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Professional Engineers Examination

 

Professional Engineers Examination

 

Applicants for a professional engineer license are required to pass both parts of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) examinations. The licensing exams for professional engineers are administered in two parts: 

Exam

Description

Study Materials

Part I (FE)Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

Although Michigan has no admission pre-requisites for the FE, the examination is typically taken on or around graduation. Michigan offers no status, certification or registration to individuals successfully completing the FE exam. Michigan does maintain a record of the grades for verification to other states or jurisdictions upon request. There is a fee of $15 for this service.

FE exam equivalency waiver and application information. 

Refer to www.ncees.org for information on the examination, study guides, etc.

Part II (PE)Principles & Practice of Engineering Exam8 hours

Michigan requires applicants to be pre-approved to sit for the Principles & Practice of Engineering (PE) Exam. The PE exam may be taken after the applicant has met the statutory education requirement and at least 4 years of acceptable work experience following receipt of that degree. An applicant for the PE exam does not have to successfully complete the FE examination before qualifying to take PE; however, successful completion of both the FE and PE is required before a license may be issued. The core disciplines of chemical, civil, electrical & computer, mechanical, and environmental engineering are offered at both the April and October administration of the exam. The Specialty disciplines are only offered once each year during either the April or October administration of the exam. Refer to www.ncees.org, Exams > Exam schedule for the current list of PE exams offered once per year.

Refer to www.ncees.org for information on the examination, study guides, etc.

The Department cannot refer you to any preparatory courses or seminars.

 

Part I / Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE)

 

  • Michigan does not require pre-approval to sit for the Part I / Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. Applicants must register with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) at www.ncees.org. Applicants who fail the FE exam must contact NCEES to reschedule an exam.
  • The FE examination is a computer-based exam (CBT). NCEES computer-based exams are offered in 4-testing windows during the year: January/February, April/May, July/August, and October/November.
  • Exam results for the FE computer-based exam are typically available 7-10 days after an exam is taken. Applicants will receive an email notification from NCEES with instructions to view their NCEES account for results.

 

Part II / Principles and Practice Exam (PE)

 

  • Michigan requires applicants for the Part II / Principles and Practice Exam (PE) to be pre-approved to sit for the examination.
  • Exams are administered twice a year, April and October, by NCEES.
  • First-time applicants for the PE exam must submit to the Department, the Application for Professional Engineers License with the application fee; Work Experience Report; five (5) Experience Verification Forms, with at least three (3) signed by licensed professional engineers familiar with the applicant’s work and covering a total of four years of experience; and official transcripts of the applicant’s ABET/EAC or CEAB accredited engineering degree(s) sent to the Department directly from the applicant’s school. All of these documents must be received by the Department by January 15 to be considered for the April PE exam and by July 15 to be considered for the October PE exam.
  • Once an applicant has been approved by the Department to sit for the PE exam, the applicant will be notified in writing to register for the PE exam with NCEES at www.ncees.org. Applicants who fail the PE exam must contact NCEES to reschedule an exam. 
  • Exam results are released approximately 2 months after the exam is administered. Examinees will be notified when the results are available, along with instructions to view their NCEES account for results.

Once all the required documentation is received, and the applicant has passed the FE and PE, the application will receive a final review for licensure.

Do not call the Department or the contractor asking for grades. The grades cannot be released over the telephone. Applicants who fail an exam and need to reschedule will be provided with instructions with their exam results from NCEES.

Applicants who do not become licensed within 10 years of the original application date will be required to meet current licensing requirements for education, experience and examinations. Examinations or portions of examinations already completed may no longer be valid for such candidates.

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