ANSI recognizes Model Law Structural Engineer standard

The American National Standards Institute recently approved the Model Law Structural Engineer (MLSE) standard developed by NCEES.

This standard outlines the requirements for attaining licensure as a structural engineer, or S.E. Its criteria are divided into education, professional experience, and examinations. The standard is used by NCEES as a guideline for its member licensing boards, which grant licensure to engineers and surveyors in all 50 states and several U.S. territories.

Prior to being approved by the ANSI Board of Standards Review, the MLSE standard was published on the NCEES home page and in ANSI’s Standards Review and was open to public comment.

“We’re looking forward to promoting this standard to encourage uniformity in the licensing of structural engineers and, ultimately, better protect the public,” said Jerry Carter, NCEES executive director.

NCEES was granted status as an accredited standards developer with ANSI in 2007. It currently has two other standards recognized by ANSI: the Model Law Engineer standard and the Model Law Surveyor standard, which outline the requirements for licensure as a professional engineer and professional surveyor, respectively.

As the U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization, ANSI oversees the development of standards for various products, services, and processes throughout the United States. Its membership includes more than 100,000 government agencies, corporations, and academic and international bodies.

Download the full text of the MLSE standard here.


Licensure Exchange February 2012

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  • Enforcement Beat: Plan how to handle misconduct before you have to face it
  • From the President: NCEES participates in summit for engineering leaders
  • Zones prepare for 2012 interim meetings
  • Headquarters Update: NCEES continues to evolve in its efforts to advance licensure for engineers and surveyors
  • Online resource launched for FE, FS exam transition to computer-based testing
  • Exam Update: October 2011 pass rates
  • MBAs hold biennial meeting in Atlanta
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • New Faces of Engineering College Edition winners announced

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Update on October 2011 exam results

October 2011 exam results were released to NCEES member boards on the following dates.

  • SE exam: December 16
  • PE exam: December 14
  • FE exam: December 9
  • FS and PS exams: December 1

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.

Read more about the scoring process.


Licensure Exchange December 2011

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  • From the President: National Engineers Week prepares for February 2012 celebration and beyond
  • NCEES Engineering Award is important effort to promote licensure
  • Committee Focus: 2011–12 committees and task forces set agenda for Council action
  • Headquarters Update: NCEES addresses long-term issues
  • Enforcement Beat: Cooperation and learning from others key for effective law enforcement
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • NCEES approves 2012 calculator list
  • Board of directors approves exam item costs

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2012 approved calculator list announced

NCEES has approved the following list of calculators for use in the April and October 2012 exam administrations:

  • Casio: All fx-115 models. Any Casio calculator must contain fx-115 in its model name.
  • Hewlett-Packard: The HP33s 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.

Calculators not included within the above descriptions are not permitted in the exam room. Examinees possessing unapproved calculators during the administration of an exam are subject to dismissal from the exam site.

Learn more about the NCEES calculator policy.

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


NCEES seeks volunteers for FE exam content review

NCEES is currently seeking engineering professionals to participate in a content review for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. The results of this survey will be used to update the test specifications for the exam, which is typically the first step in the process leading to professional engineering licensure.

NCEES requires a cross section of professionals—including licensed professional engineers, academics teaching engineering courses, and engineer interns—from all engineering disciplines to complete an online survey about the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary for an engineer intern to work in a manner that safeguards the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

“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 content review depends on the number of people who participate, so NCEES is eager to get input from as many engineering professionals as possible.”

The survey can be completed in 30–45 minutes. Responses must be received no later than December 12, 2011.

Update, December 13, 2011: The survey is now closed.


NCEES republishes proposed ANSI standard

NCEES, anaccredited standards developer with ANSI, has republished a proposed standard for the Model Law Structural Engineer designation for adoption by ANSI. NCEES first submitted the Model Law Structural Engineer draft standard in 2009. After the proposed standard underwent a period of public review, the NCEES Structural Engineering Exam Development Committee amended the definition based on comments received concerning the definition of the practice of structural engineering. The NCEES Board of Directors approved the revised proposed standard. It is now subject to public review for 30 days.

NCEES was granted status as an accredited standards developer with ANSI in 2007 and currently has two standards recognized by ANSI: the Model Law Engineer standard and the Model Law Surveyor standard, which outline the requirements for licensure as a professional engineer and professional surveyor, respectively. The criteria for both standards are divided into education, professional experience, and examinations.

As the U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization, ANSI oversees the development of standards for various products, services, and processes throughout the United States. Its membership includes more than 100,000 government agencies, corporations, and academic and international bodies.

Update, December 1, 2011: The period for public review is now closed.


Licensure Exchange October 2011

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  • From the President: Listening and learning are part of leading
  • Annual meeting generates debate and decisions in Providence
  • Headquarters Update: Council business continues at annual meeting bookended by earthquake and hurricane
  • Member Board Brief: Idaho board retreat to prepare for annual meeting
  • Enforcement Beat: Conflicts of interest must be avoided, not just disclosed
  • Nominations open for NCEES service awards
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • NCEES installs 2011–12 board of directors

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NCEES recognizes long-serving members for their contributions

NCEES recently recognized several members for their longtime service to the organization, the licensing boards on which they serve, and the engineering and surveying professions. The 2011 NCEES award winners are

  • William Karr, P.L.S., of Michigan, who received the Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation
  • Henry Liles Jr., P.E., of North Carolina; Patrick Tami, P.L.S., of California; and Robert C. Zahl, P.E., AIA, of Oklahoma, each of whom received the Distinguished Service Award
  • William R. Huett, assistant executive director and head of the investigative division of the Alabama board, who received the Meritorious Service Award
  • Bill Dickerson, P.E., of Oklahoma, who received the Distinguished Examination Service Award.

The winners were honored at the NCEES annual meeting, held August 24–27, 2011 in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Willam Karr, P.L.S.
Henry Liles, Jr., P.E.
Patrick Tami, P.L.S.
Robert C. Zahl, P.E., AIA
William R. Huett
Bill Dickerson, P.E.


NCEES seeks volunteers for FS exam content review

NCEES is currently seeking professionals working in surveying to participate in a content review for the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam. The results of this study will be used to update the test specifications for the exam.

NCEES requires a cross section of professionals, including licensed professional surveyors, academics teaching surveying courses, and surveyors in training, to complete an online survey about the fundamental knowledge and skills required of recent surveying graduates to practice in a manner that protects the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

“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 content review depends on the number of people who participate, so NCEES is eager to get input from as many surveying professionals as possible.”

The survey can be completed in about 30 minutes. Responses must be received no later than October 11, 2011.

UPDATE 9/28/2011: The survey has been closed.