Many professions such as engineering, law, and medicine have procedures for licensing practitioners. In engineering, it is a legal process governed by the state.
Earning a P.E. License
According to the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE):
“To become licensed, engineers must complete a four-year college degree, work under a Professional Engineer for at least four years, pass two intensive competency exams and earn a license from their state’s licensure board (New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs). Then, to retain their licenses, PEs must continually maintain and improve their skills throughout their careers.”
Who Should Take the Exam?
Most civil engineers take the exam. Others considering a career in consulting or public service might also consider taking the exam.
To learn more about the F.E. exam and how to prepare for it, visit the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying NCEES.
In all states, registration includes the following:
- Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, also called the EIT (Engineer-in-Training) examination.
- Principles and Practice (P&P) examination in specialized fields of civil, electrical, and mechanical.
- Students should consider taking the FE examination in New Jersey during the last term before graduating. The F.E. exam is offered by the New Jersey State Board each semester (usually in October and April). The P&P examination requires professional experience.