The Department no longer accepts paper prequalification applications for Private Engineering Firms. All firms wishing to submit an application must submit their application through the
Online Prequalification System. When you apply online, select the Private Consultant option even if you will be performing as a Subcontractor. The contractor options offered on our web application are referring only to contractors who work in construction or maintenance (highways, airports, etc.) They are not for consulting services.
Private consulting firms that desire to perform work or services for the Department must be prequalified to perform that type of work prior to submitting their Letter of Interest (LOI). However, if the advertisement allows, you may submit your prequalification application at the same time as your Letter of Interest.
Firms that submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) as part of a team must be individually prequalified for the type of work they wish to perform, whether they are acting as the lead consultant or as a subconsultant.
Prequalification may be done for all the offices of the firm under one application in lieu of having each office prequalified separately. If an office is approved for a discipline of work, then all offices are considered approved for that discipline of work.
Prequalification — Step One - NCID
A North Carolina Identity Management (NCID) Business Account is required. Having an NCID Business account gives you access to the Prequalification Application.
If you do not already have a NCID account, go to the
NCID Login Page
and select the Business Account
option for new user registration.
Do not create a new NCID if you already have one as this can create problems with your company later on.
After you create your NCID, please email the following information:
Prequalification — Step Two
Click on "Look Up" to search for your firm. When you find it, click on it and then select what type of application you wish to complete. Click "Next" and complete the information on your screen.
Once your firm is approved, its name will show up in the Department's Directory of Firms
as a Prequalified Consultant.
Renewal and Requalification
Once your company is prequalified, it is not considered prequalified indefinitely. You must re-qualify every three years. You must also renew your firm's status every year. The purpose of the three year requalification is to make sure the Department has current information regarding your firm’s staffing and license information. Samples of work may be required for disciplines to be reapproved.
Next Steps After Prequalified