Florida has over 5,600 Certificate of Authorization (CA) holders providing engineering services in the state. To offer engineering services in Florida under the name of an Association, Fictitious Name, Partnership, Corporation, or LLC, the business entity must hold a Certificate of Authorization pursuant to Section 471.023, F.S.

If your company or organization wants to offer engineering services in this state, you will have to submit an application to the Board. The initial CA application, along with applications to change the company/organization’s name or the qualifying engineer on record, can be found below.

If you have questions about the application process or legal requirement, please contact the Board office at (850) 521-0500.

HOW TO OBTAIN A CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORIZATION

STEP 1

Complete the Application for Certificate of Authorization.

STEP 2

Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Partnerships, and other forms of business organizations must provide proof of existence and proper registration status with the Florida Department of State. Visit www.sunbiz.org or forms and instructions.

If you are operating as an individual, under a fictitious name, provide proof of having registered with the Florida Department of State. Visit www.sunbiz.org for forms and instructions.

If you are operating as a company and as a d/b/a (fictitious name), provide proof of having registered both the company and the d/b/a (fictitious name) with the Florida Department of State. Visit www.sunbiz.org for forms and instructions.

STEP 3

Choose a Principal Officer.

If you are a business entity, the Principal Officer must be an officer (such as President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer), director, manager, or managing member of the company and must hold an active State of Florida Professional Engineer License. If the Principal Officer is not named as the officer, director, manager, or managing member, then the Application for Certificate of Authorization must be accompanied by documentation from the entity’s charter or bylaws that provides the title of the officer and that the PE named as such officer is empowered to bind the corporation in all of its activities, which fall within the definition of the practice of engineering.

FBPE CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORIZATION APPLICATION

Use the form below to:

  • Apply for an initial Certificate of Authorization
  • Change your qualifying engineer
  • Change your company name
  • Apply for a temporary Certificate of Authorization

See attached fee schedule to determine the appropriate application fee that is to be included upon submission.

CA Application <<< Click to Download

CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORIZATION – $230 FEE

The entity applying must provide evidence of registration with the Secretary of State and must satisfy the requirement of Section 471.023 (1), F.S., requiring that a Professional Engineer licensed in Florida be an officer in the corporation, or is a managing member of the LLC.

 

TEMPORARY CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORIZATION APPLICATION – $180 FEE

An Association, Fictitious Name Corporation, Partnership, Corporation, or LLC that meets the requirements of Section 471.023, F.S., and upon payment of the required fee, shall be issued a temporary Certificate of Authorization for work on one specified project in the state of Florida for a period of three months to an out-of-state corporation, partnership, or firm, provided one of the principal officers of the corporation, one of the partners of the partnership, or one of the principles n the fictitiously named firm has obtained a temporary license in accordance with Section 471.021, F.S.

 

CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORIZATION COMPANY NAME CHANGE APPLICATION – $125 FEE

Section 471.023, F.S., requires that each business organization certified under this section must notify the Board within one month after any change in the information contained in the application upon which the certification is based.

 

CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORIZATION ENGINEER NAME CHANGE – $125 FEE

Section 471.023, F.S., requires that each business organization certified under this section must notify the Board within one month after any change in the information contained in the application upon which the certification is based.

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PRINCIPAL OFFICER

There seems to be a lot of confusion over the role and responsibility of the Principal Officer (Qualifier). Being named Principal Officer for purposes of holding a Certificate of Authorization simply means that the individual named will ensure that all activities that fall within the definition of “practice of engineering” are performed in accordance with the laws and rules (Chapter 471, Florida Statutes, and Rule 61G15, Florida Administrative Code) associated with holding a Certificate of Authorization. While not intended to be all inclusive, below is a list of items for which the Principal Officer has responsibility:

  • Ensuring that a non-engineer does not sign engineering documents;
  • Ensuring that all final documents signed and sealed by a Professional Engineer working through the entity include his or her name and PE number, the name, address, telephone number, and Certificate of Authorization number of the company on final documents;
  • Ensuring that the title block for the company, when utilized, contains all of the information required under the rule; and
  • Ensuring the timely renewal of the Certificate of Authorization as required by the Board (every two years).

 



There is no language contained in the laws associated with Certificates of Authorization that require the qualifier to have any authority over monetary decisions, personnel decisions, purchasing decisions, etc. Any such powers granted to the qualifier would be granted solely by the company and are not regulated by this Board.

More information on Certificates of Authorization can be obtained by contacting Katherine Anderson at (850) 521-0500, ext. 110, or kanderson@fbpe.org. Questions or concerns about a business operating without a Certificate of Authorization can be directed to Wendy Anderson at (850) 521-0500, ext. 119 or wanderson@fbpe.org.

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