Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

The first step to becoming a licensed professional engineer: passing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, offered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Licensure ensures public safety by requiring practicing consultants to demonstrate qualifications based on education, experience, and examinations, including the FE exam. Becoming licensed benefits engineers by allowing them to advance their careers and offer consulting services.

All Civil Engineering majors are strongly encouraged to take the FE exam. More information can be found about the exam on the NCEES website.

The FE is a computer-based exam that is administered year-round in testing windows at NCEES-approved Pearson VUE test centers. To take the exam, applicants need to complete an application through Professional Credential Services Inc. (PCS) (which administers the FE exam in MA) and register with NCEES. PCS charges an application fee, and NCEES charges a separate registration fee.

 
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