NCEES reduces FE, FS exam prices beginning 2018

The U.S. engineering and surveying licensure boards that make up NCEES have voted to amend its policy on exam charges to lower the price for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exams by $50 to $175 beginning January 2018. The decision was made at the organization’s 95th annual meeting, held August 24–27, 2016, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Delegates also set a price for the computer-based Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam. None of the PE exams, which NCEES offers in 24 disciplines, is currently administered through computer-based testing (CBT), but the organization is preparing for future transitions to CBT. The earliest that the new price of $375 for computer-based PE exams could take affect is January 2018.

Delegates also approved an amendment to the financial policy on exam charges to require that examinees pay NCEES directly for all exams, whether CBT or pencil-and-paper format, beginning May 2017. Direct payment to NCEES is already required for all CBT exams. With PE exams moving from pencil-and-paper to CBT, the change will provide a consistent payment method during the transition.

“NCEES and its member boards are committed to reducing barriers to licensure,” NCEES Chief Executive Officer Jerry Carter explained. “Therefore, the organization wanted to lower the price of the fundamentals exams—the first exam for engineering and surveying licensure—to ensure that cost is not a prohibitive factor in starting on the path to licensure.”

NCEES adopts new professional policy and position statements

Among other actions taken at the annual meeting, delegates voted to adopt a professional policy on the Model Law Engineer, Model Law Structural Engineer, and Model Law Surveyor designations.

The development of the professional policy follows a 2015 vote to charge a committee to consider whether these Model Law designations should be removed from the Model Rules and adopted as a professional policy. The NCEES Advisory Committee on Council Activities was charged this year with developing this policy statement.

“NCEES wanted to move these definitions because they are specific to NCEES, not individual state licensing regulations,” explained CEO Carter. “They are intended for the NCEES Records program to help expedite applications for licensure by comity, so the Council felt they belonged in a professional policy, not in our model documents.”

Delegates adopted a position statement on remote sensing technologies. The statement says that the use of these technologies, such as light detection and ranging (LiDAR), photogrammetry, and unmanned aircraft systems, as well as other emerging technologies should be under the responsible charge of a licensed professional in order to safeguard the public.

Delegates also adopted a position statement on sustainability. The new statement says, in part, “NCEES recommends that professional engineers and professional surveyors incorporate the principles of sustainability to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public now and in the future.”

“Engineers and surveyors have a leading role in ensuring a sustainable future, so NCEES wanted to address this issue and formalize its position,” CEO Carter said.

The full text of the newly adopted professional policy on NCEES Model Law designations and position statements on remote sensing and sustainability is available online at

Parallel model language for structural engineering voted down

The NCEES Committee on Uniform Procedures and Legislative Guidelines proposed amendments to the Model Law and Model Rules to language for structural engineers parallel to that which is currently included for professional engineers. After debate, delegates voted not to accept the new language.

NCEES member boards maintain the Model Law and Model Rules as best practice manuals. The documents are a resource for U.S. states and territories, which set their own licensing laws and rules.

Full details on all motions considered during the annual meeting will be included in the official minutes, which will be published later this year.

NCEES recognizes long-standing service

NCEES recently honored several individuals for their dedicated service to the organization and the engineering and surveying professions. The 2016 NCEES award winners are

  • Robert Krebs, P.E., L.S., emeritus member of the Vermont Board of Land Surveyors, who received the Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation
  • Patty Mamola, P.E., former member of the Nevada State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, and Joseph Timms, P.E., emeritus member of the West Virginia State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers, who received the Distinguished Service Award
  • Kenneth Means, Ph.D., P.E., of West Virginia; William Pierson, Ph.D., P.E., of West Virginia; and Richard Schwarz, P.E., of Pennsylvania, who received the Distinguished Examination Service Award

The winners were honored at the NCEES annual meeting, held August 24–27, 2016, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Learn more about the service award winners.

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Turner begins term as NCEES president

Daniel Turner, Ph.D., P.E., P.L.S., began his term as 2016–17 NCEES president at the conclusion of the organization’s annual meeting, held August 24–27 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

A resident of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Turner was a member of the Alabama State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors from 2009 to 2014 and is now an emeritus member. He replaces outgoing president Michael Conzett, P.E., of Nebraska, who will remain on the NCEES board of directors as immediate past president.

Also during the annual meeting, NCEES members elected Patrick Tami, P.L.S., of California, president-elect for the 2016–17 term.

NCEES welcomed Maurice Bowersox, P.E., of Kansas, and Brian Hanson, P.E., of Alaska, to its board of directors as well. Bowersox and Hanson will serve two-year terms as vice presidents of the Central Zone and Western Zone, respectively.

Rounding out the board of directors are three members serving the second year of their two-year terms: Gary Thompson, P.L.S., of North Carolina, continues as treasurer; Theresa Hodge, P.E., of South Carolina, returns as Southern Zone vice president; and Roy Shrewsbury, P.S., of West Virginia, continues as Northeast Zone vice president.

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Maurice Bowersox, P.E.
Brian Hanson, P.E.
Patrick Tami, P.L.S.
Daniel Turner, Ph.D., P.E., P.L.S.

August 2016 Licensure Exchange

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  • University of Nebraska–Lincoln wins 2016 NCEES Engineering Education Award
  • From the President: My thoughts on the future of licensure
  • Winners of 2016 NCEES Surveying Education Award announced
  • Committee Focus: Addressing board concerns about ACCA motions
  • Officer Q&A: President-elect nominee and incoming vice presidents discuss vision for NCEES
  • HQ Update: NCEES staff—a valuable asset
  • Enforcement Beat: The many resources available for law enforcement personnel
  • ACEC helps engineers and surveyors navigate continuing education with RCEP
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • NCEES app returns to help users navigate annual meeting

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Winners of 2016 NCEES Surveying Education Award announced

Ten surveying programs each receive $10,000 cash prize

NCEES is pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural NCEES Surveying Education Award. This annual award recognizes surveying programs that best reflect the organization’s mission to advance licensure for engineers and surveyors in order to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

NCEES awarded a $10,000 prize to ten qualifying programs to assist with each program’s continued efforts to promote the importance and value of licensure. The award jury considered criteria such as student outcomes, student involvement, outreach, and recruitment. The award jury met June 23–24, 2016, in Clemson, South Carolina, to select the winners.

The jury selected ten programs to receive awards of $10,000 each:

    Ferris State University
    College of Engineering Technology
    Surveying Engineering program

    Michigan Technological University
    School of Technology
    Surveying Engineering program

    Nicholls State University
    Department of Applied Sciences
    Geomatics program

    Oregon Institute of Technology
    College of Engineering, Technology, and Management
    Geomatics program

    Parkland College
    Department of Engineering Science and Technologies
    Construction Design and Management: Land Surveying program

    Southeast Technical Institute
    Department of Engineering Technology
    Land Surveying Science Technology program

    The University of Akron
    College of Applied Science and Technology
    Surveying and Mapping program

    Troy University
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Surveying and Geomatics Sciences program

    University of Florida
    School of Forest Resources and Conservation
    Geomatics program

    University of Maine
    College of Engineering
    Surveying Engineering Technology program

More information about the 2017 NCEES Surveying Education Award cycle will be posted at when available.

Update on April 2016 exam results

The results from the April 2016 NCEES exams have been released to NCEES member licensing boards. PE and PS exam results were released on May 19. SE exam results were released on June 10.

How and when examinees receive their results varies by state. Some boards use NCEES Exam Administration Services to release the results directly to examinees; some release them through another testing service such as PCS; and other boards release the results themselves. In addition, some state boards validate the results at a board meeting before they can release them to examinees.

To find out how you will receive your result, select your state (or foreign entity) and exam from the engineering or surveying webpage.

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University of Nebraska–Lincoln wins 2016 NCEES Engineering Award

Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction takes $25,000 prize for interdisciplinary team design

NCEES is pleased to announce that the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction is the grand prize winner of the 2016 NCEES Engineering Award for Connecting Professional Practice and Education. The award jury met June 7, 2016, in Clemson, South Carolina, to select the $25,000 grand prize winner.

The department received the top prize for its submission, 888 Boylston Street-Interdisciplinary Team Design. For the project, electrical, structural, and mechanical engineering students worked as part of a team that also included licensed faculty, more than 50 licensed professional engineers and architects from industry, and many other allied professionals who served as mentors for the students. The team designed a proposed 17-story mixed-use high-rise building; the main guideline was for the building to be energy efficient according to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers standards.

The jury praised the project for its strong interaction with professional engineers as well as the complexity and multidisciplinary aspects of the project.

“This project had so many multidisciplinary aspects. The report was detailed and comprehensive and clearly conveyed the knowledge and skills learned,” said NCEES Engineering Award jury chair Michelle Rambo-Roddenberry, Ph.D., P.E. “The breadth of interaction the students had with practicing professional engineers was impressive.”

The jury selected five additional winners to receive awards of $7,500 each:

  • George Mason University
    Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering
    New Drinking Water and Sewer System for an Elementary School for Orphans—Bilwi, Nicaragua
  • George Mason University
    Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering
    Water and Sanitation Project Children’s Feeding Center Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua
  • Seattle University
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Design Development of a Cultural Village for Migrant Workers
  • Seattle University
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Design of Habitat-Sensitive Erosion Hazard Mitigation near a Bridge
  • Seattle University
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Solar Microgrid in Rural Zambia with Real-Time Cloud-Based Monitoring

The NCEES Engineering Award recognizes engineering programs that encourage collaboration between students and professional engineers. EAC/ABET-accredited programs from all engineering disciplines were invited to submit projects that integrate professional practice and education.

A jury of NCEES members and representatives from academic institutions and professional engineering organizations selected the winners. The jury members considered criteria such as

  • Successful collaboration of faculty, students, and licensed professional engineers
  • Protection of public health, safety, and/or welfare of the public
  • Multidiscipline and/or allied profession participation
  • Knowledge or skills gained
  • Effectiveness of display board, abstract, and project description

Profiles of the winning submissions are available online at

Licensure Exchange June 2016

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  • Committee Focus: Task force studies impact of emerging technologies on regulating engineering and surveying
  • Member Board Brief: Mobility doesn’t mean what you think it means
  • From the President: Does licensure really matter?
  • Exam News: NCEES prepares for first computer-based PS exam
  • Enforcement Beat: CPC audits highlight issues for out-of-state professionals
  • NCEES seeks environmental engineers’professional expertise and advice
  • Headquarters Update: Leadership in NCEES—Are you up for the task?
  • Upcoming events, member board news, and NCEES outreach
  • NCEES annual meeting registration open online until July 8

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NCEES seeks licensed environmental engineers for online survey

NCEES is currently seeking licensed environmental engineers to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study, or PAKS, for the PE Environmental exam. The results of this online survey will be used to update specifications for the exam, which is used throughout the United States for licensing purposes.

NCEES requires a cross section of licensed professional engineers practicing environmental engineering—including those working in industry, consulting, the public sector, and academia—to complete an online survey about the tasks and knowledge required of a licensed environmental engineer with 4 to 6 years of experience to practice in a manner that safeguards the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The survey can be completed in about 20 minutes.

“These studies help NCEES ensure its licensing exams remain relevant to current professional practice,” explained Director of Exam Services Tim Miller, P.E. “The value of this PAKS depends on the number of people who participate, so NCEES is eager to get a large response from professional engineers across all areas of environmental engineering.”

For access to the online survey, visit Responses must be received by July 20.

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Tom Dodd, Ph.D., P.E.
NCEES Exam Development Engineer

Licensure Exchange April 2016

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  • Enforcement Beat: Enforcement—The Fourth E
  • Committee Focus: EPE investigates support for professional practice exam
  • From the President: So, what happens at the annual meeting?
  • Member Board Brief: MBA Committee pens guidance for decoupling PE requirements
  • Understanding UK’s Chartered Engineer status
  • Headquarters Update: NCEES Emerging Engineers and Surveyors Group investigates ways to advance professions
  • NCEES launches national surveying education award
  • Wyoming making a world of difference with Engineers Week
  • Member board news, upcoming events, and NCEES outreach
  • Save the date for 2016 NCEES annual meeting

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