NCEES hosts forum to strengthen future of surveying profession

The NCEES Future of Surveying Forum, held January 22 in San Diego, California, brought together representatives from 18 surveying-related organizations to identify key elements and strategies to strengthen the future of the surveying profession. This is the first time organizations with varying perspectives on the profession have come together to discuss its challenges and collaborate on increasing the number of professional surveyors.

A significant element identified during the forum is improving the image of the profession. Participants believe boosting the profession’s image and increasing public awareness will help keep surveying relevant in the future. Other important elements include addressing changes in technology and the varying definitions of the practice of surveying.

Some of the strategies identified to address these elements include rebranding the profession to promote an updated image and increase public understanding of surveying and developing a consistent message to support the new image.

“Collaboration within the profession is crucial to reversing the declining number of professional surveyors,” explained NCEES Chief Executive Officer Jerry Carter. “Working together to create a consistent message for everyone to use will provide a more effective approach to addressing this issue. The full forum report will provide recommendations on how professional organizations can continue what we started with this meeting.”

Representatives from the following organizations participated in the forum:

  • ACEC Council of Professional Surveyors
  • American Association for Geodetic Surveying
  • American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
  • ASCE Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute
  • American Surveyor magazine
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Colonial States Boards of Surveyor Registration
  • International Federation of Surveyors
  • MAPPS
  • National Association of County Surveyors
  • National Geodetic Survey
  • National Society of Professional Surveyors
  • Point of Beginning magazine
  • NCEES Emerging Engineers and Surveyors Group
  • Surveying and Geomatics Educators Society
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Western Federation of Professional Surveyors
  • xyHt magazine

Update on October 2015 exam results

The results from the October 2015 NCEES exams have been released to NCEES member licensing boards. PS results were released on December 3. PE and SE results were released on December 11.

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 must 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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Licensure Exchange December 2015

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  • From the President—The fundamentals exam: Reaching a new normal
  • Volunteers needed to judge Future City regionals
  • Enforcement Beat—Land surveying vs. engineering measurements: When do measurements become a survey?
  • Committee Focus: NCEES committees and task forces begin work on 2015–16 agenda
  • NCEES publishes history of the organization
  • Member Board Brief: MBAs focus on best practices
  • Take the pledge and join Global Day
  • Service to member boards is at the center of staff activities
  • Remembering past presidents Stivers and Taylor
  • NCEES expands testing windows for CBT exams
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • NCEES publishes 2015 Engineering Award Book, opens 2016 competition

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NCEES seeks architectural engineers’ professional expertise and advice

NCEES is currently seeking licensed architectural engineers to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study, or PAKS, for the PE Architectural Engineering 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 architectural engineering—including those working in industry, consulting, the public sector, and academia—to complete an online survey. The survey will help determine the knowledge and skills required of a licensed architectural 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 25 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 P.E.s across all areas of architectural engineering.”

The survey is now closed. Thank you to everyone who completed it.

For more information

Susan Cline, P.E.
NCEES Exam Development Engineer
scline@ncees.org
864-654-6824


Licensure Exchange October 2015

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  • From the President: Advancing licensure calls for embracing change
  • NCEES delegates debate the issues at annual meeting
  • Emerging Engineers and Surveyors Group meets with NCEES board of directors
  • The engineer: to be or not to be
  • Judges needed for 2016 Future City regionals
  • Headquarters Update: Occupational licensure at risk
  • NCEES recognizes long-standing service
  • Nominations open for NCEES service awards
  • NCEES installs 2015–16 board of directors
  • Member board news, upcoming events, and NCEES outreach

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NCEES adopts position statement on the future of engineering licensure

The U.S. engineering and surveying licensure boards that make up NCEES have voted to adopt a position statement on future engineering education requirements for licensure as a professional engineer. The decision was made during the organization’s 2015 annual meeting, held August 19–22 in Williamsburg, Virginia.

The development of the position statement follows a 2014 vote to remove from the NCEES Model Law and Model Rules the additional education requirements for engineering licensure that were set to take effect in 2020 in order to allow work on implementation to continue without a set effective date. These requirements called for an engineering licensure candidate to obtain a master’s degree or its equivalent before initial licensure.

The NCEES Advisory Committee on Council Activities was charged this year with developing a position statement that reflected the future education requirements removed in 2014, with the aim of continuing to address the issue.

In addition to asserting the organization’s dedication to ensuring that the education requirements for engineering licensure continue to safeguard the public in the future, the statement outlines several pathways for a licensure candidate to obtain the body of knowledge necessary to enter the profession. It also reaffirms NCEES’ commitment to engaging with technical engineering societies and other interested parties to explore additional education pathways.

“The vision of NCEES focuses providing leadership in engineering and surveying licensure to safeguard the public and shape the future of professional licensure,” said NCEES Chief Executive Officer Jerry Carter. “This is a complex issue with many stakeholders; NCEES will use this position statement to guide its efforts to engage with those stakeholders and ensure that licensing standards continue to protect the public in the future.”

Ultimately, each jurisdiction will make its own decisions on future engineering licensure requirements. NCEES member boards maintain the Model Law and Model Rules as best practice manuals, but U.S. states and territories set their own licensing laws and rules. “Each state and territory will decide individually whether to amend its requirements, but the member boards of NCEES are working together to fully consider these issues,” Carter said.

The full text of NCEES Position Statement 35, Future Education Requirements for Engineering Licensure is available on the NCEES website.

Expanding international use of exams

Among other actions taken at the annual meeting, delegates voted to authorize the negotiation of a contract with the Egyptian Engineering Syndicate to offer the Fundamentals of Engineering exam in Egypt to graduates of the country’s engineering programs, regardless of whether they are accredited by the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission.

The Egyptian Engineering Syndicate will use the FE exam to assist with assessing the quality of the engineering education in Egypt. It also plans to require the candidates to pass the exam to practice engineering in the country. Additionally, successful candidates could use it as a step toward engineering licensure with a U.S. state or territory.

The computer-based exam will be offered in Egypt at approved Pearson VUE test centers. As at U.S.-based testing sites, examinees will be required to adhere to strict security measures to protect the integrity of NCEES licensing exams.

NCEES currently offers the FE exam in Egypt to students and graduates of the American University in Cairo. The agreement with the Egyptian Engineering Syndicate, which individuals are required to be a member of to practice engineering in Egypt, could potentially bring as many as 25,000 more FE examinees each year. The exam is currently administered to approximately 45,000 examinees each year in the United States.

Promoting the surveying profession

Increasing the number of professional surveyors was another key concern at the annual meeting. NCEES member boards voted to fund a meeting of surveying organizations to discuss how to best attract a diverse cross section of people to the profession. The group will recommend additional outreach opportunities to promote surveying as a career, including potential collaborations with other organizations.

Delegates also voted to implement a new initiative to support surveying education at the college level. The program will recognize up to 10 professional surveying programs of distinction each year, awarding each up to $10,000. NCEES staff and members will work together in the coming year to develop the program, including finalizing award criteria.

These efforts to promote the surveying profession follow the work of the Future of Surveying Task Force, which was formed in 2014 to address the decline in the number of surveyors entering the profession in the United States.

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


Conzett begins term as NCEES president

Michael Conzett, P.E., began his term as 2015–16 NCEES president at the conclusion of the organization’s annual meeting, held August 19–22 in Williamsburg, Virginia.

A resident of Omaha, Nebraska, Conzett has been a member of the Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects since 2003. He replaces outgoing president David Widmer, P.L.S., of Pennsylvania, who will remain on the NCEES board of directors as immediate past president.

Also during the annual meeting, NCEES members elected Daniel Turner, Ph.D., P.E., P.L.S., of Alabama, president-elect for the 2015–16 term and reelected Gary Thompson, P.L.S., of North Carolina, treasurer for 2015–17.

NCEES welcomed Theresa Hodge, P.E., of South Carolina, and Roy Shrewsbury, P.S., of West Virginia, to its board of directors as well. Hodge and Shrewsbury will serve two-year terms as vice presidents of the Southern Zone and Northeast Zone, respectively.

Rounding out the board of directors are two members serving the second year of their two-year terms: Christy VanBuskirk, P.E., of Iowa, returns as Central Zone vice president and Patrick Tami, P.L.S., of California, continues as Western Zone vice president.

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NCEES recognizes long-standing service

At its 94th annual meeting, NCEES honored several members for their longtime service to the organization and the engineering and surveying professions. The 2015 NCEES award winners are

  • Jon Nelson, P.E., emeritus member of the Oklahoma State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, who received the Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation
  • Gene Dinkins, P.E. P.L.S., member of the South Carolina Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors, who received the Distinguished Service Award
  • William Bathie, P.E., of Iowa, who received the Distinguished Examination Service Award

The winners were honored at the NCEES annual meeting, held August 19–22, 2015, in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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Licensure Exchange August 2015

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  • Marquette University wins 2015 NCEES Engineering Award
  • NCEES names winners of #PSnoboundaries competition
  • From the President: Filling in the unanswered questions
  • Committee Focus: NCEES committees address CPC requirements
  • Officer Q&A: Officer nominees and incoming vice presidents discuss vision for NCEES
  • Enforcement Beat: Law Enforcement Committee to present best practices for law enforcement and investigations at annual meeting
  • NCEES announces members of Emerging Engineers and Surveyors Group
  • Headquarters Update: Change is inevitable—and necessary
  • Cottinghams establish endowed professorship
  • NCEES zones honor distinguished service
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • NCEES app returns to help users navigate annual meeting

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NCEES seeks electrical and computer engineers’ professional expertise and advice

NCEES is currently seeking licensed electrical and computer engineers to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study, or PAKS, for the PE Electrical and Computer exams. The results of this online survey will be used to update specifications for the exams, which are used throughout the United States for licensing purposes. The PAKS will be used to update all three of the PE Electrical and Computer exams: Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronics, and Power.

NCEES requires a cross section of licensed professional engineers practicing electrical or computer 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 electrical or computer 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 P.E.s across all areas of electrical and computer engineering.”

For access to the online survey, visit bit.ly/PEElecComp. Responses must be received by August 7, 2015.

For more information

Tom Dodd, Ph.D., P.E.
NCEES Exam Development Engineer
tdodd@ncees.org
864-624-5453