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Examination Eligibility and Application Process - Maryland Board for Professional Engineers

 
FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGINEERING EXAM (AKA FE OR EIT)

Beginning in January 2014, the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exams will be offered solely on computer. Traditional pencil-and-paper exams will be retired. All examinees will complete their exams at a Pearson VUE testing center.

Read through the frequently asked questions to learn more about the transition.

HOW TO APPLY

Individuals who have an EAC/ABET engineering degree or who are in the process of completing a 4-year curriculum in engineering at a college or university within 6 months after the exam do not need to be pre-approved by the Board. You can register directly with NCEES.

Individuals who have an "unapproved" degree must submit an application to the Board and be approved before taking the exam.

The following are considered "unapproved" degrees:

  1. 4-year engineering degree from a college or university in the US (not EAC/ABET approved);
  2. 4-year engineering technology degree (either approved or unapproved by EAC/ABET) from a college or university in the US;
  3. a degree from a foreign institution;
  4. any other degree. 
 
PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF ENGINEERING EXAM (AKA PE OR P&P)

Requirements - Principles and Practice of Engineering Exam - Maryland Board for Professional Engineers

The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) examination is given by the Maryland Board twice a year in April and October. Candidates will be examined in the discipline in which education and/or experience were gained. View the list of disciplines on the NCEES website. Please note that Maryland does not license PE's by discipline. The Board will only confirm for which discipline a licensed PE tested in the State.

An applicant may qualify for the Professional Engineers Examination by meeting the educational and/or experience requirements specified in one of the following subsections of the Professional Engineers law:

Subsection 14-305(b) - EAC/ABET-APPROVED OPTION
Has graduated from a college or university on completion of at least a four-year curriculum in engineering, or its equivalent, that the Board approves, and has at least four years of work experience in engineering that is satisfactory to the Board and that indicates to the Board that the applicant is competent to practice engineering, and has passed an eight-hour written examination in the fundamentals of engineering given by the Board;

Programs currently recognized under the Washington Accord are accepted as approved engineering programs.

OR

Subsection 14-305(c) - NON-EAC/ABET-APPROVED OR FOREIGN CURRICULUM OPTION
Has been graduated from a college or university on completion of at least a four-year curriculum in engineering, or its equivalent, that the Board has not approved, and has at least eight years of work experience in engineering that is satisfactory to the Board and that indicates to the Board that the applicant is competent to practice engineering, and has passed an eight-hour written examination in the fundamentals of engineering given by the Board;

OR

Subsection 14-305(d) - EXPERIENCE OPTION
Has at least 12 years of work experience in engineering that is satisfactory to the Board, during at least five years of which the applicant has been in responsible charge, if the collective experience indicates to the Board that the applicant may be competent to practice engineering. "Responsible charge" means that the individual has direct control and personal supervision of engineering that requires initiative, professional skill, and independent judgment.

An applicant may substitute a complete scholastic year of at least 30 credit hours in a college or university of engineering approved by the Board for each of these years of experience, upon demonstrating grades satisfactory to the Board.

If the applicant has successfully completed one or more years of a college or university curriculum in engineering that has not been approved by the Board (i.e. not accredited by EAC/ABET) the Board may allow, for each of those years, a credit of up to six months towards the experience requirements.

If an applicant has completed graduate study in engineering that is satisfactory to the Board, the Board may allow up to 1 year credit toward the experience requirement.

Completed applications will be submitted to the Board for review. When reviewed, the applicant will be notified in writing if he or she is approved to sit for examination.

How to Apply

First-time Candidates

First time applicants can apply online or download an application from the Online Forms Page. The filing deadline for first-time applicants for the Principles and Practice of Engineering examination is 120 days prior to the examination date. See exam schedule. A one-time application of $50 is required to apply.

Once approved, you must schedule and pay the exam fee to the Maryland Board by the deadline.

You must register online with NCEES during their open registration period. You must register with them each time you take an exam.

Re-examinee Candidates

Schedule and pay the exam fee to the Maryland Board by the exam deadline.

You must register with NCEES during their open registration period. You must register with them each time you take an exam.

Exam Refund Policy - October 2014

To receive a partial refund of $250, a written request must be received by September 10, 2014. Send your request to peeitexam@dllr.state.md.us. Requests received after that date will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Special Accommodations

The Maryland Board for Professional Engineers complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act in accommodating examination candidates with special needs.

Requests for special testing accommodations can be made when registering with NCEES. For more information, visit the Special Accommodations section on the NCEES webpage.

Study Materials

Visit NCEES for study materials available for purchase.