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Fundamental Examinations

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. Education requirements specific to licensure eligibility in Florida can be found on the Application Process page under the Licensure section of our website.

The FE Exam officially transitioned to Computer-Based Testing (CBT) in January 2014.  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) at approved Pearson Vue Testing Centers.  Exams are not administered during March, June, September and December.

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.

 

Registration Information

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-approved 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 on NCEES' website at https://account.ncees.org/login.  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.

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://ncees.org/exams/cbt/testing-center-locations/.

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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.  The application for FE Endorsement is located at the bottom of this page.

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 Florida, who wants to ensure that he or she has met the education requirements to qualify as an Engineer Intern, should submit 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 (go to https://account.ncees.org/login), 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.We encourage you to access this link often as the content of this guide may be updated from time to time.

 

EXAMINEE USEFUL LINKS & RESOURCES

 

NCEES Examinee Guide - http://ncees.org/exams/cbt/examinee-guide/

The NCEES Examinee Guide is the official guide to policies and procedures for all NCEES exams. All examinees are required to read this document before starting the exam registration process. It is your responsibility to make sure that you have the current version so we encourage you to access this link often as the content of this guide may be updated from time to time.

 
To download the FE Exam Reference Handbook, you are required to enter a valid email address to receive a password to access the handbook.  The 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.
 
NCEES’ designed a video series exclusively for examinees to introduce the aspects of the computer-based testing experience. Videos covering the following topics are available:

· 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.

· 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.

 

FBPE APPLICATIONS

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Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Application (Initial FE Application) - $30 Fee

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. 

Fundamentals of Engineering Foreign Degree Application - $30 Fee 

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.

 

Fundamentals Re-Examination Application - $30 Fee

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.

 

Application for Endorsement of Engineer Intern Certification - $100 Fee

This application is used by applicants to transfer the EIT certification from another state to Florida and by applicants who have passed the FE exam after direct registration with NCEES. 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.

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.”