To become a professional engineer in Texas, a candidate needs to be in possession of an accredited degree or degree combination. The candidate must meet the minimum experience requirements, which vary depending on the degree the candidate possesses. Additionally, the candidate must pass several stipulated professional exams and apply to be admitted as a licensed professional engineer.
A bachelor of science degree in engineering from an accredited university in the United States, or an equivalent from Canada or Mexico, is accredited by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers for licensing purposes. A bachelor's degree in mathematical, physical or engineering sciences plus a graduate degree in the same engineering discipline from an accredited university can form an accredited degree combination.
Non-accredited degrees, such as the bachelor's degree in engineering technology or graduate degrees in mathematical, physical or engineering sciences are also accepted, provided that each degree contains at lest eight hours of post-trigonometric math and 20 hours of engineering sciences.
For candidates with accredited degrees and degree combinations, the minimum required professional experience is four years. Those with non-accredited degrees require eight years of professional experience. The professional experience must focus on engineering design and analysis.
Candidates need to write and pass three professional exams: the Texas Ethics of Engineering, Fundamentals of Engineering, and Principles and Practice of Engineering exams. These are administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.