Celebrate National Surveyors Week

National Surveyors Week, which is taking place March 17–23, is designed to raise awareness of the surveying profession. This annual event is the perfect opportunity to introduce K-12 students to the many career paths open to professional surveyors.

NCEES encourages professional surveyors to promote their profession to students. Its Speakers Kit for Surveyors makes it easy to explain the licensure process for surveyors. If you are interested in obtaining a Speakers Kit or becoming a speaker, visit the NCEES Outreach page and complete a contact form.

In addition, the National Society of Professional Surveyors, which sponsors Surveyors Week, has a publicity handbook to help with organizing and promoting events. Visit nsps.us.com to download a copy.

Twice a year, thousands of candidates for professional surveying licensure take the FS and PS exams at sites throughout the country. Visit the NCEES Exams page to learn more about these exams. For general information about the licensing process for professional surveyors, visit the Licensure page.

Licensure Exchange February 2013

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  • From the President: Outreach important to build surveying profession
  • Member Board Brief: Performance measurement improves customer service for Ohio board
  • Zones prepare for 2013 interim meetings
  • NCEES introduces online resource for new members
  • Proposed Bylaws amendments available for review
  • Headquarters Update: Volunteers are vital to organization’s success
  • Board presidents and administrators meet for biennial assembly
  • Exam News: One-year countdown begins for computer-based FE, FS exams
  • Exam News: Several exam changes ahead for April 2013 administration
  • Exam security is key component of exam integrity
  • Member board news, upcoming events, and NCEES outreach
  • New Speaker’s Kit takes licensure message to the public

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NCEES seeks licensed professional surveyors

NCEES is seeking volunteers to participate in a standard-setting study for the Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) exam. To qualify, volunteers must have taken and passed the NCEES PS exam and must be licensed professional surveyors.

The standard-setting study will take place May 17–18, 2013, in Clemson, South Carolina. Travel and lodging expenses will be paid by NCEES. Selected volunteers will review and rate the difficulty of items that will be included on the updated PS exam. The volunteers’ responses will help NCEES determine the passing score for the exam.

Contact: NCEES Exam Development Engineer Charles Rutland, P.E., crutland@ncees.org 864-654-6824.

Update, March 6, 2013: The survey is now closed. Thank you to everyone who completed it.

NCEES seeks licensed civil engineers

NCEES is seeking licensed civil engineers to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study, or PAKS, for the PE Civil exam. The results of this study 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 consulting, the public sector, and academia—to complete an online survey about the tasks and knowledge required of a licensed civil engineer with 4 to 6 years of experience to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Responses must be received by March 4, 2013.

“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 P.E.s across all areas of civil engineering.”

For more information

Susan Cline, P.E.
NCEES Exam Development Engineer

Update, March 5, 2013: The survey is now closed. Thank you to everyone who completed it.

Update on October 2012 exam results

All October 2012 exam results have been released to NCEES member licensing boards. SE exam results were released on December 17, PE exam results were released on December 12, FE exam results were released on December 7, and the surveying exam results were released on November 27.

How and when examinees receive their results will vary by state. Some boards use NCEES Exam Administration Services to release the results directly to examinees; some release them through another testing service such as PCS; and other boards release the results themselves. In addition, some state boards must validate the results at a board meeting before they can release them to examinees.

To find out how you will receive your results, go to the exams page, select your state from the drop-down menu on the right, and look for the Results subhead.

Find out more about the scoring process.

Licensure Exchange December 2012

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  • Join the 2013 EWeek celebration of engineering
  • Committee Focus: NCEES committees and task forces begin work on 2012-13 agenda
  • From the President: Mobility, public protection remain key issues for 2013
  • Member Board Brief: Is this disciplinary action?
  • Enforcement Beat: Character matters in protecting the public
  • Headquarters Update: 2013 set to be an eventful year
  • National museum celebrates surveying’s history and its future
  • NCEES offering first PE Software exam, new videos to explain exam process
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • NCEES publishes 2012 Engineering Award Book, opens 2013 competition

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New Records requirement approved by NCEES board

The NCEES board of directors recently designated the organization’s Credentials Evaluations service as the official educational credentials evaluator for its Records program. Beginning December 1, 2012, all NCEES Records applicants with degrees earned outside the United States from programs not accredited by ABET must have their educational background evaluated by NCEES Credentials Evaluations. Evaluations performed by any other service will no longer be accepted.

The board of directors approved the new requirement at its November 2012 meeting.

An NCEES Record contains the documentation needed for comity licensure, the process by which someone licensed in one state applies for licensure in another jurisdiction. This includes college transcripts, exam and employment verifications, and professional references. NCEES collects and stores this information and then submits it to a state licensing board on the individual’s behalf when he or she applies for comity licensure.

NCEES Executive Director Jerry Carter explained the reason for the change: “The majority of our member licensing boards only accept an NCEES evaluation when reviewing a licensure candidate, so this change will better meet the requirements of the state boards. We also hope that having a unified method for evaluations will improve the NCEES Records application process for our candidates and save them valuable time.”

This change will not affect pending applications submitted prior to December 1.

2013 approved calculator list announced

NCEES has approved the following list of calculators for use in the April and October 2013 exam administrations:

Casio: All fx-115 models. Any Casio calculator must contain fx-115 in its model name. Examples of acceptable Casio fx-115 models include but are not limited to the following:

  • fx-115 MS
  • fx-115 MS Plus
  • fx-115 MS SR
  • fx-115 ES
  • fx-115 ES Plus

Hewlett Packard: The HP 33s and HP 35s models, but no others.
Texas Instruments: All TI-30X and TI-36X models. Any Texas Instruments calculator must contain either TI-30X or TI-36X in its model name. Examples of acceptable TI-30X and TI-36X models include but are not limited to the following:

  • TI-30Xa
  • TI-30Xa SOLAR
  • TI-30Xa SE
  • TI-30XS Multiview
  • TI-30X IIB
  • TI-30X IIS
  • TI-36X II
  • TI-36X SOLAR
  • TI-36X Pro

Contact: Tom Dodd, Ph.D., P.E., Exam Development Engineer

Licensure Exchange October 2012

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  • From the President: Beginning to address issues is the only way to achieve our goals
  • Annual meeting delegates debate the issues
  • Nominations open for NCEES service awards
  • 2012 NCEES award winners
  • Headquarters Update: Annual meeting sets the course for the coming year
  • Enforcement Beat: Is everything equal among firms?
  • Member Board Brief: CBT brings paradigm shift for FE, FS exam application and administration model
  • Member board news, upcoming events, and NCEES outreach
  • NCEES installs 2012–13 board of directors

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NCEES recognizes long-standing service

NCEES recently honored several individuals for their dedicated service to the organization and the engineering and surveying professions. The 2012 NCEES award winners are

  • Stanley Harris, P.E., of Virginia and James Milligan, Ph.D., P.E., of Idaho, who received the Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation
  • Govind Nadkarni, P.E., of Texas and David Whitman, Ph.D., P.E., of Wyoming, who received the Distinguished Service Award
  • Lesley Rosier-Tabor, P.E., executive director of the West Virginia PE board, who received the Meritorious Service Award
  • Martin Crawford, Ph.D., P.E., of Alabama, who received the Distinguished Examination Service Award

The winners were honored at the NCEES annual meeting, which was held August 22–25, 2012, in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Stanley Harris, P.E.
James Milligan, Ph.D., P.E.
Govind Nadkarni, P.E.
David Whitman, Ph.D., P.E.
Lesley Rosier-Tabor, P.E.
Martin Crawford, Ph.D., P.E.