NCEES seeks licensed environmental engineers for online survey

NCEES is currently seeking licensed environmental engineers to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study, or PAKS, for the PE Environmental 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 environmental 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 environmental engineer with 4 to 6 years of experience to practice in a manner that safeguards the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The survey can be completed in about 20 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 environmental engineering.”

For access to the online survey, visit bit.ly/EnvironmentalPE. Responses must be received by July 20.

For more information

Tom Dodd, Ph.D., P.E.
NCEES Exam Development Engineer
tdodd@ncees.org
864-624-5453


Licensure Exchange April 2016

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  • Enforcement Beat: Enforcement—The Fourth E
  • Committee Focus: EPE investigates support for professional practice exam
  • From the President: So, what happens at the annual meeting?
  • Member Board Brief: MBA Committee pens guidance for decoupling PE requirements
  • Understanding UK’s Chartered Engineer status
  • Headquarters Update: NCEES Emerging Engineers and Surveyors Group investigates ways to advance professions
  • NCEES launches national surveying education award
  • Wyoming making a world of difference with Engineers Week
  • Member board news, upcoming events, and NCEES outreach
  • Save the date for 2016 NCEES annual meeting

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NCEES launches national surveying education award

NCEES is pleased to announce the inaugural NCEES Surveying Education Award. This annual award will recognize surveying programs that best reflect the organization’s mission to advance licensure for engineers and surveyors in order to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

NCEES will award a $10,000 prize to up to 10 qualifying programs to assist with each program’s continued efforts to promote the importance and value of licensure. Surveying education programs are encouraged to visit ncees.org/surveyingaward to learn more and complete the application process.

All applications and supporting documentation must be received by NCEES on or before June 1, 2016. Award recipients will be notified after July 1, 2016.


NCEES seeks structural engineers’ professional expertise and advice

NCEES is currently seeking licensed professionals practicing structural engineering to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study, or PAKS, for the Structural Engineering exam. The results of this online survey will be used to update specifications for the exam, which is used by various U.S. states and territories for licensing purposes.

NCEES requires a cross section of licensed professional engineers practicing structural engineering—including those working in industry, consulting, the public sector, and academia—to complete an online survey. The survey will help determine the knowledge and skills required of a licensed structural engineer with 4 to 6 years of experience to practice in a manner that safeguards the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The survey can be completed in about 45 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 structural engineering.”

For access to the online survey, visit ncees.org/SEsurvey. Responses must be received by May 1, 2016.

For more information

Jason J. Gamble, P.E.
NCEES Exam Development Engineer
jgamble@ncees.org
864-624-5475


NCEES needs additional computer engineers for online survey

NCEES is seeking licensed professional engineers practicing in computer engineering to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study (PAKS) to update specifications for the PE Electrical and Computer Engineering exams. The study, which was originally launched in June 2015, requires professional engineers practicing in all areas of electrical and computer engineering. While NCEES has enough participants practicing in electrical/electronic and power engineering, it is extending the study to find additional computer engineering participants.

NCEES requires a cross section of licensed professional engineers practicing computer 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 electrical or computer engineer with 4 to 6 years of experience to practice in a manner that safeguards the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The survey can be completed in about 20 minutes.

“These studies help NCEES ensure its licensing exams remain relevant to current professional practice,” explained Director of Exam Services Tim Miller, P.E. “We’ve had a great response across most areas of this discipline, but we need more participants practicing in computer engineering.”

For access to the online survey, visit bit.ly/PEElecComp.

For more information

Tom Dodd, Ph.D., P.E.
NCEES Exam Development Engineer
tdodd@ncees.org
864-624-5453


Licensure Exchange February 2016

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  • Software update offers improved experience and expanded service
  • Zones prepare for 2016 interim meetings
  • Committee Focus: NCEES needs new perspectives to keep growing
  • From the President: Understanding history key to productive debate
  • Headquarters Update: Providing oversight for NCEES finances
  • MB Brief: We all must do our part to welcome new MBAs
  • Enforcement Beat: CBT reduces exam invalidations
  • NCEES hosts forum to strengthen future of surveying profession
  • Recruiting for the profession: Recognizing FE, FS achievement
  • NCEES funding available for first-time attendees to annual meeting
  • Upcoming events, member board news, and NCEES outreach
  • NCEES annual report and Squared now available

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NCEES hosts forum to strengthen future of surveying profession

The NCEES Future of Surveying Forum, held January 22 in San Diego, California, brought together representatives from 18 surveying-related organizations to identify key elements and strategies to strengthen the future of the surveying profession. This is the first time organizations with varying perspectives on the profession have come together to discuss its challenges and collaborate on increasing the number of professional surveyors.

A significant element identified during the forum is improving the image of the profession. Participants believe boosting the profession’s image and increasing public awareness will help keep surveying relevant in the future. Other important elements include addressing changes in technology and the varying definitions of the practice of surveying.

Some of the strategies identified to address these elements include rebranding the profession to promote an updated image and increase public understanding of surveying and developing a consistent message to support the new image.

“Collaboration within the profession is crucial to reversing the declining number of professional surveyors,” explained NCEES Chief Executive Officer Jerry Carter. “Working together to create a consistent message for everyone to use will provide a more effective approach to addressing this issue. The full forum report will provide recommendations on how professional organizations can continue what we started with this meeting.”

Representatives from the following organizations participated in the forum:

  • ACEC Council of Professional Surveyors
  • American Association for Geodetic Surveying
  • American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
  • ASCE Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute
  • American Surveyor magazine
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Colonial States Boards of Surveyor Registration
  • International Federation of Surveyors
  • MAPPS
  • National Association of County Surveyors
  • National Geodetic Survey
  • National Society of Professional Surveyors
  • Point of Beginning magazine
  • NCEES Emerging Engineers and Surveyors Group
  • Surveying and Geomatics Educators Society
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Western Federation of Professional Surveyors
  • xyHt magazine

Update on October 2015 exam results

The results from the October 2015 NCEES exams have been released to NCEES member licensing boards. PS results were released on December 3. PE and SE results were released on December 11.

How and when examinees receive their results varies 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 result, select your state (or foreign entity) and exam from the engineering or surveying webpage.

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Licensure Exchange December 2015

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  • From the President—The fundamentals exam: Reaching a new normal
  • Volunteers needed to judge Future City regionals
  • Enforcement Beat—Land surveying vs. engineering measurements: When do measurements become a survey?
  • Committee Focus: NCEES committees and task forces begin work on 2015–16 agenda
  • NCEES publishes history of the organization
  • Member Board Brief: MBAs focus on best practices
  • Take the pledge and join Global Day
  • Service to member boards is at the center of staff activities
  • Remembering past presidents Stivers and Taylor
  • NCEES expands testing windows for CBT exams
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • NCEES publishes 2015 Engineering Award Book, opens 2016 competition

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NCEES seeks architectural engineers’ professional expertise and advice

NCEES is currently seeking licensed architectural engineers to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study, or PAKS, for the PE Architectural 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 architectural engineering—including those working in industry, consulting, the public sector, and academia—to complete an online survey. The survey will help determine the knowledge and skills required of a licensed architectural engineer with 4 to 6 years of experience to practice in a manner that safeguards the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The survey can be completed in about 25 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 P.E.s across all areas of architectural engineering.”

The survey is now closed. Thank you to everyone who completed it.

For more information

Susan Cline, P.E.
NCEES Exam Development Engineer
scline@ncees.org
864-654-6824