PE - An Elite Credential
To the public
, the PE credential is the assurance that competent professionals are engaged in the practice of engineering. To a client
, it means you have the credentials to earn their trust. To an employer
, it signals your ability to take on a higher level of responsibility. Among your colleagues
, it demands respect. To yourself
, it's a symbol of pride and a measure of your own hard-won achievement.
To become licensed, engineers must complete a four-year college degree, work under a Professional Engineer for at least four years, pass two intensive competency exams and earn a license from their state's licensure board. Then, to retain their licenses, PEs must continually maintain and improve their skills and education throughout their careers.
Yet the results are well worth the effort. By combining their specialized skills with their high standards for ethics and quality assurance, PEs help make us healthier, keep us safer and allow all of us to live better lives than ever before.
A century ago, anyone could work as an engineer without proof of competency. In order to protect the public health, safety, and welfare, the first engineering licensure law was enacted in 1907 in Wyoming. Now every state regulates the practice of engineering to ensure public safety by granting only Professional Engineers (PEs) the authority to sign and seal engineering plans and offer their services to the public.