To be eligible for admission to examination for professional engineer or engineer intern, an applicant must be of good character and reputation and he or she shall submit five references along with the application for registration as a professional engineer. Three references shall be from professional engineers having personal knowledge of the engineering experience of the applicant or in the case of an application for certification as an engineer intern. The references shall be from three persons knowledgeable of the applicant's character.
(a) The minimum requirements for qualification for registration as a professional engineer are:
(1) Registration by comity or endorsement. -- A person holding a certificate of registration to engage in the practice of engineering, issued by a proper authority of a state or possession of the United States, the District of Columbia or any foreign country, based on requirements that do not conflict with the provisions of this article and were of a standard not lower than that specified in the applicable registration article in effect in this state at the time such certificate was issued, may, upon application, be registered without further examination.
A person holding an active council record with the national council of examiners for engineering and surveying whose qualifications, as evidenced by the council record, meet the requirements of this article may, upon application, be registered without further examination;
(2) Graduation, experience and examination. -- A graduate of an engineering curriculum of four years or more approved by the board as being of satisfactory standing and with a specific record of an additional four years or more of progressive experience on engineering projects of a grade and a character which indicates to the board that the applicant may be competent to practice engineering, shall be admitted to an eight-hour written examination in the fundamentals of engineering and, if passed, then shall be admitted to an eight-hour written examination in the principles and practice of engineering. Upon passing such examinations, the applicant shall be granted a certificate of registration to practice engineering in West Virginia, provided the applicant is otherwise qualified; and
(3) Engineering teaching. -- Engineering teaching of advanced subjects and the design of engineering research and projects in a college or university offering an approved engineering curriculum of four years or more may be considered as engineering experience.
(b) The minimum requirements for registration as an engineer intern are:
(1) Graduation from an engineering curriculum of four years or more approved by the board as being of satisfactory standing; and
(2) Satisfactorily passing a written exam, eight hours in duration, covering the fundamentals of engineering.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session