In this article (and video above), I answer a common question that many new engineers have, which is:
“Does your engineering experience count from the moment you begin working, or does it only start accruing after you officially obtain your EIT certificate?”
Before we dive into the crux of the matter, let’s first understand what an EIT certificate is. EIT stands for Engineer-in-Training, and it’s a crucial stepping stone towards becoming a licensed Professional Engineer (PE). To acquire this esteemed credential, aspiring engineers must pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, a national assessment that gauges their grasp of fundamental engineering principles in mathematics, science, and engineering.
Now, the question that’s been lingering in our minds: does engineering experience count before EIT certification? The answer depends on the state in which you seek licensure. Some states generously count engineering experience from the moment you embark on your professional journey, regardless of whether you’ve obtained your EIT certificate. However, other states adhere to a stricter timeline, only acknowledging engineering experience gained after EIT certification.
Now you might ask, how can I find out if my state counts engineering experience before EIT certification?
The best way to find out if your state counts engineering experience before EIT certification is to contact your state licensing board. You can find contact information for your state licensing board on the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) website.
As an aspiring engineer, it’s crucial to understand your state’s specific requirements regarding engineering experience and EIT certification. This knowledge will empower you to make informed decisions about your career path and ensure you’re on track to achieving your professional goals.
So, there you have it! The answer to whether engineering experience counts before EIT certification lies within the regulations of your state licensing board. Remember, knowledge is power, so don’t hesitate to reach out to your state’s licensing board for definitive answers.
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Anthony Fasano, P.E.
Engineering Management Institute
Author of Engineer Your Own Success