Under Alabama 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 unaccredited engineering degree and 2 years work experience.
- OR a 4 year TAC engineering technology degree with ABET accredited MS engineering degree and 2 years work experience.
- OR a 4 year related science degree with ABET accredited MS engineering degree and 2 years work experience.
- AND Previously passed the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering exam.
Refer to the board for more information on the above listed requirements.
The Engineer-in-Training application process requires three steps, completing the Pre-Application form, completing the application for the board, and registering for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam through NCEES. Instructions are provided by the board at the following location: http://www.bels.alabama.gov/pdfs/FE%20instructions.pdf
First, the applicant must fill out the Pre-Application form. This form is not a requirement, but is used to ensure you meet the requirements for licensure prior to submitting an application, at which time, the application fee is non-refundable.
Second, the applicant submits a completed Engineer-in-Training application to the Alabama board. Fill out the form, and submit to the board with a $15.00 check made payable to PE&LS Fund. The applicant must request official school transcripts be sent directly to the board after a degree is received. The applicant may apply prior to graduation, but the Engineer-in-Training certification will not be given until the Fundamentals of Engineering exam is passed, and the board has received proof of the completion of an approved engineering program.
If the applicant graduated from a non-accredited program, and work experience is claimed, The supplemental application must be completed in lieu of the above provided application (refer to the supplemental application instructions). The work experience claimed must be verified by a Professional Engineer, registered prior to the time being verified, with the experience verification form. The experience verification form must be sent from the verifying Professional Engineer directly to the board (it is customary to provide the verifying Professional Engineer with a stamped, addressed envelope for this purpose).
Once the application is accepted by the board, the applicant is given an AL candidate ID number, and directed to apply to sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam with NCEES. The registration fee for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam is $125.00.
No exemptions are listed.
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.
Fundamentals of Engineering 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 http://www.ncees.org/Exams/Study_materials.php?exam=FE&product=1R for review prior to exam day.
Continuing Education Requirements
Continuing education is not required for those holding an Engineer-in-Training certification.
The Engineer-in-Training license expires annually on December 31st. Renewal is not necessary, but it is recommended to ensure your information with the board is kept up-to-date. The renewal fee is $5.00. If the Engineer-in-Training license expires, the reinstatement fee is $10.00.