Illinois Engineer-in-Training Certification

Under Illinois 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 4 years work experience.
  • ORa 4 year related science degree and 4 years work experience.
  • AND Previously passed the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering exam.

A degree in engineering technology does not meet the education requirements for the state of Illinois. Refer to the board for more information on the above listed requirements.

Application Process

For those within 12 months of graduation from an ABET accredited program, or those who have graduated from an ABET accredited program:

The Engineer-in-Training application process requires five steps:

  1. Apply for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam directly through NCEES, and obtain an NCEES ID.
  2. Apply to Continental Testing Services for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, and pay the $168.00 fee.
  3. Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering exam.
  4. Complete your degree in engineering from an accredited program.
  5. Apply for the Engineer-in-Training certificate, and pay the $20.00 fee.

For those who have graduated from a non-accredited program in engineering or a science related field:

The Engineer-in-Training application process requires six steps:

  1. Apply to qualify for the examination through the Board and pay the $20.00 fee.
  2. Apply for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam directly through NCEES, and obtain an NCEES ID.
  3. Apply to Continental Testing Services for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, and pay the $168.00 fee.
  4. Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering exam.
  5. Obtain 4 years of relevant work experience.
  6. Apply for the Engineer-in-Training certificate, and pay the $20.00 fee.

Exam Exemptions

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 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 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 renewals.