Professional Licensure

The Agricultural & Biological Engineering PE Exam

Agricultural & Biological PE Exam Update
Individual State Licensing Boards and Requirements
National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)
National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
NSPE Ethics Webpage

Exam Preparation Resources

The Agricultural & Biological Engineering PE exam is held in April of each year. 

Ag/Bio Eng PE Exam Reference List
Electronic Reference Materials
ASABE Standards Reference Collection for Takers of the Agricultural & Biological Engineering PE Exam
Webinar Series Offers Ag & Bio Eng PE Exam Preparation
NCEES Agricultural & Biological Engineering PE Exam Specifications

FE Exam & FE Reference Handbook
The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is typically the first step in the process leading to PE licensure. It is designed for recent graduates and students who are close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree. The FE is a computer-based exam that is administered year-round in testing windows at NCEES-approved Pearson VUE test centers. See the FE exam specifications here. The FE contains 110 multiple-choice questions. The exam appointment time is 6 hours long, which includes a nondisclosure agreement, tutorial (8 minutes), the exam (5 hours and 20 minutes), a scheduled break (25 minutes), and a brief survey. Further details on the FE exam may be found here.

FE Reference Handbook
The FE Reference Handbook is available for free download by registering or logging into MyNCEES. Examinees are urged to familiarize themselves with this resource prior to taking the computer-based exam. A searchable, electronic copy of the handbook will be displayed on the monitor during the exam. Find further information on the handbook here.

Ag/Bio PE Exam Supplied Reference Handbook
The preliminary version of the Ag/Bio PE Exam Supplied Reference Handbook (SRH) is available for free download. Permissions are pending. Examinees are urged to familiarize themselves with this resource prior to taking the ABE exam.

Mentor Program for First-Time Takers of the ABE PE Exam

If you're planning to take the Agricultural & Biological Engineering PE exam and would like to be paired with a mentor who can share firsthand knowledge of what to expect, please send a message to Jasper Cunningham and we'll be happy to pair you with someone who has taken and passed the exam within the last few years. The mentoring program will be conducted electronically, and once a mentor/mentee pairing has been made, contact information (name and e-mail address) will be shared with each party. This benefit is only available to ASABE members. To join, please click here.

Check back in February 2021 for more information on the ABE PE incentive program.

Ag & Bio Eng PE Practice Exam

Below, please find a series of practice questions to help you prepare for the Ag & Bio Eng PE exam. 

Common Systems Applications
Natural Resources & Ecology
Process Engineering


PEI Logo

PEI is a membership community within ASABE. Founded in 1994, PEI provides a forum for engineers to understand and take action on issues affecting the vitality and continuity of the engineering profession in agricultural, food, and biological systems. 

PEI's central objective is to promote the economic and social well being of the general public and of the PEI membership by providing a program to expand the application of sound engineering practices. PEI strives to foster the ideals of the professional engineer and to help the public understand the diverse and unique knowledge base the profession represents. PEI seeks to demonstrate how the profession can and does advance the quality of life and general welfare. To accomplish these broad goals, PEI works closely with people who are responsible for resolving society's technical problems to ensure that those individuals recognize the value of agricultural, food, and biological systems engineering expertise and the potential for the beneficial use of that expertise.

How to become a PEI Member
To be eligible for membership in PEI you must be a member of ASABE and be either a licensed engineer or hold an Engineering Intern classification provided the classification has been in existence for less than 10 years. PEI dues are $30 annually. These dues are used to fund projects that are above and beyond the society's base financial support. You can join PEI on your annual dues invoice or by contacting Tina Schultz.

Current Officers
Gayle Baker
Vice Chair: Brady Lewis
Secretary/Treasurer: Alicia Modenbach
Past Chair: 
Carolyn Jones

Questions? Contact the PEI chair.