August 2022 Licensure Exchange

Read the latest issue of Licensure Exchange, the NCEES publication dedicated to opinions and ideas regarding the licensure of engineers and surveyors.

  • Headquarters Update: New initiatives promote FE and FS exams
  • From the President: 2021–22 brings significant progress on priority initiatives
  • Getting to know the annual meeting consent agenda
  • Enforcement Beat: Truth or consequences
  • Member Board Brief: MBA professional development workshops focus on crisis communications and advocacy
  • Grand prize winners named for NCEES Engineering and Surveying Education awards
  • NCEES outreach
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • NCEES named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina

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NCEES announces winners of 2022 NCEES Surveying Education Award

New Mexico State University Department of Engineering Technology and Surveying Engineering receives $25,000 grand prize

NCEES is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 NCEES Surveying Education Award. This annual award recognizes surveying programs that best reflect the organization’s mission to advance licensure for surveyors in order to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

NCEES awarded the New Mexico State University Geomatics/Surveying Engineering program the $25,000 grand prize. The award jury praised the program for its multiple paths for students entering the program and for its outreach efforts. Jurors considered criteria such as student outcomes and involvement, outreach and recruitment, and the promotion of licensure.

NCEES Surveying Education Award jury chair, Steven Hyde, P.S., P.S.M., stated, “We had an incredible group of entries for this year’s competition. After thorough discussion and consideration, it was evident that New Mexico State University’s Geomatics and Surveying Engineering program had earned the grand prize. The program promotes surveying licensure and sets students up to succeed.” 

The jury selected six additional winners to receive the following awards:

$15,000 winners
Florida Atlantic University
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geomatics Engineering

Idaho State University
College of Technology
Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology program

University of Maine
College of Engineering
Surveying Engineering Technology program

$10,000 winners
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
College of Science and Technology
Department of Built Environment 

Oregon Institute of Technology
College of Engineering, Technology, and Management
Geomatics program

University of Akron
College of Engineering and Polymer Science
Surveying and Mapping program

The award jury of NCEES members and representatives from surveying societies met virtually June 16, 2022, to select the winners. The six additional prizes were awarded to qualifying programs to assist with each program’s continued efforts to promote the importance and value of surveying licensure. 

Profiles of the winning programs will be posted as available at ncees.org/surveyingaward.

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June 2022 Licensure Exchange

Read the latest issue of Licensure Exchange, the NCEES publication dedicated to opinions and ideas regarding the licensure of engineers and surveyors.

  • NCEES staff promote the professions at local outreach event
  • From the President: Zone meetings and upcoming virtual sessions provide time to prepare for annual meeting
  • Headquarters Update: New schedule and plenary session for 2022 annual meeting
  • Member Board Brief: Updates for the NCEES zone meetings
  • Enforcement Beat: New CPC audit system streamlines license renewal process
  • Advocacy Resources: Louisiana voters concerned about anti-licensing effort
  • NCEES outreach
  • Survey monument marks the spot at NCEES headquarters
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • NCEES annual meeting registration opens online

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University of Nebraska–Lincoln wins 2022 NCEES Engineering Education Award

Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction receives $25,000 grand prize for community enhancement project

NCEES is pleased to announce that the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is the grand prize winner of the 2022 NCEES Engineering Education Award. The university received the award for a project completed by the Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction. The award jury met virtually on June 7, 2022, to select the $25,000 grand prize winner.

For the school’s project, Tarrant County College Student Success Center, a team of students was tasked with completing a design for a student success center on the Tarrant County College campus in Fort Worth, Texas. The team faced many design challenges, including providing resiliency to handle natural disasters, emergency planning utilities, and overall building performance enhancements. The jury praised the project for its integration of students, faculty, and professional engineers on a complex, real-world project.

The jury selected seven additional winners to receive awards of $10,000 each:

  • Florida Atlantic University
    Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geomatics Engineering
    Design Connections—Bridge in Africa

  • Oklahoma State University
    School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Town Water Supply Engineering Design

  • Olivet Nazarene University
    Martin D. Walker School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    Logan Nazarene Campground

  • Seattle University
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Design of Shelter for Underprivileged Children in Colombia

  • Seattle University
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Introducing Engineering to Elementary School Students through Flood Mitigation in School Property

  • The Citadel
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Designing Advanced Air Mobility Infrastructure: Multidisciplinary Capstone Project

  • University of Wisconsin–Madison
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Lakeside House Redevelopment

The NCEES Engineering Education Award recognizes engineering programs that encourage collaboration between students and professional engineers. EAC/ABET-accredited programs from all engineering disciplines were invited to submit projects that integrate professional practice and education.

A jury of NCEES members and representatives from academic institutions and engineering societies selected the winners from 21 entries. The jury members considered the following criteria:

  • Successful collaboration of faculty, students, and licensed professional engineers
  • Protection of public health, safety, and/or welfare of the public
  • Multidiscipline and/or allied profession participation
  • Knowledge or skills gained
  • Effectiveness of display board, abstract, and project description

Profiles of the winning submissions will be posted as available at ncees.org/award.

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October 2022 PE Structural exam administration

Registration for the PE Structural exam administration will open June 13, 2022, and close August 25, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The exam will be administered at select locations throughout the United States. Locations are based on the number of structural examinees that previously tested near these locations. NCEES will monitor these locations to determine if additional or different locations are required for future PE Structural exam administrations. During registration, register with the state you wish to be licensed in and then select the location where you plan to take the exam. You may take the exam in any location listed below.

If requesting accommodations, all requests, appeals, and supporting documentation must be received by 3:00 p.m. EDT on August 25, 2022.

  • Anchorage, AK
  • Pomona, CA
  • Denver, CO
  • Hartford, CT
  • Lakeland, FL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Chicago, IL
  • Topeka, KS
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Reno, NV
  • Houston, TX
  • Salt Lake City Area, UT
  • Richmond, VA
  • Puyallup, WA

Thursday, October 20, 2022
PE Structural Vertical

Friday, October 21, 2022
PE Structural Lateral

October 2022 exam site procedures regarding COVID-19
To help ensure the health, safety, and welfare of examinees and proctoring teams, NCEES is implementing the following measures for the October 2022 PE Structural exam administration. Examinees who enter the exam site must follow these guidelines on exam day.

  • Examinees will be seated alone and properly distanced from other tables.
  • Examinees and proctors will not be required to wear face masks while seated alone at their tables. However, masks must be worn at all other times. This is required at all exam sites including locations with no local or state face mask mandates. Face shields may not be used as a substitute for face masks but may be worn in addition to face masks. Face coverings must be removed for proper identification when instructed by a proctor. Proctors may visually inspect face coverings.
  • Examinees must practice social distancing at all times.
  • Examinees will be allowed to have hand sanitizer and wipes, extra face coverings, and disposable gloves in the exam room; they must be placed on the floor during the exam.
  • Examinees understand that they will be dismissed from the exam and their exam scores will be invalidated if they do not adhere to the COVID-19 safety requirements.

NCEES will not require a signed form or ask about an examinee’s health and well-being on exam day. However, people who are sick or suspect they are sick should not enter the exam site. Refer to the Centers for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for guidance on exposure and quarantining.


April 2022 Licensure Exchange

Read the latest issue of Licensure Exchange, the NCEES publication dedicated to opinions and ideas regarding the licensure of engineers and surveyors.

  • NCEES promotes surveying at DiscoverE Future City Competition
  • Enforcement Beat: The case for firm certificates of authorization
  • NCEES continues State of the Council series
  • Member Board Brief: Two years in—Lessons learned and positive takeaways from COVID-19
  • Headquarters Update: A new chapter for exam development
  • From the President: Council’s ambitious projects need full participation for success
  • Exam News: NCEES seeks professional surveyors’ and mapping scientists’ expertise and advice
  • NCEES outreach
  • New NCEES initiative explains why engineering and surveying licensure matter
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • In remembrance of Past President Warren Fisk
  • NCEES annual report and Squared now available

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NCEES seeks professional surveyors’ and mapping scientists’ expertise and advice

NCEES is currently seeking licensed professional surveyors and mapping scientists to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study, or PAKS, for the Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) exam. The results of this study will be used to update the specifications for the exam, which is used throughout the United States for licensing purposes.

NCEES requires a cross section of licensed professional surveyors and mapping scientists—including those working in consulting, the public sector, and academia—to complete an online questionnaire about the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a newly licensed surveyor or mapping scientist to practice in a manner that safeguards the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The questionnaire can be completed in 35–45 minutes.

“These studies help NCEES ensure its licensing exams reflect current professional practice,” explained Chief Officer of Examinations Jason J. Gamble, P.E. “We need input from as many professional surveyors and mapping scientists as possible to ensure that the PS exam continues to meet the demands of the profession.”

In completing the questionnaire, you will be presented with the option to respond to five divisions within the surveying profession. The following definitions should be used for those divisions:

  • Core PS: Includes base professional surveying topics outside of boundary, such as public/private record sources, land development solutions, FEMA requirements, business practices, professional conduct, etc., that would be considered common practice regardless of licensing jurisdiction
  • Boundary: Includes boundary principles, legal descriptions of real property transactions, federal mandated standards (i.e., ALTA/NSPS land title surveys), boundary surveys, etc.
  • U.S. Public Land Survey System (PLSS): Includes knowledge of BLM manual of surveying instructions, practical methodology for retracement of federal authorized surveys, establishment of lost corners, and subdivision of aliquot portions
  • Mapping science: Includes topographic mapping and control standards, GIS, hydrographic and remote sensing equipment, measurement using photogrammetric methods, measurement using LIDAR, digital laser scanning, etc.
  • Incidental drainage design: Includes channel calculations, erosion and sedimentation control practices, storm water design standards, etc.

Click here for access to the online questionnaire before the deadline of May 30, 2022.

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For more information

John (Andy) Bindewald, P.E.
NCEES Exam Development Engineer
abindewald@ncees.org


February 2022 Licensure Exchange

Read the latest issue of Licensure Exchange, the NCEES publication dedicated to opinions and ideas regarding the licensure of engineers and surveyors.

  • HQ Update: A look back as exam development moves forward
  • Zones prepare for 2022 interim meetings
  • MB Brief: State regulatory boards should choose to make improvements in licensing
  • NCEES opens 2022 Engineering and Surveying Education Award competitions
  • From the President: NCEES committees and leadership get to work on big-swing initiatives for 2022
  • Enf. Beat: Engaging licensees to be part of an effective enforcement program
  • Advocacy Resources: Council of State Governments releases survey results on universal licensure
  • NCEES outreach
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • MBA meeting moves to virtual format

Download the February 2022 issue (PDF).

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NCEES reaches settlement with test prep provider over allegations of copyright infringement

The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and a test preparation provider for certain NCEES exams have reached an $880,000 settlement agreement regarding allegations of the unauthorized use of copyrighted practice questions and reference handbook materials belonging to NCEES. The agreement is effective as of December 31, 2021.

In addition to the settlement payment, the test preparation provider has agreed to remove all NCEES-owned material from its print and online materials. Per the terms of the agreement, the test preparation provider does not admit any guilt regarding copyright infringement or liability to NCEES, and NCEES will not disclose the company’s identity.

NCEES produces licensing exams for the professions of engineering and surveying, including the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam. The nonprofit organization also publishes study materials, including practice exams, to familiarize candidates with the format and content of the exams. NCEES alleged that the test preparation provider used NCEES’ copyrighted materials without NCEES’ authorization.

“NCEES’ focus, as always, was on protecting its intellectual property,” said NCEES Chief Executive Officer David Cox. “NCEES and its volunteers have invested thousands of hours in the development of high-quality examinations that assist licensing boards in performing their important work. It is therefore important that third parties respect our intellectual property rights. We appreciate the cooperative response that we received in this instance from the test preparation provider, when notified of our concerns.”

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December 2021 Licensure Exchange

Read the latest issue of Licensure Exchange, the NCEES publication dedicated to opinions and ideas regarding the licensure of engineers and surveyors.

  • Member Board Brief: Ask for help in tumultuous and turbulent times
  • From the President: Protecting the public is a unifying cause for member boards and NCEES
  • Enforcement Beat: When does a professional surveyor have right of entry?
  • Headquarters Update: Ensuring appropriate pricing key to NCEES exam program and organization as a whole
  • Committee Focus: NCEES committees and task forces begin work on 2021–22 agenda
  • Exam News: Board approves 2021–22 exam item cost
  • NCEES outreach
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • 2022 Future City focuses on a waste-free future

Download the December 2021 issue (PDF).

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