The Board administers examinations to Professional Engineer, Engineer Intern, Professional Surveyor and 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)
P. O. BOX 1686
CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA 29633-1686
NCEES (pronounced N·C·E·E·S) provides to all of its Member Boards five examinations:
- Fundamentals of Engineering
- Principles and Practice of Engineering
- Structural Engineering
- Fundamentals of Surveying
- Principles and Practice of Surveying
Each examination is six (6) hours in duration except the Principles and Practice of Engineering which is an eight (8) hour exam and the Structural Engineering which is a sixteen (16) hour exam.
New Mexico State Specific Surveying Exam
The second part of the Principles and Practice of Surveying examination is the New Mexico State Specific Surveying Exam which is a mail-out exam and covers the distinctive features of New Mexico law and practice. The New Mexico exam is prepared under the supervision of the Professional Surveying Committee of the New Mexico Board of Licensure.
Upon Board approval of the application for exam, or endorsement, an exam packet and instructions will be provided.
The Fundamentals of Engineering and Fundamentals of Surveying Examinations
The Fundamentals examinations are a computer-based exam that is administered year-round in testing windows at NCEES-approved Pearson VUE test centers. The Chemical Principles and Practice of Engineering Examination is being offered as a computer-based exam that is administered year-round in testing windows at NCEES-approved Pearson VUE test centers.
The Principles and Practice of Engineering Examinations
The Principles and Practice of Engineering 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:
All PE exams are offered twice per year except for the following:
PE exams offered in April only
- Agricultural and Biological Engineering
- Architectural Engineering
- Industrial and Systems Engineering
- Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
- Software Engineering
PE exams offered in October only
- Control Systems Engineering
- Fire Protection Engineering
- Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
- Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering
- Nuclear Engineering
- Petroleum Engineering
To view the NCEES Exam Schedule please click here: NCEES Exam Schedule
A passing grade entitles an applicant to registration 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.
Computer Based Testing (CBT) exams
NCEES began the process of transitioning exams to computer-based testing (CBT) in 2011. CBT offers many benefits, such as enhanced security for exam content and more uniformity in testing conditions. For most exams, it also provides greater scheduling flexibility.
NCEES FE and FS CBT Exams
The New Mexico Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors is no longer accepting applications for the FE and FS exams.
Passing the FE or FS Exams does not automatically approve you for Intern Certification. You must meet all requirements, outlined in the NM Engineering and Surveying Practice Act and NM Administrative Code, to obtain Intern Certification.
NCEES PE and PS CBT Exams
The PS exam transitioned into a CBT exam in 2016.
Some NCEES PE exam and the SE exam are currently in the conversion process and scheduled to launch in computer-based format between now and 2024. To view a conversion schedule click here: NCEES PE Exam Transition Schedule
You are also encouraged to connect with NCEES on their social media sites of Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
Registration for NCEES CBT Exams
Registration for the FE and FS exams is accessible 7 days per week, 24 hours per day, through a valid MyNCEES account only. Visit ncees.org to login or create an account. Examinees will receive an email notification once they have successfully completed the registration process and have been authorized to schedule an exam.
Upon receiving authorization to schedule an appointment, examinees should login to their MyNCEES account, select the “SCHEDULE” option and follow the on-screen instructions.
Year-Round Testing Opportunities
NCEES computer-based exams are offered in testing windows throughout the year during the following months: