The following publications tell the story of the founding and evolution of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.
- At a glance: The History of NCEES 1920–2015 (PDF)
- In-depth: The History of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying 1920–2004 (PDF) NCEES will be celebrating its 100th year in 2020 and will publish an updated version of its history then.
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California passes the first surveying licensure law.
Wyoming passes the first engineering licensure law.
At a meeting in Chicago, the Council of State Boards of Engineering Examiners (CSBEE) is founded by 7 of the 10 state boards with engineering/surveying licensing laws.
The word “national” is added to the organization’s name (NCSBEE).
NCSBEE approves the Model Law for Registration of Engineers and Land Surveyors. The Council’s National Bureau of Engineering Registration is created.
NCSBEE revises the Constitution and Bylaws to create a board of directors, zones, and the position of executive secretary.
All states plus Alaska, Hawaii, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have engineering licensure laws.
The four geographic zones hold their first interim meetings, where member boards discuss issues of common interest.
Guam becomes a member board of the Council.
The first NCSBEE Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination is administered.
The first NCSBEE Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) examination is administered.
The organization’s name is changed to the National Council of Engineering Examiners (NCEE).
The U.S. Virgin Islands becomes a member board of the Council.
The first NCEE Fundamentals of Land Surveying (FLS) examination is administered.
The first NCEE Principles and Practice of Land Surveying (PLS) examination is administered.
The Northern Mariana Islands becomes a member board of the Council.
The NCEE Records program is created to replace the National Bureau of Engineering Registration.
All member licensing boards now use uniform national engineering examinations.
The organization’s name is changed to the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).
All states have surveying licensure laws.
The afternoon portion of the FE examination is offered in six discipline-specific modules (Chemical, Civil, Industrial, Electrical, Mechanical, and General) in order to test upper-division knowledge.
With the October exam, the first academic-based FLS exam is administered.
The NCEES Engineering and Land Surveying Examination Services (ELSES) is established to provide exam administration services to NCEES member boards. Initially chartered as an NCEES affiliate, ELSES was dissolved in 2009 but continues to provide the same services as the NCEES Exam Administration Services department.
With the April exam, the PE Civil, PE Electrical and Computer, and PE Mechanical exams are all administered in the breadth-and-depth objectively scored (multiple-choice) format. With the October administration, all PE exams (except Structural) are given in the all objectively scored format.
The Engineering Speaker’s Kit is developed to promote the engineering profession, emphasizing the benefits of pursuing licensure. A Surveying Speaker’s Kit is introduced two years later.
Council headquarters is expanded to add more meeting space.
The names of surveying exams are changed to Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) and Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) to remove the word “land.”
NCEES begins providing Credentials Evaluations services for licensure candidates earning degrees from programs outside the United States and from domestic, non-ABET accredited programs. NCEES exams are first offered in Japan and Alberta, Canada.
NCEES celebrates the 100th anniversary of engineering licensure in the United States.
NCEES exams are first offered in South Korea.
NCEES exams are first offered in Egypt. NCEES launches the Engineering Education Award.
NCEES exams are first offered in Saudi Arabia. The Council votes to transition the FE and FS exams to a computer-based format.
NCEES launches new web-based Engineering and Surveying Speaker’s Kits.
NCEES exams are first offered in the Emirate of Sharjah and in Turkey. The Council votes to transition the PE and PS exams to a computer-based format.
The last pencil-and-paper administration of the FE and FS exams takes place in October. Council headquarters is expanded to add more meeting space. NCEES serves as lead society sponsor of National Engineers Week. Two new departments are created: Client Services and Member Services. NCEES installs first female president of the organization at its August annual meeting.
The FE and FS exams are administered via computer-based testing for the first time. The FE exam becomes seven freestanding, discipline-specific exams. NCEES exams are first offered in Taiwan.
NCEES exams are first offered in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
The PS exam is administered via computer-based testing for the first time. NCEES launches the NCEES Surveying Education Award. NCEES exams are first offered in Qatar. The NCEES Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) Registry is introduced.
NCEES begins offering the Council Record for initial licensure applications.
NCEES exams are expanded in Saudi Arabia to include the FS and PS exams. The PE Chemical and PE Nuclear exams are administered via computer-based testing for the first time. NCEES serves as lead society sponsor of National Engineers Week.
NCEES serves as lead society sponsor of National Engineers Week.
The Council celebrates its 100th annual meeting.