Under Arizona law, certification as an Engineer-in-Training is the first step toward becoming a licensed Professional Engineer.
Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certification applicants must have:
Active engagement may come in the form of a combination of education, work experience, or a combination of both.
Active engagement for education is granted as follows:
Active engagement in work experience is credited as follows:
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. Instructions are provided by the board at the following location: http://www.azbtr.gov/forms/in_training_inst.htm
If you’ve graduated from an ABET accredited school of engineering, the first step is to register for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam though NCEES. This will ensure a seat is saved for the next exam. If you haven’t graduated from an accredited school and are claiming work experience, submit the board application first and await approval prior to registering with NCEES. The NCEES registration fee for the FE exam is $125.00.
Second, the applicant submits a completed Engineer-in-Training application to the Arizona board. Fill out the form, and submit the original, along with a copy, to the board with a $40.00 check made payable to the Board of Technical Registration. Make sure to include the completed Arizona Statement of Citizenship with the application. If the applicant is claiming the educational credit, he or she 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 is claiming a combination of education and work experience, he or she must have the transcripts sent directly to the board even if a degree was not received. If work experience credit is requested, you must provide the names and addresses of supervisors for a minimum of 3 engagements. If you are unable to provide this information for 3 engagements, submit a statement to the board explaining why, and provide contact information for three references unrelated to you. Mail the Authorization Release Letter and Certificate of Experience Form, along with a stamped envelope addressed to the Board, to each supervisor and/or reference listed on your application. Your supervisors and/or references must mail the completed forms directly to the Board.
The Board shall exempt an applicant from the in training examination if the applicant is a graduate of a school and curriculum approved by the Board, and has been actively engaged in experience in the profession for which registration is sought for at least twelve years after graduation.
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.
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 FE 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 is not required for those holding an Engineer-in-Training certification.
The Engineer-in-Training license does not expire and is not subject to renewal.
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