TBPE Decouples PE Exam

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The Texas Board of Professional Engineers (TBPE) has changed the rules governing the requirements necessary to take the PE exam. Beginning with the October 2016 PE exam, a Texas Engineer-in-Training (EIT) will now be allowed to take the PE exam prior to meeting experience requirements for licensure. This changing of the rules to separate experience requirements and the taking of the PE exam was approved by the TBPE on February 11, 2016.

The new schedule will be as follows:

  • April 2016 PE Exam: decoupling will not be in effect for this PE exam.
  • May 2, 2016: Decoupling rules go into effect. Online EIT system will be open.
  • June 20, 2016 – September 1, 2016: NCEES PE exam registration window for October 2016 PE exam.

We highlighted some changes that will take place within the new schedule:

  • The TPBE says they made the move to offer more flexibility to test takers, but make clear that the change does not alter the current requirements for PE licensure or the PE exam itself. Instead the change is to promote the licensure of qualified engineers by creating a more flexible timeline that can accommodate a diversity of career paths and keep EITs engaged in the process without lowering licensure requirements.
  • The change does not alter anything about the PE exam itself — it’s content or difficulty — it simply allows you to take it before gaining the required amount of experience for licensure.
  • If you are already an Texas EIT you do not need to do anything extra to register for the exam between June 20 – Sept 01.

In the coming weeks, TBPE will be releasing additional notice regarding the decoupling process as well as hosting a series of webinars and other training opportunities. In the meantime, Click Here if you would like more information on the rule change, as well as the change in the number of attempts you are granted to take the PE exam.


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