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FE / EIT - Fundamentals of Engineering / Engineer in Training

FE / EIT Requirements and Documentation

The Engineer in Training (EIT) certification is the designation gained by an
individual after passing the Engineer in Training exam, also known as the
Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, administered by the NCEES twice
a year at specified locations throughout each State.

The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is generally your first step in
the process to becoming a professional licensed engineer (PE). The FE is
designed for recent graduates and students who are close to finishing an
undergraduate engineering degree from an EAC/ABET accredited program.

The FE exam is a computer-based exam administered year-round in testing
windows at NCEES-approved Pearson VUE test centers. You can register
for an FE exam by logging in to your MyNCEES account and following the
onscreen instructions.

Learn more at the NCEES YouTube channel.

Visit the NCEES website:
(National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying)

NCEES Sponsers and Administrates the FE / EIT Certificate Program:
  • The FE exam is a 110-question test.
  • The exam appointment time is 6 hours long and includes Nondisclosure agreement (2 minutes).
  • Tutorial (8 minutes).
  • Exam (5 hours and 20 minutes).
  • Scheduled break (25 minutes).

To qualify to become a FE / EIT:
  • You must meet minimum requirements for work experience and education.
  • You must pass a multiple choice exam.

Review the FE / EIT Exam Specifications and Requirements for Each State:
  • A $175 exam fee is payable directly to NCEES
  • Some licensing boards may require you to file a separate application and pay an application fee as part of the approval process to qualify you for a seat for an NCEES exam.
  • Your licensing board may have additional requirements.
  • Special accommodations are available for examinees who meet certain eligibility criteria and sufficiently document their request

Pass rates

The pass rates below represent January 2021 FE examinees who:
  • Took the FE exam for the first time.
  • Attended EAC/ABET-accredited engineering programs.
  • Took the FE exam within 12 months of graduation.

Exam Volume Pass rate
FE Chemical 492 74%
FE Civil 3904 69%
FE Electrical and Computer 812 72%
FE Environmental 478 76%
FE Industrial and Systems 115 65%
FE Mechanical 2783 75%
FE Other Disciplines (for control systems) 515 68%

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CAP Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®) Program

Working in process automation and manufacturing automation industries around the globe, CAPs are responsible for the direction, definition, design, development/application, deployment, documentation, and support of systems, software, and equipment used in control systems, manufacturing information systems, systems integration, and operational consulting.
CAPs are an elite group of automation professionals that have proven they possess an extensive knowledge of automation and controls. CAPs have documented evidence that they possess the expertise and qualifications to excel in their fields 


ISA Certified Control Systems Technician® (CCST®) Program

Working in dozens of different industries worldwide, CCSTs calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and repair/replace instrumentation for systems that measure and control level, temperature, pressure, flow, and other process variables. Many companies prefer candidates with a CCST certification because they can trust their documented knowledge of automation and control systems.



ISA supports the Control Systems Engineer (CSE) License, a specialized Professional Engineering (PE) license recognized in the United States for engineers in automation and control. ISA offers training courses and review materials to help engineers prepare for the exams, which are offered by state boards in the US in October

ISA and NCEES recommended material for the CSE: Control Systems Engineering Exam Reference Manual: A Practical Study Guide, 4th Edition. Which cover the material and the knowledge requirements of the NCEES exam specifications, to be able to pass the CSE examination.

Meet the author Bryon Lewis, PE of the book: Control Systems Engineering Exam Reference Manual: A Practical Study Guide, 3rd Edition.