Q: How do I become a licensed Professional Engineer?
In general, someone interested in becoming a PE needs to: (1) Graduate from an ABET-accredited engineering program, (2) Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, (3) Gain the required work experience, which is four years in most states, and (4) pass the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam in the appropriate discipline. Becoming a licensed Professional Engineer in Minnesota generally follows these four steps. For more complete information on becoming a PE in Minnesota, see the Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design online information for engineering licensure candidates.
Q: Why should I get my PE license?
PE licensure is the engineering profession's highest standard of competence, a symbol of achievement and assurance of quality. Becoming a licensed Professional Engineer is a mark of distinction that affords PEs options not always available to their non-licensed engineering counterparts. Licensed PEs often earn more and advance in their careers more quickly, can sign and seal engineering drawings, and are held in high esteem as licensed professionals. See what the National Society of Professional Engineers says about the importance of professional licensure.
Q: How can MnSPE help me become a licensed PE?
MnSPE offers exam prep courses for PE and FE exams. Learn more about PE and FE exam prep.
Q: What organization issues PE licenses in Minnesota?
The Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design, commonly known as the Minnesota Board of Licensure, is the entity that issues PE licenses, EIT certifications and other design professional licenses and certifications. The Board of Licensure is part of Minnesota state government.
Q: How do I register to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) or the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam?
Applications for the PE and FE exams in Minnesota can be found here. Note that application for either exam is a two-step process in Minnesota and that deadlines are firm. Exam dates and deadlines for Minnesota can be found here.
Q: What classes should I take in school if I am interested in an engineering career?
Select classes that will provide you with a well-rounded education in middle school and high school and that will prepare you well for a possible engineering education. Taking classes in math and science is recommended. Engineers who work with other people - clients, owners, other engineers and more - also need to be skilled communicators, so classes that provide a foundation in good communication skills are also valuable.
Q: Where can I find more information on licensure?
Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design
National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)