The Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam tests for a minimum level of competency in a particular engineering discipline. It is designed for engineers who have gained a minimum of four years’ post-college work experience in their chosen engineering discipline.
The PE Control Systems Engineering exam is an 8-hour exam with 80 questions. It is administered in pencil-and-paper format once per year in October.
For more information on the format of the exam and the subjects covered, please refer to the NCEES website.
The CSE is a professional engineering (P.E.) license that can only be presented by a State Board of Engineering in the US CSE is a legal license to practice engineering and the exam focuses on control systems. CAP is a certification program that documents a candidate's knowledge not only in control systems but in the broader area of automation. CAP will be offered and recognized internationally.
PE exam specifications are posted 6 months before the exam administration. Updates for the April exams are posted in November, and updates for the October exams are posted in May. To review the specifications, please refer to the NCEES website.
ISA offers study materials and courses for those preparing for the CSE exam. The CSE Study Guide reflecting the multiple-choice format of the examination, and the Control Systems Engineering exam Reference Manual: A Practical Study Guide, are both available for order through ISA Publishing. ISA Training also offers a three-day exam review course, as well as other courses that may help you prepare.
Professional Engineering registration in the United States is administered by each State Licensing Board. The requirements for licensure vary from state to state. To receive information from your state on the requirements for the CSE examination, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) has a listing of Licensure Boards by state. For more information on the CSE examination, visit NCEES or contact them at: 1 (800) 250-3196.
To be eligible to take the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering exam, you must meet the following requirements:
For seniors ready to take the FE exam, you will still need to register for ENGR 490 the semester you plan on taking the exam. Please be mindful that if you plan on graduating in the semester you take the exam, you will need to take the exam no later than prep day to allow for adequate processing time (uploading your exam proof). Otherwise, this may delay your diploma.
CSE students are not required to take the FE exam.
The exam will be held at any NCEES-approved testing facility year round at a testing day and time that you choose. Do not wait to sign up for an exam date! If you choose to wait to sign up for the test in the middle of or later in the semester, the testing center dates will most likely be FULL! This may cause a delay, or even denial, in receiving your diploma if you are taking the exam in your last semester. Yes, it is an expensive test, but isn't it more expensive to have wait an extra semester for your diploma?
Register for the exam on the NCEES website.
You may access and review the current FE Supplied Reference Manual, the same type you'll be using during the examination, on the NCEES website.
Study sessions are often organized by the student chapters of ASCE and ASME once a semester. Emails will be sent to students enrolled in ENGR 490, and flyers will be posted on the College's Facebook page. There is often a small cost in order to attend each session.
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Go to the Nevada State Board of Engineering website and apply for Engineer Intern certification. Instructions on how to apply can be found on their website.
More information about the early PE exam can be found on the Nevada State Board of Engineers website.
As a licensed Professional Engineer, or PE, you can expect many more benefits when compared to other engineers; most employers offer higher salaries and greater opportunities for advancement to PE's. Only PE's can consult in private practice, and seal company documents to be sent to the government. PEs also have more credibility as expert witnesses in court than most engineers.
Steps in obtaining a PE license:
During your senior year you should take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, which is required prior to sitting for the Professional Engineers (PE) Exam. Some requirements vary by state.
The National Council of Examiners Administers Both Exams for Engineering and Surveying
Engineering students at Michigan Tech are encouraged to take and pass the FE examination during their last semester in college, or the first year after graduation. There will never be a time when you are better prepared to pass it than near graduation.
The examination is offered in April and October each year. Students must visit http://ncees.org/exams/ to register for the exam and pay the $155.00 fee. The registration deadline is approximately two months before the test.
FE exam Waiver
The FE Exam may be waived for those who have earned a BS in engineering and a PhD in engineering. See the NCEES web site for details.
Length: 3 days
CEU Credits: 2.1
Course Hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Certification of Completion: A Certificate of Completion indicating the total number of CEUs earned will be provided upon successful completion of the course.
This course reviews the knowledge and skills areas that are included on the Control Systems Engineer (CSE) Professional Engineer (PE) examination produced by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and administered by US state professional license boards each October. The intent of the class is to prepare an engineer with a minimum of four years of experience to take the exam by providing instruction in the broad range of technical areas that will be tested. The content is based on the CSE exam Specification that went into effect in October 2019.
Aside from US, the National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES) also offers various professional engineer exams in several international locations including Saudi Arabia, Japan and South Korea, in order to address needs requirements/qualifications of successful applicants to their engineering counsels.
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The completion of this exam is a graduation requirement for all engineering undergraduates except Computer Science majors. It is expected that you will give a good faith effort to pass. Failure to give a good faith effort to pass may result in a delay in your graduation and a requirement that you take the exam again.
Exam Approval: download the application in Adobe, complete the information and electronically sign on page 2. Save it with your name (Last Name_First Name), and email it to Laurie Bonini at email@example.com. She will forward it for approval.
The NCEES Examinee Guide is the official guide to policies and procedures for all NCEES exams. All examinees are required to read this document before starting the exam registration process. It is your responsibility to make sure that you have the current version.
Exams are offered throughout the year. However, if you fail the exam, you may only take it once during any given window and no more than three times during a 12-month period.
January - March
April - June
July - September
October - December
You must complete the exam by the last day of the semester in which you plan to graduate.
Material that will be on the Fundamentals of Engineering exam is different for each area of study and is listed in the following links:
Focusing on SATs, LSATs or even the bar exam seems unthinkable today as the world grapples with a global pandemic. Yet students are continuing to prepare in spite of the myriad other challenges they face during this crisis.
The choices these students are making now will drastically change the future of the test preparation industry. That's a market predicted to reach more than $30 billion by 2021 while posting an expected 6% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2024.
As a test preparation company CEO, I'm making a bold prediction for my industry: Test preparation will never return to physical classrooms. I believe the current pandemic will finally erase all significant demand for classroom-based test prep. Here's why.
Everything Is Changing, But Test Prep Will Change More
As I argued in my accurate Forbes article, the current, forced transition to distance learning will reveal many lasting benefits of remote education and reshape how we teach. For test preparation, however, I expect an even more drastic change. Classroom courses have irreplaceable benefits for students in some programs of study (e.g., the physical sciences). The value of any test preparation course, however, is dependent largely on just two factors: instructor quality and curriculum quality.
Online Test Prep Means More Consistent Instruction
Instructor consistency has long been a weakness of the test preparation industry. In 2008, before online prep was common, college admissions expert Richard Montauk wrote: "The major (LSAT prep) companies inevitably (given the huge numbers they employ) take on many instructors of less than stellar intellect…provide them with limited training and suffer from high instructor turnover."
If you don't have classrooms, you don't have to hire subpar instructors to fill a classroom in a market where no top-notch candidates are available. While instructors whose test scores were as low as the 90th percentile or even below may be hired to teach classroom-based LSAT courses, online-first companies can afford to restrict hiring to 99th-percentile scorers (that's especially important for the LSAT, where many top law schools' lowest-scoring admittees reached the 97th percentile).
A High-Quality Curriculum Works Anywhere
As for curriculum quality, standardized tests are a known entity. The most drastic changes to the SAT in years had less to do with the test than with attempts to correct for intrinsic biases in testing. The LSAT may be doing away with logic games, but analytical reasoning will remain, albeit in a different form.
The challenge, therefore, in creating an effective curriculum is twofold: First, you need to create a simple method that leads learners to correct answers, and second, you need to deliver course content in such a way that learners are able to acquire that knowledge.
The research says, and has said for years, that online learning is as good as classroom learning and sometimes even better for knowledge acquisition. So, any high-quality test preparation curriculum should serve students as well or even better online vs. in-person.
Market Manipulation Helped To Keep Classroom Test Preparation Afloat
If remote test preparation is as good or better than classroom-based prep, why hasn't this transition already occurred? The answer may be that large companies don't want change. Take, for example, the massive 2007 class-action lawsuit accusing two dominant companies of illegally creating a monopoly to drive out smaller, higher-tech competitors.
If the biggest players in any market collude to keep it from changing, change will be delayed until external factors intervene. Enter coronavirus. Industry giants will now have to scramble to catch up with online-first companies.
The Other Side Of The Coin
This industry shift carries with it a call to action for test prep companies to better serve their most economically vulnerable students. The New York Times found that absences increased more for poorer students following the forced transition to distance learning. Students of lower socioeconomic status own less reliable devices and lack access to broadband internet.
If we, as an industry, shift away from the classroom and onto the internet completely, we must address these socioeconomic disparities. Otherwise, test prep will become exactly what critics claim it is: just another way for wealthy students to get an unearned leg up. Some suggestions for my peers in the test preparation industry:
• Don't just offer scholarships — make them automatic. For students who have qualified for need-based assistance, like LSAC's fee-waiver, don't make them apply all over again. Just verify they've already qualified and then grant a scholarship.
• Test your product offerings on low-cost devices. The Huawei P20 Lite, priced under $350, is among the world's most-used smart devices. If your course isn't usable on a cheap Android phone, it is inaccessible to much of the world.
• Make your course work without data. What if a student's data plan is disconnected for nonpayment? Can they still use your app effectively by downloading enough course content from a Wi-Fi connection at school or work to later prep at home?
• Provide free access to live instruction. It doesn't cost you much to offer office hours with top instructors via Zoom, but it can benefit your students enormously.
• But don't use 'live online' as a stopgap. "Live online" requires students to log in at set times and watch instructors deliver content in real time via a webinar. By forcing students to learn at the same pace and on set schedules with limited access, this "innovation" actually shares many of the inefficiencies that plague the in-class model. Instead of this half-baked live online format, take the time to thoughtfully balance self-paced learning with free, live instructor support.
These are unprecedented times. In many ways more important than any standardized test score, the world has already changed for good. Both in test prep and in business in general, we must learn to adapt to a dramatically altered landscape.
What are you doing to prepare yourself for change in your industry? If you'd like to chat about it, let's connect. Together, we are all stronger, even at a time when in-person togetherness is impossible.
A newer option for CFA exam prep, Salt Solutions launched its Beta platform for CFA Level I exam prep in late 2020. The company is now officially out of Beta, and the full CFA learning experience is available for Levels I and II (Level III will be available in 2022).
Salt Solutions knows it’s tough to stay focused on a large volume of material with limited study time, so it breaks it into small chunks to complete in 10 to 30 minutes. Salt Solutions also improves the study process by showing you which steps are most important. While the platform offers flexibility, the scheduler also sets weekly goals to keep you on track.
The platform has a user-friendly interface with a light or dark mode, making it easier on your eyes after long hours of studying. The platform currently includes assignment questions, downloadable videos, and a scheduler with weekly goals to stay on track.
Although Salt Solutions doesn’t have a proven track record yet, the user-friendly and thoughtfully designed software looks promising, particularly for those tired of staring at textbooks. Passing all three CFA exams isn’t easy, and Salt Solutions may be a good option for those struggling to buckle down and focus.
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DUBLIN, Ohio & SAN FRANCISCO, (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Axcel, a professional education business backed by Alpine Investors (Alpine) and specializing in buying, building and operating world-class education companies, today announced its partnership with EduMind, a global education and training provider specializing in professional exam preparation. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
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EduMind was founded in 2004 as School of PE by Radhika Dega and Vinod Dega with the goal of providing comprehensive, user-friendly training courses to help students prep and pass the FE and PE exams (Fundamentals of Engineering and Professional Engineer) while also practicing their engineering profession. The company adopted the EduMind name in 2014 as it added professional certification training within engineering, architecture, project management, nursing and other key professional education courses.
EduMind has established itself as a leader in the professional education coursework space through its two content brands, EduMind and School of PE. EduMind’s state-of-the-art learning management systems have helped tens of thousands of hard-working, busy individuals and students around the world boost their careers with professional certification and licensure courses. School of PE focuses on engineering exam prep in addition to Professional Development Hour (PDH) courses that are mandatory to maintain an active engineering licensure. While engineers typically depend on computers to solve problems, PE exams still require its test takers to complete manual computational problems. School of PE differentiates itself by ensuring engineers have access to the tools and review courses needed to refresh and strengthen these manual computational skills.
With Axcel’s support, EduMind will have access to new technologies and systems, continue to invest in its employees, core instructors and veteran management team, and develop new and innovative professional education courses to continuously optimize exam prep for students and individuals around the world. Axcel will also provide further investments of capital and personnel to meet the growing demand for professional exam preparation as the industry trends towards computer-based testing. Most exam prep courses offered by EduMind and School of PE are geared toward CBT exams, including engineering, PMP®, CAPM®, and NCLEX®. Effective with this partnership, Christopher Lam joins EduMind as Chief Executive Officer.
“I want to sincerely thank the entire EduMind team for their loyalty and dedication to the company over the years. It’s been an honor to support tens of thousands of students in their career advancement and professional certification journeys,” said Vinod Dega, Founder of EduMind. “As EduMind enters its next phase of innovation, I know the company will be in good hands with Chris and the Alpine and Axcel teams. Not only does Alpine and Axcel have the resources and knowledge to grow and expand our offering, but Alpine’s values align with EduMind’s dedication to learning.”
“Vinod and Radhika truly care about helping students and created a one-of-a-kind company dedicated to limitless learning. I vow to honor the company and its employees as we grow EduMind,” said Christopher Lam, CEO of EduMind. “Our partnership with Axcel and Alpine will accelerate our ability to provide the highest quality study resources and tools through EduMind’s state-of-the-art student portal and modernized CBT-ready courses.”
EduMind is Axcel’s fourth acquisition and joins Axcel’s suite of professional education companies, including Michael Management Corporation (“MMC”), a leading provider of SAP training, Web Age Solutions (“Web Age”), a leading IT training company, and Interskill Learning (“Interskill”), a leading independent provider of online mainframe training.
“We are so excited to welcome EduMind to the Axcel family,” said Jonathan (Jono) Zeidan, CEO of Axcel. “Vinod and Rahdika built EduMind into a market leader. As part of Axcel, we are looking forward to providing EduMind the support and resources to take its growth to the next level.”
Founded in 2004 by CEO Vinod Dega, EduMind is a global education and training provider specializing in professional exam preparation through its two content brands, EduMind and School of PE. EduMind’s education platform brand and content home for architecture (ARE®), healthcare (NCLEX®), project management (CAPM®, PMP®), immersive technology (AR/VR) and continuing education certification courses, among others, across its Ondemand, Live Online and Onsite classroom modules. School of PE is EduMind’s flagship brand devoted to National Counsel of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) licensure exam preparation, including Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and Professional Engineer (PE) exams for such engineering disciplines as civil, electrical, environmental, mechanical, chemical and structural. To learn more about EduMind, visit https://www.edumind.com/, and to learn more about EduMind’s flagship brand, School of PE, visit http://www.schoolofpe.com.
Axcel is a professional education business backed by Alpine Investors that is focused on buying, building and operating world-class education companies. Axcel is passionate about people, focused on training the modern workforce and obsessed with delivering for customers and learners. Axcel sits within AlpineX, an Alpine investment platform focused on lower middle-market services businesses that have durable customer value propositions, high-quality revenue, and attractive markets. For more information, visit www.axcel-learning.com.
About Alpine Investors
Alpine Investors is a people-driven private equity firm that is committed to building enduring companies by working with, learning from, and developing exceptional people. Alpine specializes in investments in companies in the software and services industries. Its PeopleFirst strategy includes a talent program which allows Alpine to bring leadership to situations where additional or new management is needed post-transaction. Alpine is currently investing out of its over $2.25 billion eighth fund. For more information, visit www.alpineinvestors.com.
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