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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NCEES will be closed December 24-31

NCEES will be closed December 24–31 for the holidays. The office will reopen January 3. Exam results for those testing the week of December 19-25 will be available on January 5, 2022.

April 2022 PE Structural exam administration

Registration for the PE Structural exam administration will open December 13, 2021, and close February 24, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. EST. 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.

If requesting accommodations, all requests, appeals, and supporting documentation must be received by 3:00 p.m. EST on February 24, 2022.

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

Thursday, April 21, 2022
PE Structural Vertical

Friday, April 22, 2022
PE Structural Lateral

April 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 April 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 are required to wear face masks at all 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 for this site.
  • Examinees understand that they are allowed to lower masks to eat or drink for brief moments as defined by the proctors and that proctors will issue a warning to examinees before they are dismissed.

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.

Current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state the following in regard to COVID-19 exposure:

  • Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 5–7 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms, and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

October 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.

  • NCEES holds 100th annual meeting to address key issues
  • From the President: Springing into action as Council begins new year
  • HQ Update: Orientation initiatives welcome new members to NCEES
  • NCEES completes research to better advance licensure
  • Member Board Brief: How to work with five generations
  • Enforcement Beat: Developing a proactive enforcement program
  • Advocacy Resources: Executive order continues efforts to improve license portability
  • Statement of ownership, management, and circulation
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • NCEES installs 2021–22 board of directors

Download the October 2021 issue (PDF).

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Robertson begins term as NCEES president

Brian Robertson, P.E., began his term as 2021–22 NCEES president at the conclusion of the organization’s 100th annual meeting held virtually September 15, 2021.

A resident of Wellington, Colorado, Robertson has served as a member of the Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers, and Professional Land Surveyors since 2014. He replaces outgoing president Christopher Knotts, P.E., of Louisiana, who will remain on the NCEES board of directors as immediate past president.

At the annual meeting, Council delegates elected Christopher Duhamel, P.E., P.L.S., president-elect for the 2021–22 term. He will serve as NCEES president in 2022–23.

NCEES welcomed Thomas Orisich, P.L.S., of Maryland, and Andrew Zoutewelle, P.L.S., of North Carolina to its board of directors as well. Orisich will serve a two-year term as vice president of the Northeast Zone, and Zoutewelle will serve a two-year term as vice president of the Southern Zone.

Rounding out the board of directors are three members serving second years of their terms. Paul Tyrell, P.E., P.L.S., of Massachusetts, returns as treasurer. Scott Bishop, P.S., of Utah, and Michael Drewyor, P.E., P.S., of Michigan return as vice presidents of the Western Zone and Central Zone, respectively.

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2021-22 NCEES board of directors (PDF)
Brian Robertson, P.E. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
Christopher Duhamel, P.E., P.L.S. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
Thomas Orisich, P.L.S. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
Andrew Zoutewelle, P.L.S. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)

NCEES recognizes long-standing service

NCEES recently honored four individuals for their dedicated service to the organization and the engineering and surveying professions. The 2021 NCEES service award winners are

  • Robin Petzold, P.S.M., emeritus member of the Florida Board of Professional Surveyors and Mappers, who received the Distinguished Service Award
  • Timothy Rickborn, P.E., S.E., member of the South Carolina Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors, who received the Distinguished Service Award
  • Wendy Lick, P.E., of Tennessee, who received the Distinguished Examination Service Award
  • William Parrish, Ph.D., P.E., of New Jersey, who received the Distinguished Examination Service Award

 The winners were honored at the NCEES annual meeting held virtually on September 15, 2021.

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Gamble named NCEES chief officer of examinations

 NCEES is pleased to name Jason J. Gamble, P.E., chief officer of examinations (COE), effective August 23, 2021. 

As COE, Gamble will oversee the development and administration of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam, the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam, and the Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) exam for over 85,000 candidates each year. 

Gamble, a native of Georgetown, South Carolina, served as an NCEES exam development engineer for the past decade, managing the development of four PE exam disciplines. He brings over 12 years of experience in design engineering for private practice and for the South Carolina Department of Transportation. Gamble holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Clemson University and is a licensed professional engineer. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Structural Engineering Institute, and the Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity. 

Gamble replaces Tim Miller, P.E., who is retiring after serving 14 years as the director of exam services and the COE of the organization. Miller has been instrumental in the conversion of exams from pencil-and-paper format to computer-based testing.

“Tim has led us through the conversion to computer-based testing, and Jason will take us across the finish line with the PE Structural exam conversion,” said CEO David Cox. “Work continues as we refine each of the CBT exams, considering questions such as the length of the exams, possible creation of exam modules or divisions, and future options with the almost continuous changes in technology.”

Download the news release (PDF).

August 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.

  • HQ Update: The growing threat of ransomware
  • From the President: Engineering and surveying professions stronger because of individual service
  • NCEES prepares for 100th annual meeting
  • MB Brief: NCEES resolution of cooperation promotes licensure mobility and reduces barriers
  • Enforcement Beat: Professionalism embodies ethical decision making and protecting the public
  • Grand prize winners in NCEES Engineering and Surveying Education awards named
  • Advocacy Resources: New Records option aims to support license mobility for military families
  • NCEES outreach
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • NCEES named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina

Download the August 2021 issue (PDF).

Browse the Licensure Exchange archives.

NCEES announces winners of 2021 NCEES Surveying Education Award

University of Maine School of Engineering Technology receives $25,000 grand prize

NCEES is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 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 University of Maine Surveying Engineering Technology program the $25,000 grand prize. The award jury praised the program for its licensed faculty and online programs at all levels. Jurors considered criteria such as student outcomes and involvement, outreach and recruitment, and the promotion of licensure. 

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

$15,000 winners
Ferris State University
School of Engineering and Computing Technology
Surveying Engineering program

New Mexico State University
Department of Engineering Technology and Surveying Engineering
Geomatics/Surveying Engineering program

Nicholls State University
Department of Applied Sciences
Geomatics program

$10,000 winners
Florida Atlantic University
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geomatics Engineering

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

The award jury of NCEES members and representatives from surveying societies met virtually June 24, 2021, 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

News release

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NCEES named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina

NCEES was recently named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina. SC Biz News created this 16th annual program in partnership with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group. This survey-and-awards program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in the state of South Carolina, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce, and businesses. The list is made up of 81 total companies.

NCEES is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina. Since its founding in 1920, the organization has been committed to advancing licensure for engineers and surveyors in order to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public throughout the United States.

“NCEES is honored to be named one of the best places to work in South Carolina,” said NCEES CEO David Cox. “We value our employees and recognize the impact their day-to-day work has in protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Providing them with the best possible climate for development, health, and wellness ultimately benefits us all.”

To be considered for participation in the Best Places to Work in South Carolina, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity;
  • Be a publicly or privately held business;
  • Have a facility in the state of South Carolina;
  • Have a minimum of 15 employees working in the state of South Carolina; and
  • Be in business a minimum of 1 year.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in South Carolina. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data, and determined the final rankings.

The ranked companies will be recognized at an in-person awards ceremony on August 5, 2021, at the Columbia Convention Center. The rankings will be published in the August 2021 issue of SCBIZ magazine. For more information on the Best Places to Work in South Carolina program, visit

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, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Since its founding in 1920, NCEES has been committed to advancing licensure for engineers and surveyors in order to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the U.S. public.

NCEES helps 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 and administers 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. For more information, visit