Two examinations are required to become licensed as a professional engineer in the state of Florida: the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and Principles and Practice (PE) exams.
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 to qualify for Engineer Intern (EI) Certification described below is required.
Please note that as of January 2014, the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam is being administered as a computer-based test only. Specific details about the new exam process can be found on the "" page under the Licensure section.
FE Exam DateS and Registration Information
FE Computer Based Testing (CBT) exam "periods" to will consist of four (4) two-month examination time windows.
January / February
** Exams are not administered during March, June, September and December. **
As of July 25, 2014, a candidate seeking to take the FE CBT Exam has two options for registration: direct registration with NCEES or pre-approval with FBPE. Please read the registration option details below very carefully. The State of Florida requires specific education requirements to obtain Engineer Intern certification or Professional Engineer licensure regardless of what registration option is selected. We encourage you to contact us regarding these requirements prior to registering for the FE exam or applying for the PE exam should you have any questions.
Option 1 - Direct Registration with NCEES - FE Exam Only
A candidate can register directly with NCEES to sit for the FE exam by creating a MyNCEES account. Once the account is created the candidate can select REGISTER and follow the on-screen instructions. An exam fee of $225 is payable directly to NCEES during this process. When registration is completed and approved, the candidate will be notified and provided authorization to schedule the exam appointment. An exam appointment can be scheduled by accessing the candidate's MyNCEES account, selecting SCHEDULE, and choosing their preferred Pearson Vue Testing Center location and exam date. Candidates will receive their exam results directly from NCEES.
If the candidate wishes to apply for certification as an Engineer Intern (EI) in Florida and has directly registered with NCEES, the FE Endorsement Application must be completed and submitted to FBPE for approval. Once the application has been paid in full, processed and approved, an EI certification will be issued to the candidate. The fee for applying by endorsement is $100.
Option 2 - FE Exam Application/Registration with FBPE
A candidate can also apply with FBPE prior to registering for the FE exam with NCEES. A candidate seeking professional licensure in the State of Florida who wants to ensure that he or she has met the education requirements to qualify as an Engineer Intern, should the FE Initial Examination Application and a fee of $30 to FBPE. Once the application has been reviewed and approved by FBPE, the candidate can then register with NCEES.
The registration process with NCEES is the same as stated above in that the candidate must create a MyNCEES account to register, pay the $225 exam fee, and choose the exam "period" that best suits their schedule from one of the exam windows. Once the exam has been completed the grades will be reported to the candidate and the Board. When the Board receives notification of the passing candidates, EI certificates will be issued and mailed to the recipient.
If the candidate should not achieve a passing score, he or she must either re-register directly with NCEES (if this option was taken) or submit a re-exam application to FBPE for approval 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.”