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Licensing & PE Exam


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 which 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.

PE Exam

The 2020 Fire Protection Engineering Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Exam is set for October 22, 2020.

The following is important information about the exam:

One of the most important steps a fire protection engineer can make early in his or her career, is to place themselves on a course to becoming licensed as a Professional Engineer (PE).

Professional licensing as a fire protection engineer brings many advantages. As an individual, the licensed fire protection engineer gets an important credential bringing recognition from the engineering community, better chances for professional advancement, and the potential for a higher salary. In most states, professional licensure is required by law to offer engineering services to the public. Employers of fire protection engineers benefit from having their employees licensed. It is not only a competitive advantage; it is tangible evidence that an engineer is competent in fire protection engineering. SFPE has a Position Statement on professional licensure. For more information about the benefits of engineering licensure and how to become a PE, visit

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