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
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.
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;
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
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
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.
Structural Engineering candidates should contact the Board directly regarding payment of the fee.
You must register online with NCEES during their
open registration period. You must register with them each time you take an exam.
Licensed Professional Engineers who wish to take the PE in another discipline
Download a paper application to take the PE by a Licensed Professional Engineer (Word).
Complete the application and mail to:
State Board of Professional Engineers
500 N. Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202-3651
There is a non-refundable application fee of $50.
Schedule and pay the exam fee to the Maryland
Board by the exam deadline using your TRACK NUMBER. If you were just notified that you did not pass the exam, you will receive your TRACK NUMBER in the mail in
approximately two weeks. If you have forgotten your TRACK NUMBER, call 410-230-6269 or email
Fees must be paid 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 2015
To receive a partial refund of $250, a written request must be received by September 1, 2015. Send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests received after that date will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
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.
Visit NCEES for study materials available for purchase.