Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Frequently Asked Questions

What is the FE exam? What is an Engineer in Training?

The FE exam is the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, prepared by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). If you have a 4-year engineering degree or 4 years of documented work experience in the engineering field, the FE exam is the first step in the process of becoming a professional licensed engineer (PE).

Upon passing the FE exam, you can become an Engineer in Training (EIT). After a few years as an EIT, you can apply to take the PE exam to become a licensed professional engineer.

About the FE Exam Prep Course

What is the FE Course?

The FE Exam Prep Course gets you ready to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam. It includes lectures, study sessions, and practice exams. The course is offered by the University of Arizona office of Continuing & Professional Education, in collaboration with NextGen Engineering.

Can I take this course while I am employed/studying?

Yes, anyone is welcome to take the course. There are no prerequisites for those who wish to take the FE course.

How much does the course cost?

The fee for the course is $598.

Are there discounts or financial aid available for the course?

Discounted pricing is available for:

  • University of Arizona students ($299) - if you register as a University of Arizona student, discount will be applied automatically; or contact Katharine Lehrman Carey to learn more
  • FE students referred by refugee-serving community organizations ($299) - contact NextGen Engineering to learn more

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding for this class may be available for unemployed or dislocated workers and other eligible applicants. Contact your local One-Stop Service Center to learn more about Arizona workforce development program eligibility.

About Taking the FE Exam

Do I need a 4-year degree in order to take the FE exam?

No. While the 4-year degree is one way to qualify for the FE Exam, the Arizona Board of Technical Registration does not require a degree from an accredited program to take the FE exam. You may apply for approval to sit for the FE exam if you have 4 years of relevant experience that is documented through the Arizona Board of Technical Registrations application (PDF).

How do I apply to take the FE exam?

For the most up-to-date information about the exam registration process and licensing requirements, please visit the Arizona Board of Technical Registrations website

If you have a degree from an ABET-accredited program, you can visit the NCEES website to register for the exam. If you do not have a degree from an ABET-accredited program, you will need to apply for Arizona Board of Technical Registrations approval prior to taking the FE exam. The application is available here (PDF). Note that ABET says its approval process "may take eight to twelve weeks depending on the applicant’s qualifications and timely submission of required documents."

Is the FE exam in English?

Yes, the exam will be given in the English language.

How much does the FE exam cost?

As of July 2020, the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering exam costs $175.

The Arizona Board of Technical Registrations application fee is $100, as of July 2020.