Code of the District of Columbia

Part J. Professional Engineers.


§ 47–2853.131. Scope of practice for engineers.

For the purposes of this part, the term “practice of engineering” means the application of special knowledge of the mathematical, physical and engineering sciences and the methods of engineering analysis and design in the performance of services and creative work including consultation, investigation, expert technical testimony, evaluation, planning, design and design coordination of engineering works and systems, planning the use of land and water, performing engineering surveys and studies, and the review of construction for the purpose of monitoring compliance with drawings and specifications, in connection with any utilities, structures, buildings, machines, equipment, processes, work systems, projects, and industrial or consumer products, or equipment of a control systems, communications, mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, or thermal nature, that may involve safeguarding life, health, or property, and including such other professional services as may be necessary to the planning, progress, and completion of any engineering services.


(Apr. 20, 1999, D.C. Law 12-261, § 1002, 46 DCR 3142.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-2853.131.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 47-2853.61.


§ 47–2853.132. Eligibility requirements.

(a) An applicant for licensure as a professional engineer shall establish to the satisfaction of the Board of Professional Engineers that the applicant:

(1) [Repealed].

(2) Is a graduate of an accredited college or university with a degree in engineering based on a four year curriculum in engineering that is acceptable to the Board;

(3) Has passed an examination on the principles and practice of engineering prescribed by rule or has passed any other examination issued by a national certifying organization or state that is acceptable to the Board; and

(4) Meets any other requirements established by rule to ensure that the applicant has had the proper training, experience, and qualifications to practice as a professional engineer.

(b) The Board of Professional Engineering may also provide, by regulation, for the registration or licensure of an applicant as an engineer-in-training who meets such standards as the Board shall establish.


(Apr. 20, 1999, D.C. Law 12-261, § 1002, 46 DCR 3142; Mar. 16, 2021, D.C. Law 23-205, § 4(j), 68 DCR 000769.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-2853.132.


§ 47–2853.133. Certain representations prohibited.

*NOTE: This section includes amendments by emergency legislation that will expire on September 15, 2021. To view the text of this section after the expiration of all emergency and temporary legislation affecting this section, click this link: Permanent Version.*

(a) Unless licensed to practice engineering under this subchapter, no person shall engage directly or indirectly in the practice of engineering in the District or use the title “engineer”, “registered engineer”, “engineering design”, “professional engineer” or display or use any words or letters, figures, titles, signs, cards, advertisement or any other symbols or devices indicating or tending to indicate that the person is an engineer or is practicing engineering.

(b) Subsection (a) of this section shall not apply to persons acting as a consultant, officer, or employee of the government or an independent agency of the District of Columbia under the supervision of a professional engineer. The supervising professional engineer shall verify that any engineering work done by such persons is in compliance with all applicable laws and rules of the District.


(Apr. 20, 1999, D.C. Law 12-261, § 1002, 46 DCR 3142; June 17, 2021, D.C. Act 24-105, § 2, 68 DCR 006461.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-2853.133.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(b) of Engineering Licensure Emergency Amendment Act of 2021 (D.C. Act 24-105, June 17, 2021, 68 DCR 006461).