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Exam Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Applicants - Professional Engineers


  1. What are the requirements to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE)?
    The requirement to take the FE exam is a degree in engineering, either approved
    (EAC/ABET) or unapproved (non-EAC/ABET). If you have an EAC/ABET approved degree you can apply directly with NCEES for the exam. You do not have to be preapproved by the Maryland Board.
  2. Can I take the FE exam before I graduate?
    Yes. The FE exam may be taken up to six months prior to graduation.
  3. I passed my EIT in another state. Do I have to have my certificate transferred to MD?
    The EIT examination is a national exam. Once you have passed in another state, the MD Board acknowledges your certification from another state. Once you are ready to apply for PE licensure in MD, you must provide the Maryland Board with a verification of your EIT.

PE Exam

  1. Can I apply for the Principles and Practice of Engineering Exam without taking the FE exam?
    Yes. You may apply directly for the PE exam if you have at least 12 years of engineering work experience, acceptable to the PE Board, with five of those years in "responsible charge" of engineering work.
  2. What constitutes "acceptable work experience"?
    Acceptable engineering work experience is determined by the extent to which it conforms to the definition of "practice engineering" as listed in the Engineers' Law, Section 14-101(f), which states:

    1. "Practice engineering" means to provide any service or creative work the performance of which requires education, training, and experience in the application of (i) special knowledge of the mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences; and (ii) the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design. 2. In regard to a building or other structure, machine, equipment, process, works, system, project, or public or private utility, " practice engineering" includes: (1) consultation; (ii) design; (iii) evaluation; (iv) inspection of construction to ensure compliance with specifications and drawings; (v) investigation; (vi) planning; and (vii) design coordination.
  3. What are some examples of "evidence" of work experience for the PE exam in lieu of the endorsement of a Professional Engineer?
    Evidence consists of materials such as sample calculations, sketches, graphs, drawings, investigations, reports, etc. Evidence should demonstrate the principles and practice of engineering used in the applicant's work.
  4. How do I apply for the PE exam?
    First-time applicants apply online. The filing deadline for first time applicants is 120 days prior to the examination date. Re-examinees must schedule and pay the exam fee by the exam deadline to the Board. You must also register with NCEES. Refer to our website for more details.
  5. What are the requirements for the PE exam?
    You may qualify for the examination by meeting the educational and experience requirements specified in one of the following subsections of the Professional Engineers' Law:

    14-305(b) EAC-ABET Engineering degree; Passed the FE exam; 4 years acceptable work experience.

    14-305 (c) Non-EAC-ABET Engineering degree; Passed the FE exam; 8 years acceptable work experience.

    14-305(d) 12 years acceptable work experience, with at least years of which the applicant has been in responsible charge.
  6. How many times can I take the exam?
    If you are unsuccessful at taking the PE exam three times, you must submit a new application.
  7. When will I receive my admission notification?
    You will receive an email from NCEES approximately 2-3 weeks before the exam asking you to log on to your NCEES account and print out your admission notification.
  8. When will I receive my scores?
    Scores are released 6-8 weeks after the exam.
  9. Can I take the exam in another state?
    No, approval by the Maryland Board does not qualify you to take the exam in another state.
  10. I was approved to sit for an exam but I was absent or failed. What should I do?
    Register for the exam with NCEES during the open registration period for the date you wish to sit. Pay the fee to the Maryland Board.
  11. How do I request a verification of my exam grades or licensure to be sent to another state board?
    Use NCEES electronic online verification request system.
  12. What is the fee for processing a verification?
    The fee is $20.
  13. How long does it take to process a verification request?
    The turnaround time is approximately three to four weeks or less if we have all the needed information on hand to process the application. If we have to send away for the information, it may take a month to process.

Both Exams

  1. Where can I obtain study materials for the exams?
    Study materials are available through the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).
  2. I have a foreign degree. Are there special requirements for applying for the FE/PE exams?
    Yes. Applicants applying with a foreign degree, other than those from Washington Accord Countries whose universities and curriculums are listed in the ABET International Yearbook, must obtain a course-by-course evaluation of their degree from an evaluation service. The evaluation company must be one that receives transcripts directly from the university. The evaluation should be sent directly to the Board Office from the evaluation company. The applicant must also complete Form 4, the engineering "Curriculum Checklist,” which is contained in the application form.
  3. What is the fee for applying for the exam?
    No fee is required for the FE exam.
    The application fee for the PE exam is $50.