October 2020 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 holds virtual annual meeting to address key issues 
  • From the President: Knotts accepts presidency, outlines vision for year ahead
  • HQ Update: Adaptation key to addressing change
  • NCEES installs 2020–21 board of directors
  • Enforcement Beat: COVID-19 pandemic impacts enforcement activities
  • NCEES expands member board outreach support with webinar resource program
  • Statement of ownership, management, and circulation
  • Moments in NCEES history
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • Nominations open for 2021 service awards

Download the October 2020 issue (PDF).

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NCEES moves computer-based testing transition of PE Civil exam to 2022

The Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Civil exam is moving to computer-based testing (CBT), with appointments available year-round at Pearson VUE test centers beginning April 1, 2022. The exam will be offered for the last time in pencil-and-paper format in October 2021. Registration for the April 2022 CBT exam will open November 1, 2021.

NCEES originally planned to complete the PE Civil exam’s transition to CBT format in 2023 but fast-tracked the change as part of its response to COVID-19. After the April 2020 pencil-and-paper exam administration was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, NCEES added an extra day to the October 2020 administration and began exploring the possibility of moving the PE Civil exam to CBT earlier than planned.

“Under the current COVID-19 guidelines, fewer examinees can be in the exam room at the same time, so we began discussions with Pearson VUE about transitioning the PE Civil exam from 2023 to an earlier date,” explained NCEES Chief Officer of Examinations Tim Miller, P.E. “This new format will give examinees more flexibility about when and where they take the exam.”

For more information on the PE Civil exam and the transition of NCEES licensing exams to CBT format, visit ncees.org/cbt.


Knotts begins term as NCEES president

Christopher Knotts, P.E., began his term as 2020–21 NCEES president at the conclusion of the organization’s 99th annual business meeting on August 27, 2020.

A resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Knotts serves as an emeritus member of the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board. He replaces outgoing president Dean Ringle, P.E., P.S., of Ohio, who will remain on the NCEES board of directors as immediate past president.

Ballots were cast in July 2020, and the election results were announced at the annual business meeting. NCEES members elected Brian Robertson, P.E., president-elect for the 2020–21 term.

NCEES welcomed Paul Tyrell, P.E., P.L.S., of Massachusetts, Scott Bishop, P.S., of Utah, and Michael Drewyor, P.E., P.S., of Michigan to its board of directors as well. Tyrell will serve a three-year term as treasurer, and Bishop and Drewyor will serve two-year terms as vice presidents of the Western Zone and Central Zone, respectively.

Rounding out the board of directors are two members serving second years of their terms. Christopher Duhamel, P.E., P.S., of Rhode Island, returns as Northeast Zone vice president, and Timothy Lingerfelt, P.L.S., of Tennessee, returns as Southern Zone vice president.

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2020-21 NCEES board of directors (PDF)
Christopher Knotts, P.E. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
Brian Robertson, P.E. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
Paul Tyrell, P.E., P.L.S. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
Scott Bishop, P.S. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
Michael Drewyor, P.E., P.S. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)


NCEES moves ahead transition of PE Electrical and Computer: Power exam to computer-based testing to December 2020

The Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Electrical and Computer: Power exam is moving to computer-based testing (CBT). Appointments are available year-round at Pearson VUE test centers beginning December 1, 2020.

NCEES originally planned to complete the PE Electrical and Computer: Power exam’s transition to CBT format in April 2021. The organization fast-tracked the change as part of its response to COVID-19 and moved the date to December 2020 to better accommodate examinees. As part of this change, NCEES canceled the October 2020 pencil-and-paper administration for the PE Electrical and Computer: Power exam and opened registration for the exam in August. Everyone who had registered for the October exam was notified and given a refund so that they could immediately register for the CBT version of the exam.

The PE Electrical and Computer exam is offered in three disciplines:

  • Power
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electronics, Controls, and Communications

The Computer Engineering and the Electronics, Controls, and Communications disciplines will move to CBT after the October 2020 pencil-and-paper exam administration. However, these two disciplines—which have a lower volume of examinees—will be offered annually beginning October 2021 rather than year-round.

For more information about the transition of NCEES licensing exams to CBT format, visit ncees.org/cbt.


August 2020 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: Member boards respond to global pandemic
  • HQ Update: NCEES welcomes new staff to coordinate advocacy efforts and surveying outreach
  • From the President: The next generation of professional engineers and surveyors
  • Enforcement Beat: Expungement in the digital age
  • NCEES honors 2020 service award recipients
  • NCEES moves ahead transition of PE Electrical and Computer: Power exam to computer-based testing to December 2020
  • NCEES prepares for virtual annual business meeting
  • Moments in NCEES history
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • Remembering Past President Morton Fine

Download the August 2020 issue (PDF).

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NCEES recognizes long-standing service

NCEES recently honored seven individuals for their dedicated service to the organization and the engineering and surveying professions. The 2020 NCEES service award winners are

  • Thomas Orisich, P.L.S., member of the Maryland State Board for Professional Land Surveyors, who received the Distinguished Service Award
  • Milena Trust, Esq., assistant attorney general for the Maryland State Board for Professional Engineers and the Maryland Department of Labor, who received the Meritorious Service Award
  • Thomas Caldwell, P.E., of North Carolina, who received the Distinguished Examination Service Award
  • Kenneth DeVries, Ph.D., P.E., of Utah, who received the Distinguished Examination Service Award
  • Burton Lewis, S.E., of Illinois, who received the Distinguished Examination Service Award
  • Merlin Williams, P.E., of Minnesota, who received the Distinguished Examination Service Award
  • Molly Williams, Ph.D., P.E., of Michigan, who received the Distinguished Examination Service Award

The winners were recognized during the organization’s annual meeting business webinar held on July 1, 2020, and will be honored in person at the organization’s 2021 annual meeting in New Orleans.

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NCEES posts design standards for April 2021 exam administration

Due to the number of examinees impacted by the cancellation of the April 2020 pencil-and-paper exam administration, and for those who may have health concerns about taking the October 2020 exam, NCEES is providing advance notice of the design standards and specifications that will be used for the PE Civil, PE Structural, and PE Architectural Engineering exams during the April 2021 exam administration. The design standards and specifications for the October 2020 exam administration will remain in effect with no changes for the April 2021 exams.


NCEES headquarters has relocated to Greenville, South Carolina

The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) has relocated its headquarters from Clemson, South Carolina, to 200 Verdae Boulevard, Greenville, South Carolina. The organization’s headquarters move coincides with its 100th anniversary.

“NCEES is entering its second century of advancing licensure for engineers and surveyors, and this move will help us better fulfill our mission to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public,” explained NCEES Chief Executive Officer David Cox. “The new headquarters will provide a better position for the growth of the organization and allow NCEES to better support its member boards and the professions of engineering and surveying.”

NCEES is a national nonprofit organization made up of the engineering and surveying licensing boards from across the United States and its territories. It provides a range of services to support licensure and public protection, including developing the exams used to license professional engineers and surveyors.

The 70,600-square-foot building offers more space and flexibility to expand NCEES services—including Exam Development, Records, Credentials Evaluations, and Client Services—that, in turn, help its member boards carry out their missions.

NCEES brings hundreds of professional engineers and surveyors from across the country each year to its headquarters to assist with exam development. The move is expected to have an annual economic impact of $1 million for the Greenville tourism and hospitality industry, including local hotels, catering, restaurants, and transportation.


June 2020 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: NCEES moving ahead with COVID-19 response and headquarters relocation
  • From the President: NCEES leadership responds to criticism over efforts to support surveying licensure
  • Member Board Brief: Emerging technologies shape the future of regulating engineering licensure
  • Committee Focus: NCEES considers equivalency of degree programs from Washington Accord signatories
  • Enforcement Beat: Preparation is key for expert witness testimony
  • Moments in NCEES history
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • Remembering Past President Albert Kersich

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Survey for civil engineers extended to July 31

NCEES is still seeking licensed civil engineers to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study, or PAKS, for the PE Civil exam. The results of this online survey will be used to update specifications for the exam, which is used throughout the United States for licensing purposes.

NCEES requires a cross section of licensed professional engineers practicing civil engineering—including those working in industry, consulting, the public sector, and academia—to complete an online survey about the tasks and knowledge required of a licensed civil engineer with four to six years of experience to practice in a manner that safeguards the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The survey can be completed in approximately 40 minutes.

Click here for access to the online survey before the deadline of July 31, 2020.

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For more information

Sonya Dawson, P.E.
NCEES Exam Development Engineer
sdawson@ncees.org
864-624-5455