PE Exam Deadlines and Dates

Emergency Rule

The TBPELS Board approved an emergency rule to extend the PE exam completion deadline due to COVID-19. Refer to: https://engineers.texas.gov/downloads/EmergencyRule133_67_ExamExtension.pdf

Civil Exam Moving to CBT

The Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Civil exam is moving to computer-based testing (CBT), with appointments available year-round at Pearson VUE test centers beginning April 1, 2022. The exam will be offered for the last time in pencil-and-paper format in October 2021. Registration for the April 2022 CBT exam will open November 1, 2021. NCEES originally planned to complete the PE Civil exam’s transition to CBT format in 2023 but fast-tracked the change as part of its response to COVID-19. After the April 2020 pencil-and-paper exam administration was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, NCEES added an extra day to the October 2020 administration and began exploring the possibility of moving the PE Civil exam to CBT earlier than planned. “Under the current COVID-19 guidelines, fewer examinees can be in the exam room at the same time, so we began discussions with Pearson VUE about transitioning the PE Civil exam from 2023 to an earlier date,” explained NCEES Chief Officer of Examinations Tim Miller, P.E. “This new format will give examinees more flexibility about when and where they take the exam.” For more information on the PE Civil exam and the transition of NCEES licensing exams to CBT format, visit http://ncees.org/cbt.

Update 8/13/20 - PE Electrical and Computer: Power Exam

NCEES officially cancelled the Electrical and Computer: Power paper PE Exam for this October. Instead, the exam will be available via computer-based testing in December. Registration is open now. Refer to: https://ncees.org/pe-electrical-and-computer-power-exam/

Fall 2020 Exam Changes

Due to the cancellation of the April 2020 pencil-and-paper administration, the October administration will be a two-day event with some exams offered on Thursday, October 22 and some on Friday, October 23. For more information, visit https://ncees.org/october-2020-exam-administration-updates/.

  • PE Agricultural and Biological - The PE Agricultural and Biological exam will be offered for the last time in pencil-and-paper format in October 2020 and transition to CBT in October 2021.
  • PE Industrial and Systems - The PE Industrial and Systems exam has new specifications and will transition to computer-based testing in October 2020. The specifications are posted on the NCEES website. The test date is Thursday, October 22, 2020. Registration with NCEES for this exam began November 4, 2019. Examinees may reserve their seat at a Pearson VUE test center once they are registered with NCEES and approved by their board. Member Boards who manually approve candidates are encouraged to approve candidates as they register to allow them to reserve their seat for this single-day event as early as possible.
  • PE Fire Protection - The PE Fire Protection exam will transition to computer-based testing in October 2020. The test date is Thursday, October 22, 2020. Registration with NCEES for this exam began November 4, 2019. Examinees may reserve their seat at a Pearson VUE test center once they are registered with NCEES and approved by their board. Member Boards who manually approve candidates are encouraged to approve candidates as they register to allow them to reserve their seat for this single-day event as early as possible.
  • PE Mining and Mineral Processing - The PE Mining and Mineral Processing exam will be offered for the last time in pencil-and-paper format in October 2020 and transition to CBT in October 2021.
  • PE Electrical and Computer - The PE Electrical and Computer exams will be offered for the last time in pencil-and-paper format in October 2020. The Power exam will transition to CBT in January 2021, and the Computer Engineering exam and the Electronics, Controls, and Communications exam will transition to CBT in October 2021.

Please submit your application early to allow sufficient time to provide additional information if needed to complete your application. This will help to ensure that you will be approved if you are eligible. Exam registration deadlines are determined by NCEES and cannot be influenced by the Board. Exam registration is open 4-5 months prior to the exam. The deadline is approximately 2 months prior to the exam date.

NCEES Links
NCEES Exam Registration Website for availability and additional information.
NCEES Exam Schedule page for future dates not listed below.
NCEES accommodation requests for special testing accommodations are made through the NCEES online registration system at: http://ncees.org/exams/special-accommodations/.

Computer-Based Testing (CBT)
Many PE exams are only available in CBT format. The Nuclear and Petroleum exams are only offered one day per year. Refer to the NCEES site at: https://ncees.org/exams/cbt/ for additional information.

FE Exam Dates

The FE exam is administered by NCEES throughout the year. NCEES policy allows an examinee to take the FE exam once during a two-month window, and no more than three times during a twelve-month period.

Exam Year PE Application and
EIT Application Deadline
PE and SE Exam Registration Window PE and
SE Vertical Forces Exam Dates
SE Lateral Forces Exam Dates
2020 December 6, 2019 December 9, 2019 - February 20, 2020 April exams were cancelled due to the Pandemic and have been moved to October. April exams were cancelled due to the Pandemic and have been moved to October.
July 10, 2020 June 1, 2020 - August 20, 2020

October 22-23, 2020
Exam scheduling is unique for these days due to combining the April and October exams. Refer to NCEES for your specific day.

2021 TBD January 27, 2021 - March 4, 2021 April 23, 2021 April 24, 2021
TBD TBD October 22, 2021 October 23, 2021
2022 TBD TBD April 22, 2022 April 23, 2022
TBD TBD October 21, 2022 October 22, 2022
2023 TBD TBD April 14, 2023 April 15, 2023
TBD TBD October 27, 2023 October 28, 2023
2024 TBD TBD April 12, 2024 April 13, 2024
TBD TBD October 25, 2024 October 26, 2024
2025 TBD TBD April 11, 2025 April 12, 2025
TBD TBD October 24, 2025 October 25, 2025
2026 TBD TBD April 10, 2026 April 11, 2026
TBD TBD October 23, 2026 October 24, 2026
 
For additional exam dates and deadlines refer to: https://ncees.org/exams/schedule/
Note: Completed applications submitted prior to the deadline date will be processed in time to meet the exam registration deadlines.
Those submitted after the deadline may not be processed in time to register for the exam.

Application Deadlines and Exam Dates for the PE and SE Exams