Two examinations are required to become licensed as a professional engineer in the state of Florida.
NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam
This exam is generally taken during the applicant's final year of school or immediately after graduation.
No engineering experience is required; however, evidence of education described below is required.
Please note that the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam will be administered as a computer-based test only beginning January 2, 2014. Specific details about the new exam process can be found on the "" page under the Licensure section.
FE Exam Date Information
FE Computer Based Testing (CBT) exam "periods" to will consist of four (4) two-month examination time frames.
January / February
Once the application to sit for the FE Exam has been submitted and approved by FBPE, and the candidate has registered with NCEES, the candidate can choose the exam "period" that best suits their schedule from one of the exam windows mentioned above. The candidate will need to schedule their exam through the Pearson Vue Center of their choice that offers the exam at www.pearsonvue.com
Once the exam has been completed the grade s will be reported to the candidate and the Board on a weekly basis. If the candidate should not achieve a passing score, a re-exam application is required to be submitted and approved in order to schedule another attempt to take the exam.
Note: Only one attempt to take the exam can be made within an exam window.
NCEES Principles and Practice (PE) Exam
The requirements for exam are successful completion of the FE exam (described above) and four (4) years of verifiable engineering experience.
In addition, a PE licensed in another state may endorse his or her license by application. For more information about licensure by endorsement (comity or reciprocity) go to the "Endorsement" page under the licensure section of our website.
Chapter 471, Florida Statutes, and Rule 61G15-20.006, F.A.C., requires applicants to have an EAC/ABET accredited Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. Technology degrees earned outside of Florida are not acceptable for licensure in Florida. Technology degrees earned at a Florida institution prior to July 1, 1979 are acceptable (see Ch. 471.01391)(a)2.), F.S. Foreign degrees and non-EAC/ABET engineering degree holders are required to obtain an evaluation from a Florida approved evaluation company to demonstrate the applicant’s education is substantially equivalent to an EAC/ABET accredited degree.
Applicants who do not hold a bachelors degree in engineering are required to show proof of an advanced degree in engineering and are required to obtain an evaluation to demonstrate substantial equivalency to the EAC/ABET engineering degree requirement.
Florida has approved two companies to perform these evaluations:
- Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
- International Education Consultants
- 7101 SW 102 Avenue
- Miami, FL 33173
- T: (305) 273-1616
- F: (305) 273-1338
- W: www.jsilny.com
- NCEES Credentials Evaluations
- P.O. 1686
- Clemson, SC 29633
- Toll Free: (800) 250-3196
- T: (864) 654-6824
- F: (864) 654-6033
- W: www.ncees.org
The FE applicant is eligible to apply for the FE exam during their undergraduate senior year studies and is usually taken prior to or just after graduation with a bachelor of science of engineering degree. A letter of good standing from the school showing a graduation date of less than a year or the final transcripts after graduation are required upon application.
The PE applicant must demonstrate four (4) years of verified engineering experience and a passing grade on the FE to be eligible to apply for the PE exam. Full time work while in school can be counted at a discounted rate of 25% or 50%, depending on the year of studies the applicant worked during.
The applicant can earn up to a maximum 12 months of experience prior to graduation. Advanced degrees obtained as a full time student can count for 12 months equivalent experience. This is further explained in Rule 61G15-20.002(1)(b)2, F.A.C. Foreign experience can be counted and verified in the same manner as provided in the application for experience.
The schedule for application and licensure fees can be found in Rule 61G15-24.001, F.A.C. Fees pertinent to application and licensure are:
- Application fee for PE licensure by examination or endorsement – $125.00 (non-refundable);
- Application fee for a Certificate of Authorization (firm) – $125.00 (non-refundable);
- Application fee for FE exam– $30.00 (non-refundable);
- Application fee for endorsement of FE certificate – $100.00;
- Application fee for Special Inspector Certification – $125.00;
- Verification of Licensure – $25.00;
- Initial fee for PE license or certificate of authorization– $100.00 (refundable, if application is denied or withdrawn prior to Board review); and
- Unlicensed activity fee for every application (mandated by Ch. 455.2281, F.S.) – $5.00 (non-refundable).
Please contact the Board office for clarification of the application process before submitting an application. You may risk a loss of fees if your application is filed in error or is untimely filed.
Fee Waiver Available
“Pursuant to 455.213, Fla. Stat., the Board shall waive the initial licensing fee, the initial application fee, and the initial unlicensed activity fee for a military veteran who applies to the Board for a license within 24 months after discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces. To qualify for this waiver, the veteran must have been honorably discharged. A written request for waiver and a copy of Form DD-214, (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) should be submitted with the application.”