How to get your engineer-in-training certificate

Requirements

Before you apply for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, you must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree in an accredited engineering curriculum.
  • or
  • Senior standing in an accredited engineering curriculum.
  • or
  • 4 years of experience (education, work experience, or both).

How to apply for the exam if you:

Have a baccalaureate degree or have achieved senior standing in an EAC ABET accredited or CEAB accredited engineering curriculum

Register for the exam at the NCEES website.

To find out if your degree meets the ABET accreditation criteria, see Find accredited programs at the ABET website.

To find out if your degree meets the CEAB accreditation criteria, visit Engineers Canada.

Don’t have an EAC ABET accredited degree and are applying by experience or a combination of education and experience

To register for the exam:

  1. Complete the Engineer-in-Training Long Form Registration Application.
    • Send pages 1–2 to:
      Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
      Department of Licensing
      PO Box 9025
      Olympia, WA 98507-9025
    • Send pages 3–6 (Experience Description and Verification) to the people verifying your work experience. They should mail the completed form directly to our office.
  2. If you want your education applied toward requirements, ask your school to send an official transcript (not a photocopy) to us at:
    Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 9025
    Olympia, WA 98507-9025
Don’t have an EAC ABET approved degree and are applying by other education (such as a master’s degree in engineering, foreign degree, engineering technology degree):
  1. Complete a Engineer-in-Training Short Form Registration Application and mail it to us at:
    Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 9025
    Olympia, WA 98507-9025
  2. You must ask your school to send your official transcripts (not a photocopy) to us at:
    Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 9025
    Olympia, WA 98507
Have a non-ABET accredited engineering degree from a foreign country

You must have your degree evaluated by NCEES Credentials Evaluations before applying for the exam. This evaluation will be performed at your expense, and you’re responsible for submitting all necessary information to the evaluation service.

If you have a baccalaureate degree in engineering that is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB), an evaluation by NCEES is not necessary.

What happens after you submit your application

We evaluate your application and documentation, and send you an email telling you one of the following:

  • You’ve been approved for the Fundamentals of Engineering (EIT) exam.
  • or
  • We need additional information to process your application.

If you’re approved for the exam, the letter will include the information you need to schedule your exam with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).

If you’ve been approved for a previous exam

If we have previously approved you to take the exam, you can go directly to the NCEES website and register for the exam. If you’re unsure if you’ve been previously approved, please contact us.

If you fail the exam

If you were registered as a Washington applicant and failed the fundamentals exam, you can go directly to the NCEES website and register to retake the exam. You may take the exam once during any 2-month testing window, and no more than 3 times in a 12-month period.

If you passed the exam (after January 1, 2014)

If you want to be certified as an engineer-in-training in Washington, you must submit the certification application. Certificates are issued only to those applicants that designated Washington as their practice state when they registered to take the fundamentals of engineering exam. Certificates are issued every March, June, September and December.

See also:

Washington Healthcare Finder
Access Washington – official state government website