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State of Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects


Required engineering experience prior to applying for the PE/SE

  • Candidates for the Principles and Practice of Engineering Examination (PE) or the Structural Engineering (SE) shall have not less than four years of work experience acceptable to the Board. “Work” means professional services comprising the practice of engineering.
  • Work experience for applicants may start immediately following graduation from a four-year or equivalent engineering program.
  • A candidate may not sit for the PE Examination or the SE Examination until at least four calendar years after completion of an EAC/ABET-accredited degree, irrespective of the combination of work experience and education credit that may be available for an advanced degree.
  • Successful completion of graduate study leading to an advanced degree in engineering may satisfy part of the experience requirement.
    • A Masters Degree in engineering may be used for credit for one year of experience if it is preceded by an EAC/ABET-accredited baccalaureate degree in engineering.
    • A Doctorate Degree in engineering may be used for two years of experience if it is preceded by an EAC/ABET-accredited degree in engineering; in the case of a Doctorate Degree, no additional experience will be credited for a Masters Degree.
  • The Board will consider engineering experience performed outside the United States if the Board determines that such experience is gained under a licensed professional engineer from an NCEES jurisdiction, or upon reasonable investigation by an engineer Board member, that such experience was performed under circumstances comparable to the standards for engineering in the United States. All materials necessary to such determination must be provided by and at the expense of the applicant.
  • Experience must indicate that, over the course of time, the applicant’s work has been of increasing quality and has required greater responsibility.
  • Only work of an engineering nature which follows graduation from a professional engineering program may be used to satisfy the experience requirement.
  • Experience must not be obtained in violation of the E&A Act.
  • Experience should be gained under the supervision of a licensed professional engineer or, if not, an explanation should be made showing why the experience should be considered acceptable to the Board.
  • Experience gained in engineering research and design projects by members of an engineering faculty where the curriculum is approved by the Board may be used to satisfy the experience requirement.
  • Construction experience may be used to satisfy the experience requirement only if the applicant can demonstrate that the work required the application of engineering principles.
  • Experience may not be anticipated. The experience must have been received at the time of the application
  • For more information on acceptable engineering experience, refer to Chapter 2.3 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations (Title 110, NAC).