Minimum Requirements to take Civil PE Exam

  • A BS from an ABET-accredited university (if you don’t have this, you need 15 years of documented work experience)
  • EIT or extended experience (14-17 years of documented work experience)
  • 2 years of documented work experience after the date of graduation prior to the FILING DATE
  • If you have an MS, only one year of experience is required after the date of graduation prior to the FILING DATE
  • Check your full qualifications with this flowchart!

Application Information

Studying for the Exam

  • Exam Content from NCEES
  • Categories for Breadth and Depth
    • Construction
    • Geotechnical
    • Structural
    • Transportation
    • Water Resources and Environmental
  • Surveying
  • Seismic

Review Books

Review Courses and Additional Resources

Taking the Exam

  • Calculator Policy
    • California Board
      • *You can use TI-89-style graphing calculators for the Seismic and Surveying section since they are not affiliated with NCEES.  Your calculator still cannot have a QWERTY-keyboard.
    • NCEES

Application Timeline Estimates (when you should do stuff; might differ from your individual plans)

  • 2 Months before FILING DEADLINE
    • Get Transcripts
    • Get Reference Letters
  • 1-2 Weeks before FILING DEADLINE
    • Send in Application (early just in case) with Delivery Confirmation, via Certified Mail or some other traceable service.
  • A couple of Months before EXAM
    • Take a seismic class if you aren’t strong in the subject (Hiner, Tokas)
    • Take a surveying class if you aren’t strong in the subject (Mahallati)
    • Spend 2 weeks per subject on General information (~15-20 hours per week) or use the CERM Book Website Schedule
    • Spend 1 month on your Depth subject
    • Spend 1 month on seismic (if needed)
    • Spend 2 weeks on surveying (if needed)
    • Book a hotel room (or find somewhere else to stay), two nights, at your exam location; Thursday night & Friday night
  • 1-3 Weeks before EXAM
    • Overall review
    • Take practice exams to see where you may still be weak (if needed)
  • Day(s) before EXAM
    • Gather your ID
    • Gather your reference materials (and how you’ll transport them) – A rolling crate works wellLuggage cart/hand truck + boxes, Suitcase, Wagon
    • Gather your calculator(s) + spare batteries for your calculator(s)
    • Get cash for parking fees and/or lunch
    • Drive to your hotel, get a good meal and a good nights rest
  • Morning OF EXAM
    • Wake up early
    • Leave cell phone at hotel/in your car (hidden); do not bother bringing it onto the exam premises due to high security
    • Take the test like a boss & leave early