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Questions about licensure

  • 1.  Questions about licensure

    Posted 07-15-2019 10:39 AM
    Preparing for the P.E. can seem like a daunting task. Please use this thread to ask questions you may have about obtaining licensure.

    Tirza Austin
    Senior Coordinator, Online Community
    American Society of Civil Engineers
    1801 Alexander Bell Drive
    Reston, VA 20191

  • 2.  RE: Questions about licensure

    Posted 07-16-2019 07:50 AM
    Edited by Tirza Austin 07-16-2019 07:49 AM
    Anyone know how early you can start taking the test?

    Zachariah Culbert A.M.ASCE
    Engineer in Training (civil)
    Three Rivers MI

  • 3.  RE: Questions about licensure

    Posted 07-16-2019 10:01 AM
    I believe it depends on the state  in which you are planing to take the exam. For example, in Oklahoma or Texas you are able to take the PE exam after your FE exam.

    Richard Campos S.M.ASCE
    Oklahoma City OK

  • 4.  RE: Questions about licensure

    Posted 07-17-2019 11:16 AM

    Every state is a little different in terms of requirements for taking the PE exam. There are some states that allow taking the test before having the experience requirements. I will be traveling to Illinois to take the PE before I have the required experience. Once I have the required experience I will then apply for the licensure in my state. The benefit for me to take it earlier is having some of the material fresh in my mind. See following link for a great document about the testing regulations by state.

    Hope this helps and good luck studying,

    Charles Kieffer A.M.ASCE
    Cambridge MN

  • 5.  RE: Questions about licensure

    Posted 07-18-2019 10:24 AM
    Thank you, Charles, for this resource!

    Does anyone have any templates they can share or general advice on how to organize your 4 years of progressive engineering experience? I want to make sure that I have it organized now so that I am not scrambling to find information when it comes time to apply.

    Danielle Schroeder EIT,A.M.ASCE
    Associate Engineer
    Pennoni Associates
    Philadelphia PA

  • 6.  RE: Questions about licensure

    Posted 07-19-2019 10:18 AM
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    I just applied for Ohio a couple months ago and Ohio requires you fill this attached Form 1011 for each of the companies you worked for. Note: any time you percent as not in the Engineering category counts against you, i.e. Non-Eng/Sur AND Surveying counts against you. I found this out the hard way this week.

    I've had a supervisor recommend keeping a log (electronic or paper) with an entry for each week or month where you list what engineering tasks you worked on. This helps when it comes to filling out the application (and the Form 1011 for Ohio). I unfortunately never got around to making said log, so it took me some time to fill out those forms. The engineering log would have been greatly beneficial if you have worked for multiple companies or changed major positions within your company.

    Benjamin Borton A.M.ASCE
    ASI Construcion LLC