Professional licensure protects the public by enforcing standards that restrict practice to qualified individuals who have met specific qualifications in education, work experience, and exams.
Licensed engineers are a select group. Because the requirements are stringent and because there are some exemptions that allow engineers to work under the supervision of a P.E., not all engineers become licensed. Those who do achieve licensure, however, enjoy the professional benefits that accompany this distinction.
While each state licensing board has its own laws regarding engineering licensure, there is a general four-step process for licensure candidates:
- Earn a degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program.
- Pass the FE exam.
- Gain acceptable work experience (typically a minimum of four years). In most cases, this must be completed under the supervision of a P.E.
- Pass the PE exam in the appropriate discipline
The above information and more may be found at the following website:
Exams are administered yearly in April and October.
Application deadlines to take the FE Exam are December 1 and July 1.