Engineering Examinations and Internship


Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam

Engineer Intern (EI) Enrollment

Principals and Practice of Engineering (PE) Exam

PE Exam Retake Process

PE Exam Failures

Study Materials

Forms Quick Links

NCEES Examinee Guide

FAQs


PE Application Deadlines (dates subject to change without notice)


PE Exam

Next Examination Date: April 17, 2015

First-Time Application Deadline: January 5, 2015

Re-take Application Deadline: February 6, 2015

Registration for the April 2015 exam will open December 8, 2014.
Click for the NCEES open registration and deadline schedule.

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Important Notice!

In accordance with Neb. Rev. Stat. §§4-108 through 4-114, all exam and license applicants in the state of Nebraska must attest to their legal presence in the United States prior to their completion of the application process. Individuals who are not U.S. citizens will be required to provide the Board office with proof of immigration status such as a copy of permanent resident card, work visa or other immigration documentation. At a minimum, this documentation must include the applicant’s name, alien number and date of birth. In some cases, a I-94 and/or SEVIS number will also be required.

Information provided by the applicant will be used to verify his/her status with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) through the Department of Homeland Security. Applicants will be notified if additional information is required or if immigration status cannot be verified. Exam and license applications will not be directed to the Board for review until the above criteria has been satisfied.

Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam

As of August 31, 2013, board approval to take the FE eam will no longer be required. All FE exam registration and approvals will be handled directly through the National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES). Registration for the new exams will open on November 4, 2013. Beginning January 2014, the FE will be administered via computer-based testing (CBT) during four testing windows throughout the year. For more information on registering and taking the exam, click here.

FE Reimbursement Request

Engineering students who pass the FE exam in Nebraska on the first attempt may qualify for a $50 reimbursement from the Board. The student must have graduated from an ABET/EAC accredited program from the University of Nebraska's College of Engineering within six months of passing the exam and have qualifying educational debt.

If the student passed the FE exam prior to January 2014, the reimbursement will be processed upon receipt of graduation verification. After January 2014, the reimbursement will be processed once the Engineer Intern Enrollment Application and all supporting documents have been received.

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Engineer Intern Enrollment for Examinees

Qualifications

To be eligible to enroll as an Engineer Intern in Nebraska, you must have passed the FE exam and either graduated from an Accrediting Board of Engineering and Technology/Engineering Accreditation Commission (ABET/EAC) accredited engineering program or met the NCEES Education Standard.

  • To determine if your program is ABET/EAC accredited, search ABET’s database of accredited programs.
  • If your program is not ABET/EAC accredited, you must have your education evaluated by NCEES Credentials Evaluations to determine if it meets the NCEES Education Standard. Their report must be submitted directly to the Board, and any deficiencies identified must be corrected.

    Note: If your degree(s) are only in engineering technology, it has been the Board's experience that these degrees typically do not meet the NCEES Education Standard due to a deficiency in engineering sciences and design. In addition, NCEES will only conduct evaluations where the applicant has graduated from:

    1) A Foreign (non-U.S.) engineering degree program, or

    2) A U.S.-based, non-ABET/EAC-accredited degree program in engineering, engineering technology, related science, or mathematics only when coupled with a master's degree or doctorate from a program that is ABET/EAC-accredited at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Enrollment Process

  1. Complete and submit the Engineer Intern Enrollment application along with the applicable filing fee.
    Note: If you passed the FE exam in Nebraska prior to January 2014, you do not need to submit an Engineer Intern Enrollment Application. Your certificate will be issued automatically upon receipt of your graduation verification.
  2. Request a copy of your official transcripts be sent directly to the Board from the institution from which your ABET/EAC accredited degree was received, or have a copy of your NCEES Credentials Evaluation sent directly to the board by NCEES; and
  3. Contact either the licensing board in the state in which you took and passed the FE exam or NCEES (if after January 1, 2014) to have verification of FE exam passage sent directly to the board.

Upon receipt of all the above and after approval of the Board, an Engineer Intern (EI) Certificate will be issued to the applicant. It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit all required applications, documents, and fees to the Board.

The title “Engineer Intern” may be used in the state of Nebraska by individuals who hold an “Engineer Intern” certificate issued by the Board.

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Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Exam

Qualifications

To be eligible to take the PPE exam in Nebraska, you must have:

  • Graduated from an ABET/EAC accredited engineering program, or met the NCEES Engineering Education Standard.
  • To determine if your program is ABET/EAC accredited, search ABET’s database of accredited programs.

    If your program is not ABET/EAC accredited, you must have your education evaluated by NCEES Credentials Evaluations to determine if it meets the NCEES Education Standard. Their report must be submitted directly to the Board, and any deficiencies identified must be corrected.
    Note: Please note that if your degree(s) are only in engineering technology, it has been the Board's experience that these degrees typically do not meet the NCEES Education Standard due to a deficiency in engineering sciences and design. In addition, NCEES will only conduct evaluations where the applicant has graduated from:

    1) A Foreign (non-U.S.) engineering degree program, or
    2) A U.S.-based, non-ABET/EAC-accredited degree program in engineering, engineering technology, related science, or mathematics only when coupled with a master's degree or doctorate from a program that is ABET/EAC-accredited at the undergraduate or graduate level.

  • Passed the FE exam.
  • Enrolled as an Engineer Intern in Nebraska.
  • Have a period (typically four years) of progressive engineering experience acceptable to the Board.
    • Work experience may begin immediately following graduation from a four-year or equivalent engineering program.
    • Co-op experience will be credited toward experience if it was gained as part of the degree curriculum and shown on the transcript. Credit will be based on time actually worked, up to six months.
    • Successful completion of a master’s degree in engineering which followed a baccalaureate degree in engineering may be used for one year of experience credit. Exception: When the master’s degree is the ABET/EAC accredited program, it cannot be used toward the one year experience credit.
    • A Ph.D. in engineering may be credited for two years of experience. This includes the one year for the master’s degree.
    • Applicants who do not have a degree from an ABET/EAC accredited program, but who are already enrolled as an Engineer Intern in Nebraska, may apply to take the PPE exam with an additional six years of progressive engineering experience acceptable to the Board.
    • For more information on acceptable engineering experience, refer to Chapter 2.3 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations (Title 110, NAC).

It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit all required applications, documents, and fees to the Board

Application Process

A candidate will be permitted to sit for the PPE exam in a discipline different from that of his or her education upon verification of four years of work experience acceptable to the Board in the discipline of examination.

Examinees who wish to change the discipline of their PE exam after initial approval, must submit a request to the board outlining why they wish to change the exam discipline and justification for doing so. Requests along with the necessary retake filing fee must be received by the PE Exam “First-Time Application” deadline listed above

    1. Complete and submit the Principles & Practice of Engineering Exam application along with the applicable filing fee. The application and all supporting documentation must be received by the deadlines published at the top of this page.
    2. Request a copy of your official transcripts be sent directly to the Nebraska board from the institution from which your ABET/EAC accredited degree was received or a copy of your NCEES Credentials Evaluation report be sent directly to the board.
    3. Have verification of passage of the FE be sent directly to the Nebraska board from NCEES (if after January 1, 2014) or the licensing board in the state in which you took and passed the exam.
    4. If you have not already done so, complete and submit an Engineer Intern Enrollment application. You may submit your EI and PPE Examination applications at the same time. However, your PPE exam application will not be submitted to the Board for approval until all necessary documentation for your Engineer Intern Enrollment has been received and your EI certificate has been issued. Please allow additional time for this process.
    5. Once all of the above has been received by the Board’s office, the Board will review the application.
    6. Notification of the Board’s action will be sent.
    7. Approved applicants then must register with and submit any exam registration fees directly to NCEES by the deadline posted on NCEES' website. Failure to do so will result in the ineligibility to sit for the exam. Applicants must receive approval from the Nebraska board to sit for the PE exam prior to registering with NCEES. Failutre to do so may result in the loss of registration feed paid to NCEES and/or the eligibility to sit for the exam.

Board approval to take the PPE exam is valid for five years. The five year period shall commence on January 1, 2010, or on the date of the first scheduled exam, whichever is later. Retakes during this five year period must follow the Retake Process listed below. After the five year period has expired, an examinee will be required to submit a new application with new references, meet the requirements in effect at the time of re-application, and be reapproved by the Board in order to sit for the exam.

Becoming Licensed as a Professional Engineer

Once the candidate has successfully passed the PE exam, further instructions will be sent for completing the initial licensure process. In order to receive your professional engineer license in Nebraska, you must:

  • Pass both the FE and PPE exams.
  • Complete a short open-book exam on the Engineers and Architects Regulation Act and the Board’s Rules and Regulations. The exam will be sent by Board staff once the PPE exam has been successfully passed.

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Examination Retake Process

Applicants who have failed the exam or were not able to sit for the examination previously approved or registered for, must follow this process. “No Shows” and applicants who did not register with NCEES must submit the application retake filing fee.

  1. Complete and submit Sections I and VI of the Principles & Practice of Engineering Exam applications along with the applicable filing fee.
    • Applicants who have attempted and failed the exam in another state and wish to retake the exam in Nebraska must submit the applicable retake filing fees along with a complete application. Application, fee, and all supporting documents must be received by the “First-Time Application” deadline listed above.
  2. All applications must be received by the deadline listed above. It is critical for the applicant to take responsibility for confirming receipt of applications, all required documents, and fees are received by the Board.
  3. Notification of the Board’s action will be sent with further instructions.
  4. Approved applicants must register with and submit the registration fees directly to NCEES by the deadline posted on NCEES’ website. Failure to do so will result in the inability to sit for the exam.

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Exam Failures

After a fourth or each subsequent failure of the exam, examinees will be required to present to the Board evidence of having acquired additional relevant formal learning before being approved to re-examine. The examinee will be eligible to retake the failed exam annually.

  • Relevant formal learning means coursework consisting of at least two semester credit hours at the undergraduate or graduate level in the knowledge areas identified as failed in the NCEES diagnostic report.
  • The coursework must be acceptable at, or transferrable to, an institution that offers ABET/EAC-accredited engineering programs. Online coursework is acceptable.
  • Examination preparatory classes, continuing education offerings, and individual study do not satisfy the formal learning requirement.
  • Verification of such must be sent directly to the Nebraska board from the institution at which the course(s) was taken.
  • The retake application, filing fee, and all supporting documents must be received by the “First-Time Application” deadline listed above.

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Study Materials

Study material for the exam is available from NCEES. Links to other study-related offerings may be obtained from the organizations listed on our Outside Links page.



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