Licensure Exchange April 2015

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  • Enforcement Beat: Which direction does your moral compass point?
  • Committee Focus: Model Law and Model Rules provide boards with a gold standard to follow
  • Focus on learning from others at NCEES annual meeting
  • From the President: Zone meetings lay the groundwork for actions in August
  • Headquarters Update: AAES nears completion of engineering competeny model
  • New Face of Engineering—College Edition nominees announced
  • Member Board Brief: Are we clear?
  • NCEES revises Engineering Education Standard
  • Past President Krebs named Vermont Engineer of the Year
  • Member board news, upcoming events, and NCEES outreach
  • Save the date for 2015 NCEES annual meeting

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NCEES launches Squared: a year in numbers

NCEES launches licensure statistics publication and interactive annual report

NCEES is pleased to introduce the inaugural issue of NCEES Squared, the official NCEES source for engineering and surveying licensure statistics. This new annual publication is designed to make licensure data available to a wide audience, including educators, employers, and the general public. It includes information about the number of U.S. licensees, exam volume and pass rates for NCEES exams, the average age of examinees, and much more.

“‘Squared’ refers to being direct, honest, and in good order,” said NCEES Chief Executive Officer Jerry Carter. “Recent technology enhancements now allow us to analyze more data. We wanted to offer a straightforward account of our 2013–14 fiscal year through data that measure where licensure is today and the trends we are seeing. We hope this information will help more people understand licensure and its importance to our everyday lives.”

Learn more about NCEES Squared: a year in numbers.

NCEES has also released its 2014 annual report as an interactive website that complements the printed publication. The annual report provides an overview of the organization’s accomplishments and growth over the past fiscal year. The annual report website features videos from 2014 events and interviews with NCEES members and leadership on the organization’s various initiatives.

Explore the interactive annual report or download a PDF of the printed publication.


NCEES wants young engineers and surveyors to help shape the future of licensure

NCEES is launching an Emerging Engineers and Surveyors Group. The group will connect young engineers and surveyors with NCEES decision makers to

  • Provide feedback and discuss topics concerning the licensure process
  • Discuss topics relevant to the future of the engineering and surveying professions

“The paths to licensure for engineers and surveyors have changed considerably in the last century,” NCEES President David Widmer, P.L.S., said. “NCEES and its member licensing boards continuously work to improve the process. This group is part of those efforts.”

Applications for the 2015–16 NCEES Emerging Engineers and Surveyors Group are now being accepted. To apply, you must be 35 years of age or younger at the time of appointment and meet one of the following requirements:

  • Full-time senior engineering student
  • Full-time senior surveying student
  • Certified Engineer Intern (E.I./E.I.T.) or have passed the
  • Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Certified Surveyor Intern (S.I./S.I.T.) or have passed the
  • Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam
  • Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.)
  • Licensed Professional Surveyor (P.S.)

The group will consist of 12 members and include at least one representative from each participating category listed above. Engineering and surveying students must be enrolled full-time (12 or more hours) and have achieved senior status at the start of the fall 2015 semester.

Members of the NCEES Emerging Engineers and Surveyors Group will serve a one-year term, beginning in August. The group will participate in two focus groups and one general meeting. Focus groups will take place during NCEES annual meetings. Group members will attend an NCEES board of directors meeting immediately following the focus groups and will be invited to extend their stay and attend the rest of the annual meeting. NCEES will fund all travel-related expenses.

Participation in the Emerging Engineers and Surveyors Group will provide members the opportunity to work with leaders of NCEES and its member licensing boards to shape the future of the engineering and surveying professions and the licensure process. NCEES will recognize group members and their efforts throughout the year through social media, the NCEES website, news releases, and national publications.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Applications must be submitted online by April 1, 2015.


Licensure Exchange February 2015

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  • It’s time to take a fresh look at state definitions of surveying
  • Zones prepare for 2015 interim meetings
  • NCEES celebrating Surveyors Week with #PSnoboundaries
  • From the President: Additional education initiative is not dead; it’s a work in progress
  • Enforcement Beat: Deception: It’s what they say—and don’t say—that matters
  • New exam development engineers join NCEES team
  • Member Board Brief: MBAs work to find solutions for reporting CPC requirements across state lines
  • NCEES funding available for first-time attendees to annual meeting
  • Lessons from the first year of computer-based testing
  • Member board news, upcoming events, and NCEES outreach
  • Latest NCEES publications tell story of 2013–14

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NCEES seeks mechanical engineers

NCEES is currently seeking licensed mechanical engineers to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study, or PAKS, for the PE Mechanical 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 mechanical 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 mechanical 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 mechanical engineering.”

Click here to access the online survey.

Responses must be received by February 9.

For more information

Don Colman, P.E.
Exam Development Engineer
dcolman@ncees.org
864-624-5454


Update on October 2014 exam results

All of the October 2014 exam results have been released to NCEES member licensing boards. PS results were released on November 25. PE and SE results were released on December 15.

How and when examinees receive their results will vary 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. Contact your licensing board for more information.

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Licensure Exchange December 2014

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  • Wyoming’s Ph.D. pathway to licensure: an 18-month update
  • Committee Focus: NCEES committees and task forces begin work on 2014–15 agenda
  • Board presidents, administrators to hold biennial meeting in Atlanta
  • From the President: Beginning of term gives time to focus on past, present, and future
  • Headquarters Update: Board of directors authorizes contribution to Engineers Without Borders-USA
  • Enforcement Beat: Application experience highlights another use for Enforcement Exchange
  • Member Board Brief: Rethinking outreach for computer-based testing
  • Engineers Week 2015 challenges profession to engineer new horizons
  • NCEES publishes 2014 Engineering Award Book, opens 2015 competition
  • Exam News: Board of directors approves 2014–15 exam item costs
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • NCEES seeks mining and mineral processing engineers for online survey

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NCEES seeks mining and mineral processing engineers

NCEES is currently seeking licensed mining and mineral processing engineers to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study, or PAKS, for the PE Mining and Mineral Processing exam. The results of this study 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 mining or mineral processing—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 mining or mineral processing engineer with 4 to 6 years of experience to protect 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 mining and mineral processing engineering.”

Click here to access the online survey.

Responses must be received by January 5.

For more information

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


NCEES updates specifications for PE Civil exam

NCEES has introduced new specifications for its PE Civil exam, effective with the April 2015 exam administration. Specifications have been updated for all five of the PE Civil exam module options: Construction, Geotechnical, Structural, Transportation, and Water Resources and Environmental.

Exam specifications indicate knowledge areas to be tested and their relative weights of emphasis. As the developer of the exams used for engineering licensure in the United States, NCEES periodically conducts surveys of licensed engineers working in industry, government, private practice, and academia to gather information about the knowledge and skills required of professionals in a particular discipline. NCEES uses the results to update its exam specifications.

“Our licensing exams need to reflect current professional practice, and these surveys help us determine what an engineer intern with four years of experience should be expected to know to protect the public,” said Tim Miller, P.E, the director of exam services at NCEES.

The new specifications are available online. Updated practice exams will be published in November 2014.


Licensure Exchange October 2014

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  • From the President: Looking forward to the fun that comes with hard work
  • Annual meeting delegates debate the issues
  • Seattle joins NCEES and Pacific Science Center to explore engineering and surveying professions
  • Headquarters Update: NCEES files brief with U.S. Supreme Court
  • Enforcement Beat: But that wasn’t really a disciplinary action in that other state
  • Member Board Brief: MBA Committee is ready to assist member boards and NCEES committees
  • Judges needed for DiscoverE Future City regional competitions
  • Nominations open for NCEES service awards
  • Member board news, upcoming events, and NCEES outreach
  • NCEES installs 2014–15 board of directors

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