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PE Fire Protection exam

The Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam tests for a minimum level of competency in a particular engineering discipline. It is designed for engineers who have gained a minimum of four years’ post-college work experience in their chosen engineering discipline.

The PE Fire Protection exam is computer-based and administered one day per year. Like other PE exams with small examinee populations, this is a single-day testing event similar to the current pencil-and-paper exams. The upcoming test date is October 22, 2020. Examinees may reserve their seat up to a year in advance at a Pearson VUE test center once they are registered with NCEES and approved by their board. Candidates are encouraged to reserve their seat for this single-day event as early as possible.

The exam includes 85 questions. The exam appointment time is 9.5 hours and includes

  • Nondisclosure agreement (2 minutes)
  • Tutorial (8 minutes)
  • Exam (8.5 hours)
  • Scheduled break (50 minutes)

Learn more at the NCEES YouTube channel.

Register for the exam by logging in to your MyNCEES account and following the onscreen instructions. Prepare for the exam by

  • Reviewing the exam specifications, fees, and requirements
  • Reading the reference materials
  • Understanding scoring and reporting
  • Viewing the most up-to-date exam pass rates

A $375 exam fee is payable directly to NCEES. Some licensing boards may require you to file a separate application and pay an application fee as part of the approval process to qualify you for a seat for an NCEES exam. Your licensing board may have additional requirements. Familiarize yourself with your state licensing board’s unique registration procedures before registering for a PE exam.

Special accommodations are available for examinees who meet certain eligibility criteria and sufficiently document their request.

Exam specifications

For more information on the format of the exam, the topics covered, and the standards required, download the PE Fire Protection exam specifications (PDF).

The PE Fire Protection exam includes multiple-choice questions as well as alternative item types (AITs).

Reference materials and exam prep

You will be provided with an electronic NCEES Fire Protection Reference Handbook during the exam. This handbook and the standards listed on the exam specifications are the only reference material that can be used during the exam. You will not be allowed to bring personal copies of any material into the exam room. Register or log in to MyNCEES to download your free copy of the Fire Protection Reference Handbook.

NCEES offers the PE Fire Protection Practice Exam to familiarize you with the exam format and content, including alternative item types (AITs). The practice exam contains questions that have been used on past exams and questions written just for study materials to give you extra practice. The Society of Fire Protection Engineers offers additional resources.

The NCEES Examinee Guide is the official guide to policies and procedures for all NCEES exams. Download your free copy to find out more about registering for exams and what to expect on exam day.

Scoring and reporting

Results for this exam are generally released to the licensing boards 8–10 weeks after the exam administration. Depending on your state, you will be notified of your exam results online through your MyNCEES account or via postal mail from your state licensing board.

Learn more about the exam scoring process.

Pass rates

View the most up-to-date pass rates for the PE exams.