Licensure Exchange April 2010

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Licensure Exchange April 2010 (PDF)

  • Four-year degree becoming the standard for surveying licensure
  • Enforcement Beat: Get to know Enforcement Exchange
  • From the President: Moving toward a more uniform licensure process
  • Headquarters Update: ANSI standards give NCEES another path for public protection
  • CBT Task Force recommends move to computer-based testing for FE and FS exams
  • Krebs appointed to Vermon General Assembly
  • Task force explores alternatives to “master’s or equivalent” requirement for engineering licensure
  • Task force recommends best practices for evaluating licensure applications
  • UPLG Committee proposes adding resident professional requirement to Model Law
  • My NCEES tailors online experience for NCEES audiences
  • NCEES judges emphasize surveying practices at Future City Competition

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University of Delaware wins 2010 NCEES Engineering Award

NCEES is pleased to announce that the University of Delaware Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is the grand prize winner of the 2010 NCEES Engineering Award for Connecting Professional Practice and Education. The award jury met March 25, 2010, in Clemson, S.C., to select the $25,000 grand prize winner.

The department received the prize for its submission, Pomeroy Trail East Annex. For the project, student teams competed to win a commission and perform the preliminary engineering for an expansion of a multi-user trail system in their city. The teams worked with engineering mentors from professional practice to consider drainage and environmental upgrades, wastewater system improvements, reevaluation of a proposed groundwater remediation program, and associated infrastructure improvements.

The jury praised the project for its “excellent integration of real-world experience in an educational setting.”

The jury selected five additional winners to receive awards of $7,500 each.

  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
    Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
    Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice through Capstone Design
  • California State University, Los Angeles
    Department of Civil Engineering
    Connecting Practice with Education through Civil Engineering Capstone Experience: Puddingstone Reservoir Operations Level Study
  • Clemson University
    Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Engineering Haptic Virtual Manipulatives to Enhance K-12 Math and Science Education
  • University of Maryland
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Engineers Without Borders: Solar Recharge Project in Burkina Faso, Africa
  • University of New Mexico
    Department of Civil Engineering
    Integration of Civil Engineering and Construction Management Education: A Multi-disciplinary, Mentor-led Capstone Experience

The NCEES Engineering Award recognizes engineering programs that encourage collaboration between students and professional engineers. All EAC/ABET-accredited engineering programs were invited to submit projects that integrate professional practice and education.

The winners were selected by a jury of NCEES members and representatives from academic institutions and professional engineering organizations.

“It’s great to see these innovative approaches to teaching students about professional practice; we hope they inspire other colleges to try similar collaborations,” said NCEES President David Whitman, Ph.D., P.E.

Read profiles of the winning projects.

NCEES celebrates National Surveyors Week

March 21-27 is National Surveyors Week, an occasion for professional surveyors throughout the United States to bring attention to their profession.

The American Congress on Surveying and Mapping has a website, (now defunct), with information about what surveyors do and resources for persons interested in learning more about the profession.

Twice a year, thousands of candidates seeking professional surveying licensure attempt either the FS or 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.

“NCEES has been associated with surveying licensure since the beginning, and we’re proud to continue this tradition and raise awareness of this exciting career,” said Executive Director Jerry T. Carter.

NCEES encourages professional speakers to promote the surveying profession to students. If you are interested in obtaining a Surveying Speaker’s Kit or becoming a speaker, visit the speakers page and complete a contact form.

Licensure Exchange February 2010

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Licensure Exchange February 2010 (PDF)

  • The President’s Message: NCEES hosts summit for engineering leaders
  • From the Treasurer: Careful review of budget necessary to protect Council assets
  • Headquarters Update: NCEES gets a fast start to the new year
  • Examinee management system set for October 2010 administration
  • NCEES supports EWeek outreach activities
  • Teaching engineering design may boost learning of science and math
  • NCEES renames FE exam module
  • October 2009 exam pass rates
  • Enforcement Beat: Registrant responsibility extends beyond our own work
  • Jury prepares to judge NCEES Engineering Award

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NCEES renames FE exam module

NCEES is renaming one of the modules for its Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. The Other/General module will be known as the Other Disciplines module beginning with the April 2010 exam.

While the content of the module has not changed, the new name more accurately reflects the examinees for whom the module is intended.

All FE examinees take a common module in the morning and one of seven modules in the afternoon, choosing a discipline-specific module (Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, or Mechanical) or the Other Disciplines module.

“In most cases, you should choose the module that best corresponds to your degree. If your degree is not in one of these major engineering disciplines, you should choose the Other Disciplines module,” said Tim Miller, P.E., director of exam services at NCEES.

Miller explained that examinees with degrees that fall into the discipline-specific modules typically have higher pass rates when they select the module matching their degree rather than the Other Disciplines module.

“The afternoon portion of the FE tests knowledge that’s usually gained in the final two years of an engineering degree, so it makes sense that examinees would perform better on the module corresponding to their specialty,” he said.

Licensure Exchange December 2009

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Licensure Exchange December 2009 (PDF)

  • Comity without concessions: A look at foreign credentials evaluations
  • The President’s Message: Member Board administrators prove invaluable to fulfilling NCEES mission
  • Headquarters Update: The next big project always seems bigger than the last
  • ANSI approves surveyor standard
  • Committee Focus: 2009–10 committees, task forces set agenda for Council action on licensure policies
  • Enforcement Beat: NCEES encourages uniformity in CPC guidelines
  • In Memorium: Walter LeFevre, Ph.D., P.E.

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NCEES launches new website

NCEES has launched a new website designed to help its audiences more easily find NCEES services and information.

Students, engineers, surveyors, international constituents, educators, and volunteers will find portals that lead them to the information relevant to their needs. The color-coded tabs at the top of every page are a guide to NCEES services: exams, records, licensure, credentials evaluations, and licensing board information. My NCEES, a members-only section, provides licensure board members and staff, enforcement staff, and exam volunteers with information specific to them.

The launch of the Web site is the most recent step in the NCEES rebranding initiative, which was rolled out at its Annual Meeting in August. The rebranding initiative includes a new logo and a new tagline—advancing licensure for engineers and surveyors—that are an integral part of a larger marketing plan to unify NCEES services and align its marketing with the strategic goals of NCEES.

“The ultimate goal is to better support our mission and provide better service to our constituents,” said NCEES Executive Director Jerry T. Carter.

Contact: Keri Anderson, Manager of Corporate Communications

2010 approved calculator list announced

NCEES has approved the following list of calculators for use in the April and October 2010 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.

“This is our third year with this list,” said Tim Miller, P.E., director of exam services at NCEES. “Examinees, proctors, and state licensing boards have been happy with it, and NCEES felt that it continued to protect exam integrity while offering some flexibility.”

Candidates possessing unapproved calculators during the administration of an exam are subject to dismissal from the exam site. Examples of specific calculator models from the approved list and other exam-related information are available at

Contact: Lehmon Dekle, P.E., Exam Development Engineer

NCEES updates specifications for Civil PE exam

NCEES has updated the specifications for the Transportation depth module of its Civil PE exam, effective with the April 2010 exam administration. The updated specifications are available in the Exams section of the NCEES Web site.

Exam specifications list the knowledge areas tested and their relative weights of emphasis. Clarifications to the Transportation module specifications are found in Section V, Other Topics.

“The section hasn’t changed fundamentally,” said Tim Miller, P.E., director of exam services at NCEES. “We just wanted to fine-tune it to better explain what kinds of questions examinees can expect on the exam.”

The Civil PE exam is a breadth and depth examination. All examinees work the same breadth portion in the morning, covering all five areas of civil engineering. In the afternoon, examinees select one depth module concentrating on a single practice area. Transportation is one of the five depth module options.

Contact: Susan M. Cline, P.E., Exam Development Engineer

ANSI recognizes Model Law Surveyor standard

The American National Standards Institute recently approved the Model Law Surveyor (MLS) standard developed by NCEES.

This standard outlines the requirements for attaining licensure as a professional surveyor. 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 MLS standard was published on the NCEES home page and in ANSI’s Standards Review and open to public comment.

“We’re looking forward to promoting this standard to encourage uniform licensing standards and, ultimately, better protect the public,” said Jerry Carter, NCEES executive director.

NCEES has been a standards development organization of ANSI, the U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), since 2007. Its standard for Model Law Engineer was approved by ANSI earlier this year. Its standard for Model Law Structural Engineer is currently under public review.

The full text of the MLS standard can be downloaded here.

Contact: Jerry T. Carter, Executive Director