The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying is a nonprofit organization made up of engineering and surveying licensing boards from all U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
NCEES was founded in 1920 to help its member licensing boards carry out their duties to regulate the professions of engineering and surveying. It develops best-practice models for state licensure laws and regulations and promotes uniformity among the states. It develops, administers, and scores the exams used for engineering and surveying licensure throughout the country. It also provides services to help licensed engineers and surveyors practice their professions in other U.S. states and territories.
The vision of NCEES is to provide leadership in professional licensure of engineers and surveyors through excellence in uniform laws, licensing standards, and professional ethics in order to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public and to shape the future of professional licensure.
The mission of NCEES is to advance licensure for engineers and surveyors in order to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
This mission is supported through its member boards, board of directors, staff, board administrators, and volunteers by:
- Providing outstanding nationally normed examinations for engineers and surveyors
- Providing uniform model laws and model rules for adoption by the member boards
- Promoting professional ethics among all engineers and surveyors
- Coordinating with domestic and international organizations to advance licensure of all engineers and surveyors.
NCEES operates under the leadership of an eight-member board of directors, which is elected by the Council’s member licensing boards. Members and staff of state licensing boards form the membership of NCEES standing committees, task forces, and zone and national leadership. Approximately 800 additional professional engineers and surveyors volunteer on exam development committees or participate in outreach activities.
NCEES headquarters, located in Clemson, South Carolina, is comprised of six operating divisions: Exam Services, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Member Services, and Public Affairs. Current staffing consists of 68 full-time employees and three part-time employees.
Key external relationships
NCEES maintains strong relationships with other engineering- and surveying-related organizations through its Participating Organizations Liaison Council (POLC). Through the annual POLC meeting and communications throughout the year, NCEES and the other POLC societies maintain an open dialogue about their policies and the opinions of their leadership on issues of common interest.
POLC organizations include the following:
- American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists
- American Council of Engineering Companies
- American Institute of Chemical Engineers
- American Nuclear Society
- American Society for Engineering Education
- American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
- American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
- American Society of Civil Engineers
- American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers
- Architectural Engineering Institute of ASCE
- California Land Surveyors Association
- Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers–USA
- Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers
- International Society of Automation
- Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors
- National Council of Structural Engineers Associations
- National Society of Professional Engineers
- National Society of Professional Surveyors
- Society of Fire Protection Engineers
- Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE
- The Minerals Metals and Materials Society
- The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
- National Academy of Forensic Engineers
- Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration