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How to Become a Professional Engineer (PE)

The PE license is the highest designation for an engineer. Becoming a professional means you are more qualified and have more job options.


The requirements to sit for the PE exam, as defined by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, are as follows:

  1. Earn a four year engineering/engineering technology degree.
  2. Pass the fundamentals of engineering (FE) exam.
  3. Get four years of engineering experience.
  4. Pass the principles & practice of engineering (PE) exam.
  5. Become certified as a professional engineer!
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Four Year Engineering Degree

To become a professional engineer, you need to graduate from a four-year university with an engineering or engineering technology degree from a program accredited by ABET. Because UW-Green Bay is accredited, you'll qualify.

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Exam: Fundamentals of Engineering

Designed for recent graduates and students close to graduating, the fundamentals of engineering exam tests your knowledge from a wide range of engineering principles.

FE Exam Info


To demonstrate your competence and responsibility, you'll need a specific record of 4 or more years of experience within 10 years preceding the application in engineering. Experience gained in obtaining a master’s degree and/or Ph.D. in engineering or in an engineering related program is equivalent to one year of qualifying experience.

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Exam: Principles & Practice of Engineering

Once you have gained enough experience, you are eligible to take the principles and practice of engineering exam. It will test your theory and application as an engineer in the field.

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Apply for Professional Engineer Registration

Congrats—you've earned your credentials you need to become a professional engineer. Now, you're ready to submit your application and become a professional engineer!

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If you have questions about what you need to do to become a professional engineer, get in touch with Professor Michael Holly.

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