FE Exam and Professional Licensure
Professional Engineer (PE) licensure is the engineering profession's highest standard of competence, a symbol of achievement and assurance of quality. Just as the CPA defines the accountant, and a law license defines the lawyer, the PE license tells the public that you have mastered the critical elements of your profession. It demonstrates your commitment to the highest standards of engineering practice. It also provides proof of your ability to offer engineering services directly to the public - something only a licensed PE can do. As a licensed PE, many other doors will be open and available to you. Taking and passing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is one of the first steps toward PE licensure.
Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)
The FE Exam is entirely computer based and only available through NCEES-approved Pearson VUE test centers. K-State has an approved test center located at 2323 Anderson Ave., Suite 102, but applicants must register for the exam via the NCEES website (www.ncees.org). Learn more about the exam, exam registration, content, practice tests and more on the NCEES website.
- NCEES FE Website
- FE Exam Information Session (pdf) presentation by Senior Associate Dean Gary Clark, PhD, PE
- 2019 FE Review Videos by Senior Associate Dean Clark
- FE Review Videos
These FE review video recordings are for use by Kansas State University Carl R. Ice College of Engineering students. While the format of the FE exam has changed, the basic content of most of the subject matter areas has not changed and the videos are still relevant.
- FE Sample Questions
- FE Review - Basic Circuits (pdf) presentation by Dr. William Hageman
- FE FAQs (pdf)
- K-State Testing Center
- FE subject matter review books are available for on-site checkout in Fiedler Learning Commons, 1093 Fielder Hall.
Additional information about official sites are stated below with their links.
NCEES: National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing professional licensure for engineers and surveyors. It develops, administers and scores the examinations used for engineering and surveying licensure in the United States. This is the primary resource for learning about the FE exam.
NSPE: National Society of Professional Engineers in partnership with the State Societies is the organization of licensed Professional Engineers (PEs) and Engineer Interns (EIs). Through education, licensure advocacy, leadership training, multi-disciplinary networking and outreach, NSPE enhances the image of its members and their ability to ethically and professionally practice engineering.
KSPE: Kansas Society of Professional Engineers promotes, recognizes and enhances the engineering profession by delivering professional development products and services, encouraging licensure, and advocating legislation and public policy for the betterment of human welfare and the profession.
The following programs have been established to assist with the administration and regulation of technical professions:
- Examine and Certify Intern Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists
- License, Monitor and Discipline Architects
- License, Monitor and Discipline Professional Engineers
- License, Monitor and Discipline Geologists
- License, Monitor and Discipline Landscape Architects
- License, Monitor and Discipline Land Surveyors
- Certify Business Entities as per Kansas Statutes