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 January 2021
  • 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.


NCEES moves ahead transition of PE Electrical and Computer: Power exam to computer-based testing to January 2021

The Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Electrical and Computer: Power exam is moving to computer-based testing (CBT), with appointments available year-round at Pearson VUE test centers beginning January 2, 2021.

NCEES originally planned to complete the exam’s transition to CBT format in April 2021, but the organization fast-tracked the change as part of its response to COVID-19. “The April 2020 pencil-and-paper administration of the exam was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, so we brought the transition to CBT forward to better accommodate examinees and facilitate licensure during these challenging times,” explained NCEES Director of Exam Services Tim Miller, P.E. “The exam will be available year-round instead of being offered twice per year.”

The exam will be offered for the last time in pencil-and-paper format in October 2020; registration for this administration is currently open. Registration for the computer-based exam will open November 2, 2020. The specifications, or knowledge areas, for the exam will not change when it moves to the new CBT format.

The PE Electrical and Computer exam is offered in three disciplines: Power; Computer Engineering; and Electronics, Controls, and Communications. The Computer Engineering and the Electronics, Controls, and Communications disciplines are also moving to CBT after the October 2020 exam administration. However, these disciplines—which have a lower volume of examinees—will be offered annually beginning October 2021.

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

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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.

Download the news release (PDF).

For more information

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


NCEES seeks petroleum engineers’ professional expertise and advice

NCEES is currently seeking licensed petroleum engineers to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study, or PAKS, for the PE Petroleum 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 petroleum 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 petroleum 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.

“These studies help NCEES ensure its licensing exams remain relevant to current professional practice,” explained Director of Exam Services Tim Miller, P.E. “The value of this PAKS depends on the number of people who participate, so NCEES is eager to get a large response from professional engineers across all areas of petroleum engineering.”

Click here for access to the online survey before the deadline of July 15, 2020.

Download the news release (PDF).

For more information

Don Colman, P.E.
NCEES Exam Development Engineer
dcolman@ncees.org


October 2020 exam administration updates

The cancellation of the April 2020 paper-and-pencil exam administration impacted approximately 16,000 examinees. To accommodate these examinees, the format of the October 2020 exam administration will be modified as detailed below.

October 2020 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 2020 exam administration. Examinees must review and satisfy the following requirements before being admitted to an exam site. You will not be admitted to the exam site under the following conditions.

You have tested positive for COVID-19
          UNLESS you have been symptom-free and fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine AND at least 14 days have passed since your last exposure, or you have received two negative COVID-19 test results in a row, 24 hours apart.

You are experiencing (or have experienced) one or more associated symptoms the last fourteen (14) days: shortness of breath, cough, fever, chills, sore throat, loss of smell
          UNLESS you have been symptom-free and fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine.

You live with or have had close contact with someone who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19
          UNLESS at least 14 days have passed since your last exposure.

You have been or are currently under home quarantine or centralized observation by government or healthcare authorities
          UNLESS at least 14 days have passed since your quarantine or centralized observation has been lifted by the government or healthcare authorities.

If you meet the above conditions on exam day and are admitted to the exam site, you must agree to follow the below guidelines.

  • Examinees and proctors will be required to wear face masks that cover the mouth and nose for the entire exam session. 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 will be seated alone at a table properly spaced from other tables.
  • Examinees must practice social distancing outside the exam room before the exam starts, during breaks, and when the exam ends. Proctors will be asked to monitor examinees and ensure adequate space is being maintained.
  • Examinees will be allowed to have the following items in the exam room, but these items may not be placed on the desktop:
    • Hand sanitizer and wipes
    • Extra face coverings
    • Disposable gloves

Exam specifications and design standards
Design standards for the October 2020 exams listed below will remain in effect for the April 2021 exams. The information below contains design standards for each exam.

PE Civil exam
Civil: Construction (PDF; with design standards)
Civil: Geotechnical (PDF; with design standards)
Civil: Structural (PDF; with design standards)
Civil: Transportation (PDF; with design standards)
Civil: Water Resources and Environmental (PDF)

PE Structural exam
Friday morning breadth – vertical forces (PDF)
Friday afternoon depth – vertical forces (PDF)
Saturday morning breadth – lateral forces (PDF)
Saturday morning depth – lateral forces (PDF)

PE Architectural Engineering (PDF; with design standards)

Exam administration format
Registration for the October 2020 paper-and-pencil exam administration will open at 10:00 a.m. EDT on June 1 and close at 3:00 p.m. EDT on August 20. The exam administration will take place over two days—Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23.* Please note that exams usually offered once a year during the April administration will be offered in October. Exams will be administered on the day assigned as follows:

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Civil: Geotechnical
Civil: Transportation
Civil: Water Resources and Environmental
SE Vertical Forces Bridges
SE Vertical Forces Buildings

Friday, October 23, 2020
Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Architectural Engineering
Civil: Construction
Civil: Structural
Control Systems
Electrical and Computer: Computer Engineering
Electrical and Computer: Electronics, Controls, and Communications
Electrical and Computer: Power
Metallurgical and Materials
Mining and Mineral Processing
Naval Architecture and Marine
SE Lateral Forces Bridges
SE Lateral Forces Buildings

All sites for the October 2020 exam administration must operate in compliance with capacity and social distancing requirements. In most cases, this will reduce the number of examinees that can be accommodated at an exam site. Examinees will be allowed to complete the registration process only when a seat is available for their selected site. Capacity and social distancing requirements are subject to change at any time. Any changes that require a further reduction in capacity may result in the cancellation of your exam registration. Please be aware that every effort will be made to accommodate all registered examinees in a manner that protects the health and safety of everyone involved.

Click here for information about registering.

*Overseas sites will maintain their normal testing procedures. Please contact your testing agency for further instruction.


April 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.

  • New survey: Consumers concerned about rush to eliminate professional licensing
  • From the President: NCEES responds to COVID-19
  • Enforcement Beat: Considering the rules of professional conduct during board investigations
  • HQ Update: Advocacy Resources provide new ARPL tools for member boards
  • Licensed civil engineers’ professional expertise and advice needed for NCEES study
  • Member Board Brief: MBA Committee develops mentorship plan for new administrators
  • Moments in NCEES history
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • NCEES annual report and Squared now available

Download the April 2020 issue (PDF).

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