Committees and voting
NCEES standing committees meet throughout the year to address NCEES business and licensure issues. The president appoints members to the committees each year. The president also has the authority to create special committees and task forces to address timely issues as needed. The 2020–21 committees and task forces are as follows:
- Advisory Committee on Council Activities: ACCA makes recommendations on policy issues that are not assigned to another standing committee or that involve several committees. It also reviews the NCEES Manual of Policy and Position Statements and recommends needed revisions.
- Awards: This committee collects nominations for NCEES service awards to be presented during the annual meeting and recommends recipients to the board of directors.
- Education: This committee serves in an advisory role for education issues related to ABET, requirements prior to initial licensure, continuing professional competency, and foreign degree or unaccredited program evaluation.
- Examination Audit: This committee conducts regular audits of the NCEES exam program.
- Examination Policy and Procedures: EPP reviews the effectiveness of the NCEES exam process and recommends revisions to exam policies and procedures.
- Examinations for Professional Engineers: EPE oversees the development and scoring of the FE and PE exams. It reviews item performance, monitors the training of exam development volunteers, and recommends changes to exam policies and procedures.
- Examinations for Professional Surveyors: EPS oversees the development and scoring of the FS and PS exams. It reviews item performance, monitors the training of exam development volunteers, and recommends changes to exam policies and procedures.
- Finances: This committee studies the finances of NCEES and makes fiscal recommendations to leadership. It works with NCEES leadership to recommend an income and expense budget each year.
- Law Enforcement: This committee promotes greater uniformity and cooperation among member boards in the enforcement of licensure laws. It also maintains the NCEES Investigation and Enforcement Guidelines and Investigative Training Manual, best practice manuals for member boards to use in enforcement activities and training.
- Member Board Administrators: This committee is responsible for organizing the conference of member board administrators (MBAs) at the NCEES annual meeting and zone interim meetings. The committee also facilitates cooperation between MBAs and assists with any member board efforts to address licensure processes and practices.
- Uniform Procedures and Legislative Guidelines: UPLG looks for ways to strengthen the licensure process by proposing changes to the Model Law and Model Rules, the documents that provide member licensing boards with a model for their own practice laws to regulate the engineering and surveying professions.
- Engineering Licensure Model Task Force: This task force is reviewing the current NCEES engineering licensure model and assessing whether a tiered licensure model would include more of the engineering team, who have credentials other than the current NCEES designations.
- Fire Protection Task Force: This task force is reviewing NCEES Position Statement 22, Fire Protection, to consider if the position statement is still relevant and accurate. It is also charged with reviewing the Society of Fire Protection Engineers Position Statement, the Engineer and the Engineering Technician Designing Fire Protection Systems and making endorsement recommendations to the NCEES board of directors.
- Public Outreach Task Force: This task force is reviewing NCEES Position Statement 33, Promotion of Licensure, to consider adding the purpose and importance of NCEES outreach efforts and their connection to the health, safety, and welfare of the public. It is also charged with developing a best practices procedure that could be provided to governors to aid in the appointment of engineers and surveyors to their respective boards.
NCEES is composed of 69 member licensing boards from each U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These member boards (the Council) attend an annual business meeting each August to vote on motions and resolutions presented by NCEES committees, task forces, zones, the board of directors, and individual boards. NCEES boards also vote to fill open spaces on the board of directors. Most items voted on by the Council require a simple majority; changes to the Council’ s Bylaws require a two-thirds majority.
Full details about the Council’s governance and voting procedures can be found in the NCEES Bylaws.