Licensure & Registration

COVID-19 Impacts PE and FE Examination Administration

By Michael Behnke, P.E.

The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) has announced that the April 2020 paper-and-pencil administration of all Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) examinations has been canceled in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. Candidates who were registered to take that examination will have their exam fees automatically refunded by NCEES. The next opportunity to sit for the PE exam will be in October 2020. Registration dates will be announced soon, and all candidates who were scheduled to sit for the April 2020 exam will be contacted directly by NCEES with registration details for future exams.

The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination and certain PE examinations (Chemical, Environmental and Mechanical) that are administered in a computer-based format at Pearson VUE test centers are also impacted. All Pearson VUE professional test centers have been closed and will remain so until at least 16 April 2020. Candidates with test appointments at these professional test centers during the closure will be contacted by NCEES with information on how to reschedule their exam appointments at no charge. Certain Pearson VUE centers located on the campuses of colleges and universities may remain open, but candidates with appointments at those particular centers are being contacted by NCEES and urged to confirm whether the center is open.

For the latest developments on the COVID-19 impacts to exam administration, all PE and FE candidates are encouraged to visit the NCEES website.

Michael Behnke, P.E., is a member of the IEEE-USA Licensure & Registration Committee and serves on the NCEES Electrical & Computer PE Exam Committee.  In addition, he is the current chairman of the and Electrical and Computer Module Subcommittee for the FE Exam.

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