The second step in applying for the Engineer in Training Exam is to register through your State Board of Engineer’s. This can be done at any point in time after registering with the NCEES. An important detail to note in this step is to ensure your registration/application is postmarked prior to the final filing date as defined by your Board. Again, be sure not to delay registering, that filing date comes fast and furious.
The following is the process of registering through the California Board. The particulars of the process may be different for other states, but the concepts will remain the same.
The first stage in applying with your Board is to head over to the NCEES website and sign in using the information you created in the previous step of the registration process. If you didn’t sign out and are going straight through both of the registration steps of this process, then you will be redirected at the final step of the NCEES registration form to a print out a PDF document for your specific state.
If you did sign out though, from the homepage of the NCEES, click on “Exams”
Once on the Exam page, refer to the right column where you will see a drop down menu of all the States, choose yours.
On the page following, you will be prompted for your sign in information. If the registration is open, it will allow you to sign in where you can then print and/or download your Application.
Run through the steps that are outlined in your application making sure to keep your handwriting legible for reviewers to process efficiently.
In your application, when prompted, choose one of the seven disciplines to be your main focus for the afternoon portion of the exam. You can choose from General, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical, or Industrial Engineering. The module you choose to take does not effect or determine the branch of engineering in which you are eligible to apply for when you go to become a Professional Engineer; so choose whichever one you feel most comfortable with at this time in your career. I personally chose to take the General portion of the exam even though I went on to become Registered as a Mechanical Engineer.
When you are completed with filling out your application, take a copy of it for your records, there is always a chance that your application could be lost in the shuffle. In the instructions attached to your application, it will describe the fees due, who to address them to, and where to send them and the completed application.
After you have all your paperwork situated, submit the completed and signed State application together with a check (or money order) in the amount set forth by your Board to the noted address on the application. Most states will notify you when you application is received if you include a self addressed and stamped postcard with your application. I recommend that you do this, as it will take a lot of stress of your shoulders knowing that your application wasn’t lost in transit.
Otherwise, you can expect to receive a notice via email, to the address provided during your NCEES Open Registration process, 2-3 weeks prior to the exam. This email will confirm your entry in to the exam as well as provide you with login instructions to download and print the Admission Notice. The Admission Notice must be printed and taken with you to the exam to be granted entry in to the building.
When you mail your application make sure you provide ample postage to get it to the destination. Applications received requiring postage due will not be accepted by your Board office. These applications will be sent back, but the final filing dates will not be extended for this situation.
If you change your home or email address after you submit your Engineer in Training Exam application, make sure to notify the Board immediately. If it is a change in your home address, use the resources and processes of your State Board to officially update it. If you change you email, update it electronically through NCEES and your Board website. Keeping these records up to date will ensure you do not miss out on any pertinent information related to the exam. This is an avoidable obstacle, make sure to avoid it.
If for any reason you have the need for special testing accommodations due to Religious beliefs or for reasons falling under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), don’t hesitate to contact your State Board. All requests must be submitted to NCEES for approval prior to the final filing date. If you have already submitted a request for special accommodations on a previous exam, you must reapply for the most current regardless of whether or not the situation has changed.