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    To schedule computer-based exams offered by NCEES (FE, FS, PS exams), visit: www.pearsonvue.com/ncees

    Pennsylvania Engineers

    Pennsylvania Engineers

    Coordinated through the PA Department of State

    Engineering exams in Pennsylvania are administered in conjunction with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). All policies and procedures related to the administration of these exams are governed by NCEES. Candidates seeking to schedule any computer-based exams offered by NCEES (FE, FS, PS exams) should visit www.pearsonvue.com/ncees.

    Principles of Engineering (PE) Exam Information

    The PE Exam is a paper-based test that is delivered twice a year on dates selected by NCEES. All PE candidates in Pennsylvania must be pre-approved by the State Registration Board. Applications for pre-approval are submitted to the Board via the Pennsylvania Licensing System (PALS).

    Process for receiving approval to test: 

    1. Submit application to PALS. 

      Important Note: Please submit your application to PALS before attempting to pay. Please allow one business day after submitting your application, before moving to step 2.
       
    2. Contact Pearson VUE (877-883-1370) to pay the appropriate administrative fee. 
      • If you submitted an application through PALS and are seeking to test for the first time, you must pay $225.
      • If you submitted an application through PALS and are seeking to retake the exam, you must pay $175.
      • If you submitted an application through the old system (prior to October 2016), you must pay $175.

    Please download the PA Engineers Candidate Information Bulletin for additional information regarding the pre-approval process and required fees.

    Structural Engineering (SE) Exam Information

    The SE Exam is a paper-based test that is delivered twice a year on dates selected by NCEES. All SE candidates in Pennsylvania must be pre-approved by the State Registration Board. Applications for pre-approval are submitted to the Board via the Pennsylvania Licensing System (PALS).

    Process for receiving approval to test: 

    1. Submit application to PALS. 

      Important Note: Please submit your application to PALS before attempting to pay. Please allow one business day after submitting your application, before moving to step 2.
       
    2. Contact Pearson VUE (877-883-1370) to pay the appropriate administrative fee. 
      • If you submitted an application through PALS and are seeking to test for the first time, you must pay:
        • $400 if taking both the Structural and Lateral components OR
        • $225 if taking only one component
      • If you submitted an application through PALS and are either seeking to retake the exam or wish to sit for the second component, you must pay:
        • $350 if taking both the Structural and Lateral components OR
        • $175 if taking only one component. 
      • If you submitted an application through the old system (prior to October 2016), you must pay:
        • $350 if taking both the Structural and Lateral components OR
        • $175 if taking only one component. 

    Please download the PA Engineers candidate handbook for additional information regarding the pre-approval process and required fees.

    Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam Information

    The FE Exam is computer-based exam administered by Pearson VUE through a contract with NCEES. All candidates are required to pay Pearson VUE an $85 processing fee. Candidates who do not require pre-approval to test must pay the fee during the Engineering-in-Training application process. Candidates who do require pre-approval to test must pay the fee during the pre-approval process. To pay this fee, please call 877-883-1370. Please allow one business day after submitting your application on PALS before attempting to pay.

    Once you are eligible to take the FE Exam, please visit www.pearsonvue.com/ncees to schedule your exam.

    Please download the PA Engineers candidate handbook for additional information regarding the application process and required fees.

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    Last updated 2019-02-08