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Engineering licensure

Only one thing is better than being an engineer. Being a professional engineer (P.E.).

Clean water. Sound structures. Safe power. P.E.s are charged with preserving these and many more fundamentals that protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Earn your license and join the community of professionals committed to excellence.

Licensure sets you apart

Licensed engineers enjoy many benefits that are not available to unlicensed engineers such as


“P.E.” instantly says you’re experienced, knowledgeable, and accountable.


Engineering positions at all levels of industry and government increasingly require licensure.


As a P.E., you can consult in private practice. Without it, you don’t have the same opportunities.


Earning your P.E. license in one state allows you to more easily apply for licensure in other states—a process known as comity licensure.


Salary studies show that as a P.E., you can expect to earn significantly more throughout your career.

How to become a P.E.

In the United States, engineers are licensed at the state level by professional licensing boards when they meet a combination of requirements in education, exams, and experience. Most state licensing boards require the following:


Generally, engineering licensing boards require P.E. candidates to have an EAC/ABET-accredited bachelor’s degree. The ABET website allows you to search for accredited programs (select EAC in the “accredited by” field).


Licensure candidates must pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam.


Most states require four years of acceptable, progressive, and verifiable work experience in the industry.