State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors: Exam Information

Exam Information

Architect Registration Exams (General)

The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) assesses candidates for their knowledge, skills, and ability to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture. The ARE is the only examination prepared by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and has been adopted for use by all 55 U.S. member boards and the Canadian provincial architectural associations as the examination required of all candidates for architectural licensure. For the most current information about the ARE, visit

Engineer and Land Surveyor Exams (General)

NCEES Examinations

Engineer & Land Surveyor Exam Candidates: If you require examination administration accommodations that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, please visit the NCEES website for information on special accommodations. 

Colorado administers the National Council of Examiners For Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) examinations.

Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)                  6 Hours    Open Book (NCEES)
Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE)     8 Hours    Open Book (NCEES)
Fundamentals of Surveying (FS)                     6 Hours    Open Book (NCEES)
Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS)        6 Hours    Closed Book (NCEES)
Principles and Practice of Engineering Examination 

April exams are offered in Denver and Durango. October exams are offered in Denver and Grand Junction.

State Specific PLS Exam

The Colorado State Specific 1.5 hour Professional Land Surveyor Exam (COPLS) is a closed book exam administered by computer at proctored test sites. Please reference the following for complete information about this licensing examination:

The State Specific PLS Exam Candidate Handbook contains a Test Outline & Study Guidance with links to study and reference resources.

NCEES Examinee Guide

The NCEES Examinee Guide is the official guide to policies and procedures for all NCEES exams. All examinees are required to read this document before starting the exam registration process. It is the examinee’s responsibility to make sure he or she has the current version. NCEES exams are administered in either a computer-based format or a pencil-and-paper format. Each method of administration has specific rules; the guide describes the rules for each exam format. Refer to the appropriate section for your exam. View the NCEES Examinee Guide.

Exam Review Course Providers

This listing does not imply Board endorsement, nor is it meant to imply that only these courses are acceptable to meet Board requirements.

Engineers and Land Surveyors

Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado

The Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado offers a comprehensive Land Surveying Refresher Course. This course offers a review and self-study plan for those taking the NCEES FS and PS examinations and is designed to aid candidates in developing and expanding exam-taking proficiencies. For questions and to register, please contact Becky Roland, Executive Director, PLSC at 303-551-3266 or


School of PE
545 Metro Place South, Suite 450
Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-873-7475 | Fax: 614-873-7476

School of PE has been offering Review Courses for certification exams since 2004. We are currently offering review courses for FE/EIT, PE Civil, PE Electrical, PE Environmental, PE Mechanical, PE Chemical and SE exams in several states across the country including Colorado. Our FE Exam Refresher Course is based on the new CBT and offers a thorough review of the majority of topics in FE General (Other Disciplines), FE Civil, FE Electrical and FE Mechanical disciplines. All of our courses include refresher classes and workshop sessions. If you are planning to take any of these examinations, increase your confidence by enrolling in a Review Course offered by the School of PE. Our spring review courses for April exams are from February through April and Fall review courses for October exams are from August through October. Visit our website for more details and for online registration.


Capstone Learning Associates
Phone: 650-504-0301

Engineers preparing for the FE/EIT CBT exam can enroll in an online comprehensive curriculum or select just the topics they need from the curriculum menu to pass the exam. The exam-centric learning provides the updated CBT topics to reflect the current CBT exams and combines professional graphics with studio quality audio narrative, written and delivered by a Mechanical PE with over 25 years of experience in FE and PE exam instruction. In addition to learning the steps, required resources, and best practices for solving more than 300 FE exam-style questions, enrollment includes access to a tutor, collaboration with other engineers, resources like the ones you'll use during the exam and Capstone's proven RIGOR solution methodology that mirrors the solution process you'll use during the CBT exam. Visit our website to try our free course sample.


Professional Publications, Inc.

PPI Review Courses offer anytime, anywhere access to Live Online and On Demand video lectures. These comprehensive courses effectively prepare you for the NCEES FE and PE exams with leading review materials, relevant assignments, detailed course notes, quizzes, and more. PPI's Review Courses are guaranteed‚ - if you don't pass your exam, you can repeat the course free of charge.