What's My Path to an EIT Certificate?
Effective May 13, 2019, Board rules allow those who
- hold an EAC-ABET accredited bachelors degree (or who are within 32 semester credits of holding such a degree), OR
- hold an EAC-ABET accredited graduate degree (or have earned 24 semester credits toward such a degree)
to directly register with NCEES to sit for the FE (no need to first apply to the Board for authorization to sit).
Since not everyone fits that description—and as a resource to all applicants—the Board has created a visual representation of the paths to the FE and through to EIT certification.
Click the graphic to view it enlarged or to download it as a PDF. Be sure to also read the "Education Overview" and "Examination Overview" sections below for more specifics.
In general, applicants for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam or the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Exam must hold an EAC-ABET accredited engineering degree or its equivalent. Those attending but not yet graduated from an EAC-ABET accredited engineering program may sit early for the FE Exam when the requirements in MN Rule 1800.2500 Subp. 2 are met.
Find an EAC-ABET-Accredited Degree Program
If your degree is either not EAC-ABET accredited or from a foreign engineering program not recognized under the Washington Accord, you will need to have your education evaluated. You must use one of the two evaluation companies listed below. Request a Subject Analysis Evaluation. This evaluation type is required; other evaluation types will not be accepted. The original evaluation report must be sent directly from the evaluation service to the Minnesota Board, either by US mail or electronically.
Foreign or US transcripts:
NCEES Credentials Evaluation
Foreign transcripts only:
Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
For details on the education requirements, see MN Rule 1800.2500.
In most instances, applicants must first pass the FE Exam and then the PE Exam in order to be considered for licensure (although the FE Exam can be waived under certain conditions—see MN Rule 1800.2800). Both exams are administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).
Fundamentals of ENGINEERING Exam
To determine how to apply for the FE, read the education description below that matches your situation. (If you have not already read the Education Overview section above, please do so first.)
• EAC-ABET accredited bachelors degree (or within 32 semester credits of graduation with such a degree) or EAC-ABET accredited graduate degree (or have earned 24 semester credits towards such a degree): Register directly with NCEES. Once you successfully pass the exam and complete your degree, return to the Minnesota Board if you want to apply for an EIT certificate.
Apply to NCEES
Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Application
• Non-EAC-ABET accredited degree or foreign degree: You must first apply to the Board for approval to register with NCEES for the FE as a Minnesota candidate. Use the FE application packet below. After you pass the FE the Board will automatically* issue you your EIT certificate (no need to apply separately for it).
*If you sat prior to graduation, you must have your final, official transcript(s) sent directly from your institution(s) to the Board before the Board will issue your EIT certificate.
Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE) Application
The FE Exam is administered year-round.
- For those who must first apply to the Board before registering for the exam: You may apply at any time. Once approved, if you do not take the exam within three years, you must reapply to the Board.
- NCEES exam registration: You may register at any time. Once registered, you have one year to schedule your exam before your authorization by NCEES to sit for the exam is forfeited. Testing day/site reservations through NCEES are on a first-come, first-served basis and are restricted by seat availability at each test center.
- FE Application: $25. This fee includes issuance of your EIT certificate, once earned.
- EIT Certificate Application (for those who registered for the FE directly with NCEES): $25
NCEES: With each exam registration, you pay an examination fee. This fee is set by and paid to NCEES.
Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Exam
If you wish to sit for any discipline of the PE exam as a Minnesota candidate, you must first meet the Board's education, examination, and experience requirements, then apply to the Board and obtain approval to sit before you register with NCEES (MN Rule 1800.2900 Subp. 5).
Currently, most PE disciplines are paper-based exams, but NCEES is transitioning the exams from paper based to computer based (CBT). The Chemical, Environmental, and Mechanical (all subdisciplines) exams are now CBT and administered year round. Other CBT exams, such as Nuclear, Petroleum, Fire Protection, and Industrial and Systems, are offered one day in October each year. See the NCEES website for details.
Use the application packet below to apply to the Board to sit for the PE.
Principles & Practice of Engineering Exam (PE) Application
NOTE: Minnesota is not a discipline-specific state. Those applying to sit for any discipline of the PE Exam, including Structural, should use this same form.
- For single-day exams (paper-based or CBT), your application is for the specific exam administration date listed on the application form and expires with that exam administration.
- For year-round CBT exams, once the Board approves your application, you have three years in which to register with NCEES and take the exam before your application to the Board expires. (Note, however, that NCEES registrations expire after one year.) If your application expires, you must reapply to the Board before you can re-register for another exam administration.
CBT exam seats and locations are first-come, first-served. You are advised to apply to the Board as early as possible so that you can then register through NCEES for your preferred test date and location.
See the table below for applicable deadlines.
Board Application Fee: $75. This fee is to determine if you meet the requirements to sit for the exam. Note: If applying for paper-based or CBT single-day exams, the fee covers only the particular exam administration noted on the application.
NCEES Examination Fee: This fee is set by and paid to NCEES with each exam registration.
When you apply for the PE Exam, you must provide evidence that you meet the qualifying experience requirements. Qualifying experience consists of varied, progressive, nonrepetitive, practical experience at engineering work, developing the ability to apply the theoretical knowledge gained during academic training in making sound judgments in solving engineering problems. See MN Rule 1800.2805 for the full definition.
How much experience you need depends upon the type of education you earned. See MN Rule 1800.2500 Subp. 2a(B) for details. Use the Experience Reference (EXP) form, which is part of the PE Application packet.
You must customize and send a copy of the EXP form to every supervisor verifying your experience. The completed form must be sent by the supervisor directly to the Board. An example of a completed EXP form is in the Additional Resources section.
Your supervisor does not need to be a licensed engineer in order to sign off on your experience.
Next Steps After the Exams
Need to Retake an Exam?
FE applicants with an EAC-ABET accredited degree: Simply re-register with NCEES for the FE (even if you originally applied through the Board).
All other FE and all PE applicants: See the relevant exam application form for how to reapply.
After Passing the FE Exam
To receive an EIT certificate, the Board must receive:
To determine how to provide that information to the Board, refer back to the "Application Process" under "Fundamentals Exam" in the Examination Overview section above.
Once you pass the FE and gain the required experience, you can apply to sit for the PE Exam.
After Passing the PE Exam
The Board will notify you by mail once you pass the PE Exam. You will be instructed how to apply for your license. The license fee is $120.
Note: You are not licensed and cannot practice or hold out as licensed until the Board issues your license.
Regardless of when obtained, your license expires June 30th of every even-numbered year.
The PE Chemical exam will have new specifications starting in January 2020.
PE Control Systems Engineering exam has new specifications starting in October 2019.
NCEES will offer the PE Fire Protection exam for the last time in pencil-and-paper format in October 2019 and transition to CBT in October 2020.
PE Mechanical exams have their last paper administration October 2019. Year-round registration for CBT administration will begin shortly thereafter, with testing beginning April 1, 2020.