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 2018–19 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 enforcement activities and training.
- Member Board Administrators: This committee is responsible for organizing the conference of 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.
- Special Committee on Bylaws: This committee reviews the NCEES Bylaws and proposed changes for Council vote.
- Public Outreach Task Force: This task force is developing plans for additional promotion/outreach of licensure to college students, K–12 students, practitioners who have retired from exempt fields, and underrepresented populations.
- Surveying Exam Module Task Force: This task force is evaluating the current Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) examination specifications to determine if the most recent PAKS and subsequent specifications sufficiently cover the proposed U.S. Public Land Survey System (PLSS) and Metes and Bounds related content.
NCEES is composed of 70 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.