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As of November 1, 2016, applicants who qualify will no longer make application to the North Carolina Board to take the PE exam. The applicant will apply directly to NCEES to take the PE exam. Only those applicants that have met the education requirements and have passed the FE exam may sit for the PE exam prior to having gained the required experience. Then, upon gaining the required experience, apply for the PE license.

To be eligible to take the PE exam in NC an applicant must first possess one of the following:

  • A bachelor's degree in engineering from an EAC/ABET accredited program. With this degree an applicant is eligible for PE licensure with four years of progressive engineering experience from the date of graduation.
  • A bachelor's degree in engineering from an ETAC/ABET accredited program, or related science curriculum. With this degree an applicant is eligible for PE licensure with eight years of progressive engineering experience from the date of graduation.
  • A master's degree in engineering from an institution that offers EAC/ABET accredited programs. With this degree an applicant is eligible for PE licensure with four years of progressive engineering experience from the date of graduation.
  • An earned doctoral degree in engineering from an institution that offers EAC/ABET accredited programs. With this degree an applicant is eligible for PE licensure with four years of progressive engineering experience from the date of graduation.

Upon passing the PE exam AND meeting the experience requirements, the applicant will then apply to the North Carolina Board for the PE license.

To be eligible for the PE license in NC, the applicant must present evidence satisfactory to the Board of a specific record of progressive engineering experience that is of a grade and character that indicates to the Board that the applicant is competent to practice engineering. The required amount of progressive engineering experience depends on the applicant’s education, which is outlined in the aforementioned PE exam eligibility requirements.

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