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History

The following publications tell the story of the founding and evolution of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.

Timeline

1891
California passes the first surveying licensure law.

1907
Wyoming passes the first engineering licensure law.

1920
At a meeting in Chicago, the Council of State Boards of Engineering Examiners (CSBEE) is founded by 7 of the 10 state boards with engineering/surveying licensing laws.

1931
The word “national” is added to the organization’s name (NCSBEE).

1932
NCSBEE approves the Model Law for Registration of Engineers and Land Surveyors. The Council’s National Bureau of Engineering Registration is created.

1933
NCSBEE revises the Constitution and Bylaws to create a board of directors, zones, and the position of executive secretary.

1950
All states plus Alaska, Hawaii, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico now have engineering registration laws.

1953
The four geographic zones hold their first interim meetings, where member boards discuss issues of common interest.

1965
First NCSBEE Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination is administered.

1966
First NCSBEE Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) examination is administered.

1967
The organization’s name is changed to the National Council of Engineering Examiners (NCEE).

1973
The first NCEE Fundamentals of Land Surveying (FLS) examination is administered.

1974
The first NCEE Principles and Practice of Land Surveying (PLS) examination is administered.

1979
The NCEE Records program is created to replace the National Bureau of Engineering Registration.

1984
All member licensing boards now use uniform national engineering examinations.

1989
The organization’s name is changed to National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).

1996
The afternoon portion of the FE examination is offered in six discipline-specific modules (Chemical, Civil, Industrial, Electrical, Mechanical, and General) in order to test upper-division knowledge.

1999
With the October exam, the first academic-based FLS exam is administered.

2000
The NCEES Engineering and Land Surveying Examination Services (ELSES) is established to provide exam administration services to NCEES member boards. Initially chartered as an NCEES affiliate, ELSES was dissolved in 2009 but continues to provide the same services as the NCEES Exam Administration Services department.

2002
With the April exam, the PE Civil, PE Electrical and Computer, and PE Mechanical exams are all administered in the breadth-and-depth objectively scored (multiple-choice) format. With the October administration, all PE exams (except Structural) are given in the all objectively scored format.

2003
The Engineering Speaker’s Kit is developed to promote the engineering profession, emphasizing the benefits of pursuing licensure. A Surveying Speaker’s Kit is introduced two years later.

2004
NCEES conducts its first security audit of exam-related processes to ensure best practices in protecting intellectual property and the integrity of the licensure process.

2005
The names of surveying exams are changed to Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) and Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) to remove the word “land.”

2006
NCEES begins providing Credentials Evaluations services for licensure candidates earning degrees from programs outside the United States and from domestic, non-ABET accredited programs.

NCEES exams are first offered in Japan and Alberta, Canada.

2007
NCEES celebrates the 100th anniversary of engineering licensure in the United States.

2008
NCEES exams are first offered in South Korea.

2009
NCEES exams are first offered in Egypt.

NCEES launches the Engineering Award for Connecting Professional Practice and Education.

2010
NCEES exams are first offered in Saudi Arabia.

The Council votes to transition the FE and FS exams to a computer-based format.

2011
NCEES launches new web-based Engineering and Surveying Speaker’s Kits.

2012
NCEES exams are first offered in the Emirate of Sharjah and in Turkey.

The Council votes to transition the PE and PS exams to a computer-based format at the earliest feasible date but no earlier than 2015.

2013
The last pencil-and-paper administration of the FE and FS exams takes place in October.

Council headquarters is expanded to add more meeting space.

NCEES serves as lead society sponsor of National Engineers Week.

Two new departments are created: Client Services and Member Services.

NCEES installs first female president of the organization at its August annual meeting.

2014
The FE and FS exams are administered via computer-based testing for the first time beginning in January. The FE exam becomes seven freestanding, discipline-specific exams.

NCEES exams are first offered in Taiwan.

2016
The last pencil-and-paper administration of the PS exam takes place in April. The PS exam is administered via computer-based testing for the first time beginning in October.

NCEES launches the NCEES Surveying Education Award.