Effective January 2014, the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) examinations have transitioned to computer-based testing at Pearson Vue Select testing centers located throughout Ohio. Paper-and-pencil exam administration is no longer available. Below are instructions for applying for the NCEES FE exam in Ohio.
Register Directly with NCEES
You may register directly with NCEES for an FE exam if you are:
1 A graduate of an EAC ABET-accredited engineering curriculum of four years or more, or currently enrolled and in your final two semesters of an EAC ABET-accredited engineering curriculum…
2 A graduate of an ETAC ABET-accredited engineering technology curriculum of four years or more, or currently enrolled and in your final two semesters of an ETAC ABET-accredited engineering curriculum.
Make sure when you register, you indicate that you would like NCEES to send your results to the Ohio Board.
Once you have received a passing score on the NCEES FE examination, and have graduated from one of the programs listed in 1 or 2 above, you may submit an Engineer Intern (EI) application through the online portal available as of April 23, 2018 and have your official college transcript sent to the Ohio Board in order to receive an EI certification and engineering intern certificate from the Ohio Board. Applications for EI certification must be submitted through the online licensing portal available as of April 23, 2018.
Apply for Board Approval
If you are not a graduate of a program listed in 1 or 2 above, you must submit an online application to the Ohio Board in order to obtain approval to take the NCEES FE examination. The online system will be available In addition to 1 and 2 above, Ohio accepts the following degrees leading to registration as a professional engineer:
3 Graduate of an engineering curriculum of four years or more accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB).
4 Graduate of an engineering curriculum of four years or more from a college or university outside the United States that has been evaluated by the Board as equivalent to an EAC ABET-accredited undergraduate engineering program. Applicants falling under this category must first have their undergraduate degree evaluated by NCEES Credentials Evaluations, and a copy of the report sent to the Ohio Board. Any deficiencies cited in the NCEES evaluation must be remedied in accordance with the Board’s exam guidelines before taking the FE examination. FE applications should be submitted to the Ohio Board after the NCEES Credentials Evaluation review is completed.
For graduates of programs listed in 3 and 4, FE applications should be submitted online through the licensing portal before the anticipated testing date. The online portal will be available as of April 23, 2018.
If you are not a graduate of an engineering curriculum listed in 1, 2, 3 or 4 above; you are not eligible for examination or registration in Ohio.
Registering with NCEES
If you are a graduate of an engineering or surveying program that permits you to register directly with NCEES, or your FE or FS application has been approved by the Ohio Board, you must register to take the exam at NCEES.
To register with NCEES, you must create an account through NCEES’s website and follow the exam registration instructions. You should select Ohio as the state you want to receive your exam results if you are applying for registration in Ohio. You must also schedule a time, date and location at which to take the exam at a Pearson Vue Select testing center. Once you have completed the exam, scores will be released within one week.
Individuals who have been approved by the Board to take a fundamentals exam (FE or FS only), and who must retake the exam due to a failing score, do not need to reapply with the Board before each reexam.
ABET Formerly Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
ASAC Applied Science Accreditation Commission
EAC Engineering Accreditation Commission
ETAC Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission
IMPORTANT! Read General Guidelines for Exams (FE, FS) before beginning the application process.
NCEES computer-based testing (CBT) exam scheduling is offered in four two-month testing windows.
There is no CBT in March, June, September or December.