Exams: Engineers

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Exam schedule

Exam April date
(Applications due Jan. 15, 2017)
October date
(Applications due July 31, 2016)
Agricultural & Biological Engineering April 21, 2017 Not offered
Architectural Engineering
(Passing the Architectural Engineering exam results in a Building Systems Engineer)
April 21, 2017 Not offered
Chemical Engineering April 21, 2017 October 28, 2016
Civil Engineering April 21, 2017 October 28, 2016
Control Systems Engineering Not offered October 28, 2016
Electrical Engineering April 21, 2017 October 28, 2016
Environmental Engineering April 21, 2017 October 28, 2016
Fire Protection Engineering Not offered October 28, 2016
Fundamentals of Engineering (EIT) Computer-based testing. See the NCEES website for details. Computer-based testing. See the NCEES website for details.
Industrial Engineering April 21, 2017 Not offered
Mechanical Engineering April 21, 2017 October 28, 2016
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Not offered October 28, 2016
Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering Not offered October 28, 2016
Naval Architect/Marine Engineering April 21, 2017 Not offered
Nuclear Engineering Not offered October 28, 2016
Petroleum Engineering Not offered October 28, 2016
Structural (16-hour) April 21–22, 2017 October 28-29, 2016

Note: We don’t offer the Software Engineering exam in Washington at this time.

Exam changes

Find out about the latest exam changes.

Application and reschedule deadlines

Exam date Application and reschedule deadline
October exams Your application (or request to reschedule) and fee must be postmarked by July 31, 2016.
April exams Your application (or request to reschedule) and fee must be postmarked by January 15, 2017.

Exam fees

You’ll need to pay 2 different fees:

  1. The cost to apply for the engineer exams is $65 (check or money order payable to the Department of Licensing). This fee includes your application, license, and certificate.
  2. After you receive our approval letter to take the exam, you’ll need to pay the exam fee to the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).
    • If you don’t pay the NCEES fee by their deadline, you won’t be able to take the exam.

For veterans

U.S. Veterans may be eligible for partial reimbursements of costs. For more information: Education and Training | Licensing and Certification

Study guides

You may purchase study materials for most exams on the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) website.

How to reschedule an exam

You may ask to take the next available engineer exam by submitting the Reexam or Exam Reschedule Application and the $30 rescheduling fee (check or money order payable to the Department of Licensing) to:

Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
Department of Licensing
PO Box 35001
Seattle, WA 98124-3401

Your request and fee must be postmarked by the reschedule deadlines above.

After you pass the exam

If you pass the exam, we’ll send your:

  • License number within 4 weeks.
  • Wall certificate within 12 weeks.

Note: Please make sure that we have your current mailing address. You may look for your license number online, as it may take 2 additional weeks for your printed license to reach you.

Frequently asked questions

What can I bring to the exam?
Please see the NCEES exam-day policies, for information about items allowed in the exam room.

Are special accommodations available?
Yes, please see the Special accommodations page of the NCEES website for instructions on how to make arrangements for your exam.

What’s the difference between application deadlines and NCEES exam deadlines?
The application deadline is the last day you can submit your application and fee to us for approval to take an exam. The NCEES deadline is the last day you can reserve a seat for the exam after you’ve been approved to take it. You must receive approval from our office before you can register with NCEES.

If I’ve been approved to take an exam in the past, is that approval good for any upcoming exams I want to take?
It depends on the type of test:

  • If you were approved by the Washington Board for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, you can go directly to the NCEES website and register for the exam.
  • If you were approved for the PE exam, that approval was good only for the exam you applied for. You must submit a new request and fee by the deadline to be approved for another exam.

I took the NCEES structural exam. Do I have to pass both the vertical and lateral forces portions before I can be issued a structural license?
Yes, you have to pass both the 8-hour vertical portion and the 8-hour lateral portion of the exam within a 5–year period. However, you don’t have to take both portions during the same exam administration.

Can I review a failed exam?
No, reviews of exams offered on behalf of or administered by the Washington board aren’t permitted. All candidates who fail a Washington-specific exam are provided a scoring breakdown in the subject areas covered by the exam.

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