The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam is generally taken during the applicant’s final year of school or immediately after graduation. No engineering experience is required; however, evidence of acceptable education is required.
Effective January 2, 2014, the FE Exam transitioned to Computer-Based Testing (CBT) only. The CBT FE exam is conducted eight (8) months out of the year in four (4) testing exam windows (i.e, January-February, April-May, July-August, and October-November).
To sit for the FE Exam, you must first submit your application with FBPE. Once you have been approved by the Board, you will then register with NCEES. After the registration and payment process has been completed with NCEES and you have been provided your candidate number, you will schedule your exam at an approved Pearson Vue Testing Center at the time and location of your choice.
Please see the graphic below for a list of all Pearson Vue Centers located near Florida's engineering colleges. Note that you are not limited to a certain location to take the exam. For a full listing of all approved testing centers go to http://cbt.ncees.org/where-will-i-take-my-exam/
The exams will be discipline-specific for both morning and afternoon sessions and will be divided into two sections of approximately 55 questions each. The examinee will be given 5 hours 20 minutes to answer all 110 questions. The examinee may take a 25 minute break after the first section of questions. NCEES will provide you with an on-line FE-Reference Handbook at the exam site. You should select the module (options are listed at www.ncees.org/exams) that best corresponds to your undergraduate degree. Grades will be released within 7-10 days of your exam date directly to you and to the Board by NCEES. You may attempt the exam only once per testing window.
Link to NCEES Examinee Guide - http://ncees.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/ncees-examguide-1113.pdf
Link to FE Exam Reference Handbook - http://cbt.ncees.org/get-the-new-fe-reference-handbook-for-cbt/
Once you select to download the FE Exam Reference Handbook, you will be prompted to enter an email address. A password will be sent to you electronically which you will enter on the same page where you entered your email address to access and download the reference guide.
Link to NCEES' CBTuesdays - https://www.youtube.com/user/
NOVEMBER 19, 2013 marked the debut of NCEES’ seven-week video series designed exclusively for examinees to introduce the aspects of the computer-based testing experience. Videos covering the following topics are available:
· the reusable booklet provided for scratch work;
· how to flag questions for review; &
· how to search the on-screen reference handbook, just to name a few.
The first video in the series will be the “CBT Exam Day Experience ” chronicling a typical exam day at a Pearson Vue test center, including the check-in process, locker storage procedures, how to request a break & more.
You can access more information on the exam transition to computer-based testing on NCEES’ website at www.ncees.org/cbt .
This application is used by first time applicants. It is also used by applicants who have failed the exam three (3) times and who have completed the 12 college credit hours necessary to apply again for the exam.
This application is used by applicants who hold a bachelor of science degree in engineering from a foreign country and applicants who hold a non-EAC/ABET engineering degree. In compliance with Section 61G15-20.007, F.A.C., an evaluation is required from an evaluation company approved by the Florida Board in order to demonstrate substantial equivalency to an EAC/ABET engineering degree. Applicants who hold a non-engineering bachelor degree are required to demonstrate an advanced degree in engineering and are required to submit an evaluation of their combined bachelor degree and advanced engineering degree.
This application is used by applicants who have previously been approved to sit for the exam and have either failed the exam, but have less than three fails, or the applicant did not show for the exam. Approvals are for one exam date only and each exam attempt must be applied for individually. Failure to show for a scheduled exam administration will not count against your three allowed fails but, a new re-exam application must be submitted for an additional exam date approval.
This application is used by applicants to transfer the EIT certification from another state to Florida. If you have passed the FE examination and are currently certified as an engineer intern, you may transfer your certification to Florida, if you meet Florida’s application requirements. Interns who hold foreign bachelor of science degrees in engineering will be required to have a current evaluation done for the FBPE by an approved Florida provider.
“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.”