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How To Become A PE

One hundred years ago, anybody could be an engineer.

Now, only Professional Engineers (PEs) can sign off on engineering plans, a move by individual U.S. states to regulate the practice of engineering for public safety.

According to the National Society of Professional Engineers, “only a licensed engineer may prepare, sign and seal, and submit engineering plans and drawings to a public authority for approval, or seal engineering work for public and private clients.”

If you’re a PE, you’re not only responsible for your work, but how it affects others’ lives. Therefore, as a PE, you need high ethical standards, and you must complete continuing education courses (depending on the state you’re licensed in).

Are You Interested In Becoming A PE? Here’s How To Get Your License:

  • Earn a 4-year degree in engineering from an accredited engineering program
  • Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Complete 4 years of progressive engineering experience under a PE
  • Pass the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam

You’ll also need to follow individual state requirements. Some states, like Wisconsin, require an ethics continuing education course, for example.

Why Become A PE?

A PE license is more than just a credential. It’s a must-have for engineers in roles of responsibility. But you’ll benefit from more career opportunities, and many PEs report pay increases.

Whether you’re working toward your first PE license, or a renewal, enroll in continuing education courses that give you hands-on practice.

UW-Madison offers many interactive courses for PEs that focus on problem-solving, in addition to a new online ethics course that you can take anytime.

For more information, check out the links at the right.

Related Courses

Ethics Considerations in Drinking Water Management

July 1, 2018 Online


Coping with Complex Ethical Dilemmas in Engineering Practice

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Satisfy Your Ethics Requirements With EPD!

Organizational and Psychological Pressures Affecting Ethical Decision-Making in Engineering is the latest offering in our series of online ethics training. Designed to help engineers deal with ethical dilemmas often caused by non-engineering pressures, this two-hour online course satisfies Wisconsin’s requirement for ethics training for PE licensure, as well many other states’ requirements. Learn from real-world case studies.

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