Information on Examinations
"HEADS-UP" NOTIFICATION Transition of PS Exam to Computer-Based Testing
The April 2016 exam administration will be the last PS exam offered in pencil-and-paper format. The PS exam will be changing over to computer-based testing.
Year-Round Testing Opportunities
NCEES computer-based exams are offered in testing windows throughout the year during the following months.
Exams are not administered during March, June, September, and December.
The NCEES FE and FS Computer Based Testing (CBT)
The New Mexico Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors is no longer accepting applications for the FE and FS exams.
For more information regarding the NCEES Computer Based Testing ("CBT") please click here.
For answers to your frequently asked questions, click here.
You are also encouraged to connect with NCEES on their social media sites of Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
Passing the FE or FS Exams does not automatically approve you for Intern Certification. You must meet all requirements to obtain Intern Certification.
National Exam Statistics
The Board administers examinations to Professional Engineer, Engineer Intern, Professional Surveyor and Professional Surveyor Intern applicants who successfully meet the qualifications set forth in the Engineering and Surveying Practice Act. These examinations with the exception of the New Mexico surveying examination are prepared by the:
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF EXAMINERS FOR ENGINEERING AND SURVEYING (NCEES)
The National Council provides to all of its Member Boards five examinations:
Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)
Fundamentals of Surveying (FS)
Each examination is eight (8) hours in duration except the Principles and Practice of Land Surveying Pt. I which is a six (6) hour exam. The second part of this examination is the New Mexico surveying examination which is a two (2) hour examination and covers the distinctive features of New Mexico law and practice. The New Mexico exam is prepared under the supervision of the New Mexico Board of Licensure. ACT is a major contractor to NCEES and prepares the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination; however, the final approval as to the scope and syllabus of the examination is made by the National Council, through representation from the member boards.
The PE and PS examinations are administered concurrently by all state Boards in April and October of each year. Professional Engineer applicants have a choice of several disciplines in which to be examined. Each fall and spring examinations are given in:
Only in the fall are examinations given in the disciplines of:
A passing grade entitles an applicant to licensure as a Professional Engineer or Professional Surveyor, or certification as an Engineer Intern or Surveyor Intern as provided for in the Engineering and Surveying Practice Act and the Board's established procedures. Passing the FE or FS Exams does not automatically approve you for Intern Certification. You must meet all requirements to obtain Intern Certification.
The National Council makes available to prospective examinees several publications designed to assist in reviewing and/or preparing for the examination. Additional information and prices may be obtained by writing to NCEES at the above address. The Fundamentals of Surveying and the Fundamentals of Engineering are closed book examinations.
Access NCEES' website for additional information on the national examinations (e.g. exam specifications).