The engineering profession is regulated by licensing boards in each US state & territory. These licensing boards set high standards for professional engineers to protect the public.
If an engineer intends to practice fire protection engineering as a consultant, or work for a firm that requires a registered PE, it is wise to follow a path leading to the attainment of a professional engineering registration.
Also, employers value engineers who are licensed. Many employers require licensure for promotions and PE’s usually earn higher salaries.
Because FPE is related to public safety, state laws require that many engineering projects be overseen by a registered (licensed) professional engineer (PE’s). Professional engineer registration is awarded by the state registration boards based upon written examination, college education and professional experience.
There are two exams you must pass after graduating from engineering school and before becoming a licensed engineer. The first is the Fundamentals of Engineering exam or (FE). The second is the Professional Engineer or (PE) exam.
For more information about engineering licensure, visit the NCEES website.