Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering

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FE Exam

The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam is administered by the Ohio State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors in accordance with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).  Students are not required to take the exam as part of the degree program but are highly encouraged to register for the FE Exam before or soon after graduating.  Many employers will require or encourage their employees to strive for professional licensure. Please refer to the NCEES website for a list of reasons you may want to pursue Professional Engineer (PE) licensure.  

There are four stages in the professional engineering licensure process:

  • Graduating from an ABET- Accredited Civil or Environmental Engineering program
  • FE exam
  • Work experience and professional development (will vary by state)
  • PE exam (Principles and Practice of Engineering Exam)

The FE exam is offered in the state of Ohio twice a year: typically April and October. Students graduating Spring term should register for the Spring exam. Students graduating Autumn term should register for the Autumn exam. Please note that registration for the exam is strictly monitored.  Please see the Board –Ohio Student FE/FS website for all official registration procedures, requirements and deadlines. Please see the attachment below regarding information on how to obtain a Dean's Letter, a required component of your FE application.

Applications for the FE/FS Exams may be obtained from the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors.Completed applications must be postmarked by the published deadline and sent directly to the Ohio State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors.

  1. Your notarized application will include:
    1. Passport-sized photo
    2. Dean’s Letter
    3. Check or money order payable to “Treasure, State of Ohio" in the amount of $TBD.
  2. The Ohio State Board will certify that you have met the requirements of the exam, which will then allow you to register with National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. Additional registration fees will apply. (Please see NCEES website for current fees).

What is a Dean’s Letter and where can I request one?

Students who have not yet graduated are not required to submit an official transcript with application but rather an "Engineering Dean's Statement of Certification".  A Dean’s Letter certifies that students are currently enrolled in an ABET- Accredited Engineering program and have completed enough of the program to qualifiy to sit for the Exam.   The "Dean's Letter" is provided, on request, through sign-up in the College of Engineering Student Services Office. Please allow five (5) working days for preparation. A letter may be requested in 122 Hitchcock Hall or by calling 614-292-2651.

Please note that this exam is not administered by the University. All exam questions should be directed to the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors