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INTRODUCTION TO THE CSE EXAM >> Control systems engineering is the branch of professional engineering. It requires an understanding of the science of instrumentation and the automatic control of dynamic processes. The ability to apply this knowledge to the planning, design, development, operation, and evaluation of control systems to insure the safety and practical operability of such processes is a must. The CSE examination includes elements of electrical, mechanical, chemical, and other branches of engineering, centered on the technologies needed for feedback and feed forward control of dynamic systems. The CSE examination is available through 44 U.S. state boards of engineering each October. Individuals seeking the PE designation, in their respective states, usually:

Ø       Hold four-year engineering degrees from an approved institution

Ø       Have a minimum of four years experience

Ø       Pass both the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Examinations.

All but six states in the United States offer the CSE examination as one of the Professional Engineers (PE) licensing exams. The following states do NOT offer the CSE examination: Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Rhode Island. Contact your state board for the specific requirements for your state. ISA has communicated to NCEES and State Boards of Registration its willingness to serve as the supporting Society for the Control Systems Engineering (CSE) registration process and testimony by ISA licensed members to State Boards. This activity is in the direct support of licensure and the competent and ethical performance of control system engineering services.
This statement is based on the action of ISA's Executive Board in June 1990 (Board Item 2374-90).