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 will transition to Computer-Based Testing (CBT) only. The CBT FE exam will be 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.
Each Tuesday, NCEES will feature a new video covering topics such as:
· 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.
To view the videos each week go to the special CBTuesday section on NCEES’ YouTubechannel.
You can also access the most up-to-date information about the FE application and exam process on the Application Process page under the Licensure section of our website at www.fbpe.org or go NCEES’ website at www.ncees.org/cbt for more on the exam transition to computer-based testing.
Beginning in 2014, the fundamentals examination will move to Computer Based Testing (CBT) and be offered through NCEES four (4) times per calendar year, in two month cycles or “windows.”
This opens up more opportunities to schedule the exam at a time and location more convenient to the examinee. This also allows for quicker grade notification and reapplication for further attempts.
The four (4) exam windows will consist of two month periods spaced throughout the year with one month off between each.
The exam windows are: January and February; April and May; July and August; October and November.
Any FE exam applications received after May 17, 2013, will be reviewed and approved by FBPE for the CBT examination process beginning in January 2014.
Application to the Florida Board of Professional Engineers (FBPE) is still REQUIRED for approval to sit for initial attempts and for any additional attempts of the fundamentals exam before registering with the NCEES.
Whereas some states will allow for direct registration with NCEES to sit for the FE exam, Florida will maintain its requirement until further notice.
The Florida Board application fee for the fundamental exam remains unchanged at $30.
However, the exam administration fee paid directly to the NCEES will increase to $225 for the CBT fundamentals exam and for each subsequent attempt of the exam.
The increase for the CBT exam fee covers the hourly rate that Pearson VUE charges for each seat at a test center as well as the NCEES costs for exam development, scoring, and candidate processing.
Applications for the FE exam will now be accepted year round, and the ability to register for an exam will depend on completing the application with all the required information and being approved by the Board.
Once approved by the Florida Board, a candidate can choose a date and location within the approved exam window at a testing center that has available seats.
An applicant will have the opportunity under the new CBT format to potentially sit for an exam a maximum of three (3) times in a one-year period from the date of the first on-line attempt.
The exam administration locations will consist of NCEES approved Pearson VUE testing centers. There are many centers located in Florida and around the country.
To access a map of Pearson VUE’s professional centers go to NCEES’ website at
Once the application is approved, the candidate may register for any available day with the most convenient Pearson VUE testing center location within the testing window.
The candidate may choose a location in Florida or an approved Pearson VUE testing center location outside of Florida.
The exam taker is not restricted to a location or state and may schedule an exam during the approved window that best suits their needs.
Please note that Pearson VUE testing centers administer other types of examinations besides the FE exam. Scheduling an exam within a window will depend on available seats at the chosen location on the date desired. Remember an exam time cannot be scheduled at any Pearson VUE location without having the FBPE application approved and the NCEES registration completed and paid.
The CBT version of the FE exam will change from an eight (8) hour exam to a six (6) hour exam and will initially be multiple-choice. The computer-based FE exam will be offered as seven discipline-specific, stand-alone exams.
Examinees will no longer take a common exam component as they currently do in the morning portion of the FE exam.
Each of the new FE exams will contain the core engineering content relevant to that engineering discipline plus appropriate discipline-specific content.
The FE exam will continue to be closed book, and reference material for the exam will be supplied electronically.
Examinees will be allowed to bring and use NCEES-approved calculators to the CBT exams. As mentioned, reference materials will be provided electronically, and sample exams for the computer-based FE will be available for purchase after the October 2013 exam administration. Also mentioned earlier, the turnaround time for test grades will be faster.
Grades will be released every Friday during the exam window. Once the grades are released, the candidate will receive a grade notice directly from NCEES or can choose to contact the Board office. If the candidate obtained a failing grade, her or she can immediately submit a re-exam application to FBPE and, upon approval, re-register with NCEES to schedule an exam in the next exam window.
Applicants can test one time per exam window and may attempt the exam three (3) times within one year. The year is based on the date the applicant sits for the first attempt at the computer based exam. Florida Statutes allow three (3) failures on the exam before being required to take 12 college credit hours for further exam approvals.
FBPE is working to develop presentations and other materials that will provide more detailed information regarding all of the changes mentioned here for our website as well as, the state’s engineering universities and schools. A representative of the Board office is more than willing to give a presentation regarding examinations, licensure or discipline at your school or organization. You may contact Shannon McCoy at (850) 521-0500, ext. 108 to obtain more information on these efforts.
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.”