NCEES engineering exam registration
In the United States, engineers are licensed at the state level by professional licensing boards. Engineering boards confer the P.E. license when licensure candidates meet a combination of requirements in education, experience, and exams. Before registering for an upcoming NCEES exam, review your unique approval and registration process by selecting your state, territory, or foreign entity from the map or drop-down list below.
Registration for the pencil-and-paper April 2018 PE and SE exams is currently closed. Registration for the computer-based FE and PE exams is open year-round. To learn about the format of your exam, select the exam type below.
Looking to practice in multiple states?
Many professional engineers find that their careers require them to be licensed in more than one state. To do this, a P.E. must apply for comity licensure in additional states. NCEES Records is a service designed for engineers seeking comity licensure.
Discover if an NCEES Record is right for you.
Learn about the exams
NCEES develops and scores the FE, PE, and SE exams for engineering licensure. The FE exam is generally your first step in the process to becoming a professional licensed engineer (P.E.). It is designed for recent graduates and students who are close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree from an EAC/ABET- accredited program. The PE exam is designed to test for a minimum level of competency in a particular engineering discipline. It is designed for engineers who have gained a minimum of four years of work experience in their chosen engineering discipline. The SE exam is designed for engineers who practice in jurisdictions that license structural engineers separately from other professional engineers.
Select an exam from the field below to learn more about how passing your exam can help you advance in your path to licensure.
Exam prep materials
We at NCEES believe that nothing prepares you better than working through actual exam questions. So that’s what we provide. Our exam prep materials include questions that have been used on past exams and questions written just to give you extra practice.
NCEES offers many tools and resources that are designed specifically for engineering educators. From using the FE exam to effectively measure student outcomes for accreditation purposes to guiding your students on the path to licensure, the links below will make sure you have everything you need.
NCEES discontinuing PE Software Engineering exam
NCEES will discontinue the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Software Engineering exam after the April 2019 exam administration. Since the original offering in 2013, the exam has been administered five times, with a total population of 81 candidates. Only 19 candidates registered for the April 2018 administration. Per NCEES exam development policy, the Committee...
NCEES seeks chemical engineers’ professional expertise and advice
NCEES is currently seeking licensed chemical engineers to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study, or PAKS, for the PE Chemical exam. The results of this online survey will be used to update specifications for the exam, which is used throughout the United States for licensing purposes. NCEES requires a cross section of licensed...