All Civil and Environmental Engineering majors are required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination during their first class year as a graduation requirement and as the first step towards becoming registered Professional Engineers. The tests is offered twice (once in the fall and once in the spring) at VMI during the senior year. The FE, also known as the Engineering-in-Training, is the precursor to the Professional Engineer (PE) licensure.
Check the websites of the following two regulatory agencies that are involved with these licensures for additional information:
Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulations (DPOR)
National Council for Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)
"The Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation's mission is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public by licensing qualified individuals and businesses and enforcing standards of professional conduct for professions and occupations as designated by statute.
A Commerce and Trade secretariat agency, DPOR regulates more than 30 occupations and professions through 19 boards composed of practitioners and citizens appointed by the Governor. DPOR licenses or certifies over 300,000 individuals and businesses ranging from architects and contractors to cosmetologists and professional wrestlers."
"The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) is a national non-profit organization composed of engineering and surveying licensing boards representing all states and U.S. territories. NCEES develops, scores, and administers the examinations used for engineering and surveying licensure throughout the United States. NCEES also provides services facilitating professional mobility for licensed engineers and surveyors. NCEES is an accredited standards developer with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)."