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    PE exam guidance

    Hello,

    I am looking to pursue my PE in the future.I already have an EIT and i would really appreciate if anyone can guide me on what are the books or resources for the exam.

    Another question is i did my Masters and now i have 2 years of experience.Can i write PE with this experience or i have to have four years experience?

    Thanks,
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    Hello,

    I'm unsure which state you are in regarding your licensing question, but I recently took and passed the exam in April of this year and used the following materials to pass:

    1) Power Reference Manual - Camara
    2) The Electrical Engineer's Guide to Passing the Power PE Exam - Graffeo (beware of some units mistakes in this book though)
    3) 2014 NEC
    4) NFPA 70E
    5) NESC (Do not use the handbook as you need the full version)
    6) Practice Problems in Binder (although I did not use this, it was strongly recommended by other colleagues if you study better this way)

    I will not comment on how to study as everyone is different.

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    The rules related to experience and education vary state to state. Your profile's zip code puts you in New York. Their rules are here:
    http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/pels/article145.htm

    The rules do say, "the board may accept study beyond the bachelor's degree in partial fulfillment of this requirement," referring to the requirement of four years work experience.

    The test is standardized, and I suspect the rules regarding bringing reference materials into the test room are also standardized. Check with the NCEES for the current rules. Not long after I took the test, the rules were changed to say that only one specific reference book was allowed, and you could not bring your own copy. They would give you a copy when you entered the test room. Whatever the rules say now, I would strongly recommend that you get a copy of any reference books they let you use, and study using those books.
    Charles E. Beck, P.E., Seattle
    Comments based on 2017 NEC unless otherwise noted.

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    As mentioned, the amount of experience is state specific.

    I used the Camera book, PPI book, I took a review class held locally once a week ( https://ppi2pass.com/pe-exam/prep-co...the-ppi-course ) and this forum has lots of references http://engineerboards.com/
    Last edited by ron; 11-27-17 at 04:42 PM.
    Ron

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlie b View Post
    The rules related to experience and education vary state to state. Your profile's zip code puts you in New York. Their rules are here:
    http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/pels/article145.htm

    The rules do say, "the board may accept study beyond the bachelor's degree in partial fulfillment of this requirement," referring to the requirement of four years work experience.

    The test is standardized, and I suspect the rules regarding bringing reference materials into the test room are also standardized. Check with the NCEES for the current rules. Not long after I took the test, the rules were changed to say that only one specific reference book was allowed, and you could not bring your own copy. They would give you a copy when you entered the test room. Whatever the rules say now, I would strongly recommend that you get a copy of any reference books they let you use, and study using those books.
    Thanks!I am looking for registration in VA state.And i looked it up for the requirements.It says "The successful completion of agraduate or doctorate degree inan engineering curriculum maybe accepted as one year ofequivalent engineeringexperience credit."

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlie b View Post
    The rules related to experience and education vary state to state. Your profile's zip code puts you in New York. Their rules are here:
    http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/pels/article145.htm

    The rules do say, "the board may accept study beyond the bachelor's degree in partial fulfillment of this requirement," referring to the requirement of four years work experience.

    The test is standardized, and I suspect the rules regarding bringing reference materials into the test room are also standardized. Check with the NCEES for the current rules. Not long after I took the test, the rules were changed to say that only one specific reference book was allowed, and you could not bring your own copy. They would give you a copy when you entered the test room. Whatever the rules say now, I would strongly recommend that you get a copy of any reference books they let you use, and study using those books.
    When i was wirting my FE exam i gave Arizona as Licensing state now i want to register as PE in VA.Can i transfer my EIT license to VA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tw1156 View Post
    Hello,

    I'm unsure which state you are in regarding your licensing question, but I recently took and passed the exam in April of this year and used the following materials to pass:

    1) Power Reference Manual - Camara
    2) The Electrical Engineer's Guide to Passing the Power PE Exam - Graffeo (beware of some units mistakes in this book though)
    3) 2014 NEC
    4) NFPA 70E
    5) NESC (Do not use the handbook as you need the full version)
    6) Practice Problems in Binder (although I did not use this, it was strongly recommended by other colleagues if you study better this way)

    I will not comment on how to study as everyone is different.
    Thanks for the guidance!
    Which version of Power Reference Manual did you use?
    If you dont mind can you share a link for Practice Problems in Binder?

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    I found it easy to contact our board here in Texas for any questions if the website was unclear. Virginia seems to have a nice setup at this link: http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/Boards/APELS/ I would recommend you peruse it to see if it answers your questions and if you are still unsure, you can always call or email too.

    I used the Second Edition of the Power Reference Manual. Aside from the NEC, that was the most useful book for me on the exam. The practice problems in a binder is not something online, but working problems on paper. In Texas, you are not permitted to bring in practice problems written with Pencil, so keep in mind to review all requirements for the state you will take your exam in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron View Post
    As mentioned, the amount of experience is state specific.

    I used the Camera book, PPI book, I took a review class held locally once a week ( https://ppi2pass.com/pe-exam/prep-co...the-ppi-course ) and this forum has lots of references http://engineerboards.com/

    Thanks Ron!How much did it cost for review class once a week?I am looking at the options and none of them is less than 1000$

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    Quote Originally Posted by tw1156 View Post
    I found it easy to contact our board here in Texas for any questions if the website was unclear. Virginia seems to have a nice setup at this link: http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/Boards/APELS/ I would recommend you peruse it to see if it answers your questions and if you are still unsure, you can always call or email too.

    I used the Second Edition of the Power Reference Manual. Aside from the NEC, that was the most useful book for me on the exam. The practice problems in a binder is not something online, but working problems on paper. In Texas, you are not permitted to bring in practice problems written with Pencil, so keep in mind to review all requirements for the state you will take your exam in.
    Thanks!I looked at that beforehand and it clarified couple of questions.I know every one learns a bit differently but when did you start learning for the exam and when did you take it?

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