We often get individuals dropping in asking us the question “What is EIT Certification?”
They could be asking this for a number of reasons.
Some ask because they are seeing the acronyms EI or EIT on someone else’s email signature or business card.
Others are asking because they are seeing it as a requirement on a job description they are looking to apply for.
While some just want to know the details because they are seeing that it is part of the process in becoming a licensed professional engineer in their state.
Wherever you fall on this spectrum, you are finding yourself here because you have this same question.
So what is EIT Certification?
The EIT Certification, which is formally known as the Engineer In Training Certification, is simply a document, a number, granted by the individual’s state engineering board after they pass the Engineer In Training Exam.
The Engineer in Training Exam (EIT Exam) is the first of two exams you will take as you move towards obtaining your Professional Engineering License (PE).
This exam, which you may also hear referred to as the Fundamentals of Engineering exam (FE Exam), is developed and administered in all states (and a number of locations outside the US) by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).
The FE Exam is offered to eligible students year-round in four different testing windows.
You can learn more about what this exam is all about here:
So that is what EIT Certification is…it’s simply a certificate, a number, that attests that the individual has proven proficient in the fundamentals of the engineering discipline.
But what about all these acronyms people are using once they obtain this certification?
You may be seeing Engineering Intern (EI), or Engineer In Training (EIT), or maybe evenIntern Engineer (IE).
What’s the difference?
Each state has their own rules and regulations that give you insight on the designation you may legally use once you gain your EIT Certification.
Each term is synonymous with one another…all just mean that you have successfully reached a milestone in passing the FE Exam.
You can view more about your specific state’s rules and regulations that define the legal designations starting here:
So whether you are seeing it on a business card, in an email signature or within a job description, having your EIT Certification just means that you have taken and passed the FE Exam.
So what now?
Now that you know this, where does that put you?
Do you have a need to pass the FE Exam?
Are you struggling?
Maybe you have already attempted and failed.
Maybe you feel you don’t know enough to pass.
Maybe you just think you are past the point of being able to pass having graduated a long time ago.
None of these should be stopping points, only obstacles which you work through…that’s just life.
We have worked with thousands of engineers who had been in your same exact shoes.
Shoes of limiting beliefs.
Shoes of strong fear of failure.
Shoes of uncertainty.
I just want you to know that these are all normal, give yourself some grace.
The only thing you need to do is take action..one small action at a time and build on that.
It’s possible if you are willing to give yourself a chance.
We at Prepineer would be honored to help you take that next step. Click here to learn more about how our FE Exam prep program can be the most powerful ally in your journey to EIT Certification