Apply for the Principles and Practice Exam (PE) through NCEES
Locate your NCEES ID or create an account. Login to register, pay and apply for your examination part, discipline and exam location.
Be sure to pay attention to the NCEES registration deadline - typically 6-8 weeks prior to the exam.
If you do not pass the first time, you must repeat the NCEES registration process.
Prepare for the PE Exam
Review the State References, Materials and Procedures for the Illinois Professional Engineering Examinations guide to know what to expect on exam day and what materials you can bring into the facility.
The PE is a major exam. Applicants should not expect to cram and do well. Applicants are encouraged to take their time and develop a study plan.
Gain Acceptable Experience and Document It
If you have your minimum 4 years (48 total working months) of approved experience, proceed to Step 4.
A minimum of 4 years of approved engineering experience is required before you may apply for your PE license. For the post part the clock for approved experience starts on commencement day. Of course there are exceptions (qualified certified cooperative programs; full time employment and at least eight years as a part time student to earn your degree). Master's degree and doctor's degree in engineering work from a U.S. University may count in place of some experience as well.
Click here to review the Approved Experience section of the Illinois Administrative Code that outlines what is considered "Approved Experience".
All experience must be documented when you apply for your PE license. ISPE advises that as you change positions, or your supervisor changes, you request your supervisor to complete the VE-PNG (verification of experience) form and mail it to you for your records. DO NOT OPEN the envelope - leave it sealed. This will be much easier than having to track down supervisors when you are ready to submit the forms.
Apply for PE Registration
After successful completion of the PE Exam, and completing the requisite years of experience, you may now apply for official license as a Professional Engineer (PE) with the State of Illinois! Applicants will use the forms for Professional Engineer by Acceptance of Application.
You can find the application packet here.
You must have each employer for whom you worked as part of your qualifying experience complete a VE-PNG form. If doing engineering work (required experience), a supervisor must be licensed unless exempt by statute (i.e. manufacturers' exemption). The work is not exempt under Illinois law, and it is not being supervised by a PE, either it is not considered engineering work, or you are likely violating the PE Act.
Any exam not passed under the Illinois Jurisdiction requires an official state certification/verification from the state board where you took the exam to the Illinois PE Board through MyNCEES or via email to FPR.DesignUnit@illinois.gov.