PROPOSED ACTION ON REGULATIONS
MARYLAND REGISTER, VOLUME 40, ISSUE 17
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2013
Subtitle 23 BOARD FOR PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS
Authority: Business Regulation Article, §§2-106, 2-106.1 and 2-106.2; Business
Occupations and Professions Article, §§14-101, 14-208, and 14-209, Annotated Code of Maryland
Notice of Proposed Action
The Board for Professional Engineers proposes to amend Regulation
.03 under COMAR 09.23.04 Fees. This action was considered by the Board at a public meeting held on April
11, 2013, notice of which was published in 40:6 Md. R. 591 (March 22, 2013), in accordance with State Government Article,
§10-506(c), Annotated Code of Maryland.
Statement of Purpose
The purpose of this action is to align the examination fees paid by applicants to take licensing examinations with the
fees established by the National Council of Examiners of Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES). NCEES is the national organization
that develops the exam, which is used nationally and internationally as the measure of engineering competence. Applicants
pay the examination fees directly to a third party vendor that administers the examinations.
Comparison to Federal Standards
There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.
Estimate of Economic Impact
I. Summary of Economic Impact. The engineering exam consists of two parts, Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and
Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE). The FE exam will be converted to computer based delivery in January 2014. At that
time, the FE exam fee will increase from $165 per candidate to $225, and the PE exam fee will increase from $275 per candidate
Currently, FE candidates pay $165 directly to the Board’s exam vendor, Professional Credential Services (PCS) to take the
exam. Of that amount, $110 is PCS’ administration fee and $55 is NCEES’ fee for the exam booklet and scoring.
PE candidates currently pay $275 directly to PCS. Of that amount, $110 is PCS’ administration fee and $165 is NCEES’ fee
for the exam booklet and scoring.
Effective in January 2014, FE candidates will submit $225 directly to NCEES to take the computerized exam and PCS will no
longer receive any fees from FE candidates. PE candidates will submit $370 ($260 NCEES exam booklet and scoring fee plus $110
PCS administration fee) directly to PCS, and PCS will continue to collect the fees from PE candidates.