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The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing professional licensure for engineers and surveyors.

In the United States, engineers and surveyors are licensed at the state and territory level. U.S. licensure began in 1891 when California passed legislation to regulate surveyors. Engineering followed in 1907 when Wyoming began requiring licensure for both engineers and surveyors. As more states enacted similar legislation over the next decade, U.S. licensing boards began to see a need for a national council to help improve uniformity of laws and to promote mobility of licensure.

NCEES was created in 1920 for these reasons. Since its founding, NCEES has focused on providing services to advance licensure and facilitate mobility among the licensing jurisdictions. These services include

Learn more about NCEES through the NCEES annual report.



The Council’s members are the 69 engineering and surveying licensing boards from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These boards are divided into four geographic zones: Central, Northeast, Southern, Western.


Members of each licensing board attend the NCEES annual meeting every August to vote on licensure issues and elect new NCEES officers at the business sessions. The first annual meeting was held in Chicago in 1920. The individual zones also meet separately each spring and during the annual meeting.


Strategic Plan

The NCEES strategic plan outlines the goals and strategies for carrying out the NCEES vision and mission. The board of directors regularly reviews and updates the plan to ensure that it is relevant and effective.