  
FIGURE 32  
History: 1985 AACS; 2020 MR 23, Eff. Dec. 10, 2020.  
R 339.16033 Rescinded.  
History: 1985 AACS; 2020 MR 23, Eff. Dec. 10, 2020.  
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R 339.16034 Rescinded.  
History: 1985 AACS; 2020 MR 23, Eff. Dec. 10, 2020.  
PART 4. LICENSE RENEWAL AND CONTINUING EDUCATION  
R 339.16040 Continuing education required for renewal; certification of  
compliance; document retention; continuing education waiver.  
Rule 40. (1) An applicant for license renewal who has been licensed during the 2-  
year period immediately preceding the expiration date of the license shall obtain not less  
than 30 hours of continuing education in activities approved under R 339.16041 during  
the 2-year period immediately preceding the expiration date of the license.  
(2) Submission of an application for renewal constitutes the applicant’s certification  
of compliance with this rule and R 339.16041.  
(3) A licensee shall retain documentation of satisfying the requirements of this rule  
and R 339.16041 for a period of 4 years from the date of filing the application for license  
renewal.  
(4) A licensee is subject to audit under this part and may be required to submit  
documentation as described by R 339.16041 upon request of the department.  
(5) A request for a continuing education waiver pursuant to section 204(2) of the  
act, MCL 339.204(2), must be received by the department before the expiration date of  
the license.  
History: 2013 AACS; 2020 MR 23, Eff. Dec. 10, 2020.  
R 339.16041 Acceptable continuing education; limitations.  
Rule 41. (1) The department shall grant credit for in-person or online continuing  
education hours that satisfy the requirements in the following chart:  
Acti  
vity  
Code  
(a)  
Activity and Proof Required  
Number of Continuing  
Education Hours Granted  
for Activity  
Completing  
a
continuing education  
The  
number  
of  
program or activity related to professional continuing education hours  
engineering that is approved or offered for approved by the approving  
continuing education credit by any of the entity are granted for this  
following:  
activity.  
Another state’s board of engineers.  
A professional engineering association,  
organization, or society.  
NCEES.  
ABET.  
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If audited, a licensee shall submit  
documentation or certificate of completion  
showing the licensee’s name, total continuing  
education credits earned, sponsor name and  
contact information, program title, and the  
date the program was held or completed.  
(b)  
Passing an academic course related to  
Fifteen  
continuing  
professional engineering offered by a college education hours are granted  
or university that offers a baccalaureate degree for each semester credit or  
or higher degree in an engineering program 10 continuing education  
that is accredited by EAC/ABET or CEAB.  
hours are granted for each  
quarter credit.  
If audited, a licensee shall submit a copy  
of the transcript showing the number of credit  
hours of the academic courses related to  
professional engineering.  
(c)  
Attending a seminar, in-house course,  
One  
continuing  
workshop, or professional or technical education hour is granted  
presentation  
engineering.  
related  
to  
professional for every 50 minutes  
attending the activity.  
If audited, the licensee shall submit a copy  
of the presentation notice or advertisement  
showing the date of the presentation, the  
licensee’s name listed as a presenter or  
attendee, and the name of the organization that  
approved or offered the presentation.  
(d)  
Teaching, instructing, or presenting a  
subject related to professional engineering.  
Two  
continuing  
education hours are granted  
for every 50 minutes of  
If audited,  
a
license shall submit teaching, instruction or  
documentation by the college or university presenting.  
confirming the licensee as the teacher,  
instructor, or presenter of the academic course,  
A maximum of 12  
the dates of the course or presentation, the continuing education hours  
number of classroom hours spent teaching, are granted for this activity  
instructing, or presenting, and the course title. during  
period.  
each  
renewal  
(e)  
Publication of a peer-reviewed paper,  
Six  
continuing  
article, or book related to professional education hours are granted  
engineering.  
for this activity.  
If audited, the licensee shall submit a copy  
Credit is not granted  
of the publication that identifies the licensee for multiple publications of  
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as the author or a publication acceptance the  
same  
peer-review  
letter.  
paper, article, or book.  
A maximum of 18  
continuing education hours  
are granted for this activity  
during  
period.  
each  
renewal  
(f)  
Serving as a voting member on a state or  
Three  
continuing  
national committee, board, council, or education hours are granted  
association related to professional for the year in which the  
engineering. To receive credit, a licensee must licensee serves as  
participate in at least 50% of the regularly member.  
scheduled meetings of the committee, board,  
a
council, or association.  
A
maximum of  
6
continuing education hours  
If audited, a licensee shall submit are granted for this activity  
documentation satisfactory to the department during  
verifying the licensee’s participation in at least period.  
50% of the regularly scheduled meetings of  
the committee, board, council, or association  
and provide verification of the licensee’s  
status as a voting member on the committee,  
board, council, or association.  
each  
renewal  
(g)  
Attending  
a
Michigan board of  
One  
continuing  
professional engineers meeting. To receive education hour is granted  
credit, the licensee shall obtain a form for each meeting attended.  
provided by the department from a department  
employee present at the meeting and have that  
A
maximum of  
6
employee complete, sign, and date the form. continuing education hour  
The licensee shall present a valid government- are granted for this activity  
issued photo identification to the department during  
each  
renewal  
employee for verification.  
period.  
If audited, the licensee shall submit a copy  
of the form completed, signed, and dated by  
the department employee who was present at  
the meeting.  
(h)  
Serving as a school-sponsored mentor to  
Four  
continuing  
an engineering student in a school-sponsored education hours are granted  
program. To receive credit, this activity must for this activity.  
not be part of the licensee’s regular job  
description.  
A
maximum of  
continuing education hours  
If audited, the licensee shall submit a letter are granted for this activity  
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from an authorized official from the school during  
each  
renewal  
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verifying the licensee’s role and the number of period.  
mentoring hours the licensee provided.  
(i)  
Participating in a company-sponsored or  
hosted seminar or training that is designed  
to enhance professional development  
One  
continuing  
education hour is granted  
for every 50 minutes of the  
in the licensee’s area of professional seminar or training.  
practice.  
If audited, a licensee shall submit  
documentation or a certificate of completion  
issued by the company presenting the seminar  
or training showing the licensee’s name,  
company name, subject of seminar or training,  
and the date on which the seminar or training  
was held.  
(2) Continuing education hours are not granted for a program or activity that has  
substantially the same content of a program or activity for which the applicant has  
already earned continuing education hours during the renewal period.  
(3) Not more than 12 continuing education hours shall be earned during a 24-hour  
period.  
History: 2013 AACS; 2020 MR 23, Eff. Dec. 10, 2020.  
R 339.16042 Rescinded.  
History: 2013 AACS; 2020 MR 23, Eff. Dec. 10, 2020.  
R 339.16043 Rescinded.  
History: 2013 AACS; 2020 MR 23, Eff. Dec. 10, 2020.  
R 339.16044 Rescinded.  
History: 2013 AACS; 2020 MR 23, Eff. Dec. 10, 2020.  
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