Professional Engineer (PE) Licensure

For many engineering professionals, an important career goal is to obtain the Professional Engineers (PE) license.

The PE license is needed to perform engineering services for the public, and equips the holder with a state-authorized engineering seal that can be applied to engineering work. Obtaining a license signals that you have reached a high level of competence in the field of engineering.

A detailed discussion of the benefits of obtaining the PE license is provided by the National Society of Professional Engineers, National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Although the ASCE document is written for Civil Engineers, this document is applicable to all engineering career paths.

Taking the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam

An important step on the path to professional licensure is the passing of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE). The FE exam is a computer-based exam administered year-round at NCEES-approved Pearson VUE test centers.

The FE exam includes 110-questions. The exam appointment time is 6 hours long and includes:

  • Nondisclosure agreement (2 minutes)
  • Tutorial (8 minutes)
  • Exam (5 hours and 20 minutes)
  • Scheduled break (25 minutes)
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You are eligible to take the FE Exam, if you are a SENIOR in your last semester, with 20 credit hours or less to take. To sit for the exam you must register and pay on the NCEES website. The nearest test center in Buffalo is located at 325 Essjay Road in Williamsville.

Traditionally, the exam has been multiple choice, but in July 1, 2017, the computer-based FE introduced alternative item types (AITs). AITs are questions other than the traditional multiple-choice questions and include:

  • Multiple correct—allow examinees to select multiple answers
  • Point and click—require examinees to click on part of a graphic to answer
  • Drag and drop—require examinees to click on and drag items to match, sort, rank, or label
  • Fill in the blank—provide a space for examinees to enter a response to the question
After taking the exam, you will typically receive an email in 7 to 10 days advising you of the results of the FE exam.

Intern Engineer Certificate

In NYS, an Intern Engineering certificate is required in order for you to put E.I.T or Intern Engineer after your name. To obtain your Intern Engineer Certificate you need to submit the following two forms after your undergraduate degree has been conferred:

Form 1IE – Application for Intern Engineer Certificate

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This form must be submitted directly to the Office of Professions in Albany together with a $70 fee.

Form 2 – Certification of Professional Education

Complete the applicant information only on page 1, then mail to:

1 Capen, Attn: Registrar
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260-0001

or visit 1 Capen in person (you will need a picture ID).

Note that the Registrar will not be able to complete Form 2 if you still have a financial hold at UB.