FE/FS Exam Information

FE/FS Exam Information

The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is designed for students who are close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree.  The Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam is designed for students who are close to finishing an undergraduate degree in surveying.

Both exams are administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).


*As of May 25th, 2017, examinees will no longer have to apply to the AELS Board for approval to sit the FE and FS Exams*

The FE and FS exams are now offered year-round as computer-based exams at Pearson VUE testing centers.  

Visit the NCEES website for information about exam schedule and registration.
  1. Go directly to the NCEES Alaska registration website to create a profile, register, and pay the $225 examination fee. Then you will be able to schedule the examination based on openings at the testing center.
  2. Scores from the exam will be sent to you by NCEES within 7-10 days. The score will remain on file with the Alaska Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors (AELS).
  3. A passing score will be automatically verified by the AELS Board through your profile on NCEES.org in the case that you need to release that score to another state.
  4. The AELS Board does not issue licenses to those who have passed the FE or FS Exams, but you may use the title "Engineer-in-Training" or "Land Surveyor-in-Training" once you have passed the FE or FS Exam, respectively.

The following document explains the pathway to professional registration in Alaska through the AELS Board:

AELS FAQ for Students

For questions regarding your pathway to becoming a Registered Professional Engineer or Registered Professional Land Surveyor, please contact the AELS Board:

Sarena Hackenmiller
Licensing Examiner
Alaska Board of Architects, Engineers, & Surveyors
(907) 465-2540
sarena.hackenmiller@alaska.gov

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