Help Needed on Reference Forms in CA in Anything about the PE Exam Posted February 2, 2018 · Report reply 13 hours ago, homerca said: I believe you need to have at least 10 years qualified experience for FE waiver. Why don't you just take the FE exam, it is not that difficult and will give you a lot of mobility for the certification. In CA, electrical engineer unlike civil engineer, you could find electrical engineers who are exempt from PE for references, as long as they are in the position to decide whether you are qualified for the PE. But I believe all these references should cover enough time for exemption. That is another reason why I would encourage you to take the FE exam first, you only need 2 years experience rather than 10 years. http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/pe_errf_instructions_2010.pdf The document would give you enough information for the references. If I understood correctly, I don't think her issue is with taking the FE or not. Whether she is approved for the FE waiver or she passes the FE... I think her issue/question is about obtaining the proper references for the PE application since most of her supervisors are/were not PEs but are 'exempt'.