PE Environmental Exam Details

Everything You Need to Know About the PE Environmental Exam!

PE Environmental Exam Overview

The PE Environmental exam is designed to test for a minimum level of competency in environmental engineering. The exam is designed for engineers who have at least four years of work experience in environmental engineering under another licensed professional engineer. 

  • This exam is an 8-hour, computer-based exam with 80 questions relevant to environmental engineering practices.
  • A minimum of 300 hours of preparation for the PE Environmental exam is recommended, although some candidates will need more or less time, depending on their individual backgrounds and experience. There is no limit to the number of times you can take the exam.
  • The PE Environmental exam is administered year-round at NCEES-approved Pearson VUE test center.
Interested in registering for the PE Environmental exam? Visit NCEES to learn more.

About the PE Environmental Exam

71% Pass Rate

The last published average pass rate of a first-time taker of the PE Environmental exam is 71%.

Six Exam Topics

PE Environment exam topics covered: Water, Air, Solid and Hazardous Waste, Site Assessment and Remediation, Environmental Health and Safety, and Associated Engineering Principles.


For more information on the exam specifications, please visit NCEES.

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