Principles and Practice of Engineering Exam (PE or P&P) - Professional Engineers
- Apply for the Principles and Practice of Engineering Exam online (First-time applicants only)
- Apply for the Principles and Practice of Engineering Exam (Re-Exam Applicants only)
The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) examination is given by the Maryland Board twice a year in April and October. Candidates will be examined in the discipline in which education and/or experience were gained. View the list of disciplines on the NCEES website. Please note that Maryland does not license PEs by discipline.
An applicant may qualify for the Professional Engineers Examination by meeting the educational and/or experience requirements specified in one of the following subsections of the Professional Engineers law:
Subsection 14-305(b) - EAC/ABET-APPROVED OPTION
Has graduated from a college or university on completion of at least a four-year curriculum in engineering, or its equivalent, that the Board approves, and has at least four years of work experience in engineering that is satisfactory to the Board and that indicates to the Board that the applicant is competent to practice engineering, and has passed an eight-hour written examination in the fundamentals of engineering given by the Board;
On May 11, 2017 the Board for Professional Engineers voted to no longer accept Washington Accord designations as “equivalent” to the NCEES Education Standard.
The Board also voted to recognize the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board as “equivalent” to the NCEES Education Standard.
The Board will automatically accept ABET accredited programs from international institutions.
Subsection 14-305(c) - NON-EAC/ABET-APPROVED OR FOREIGN CURRICULUM OPTION
Has graduated from a college or university on completion of at least a four-year curriculum in engineering, or its equivalent, that the Board has not approved, and has at least eight years of work experience in engineering that is satisfactory to the Board and that indicates to the Board that the applicant is competent to practice engineering, and has passed an eight-hour written examination in the fundamentals of engineering given by the Board;
Subsection 14-305(d) - EXPERIENCE OPTION
Has at least 12 years of work experience in engineering that is satisfactory to the Board, during at least five years of which the applicant has been in responsible charge, if the collective experience indicates to the Board that the applicant may be competent to practice engineering. "Responsible charge" means that the individual has direct control and personal supervision of engineering that requires initiative, professional skill, and independent judgment.
An applicant may substitute a complete scholastic year of at least 30 credit hours in a college or university of engineering approved by the Board for each of these years of experience, upon demonstrating grades satisfactory to the Board.
If the applicant has successfully completed one or more years of a college or university curriculum in engineering that has not been approved by the Board (i.e. not accredited by EAC/ABET) the Board may allow, for each of those years, a credit of up to six months towards the experience requirements.
If an applicant has completed graduate study in engineering that is satisfactory to the Board, the Board may allow up to 1 year credit toward the experience requirement.
Completed applications will be submitted to the Board for review. When reviewed, the applicant will be notified in writing if he or she is approved to sit for examination.
How to Apply
The filing deadline for first-time applicants for the Principles and Practice of Engineering examination is 120 days prior to the examination date. See exam schedule. A one-time application of $50 is required to apply.
You must register and make payment directly to NCEES for the examination. You must also submit a $110 exam administration fee to the Maryland Board. Payment must be made to both the Board and NCEES. Failure to submit the required fees will result in your not being able to take the exam.
You will receive instructions from the Maryland Board after registering with NCEES.
Licensed Professional Engineers who wish to take the PE in another discipline
Download a paper application to take the PE by a Licensed Professional Engineer.
Complete the application and mail to:
State Board of Professional Engineers
500 N. Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202-3651
There is a non-refundable application fee of $50.
Schedule and pay the exam fee to the Maryland Board by the exam deadline using your TRACK NUMBER. If you were just notified that you did not pass the exam, you will receive your TRACK NUMBER in the mail in approximately two weeks. If you have forgotten your TRACK NUMBER, call 410-230-6269 or e-mail DLOPLProfessionalEngineers-DLLR@maryland.gov.
Fees must be paid to the Maryland Board by the exam deadline. See exam schedule.
You must register with NCEES during their open registration period. You must register with them each time you take an exam.