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

Download the June 2020 issue (PDF).

Browse the Licensure Exchange archives.


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

October 12, 2020

NCEES COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire
Examinees scheduled to test during the October pencil-and-paper exam administration are required to print and complete the NCEES COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire prior to arriving at the exam site. The completed questionnaire, along with your exam authorization and valid ID, are required for admittance to the exam site.

Download the NCEES COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire


September 16, 2020

NCEES is closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on the October 2020 pencil-and-paper exam administration. All exam site locations are currently proceeding with reduced capacity restrictions in place. Changes to state and local requirements that further reduce capacities for groups and events may impact the number of examinees that are able to test at a specific site. NCEES will continue to monitor these changes between now and exam day. As noted during the exam registration process, any changes in capacity restrictions for an exam site may result in the cancellation of an examinee’s registration.

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. No one will be admitted to the exam site if they have met any of the COVID-19 qualifications listed below.

  • Tested positive for COVID-19
    UNLESS 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Examinees who meet the above conditions on exam day and are admitted to the exam site must agree to follow the below 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.
  • 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.

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
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).

Browse the Licensure Exchange archives.


2020 Education Award competitions canceled

NCEES has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Engineering Education Award competition and the 2020 Surveying Education Award competition due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and its impact on colleges and universities.

Click here for more information on the cancellation of the 2020 Engineering Education Award competition.

Click here for more information on the cancellation of the 2020 Surveying Education Award competition.


Latest information on COVID-19 response

November 24, 2020

Pearson VUE test center operations
Many state and local governments are implementing operational and capacity restrictions in response to the current COVID-19 surge throughout the country. In many cases, these restrictions limit testing to essential services only. All NCEES exams are designated as essential and will continue to be administered as allowed in accordance with state and local requirements. Appointment cancellations may be necessary to comply with reduced capacity requirements. Impacted examinees will receive notification and rescheduling information via email from Pearson VUE. Visit the Pearson VUE coronavirus update page for the most current information on test center operations.

Regional pencil-and-paper exam administration for PE Civil examinees
NCEES is closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on the regional pencil-and-paper PE Civil exam administration, which is scheduled at select locations throughout the country on January 26, 2021. All exam site locations are currently proceeding in accordance with NCEES COVID-19 exam site procedures. Visit the regional exam update section of our website for the most current information on the exam administration and COVID-19 exam site procedures.


September 16, 2020

NCEES is closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on the October 2020 pencil-and-paper exam administration. All exam site locations are currently proceeding with reduced capacity restrictions in place. Changes to state and local requirements that further reduce capacities for groups and events may impact the number of examinees that are able to test at a specific site. NCEES will continue to monitor these changes between now and exam day. As noted during the exam registration process, any changes in capacity restrictions for an exam site may result in the cancellation of an examinee’s registration.


August 13, 2020

NCEES is aware that capacity restrictions are preventing many examinees from being able to register for the October exam administration. In order to accommodate as many examinees as safely as possible, NCEES has moved up the transition to computer-based testing for the PE Electrical and Computer: Power exam and will offer a regional pencil-and-paper exam administration in January for PE Civil examinees as described below.

PE Electrical and Computer: Power exam transition to computer-based testing (CBT)
NCEES has completed the transition to CBT for the PE Electrical and Computer: Power exam. The final pencil-and-paper version will not be administered as planned in October 2020. Registration is open for the CBT exam with appointments starting December 1, 2020. As is the case with most CBT exams, the PE Electrical and Computer: Power exam is offered year-round at approved Pearson VUE test centers and scores are typically available 7-10 days after taking the exam. This year-round format will allow examinees to have more control over their testing options and reduce the risk of being canceled due to capacity restrictions. The CBT exam specifications, which are the same as those for the pencil-and-paper exam, and additional exam information is available here.

Regional pencil-and-paper exam administration for PE Civil examinees
To accommodate as many pencil-and-paper examinees as safely as possible, NCEES has added a REGIONAL exam administration on January 26, 2021, for PE Civil examinees only. Currently registered PE Civil examinees who are concerned about the risk of cancellation for the October exam administration may cancel before registration closes on August 20, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. EDT and receive a full refund of their exam registration fee. After registration closes, only examinees who are canceled by NCEES will receive a refund.

Registration for the regional PE Civil exam administration will open November 1, 2020, and close December 14, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. EST. The exam will be administered in the cities listed below.* Additional cities may be added before registration opens. Examinees who are located outside of these states should check with their state licensing board prior to registering to determine their eligibility to test outside of their jurisdiction. Information will be posted at ncees.org as it is available.

  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Pomona, CA
  • Denver, CO
  • Groton, CT
  • Orlando, FL
  • Topeka, KS
  • Louisville, KY
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Salem, OR
  • Houston, TX
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Seattle, WA

*Exam sites are subject to change.


June 19, 2020

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.


May 15, 2020

Pearson VUE opens temporary test centers to increase capacity
Pearson VUE is opening several temporary test centers throughout the country to address backlogged testing demand and limited appointment capacity. These temporary test centers will appear as available scheduling options for NCEES examinees when space is available. As a reminder, capacity has been reduced at all test centers to comply with social distancing requirements. Examinees impacted by reduced capacity requirements will receive a notification email from Pearson VUE. In most cases, test centers will require examinees to provide their own face mask for admittance. Examinees are encouraged to confirm specific requirements for their testing location in advance of their appointment. Log in to MyNCEES to check the status of an appointment and test center location.

2020 NCEES Annual Meeting
Due to conditions created by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, NCEES will be unable to conduct its traditional in-person annual meeting August 26-29 in Chicago. Plans are currently in development to conduct a virtual business session to address essential Council business and elections. More information will be available in the coming weeks.


April 30, 2020

Pearson VUE test centers begin to reopen
Test delivery to a subset of Pearson VUE test centers will resume on May 1. Test centers must operate in compliance with local guidelines and restrictions. Due to varying state restrictions, examinees should verify test center requirements before arriving. In most cases, test centers will require examinees to provide their own face mask for admittance. Additional information is available at https://home.pearsonvue.com/essential-services-faqs.

Capacity at test centers
Capacity has been reduced at all test centers to comply with social distancing requirements. Examinees impacted by the implementation of reduced capacity requirements have been contacted by Pearson VUE. Examinees are strongly encouraged to log in to MyNCEES to check the status of their appointment and test center location.

Appointments are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Examinees who need to schedule or reschedule an appointment should do so as soon as possible through their MyNCEES account for the best availability. Only open test centers will appear in your search.


April 14, 2020

October 2020 exam administration updates
The cancelation 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. Information about the October 2020 exam administration can be found here.


April 7, 2020

Pearson VUE Professional Test Center closures extended through April 30, 2020
Pearson VUE professional test centers in the United States and Canada will remain closed through April 30. On-campus Pearson VUE select test centers are subject to closure at the school’s direction. Examinees scheduled to test at an on-campus test center on or before April 30 should contact the center directly to confirm its status.

All examinees impacted by the closure of a Pearson VUE test center are eligible to reschedule their exam at no charge. NCEES has emailed impacted examinees.


March 25, 2020

The 2020 NCEES Engineering Education Award and Surveying Education Award competitions have been canceled due to the significant impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on colleges and universities.

Engineering and surveying programs planning to submit entries for the 2020 competitions are encouraged to hold them for 2021. Competition details for 2021 will be available in October.

NCEES Engineering Education Award

NCEES Surveying Education Award


March 19, 2020

Exam reschedule fees waived for examinees impacted by Pearson VUE test center closures
NCEES examinees impacted by the current Pearson VUE test center closures are now able to reschedule their exam without paying a reschedule fee. To reschedule, log in to MyNCEES and select MANAGE MY APPOINTMENT.

Closure information for on-campus Pearson VUE select test center locations
Pearson VUE select test centers located on college or university campuses are owned and operated by the school and subject to closure at the school’s direction. Examinees scheduled to test at an on-campus test center March 16 – April 17 should contact the center directly to confirm if it is open. NCEES has emailed potentially impacted examinees with additional information.


March 17, 2019

The coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to have a significant impact on NCEES programs and services. Please see below for the most recent information.

Pearson VUE Professional Test Centers close in the United States and Canada
Pearson VUE professional test centers in the United States and Canada are now closed and will remain closed until April 16 or whenever conditions are deemed safe to reopen.

Pearson VUE has notified impacted examinees. NCEES is working with Pearson VUE to allow these examinees to reschedule an exam appointment at no charge. Once these details are confirmed, NCEES will send more information to impacted examinees via email.

Changes in NCEES Operations
Beginning Wednesday, March 18, NCEES offices will close in an effort to help contain and slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Operations will continue with staff working remotely. During this time, customers and examinees should contact NCEES through the website chat feature or via email at help@ncees.org.


March 13, 2020

NCEES has been monitoring the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and its potential impact on our programs and services for several weeks. With a pandemic officially declared for COVID-19, NCEES is taking the following actions to help contain and slow the spread of the virus.

  • The April 2020 paper-and-pencil exam administration is canceled.
    • Examinees who are registered to take an exam during this administration will receive an automatic full refund of fees paid to NCEES.
    • Exams offered only once a year during the April 2020 administration will be offered during the October 2020 administration.
    • Registration dates for the October 2020 exam administration will be announced soon.
    • Additional information will be emailed directly to affected examinees.
  • All NCEES meetings scheduled to take place between March 15 and May 2 are canceled.
    • Meetings scheduled to begin after May 2 will be reassessed as we learn more.
    • Meeting attendees will receive an email with additional information specific to their meeting. The email will include instructions on canceling travel arrangements and if the meeting will be rescheduled.

The decision to cancel the April 2020 exam administration and upcoming meetings was not made lightly. These actions support the NCEES vision and mission to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public. While we strive to achieve this every day through the programs and services we provide to the engineering and surveying professions, this decision should serve as a reminder that safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of the public is at the heart of everything we do.

CBT examinees
Computer-based testing (CBT) examinees who wish to reschedule an existing appointment should contact Pearson VUE to request a waiver of the reschedule fee. CBT examinees should also contact Pearson VUE with questions about a specific test center.

Additional information
Additional updates will be provided as needed. For the latest information on impacted areas, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

News release (PDF): NCEES responds to COVID-19 pandemic


March 10, 2020

NCEES continues to monitor the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and its potential impact on our programs and services. After careful consideration, we have made the following decisions related to the upcoming pencil-and-paper exam administration.

  • The following sites will NOT administer the April 2020 exams as scheduled: Emirate of Sharjah, Saudi Arabia, Seoul, and Tokyo. Examinees scheduled to take the exam at one of these sites received a cancelation notice and information on actions they need to take through their MyNCEES account. Affected examinees can message NCEES through their MyNCEES account with specific questions.
  • All other exam site locations are proceeding as scheduled at this time. NCEES is constantly reviewing this issue and will notify examinees directly through their MyNCEES account if changes are made to their exam site. Information will also be posted on our website.
  • Information on how an examinee’s site location is preparing for and handling COVID-19 will be included in the individual’s exam authorization, which is sent to examinees approximately two weeks prior to the exam administration.
  • As a precaution, an exception has been made for the April 2020 exam administration to allow examinees to bring the following items into the exam room:
    • Hand sanitizer and wipes (must be kept on the floor during the exam)
    • Medical/surgical face masks (must be worn or placed on the floor; proctors must visually inspect the mask; mask must be removed for ID verification)

CBT exams
Computer-based testing (CBT) examinees should continue to contact Pearson VUE with questions about a specific test center.

Additional information
Additional updates will be provided as needed. For the latest information on impacted areas, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.


March 3, 2020

NCEES is monitoring coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). At this time, all NCEES meetings, computer-based exam appointments, and paper-and-pencil exam administrations are proceeding as scheduled. Examinees with specific concerns can message NCEES through their MyNCEES account. Computer-based testing (CBT) examinees should contact Pearson VUE if they have questions about a particular test center.

Updates will be provided as needed. For the latest information on impacted areas, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.



NCEES seeks civil engineers’ professional expertise and advice

NCEES is currently 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.

“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 civil engineering.”

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


February 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.

  • Arizona introduces universal recognition for out-of-state licenses
  • HQ Update: Celebrating 100 years of advancing licensure
  • From the President: NCEES looks forward to a productive new year
  • NCEES funding for first-time annual meeting attendees
  • Zones prepare for 2020 interim meeting
  • Enforcement Beat: Boards face many of the same enforcement challenges
  • Member Board Brief: Outreach efforts strengthen our mission
  • Moments in NCEES history
  • Member board news, upcoming events, and NCEES outreach
  • Save the date for the 2020 NCEES annual meeting

Download the February 2020 issue (PDF).

Browse the Licensure Exchange archives.


NCEES seeks agricultural and biological engineers’ professional expertise and advice

NCEES is currently seeking licensed agricultural and biological engineers to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study, or PAKS, for the PE Agricultural and Biological Engineering 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 agricultural and biological 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 agricultural or biological 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 input from professional engineers across all areas of agricultural and biological engineering.”

Click here to access and complete the online survey before the deadline of March 26, 2020.

Download the news release (PDF).

For more information

Thomas Dodd, Ph.D., P.E.
NCEES Exam Development Engineer
tdodd@ncees.org
864-654-6824