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Certification or Licensing

A professional engineer (PE) license is required for engineers who work directly with the public. To receive a PE license, engineers must have a bachelor's degree from a school accredited by ABET, the accrediting board for engineering and technology, four years' relevant work experience, and pass a state examination. States often recognize licenses from other states. New engineers may qualify for licensing in two stages. They may take the Fundamentals in Engineering examination after receiving a bachelor's degree, for the engineer in training (EIT) or engineer intern (EI) designation. The next stage is the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam, which they may take after securing the EIT or EI designation and meeting work experience requirements. Engineers must meet continuing education requirements to maintain their license in most states. The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (http://www.ncees.org) offers engineering exams.

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