Preparing for the 2023 nuclear PE exam with ANS guides

March 9, 2023, 3:01PMANS News

The next opportunity to earn professional engineer (P.E.) licensure in nuclear engineering will be this fall when the exam is administered nationwide on October 24, 2023. Now is the time to sign up for the nuclear PE exam and begin studying with the help of various preparation materials made available by the American Nuclear Society.

According to Joshua Vajda, chair of the ANS Professional Engineering Examination Committee (PEEC), it is important for ANS as a scientific society to continue to encourage professional licensure: “Emphasizing the importance of obtaining nuclear credentials is a Society initiative to maintain high ethical standards in the industry and to provide career advancement for the next generation of young practicing nuclear engineers.”

Registration open: Registration is now open for the next nuclear engineering PE exam, which is only offered in a computer-based format. The deadline to register varies by state, but completed applications are generally required by June. You can access your state’s requirements through links provided on the NCEES website.

Study aids: ANS volunteers have developed multiple study aids to help prepare engineers who are interested in becoming licensed in nuclear engineering. Primary among these is the Nuclear PE Exam Preparation Module Program, a comprehensive, video-based online program containing more than 130 10-minute modules covering general knowledge and five specification areas that map directly to the NCEES nuclear engineering PE exam specifications list.

The material in each specification area can be purchased separately, or the entire program can be purchased at a 25 percent discount from the ANS Digital Nuclear Library. Exam takers may also be interested in ANS’s Study Guide for the Professional Engineering Examination in Nuclear Engineering, an e-book containing almost 900 pages of information pertaining to PE registration and the exam. It is available for purchase at the ANS Store under special publications.

Professional licensure: Licensure is the mark of a professional. It is a standard recognized by employers and their clients, by governments, and by the public as an assurance of dedication, skill, and quality. More information on the nuclear engineering PE exam is available from NCEES.

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