Apply for the Exam(s)
Once you have gained your experience, you may apply to take the exam(s). Applicants for the FE Exam will use Fundamentals of Engineering - Examination forms. Applicants for the PE Exam - or both the FE and PE Exam - will use Principles and Practice - Examination forms.
The forms can be a bit confusing. Pages 3-6 of the PDF serve as instructions for completing the actual application found on pages 17-20 of the PDF. Page 9 sums up the the requirements for Licensure - Acceptance of Examination. Important items on the Actual Application:
- Part I A1. Profession Name = Professional Engineer. 2. Profession Code = 062 3. Licensure Method = Acceptance of Examination 4. Fee = $100.
- You must answer the rest of Part I, Part II, and Part III. (Even if submitting a copy of your NCEES record, you MUST fill this out.)
- Part IV = List any other licenses you may have (Land Surveyor, etc)
- Part V = This should at minimum include the FE and PE exams, and any other attempts prior to the successful passage.
- Part VI = Required
- Part VII = Instructions say do not complete this section
- Parts VIII & IX = Required.
Applicants must also submit original official transcripts indicating the conferral of the degree and listing all course work completed for your degree with the school seal affixed. It is suggested you also submit any post-baccalaureate level course work since it may support your eligibility.
You must have each employer for whom you worked as part of your qualifying experience complete a VE-PNG form. If doing engineering work (required experience), a supervisor must be licensed unless exempt by statute (i.e. manufacturers' exemption). The work is not exempt under Illinois law, and it is not being supervised by a PE, either it is not considered engineering work, or you are likely violating the PE Act.
You must submit the CT-ENG form from each jurisdiction where an exam was passed. If you passed the exam(s) in Illinois, you do not need to complete a CT-ENG for the Illinois Exam.
Once you have completed the process and are determined eligible you will receive an "Authorization to Test" that will contain the necessary information to schedule yourself for the exam(s).
Because the application review process takes time, please note that the deadline for the April exam is early February and for the October Exam is mid-May. Please allow yourself plenty of time to receive the materials you need and get them submitted.