Alaska Engineer-in-Training Certification

Under Alaska law, certification as an Engineer-in-Training is the first step toward becoming a licensed Professional Engineer.

Requirements for Licensure

Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certification applicants must have:

  • a 4 Year ABET accredited engineering degree.
  • OR a 4 year ABET accredited degree in engineering technology and 1 year work experience.
  • OR a 4 year unaccredited degree in engineering and 1 year work experience.
  • OR a Master’s degree in engineering acceptable to the board.
  • ORa doctorate degree in engineering acceptable to the board.
  • OR3 years of course work credit in engineering from an ABET accredited program and 3 years work experience.
  • AND Previously passed the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering exam.

Refer to the board for more information on the above listed requirements.

Application Process

The Engineer-in-Training application process requires two steps, completing the application for the board, and registering for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam through NCEES.

First, the applicant submits a completed Engineer-in-Training application to the Alaska board.  Fill out the form, and submit to the board with a $50.00 check made payable to the State of Alaska.  The applicant must request official school transcripts be sent directly to the board if a degree has been received.  If the applicant is within one year of graduation, he or she must have the university submit a letter stating this, directly to the board. If the applicant graduated from a non-accredited program, and work experience is claimed, the work experience portion of the application must be completed by a supervisor, and submitted directly to the board.

Sign and date the application in the presence of a Notary and get the application Notarized.

Once the application is accepted by the board, the applicant is directed to apply to sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam with NCEES.  The registration fee for the FE exam is $125.00.

Exam Exemptions

  • An applicant with at least 20 years of verifiable work experienced, need not take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam.
  • An applicant licensed as a professional engineer in a province or territory of Canada is not required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam.

License by Comity

If the applicant has passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam in another state, the applicant will not be required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam a second time, provided the exam was an 8-hour written EIT/FE exam. Proof of taking and passing this examination must be verifiable by the appropriate state’s Engineering Board.

FE Exam Details

Designed for students who are within one year of completing their undergraduate degree in engineering, the Fundamentals of Engineering exam is typically the first step in becoming fully licensed as a Professional Engineer. A 4 hour general morning session, and a 4 hour discipline specific afternoon session constitute the 8 hour, multiple choice exam.  All examinees are  required to take the same morning exam, which tests basic math, science and engineering knowledge typically obtained in the first 2 years of an ABET accredited engineering program.    The afternoon portion of the exam tests engineering discipline specific knowledge typically gained in the first 3 years of an ABET accredited program.  Examinees choose 1 of the following 7 modules for the afternoon portion of the exam (click on the link for exam details) :

The Fundamentals of Engineering exam is closed book, and each examinee will be given a reference manual on exam day.  A copy of this manual may be purchased at  for review prior to exam day.

Continuing Education Requirements

Continuing education is not required for those holding an Engineer-in-Training certification.

License Renewal

The Engineer-in-Training license does not expire and is not subject to renewal.

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