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Licensing Requirements for Engineers

Engineering is a professional field which involves the proper schooling, experience and accreditation to be-come a “ Licensed Engineer”. Professional fields such as law and medicine require a standard process for which an individual in entitled to practice in that field.

Engineering is no different in that capacity and and there are processes for becoming licensedincluding:

1. Graduating with a degree from an accredited four year university that has been approved by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and/or other accreditations.

2. Completing the standard engineering exam called the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE) along with a written exam called the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE). Both these exams focus on the core fundamentals of engineering as well as ethics. The FE and PE are administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying in all 50 states.

3. Acquiring four years or sometimes less of engineering experience (state dependent).The license and exam requirements will change with time due to the changing global economy and educational pressures of foreign engineering universities.  The state pages of this site have links to information on specific state requirements, especially in the realm of civil and structural engineering.