Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers Foundation

FAQ

How do I become a licensed Professional Engineer?

Someone interested in becoming a PE needs to: (1) Graduate from an ABET-accredited engineering program, (2) Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, (3) Gain the required work experience, which is four years in most states, and (4) pass the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam in the appropriate discipline. Becoming a licensed Professional Engineer in Minnesota generally follows these four steps. For more complete information on becoming a PE in Minnesota, see the Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design online information for engineering licensure candidates.

Why should I get my PE license?
PE licensure is the engineering profession’s highest standard of competence, a symbol of achievement and assurance of quality. Becoming a licensed Professional Engineer is a mark of distinction that affords PEs options not always available to their non-licensed engineering counterparts. Licensed PEs often earn more and advance in their careers more quickly, can sign and seal engineering drawings, and are held in high esteem as licensed professionals.
What organization issues PE licenses in Minnesota?

The Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design, commonly known as the Minnesota Board of Licensure, is the entity that issues PE licenses, EIT certifications and other design professional licenses and certifications. The Board of Licensure is part of Minnesota state government.  

How do I register to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) or the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam?

Applications for the PE and FE exams in Minnesota can be found here. Note that application for either exam is a two-step process in Minnesota and that deadlines are firm. Exam dates and deadlines for Minnesota can be found here.

What are the continuing education requirements in Minnesota, and what counts for continuing education?

Minnesota Statute 326.107 outlines the continuing education requirements for Professional Engineer license renewal in the State of Minnesota. Minnesota PEs are required to obtain 24 professional development hours every two years. Beginning with the June 30, 2016 renewal, two of those 24 hours must be dedicated to ethics.

The Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design (Board of AELSLAGID) is the entity that oversees PE licenses and EIT certifications in Minnesota. Visit the Board of AELSLAGID’s continuing education page for information on Minnesota’s continuing education requirements for Professional Engineers.