The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) held its Annual Business Meeting on August 24-27, 2005, in Memphis, Tennessee. Several of the motions focused on engineering programs, accreditation and education requirements for licensure.
The Council adopted a new position statement that recognizes the necessity of engineering education that includes instruction about ethical expectations and codes of conduct in industrial, governmental and educational settings. It states that engineering graduates "should be knowledgeable in and able to demonstrate an awareness of the breadth and diversity of engineering practice." The Council also voted to conduct a feasibility study and task analysis for an engineering professional practice exam. Both of these actions are a response to the growing need for ethics and professionalism in the engineering profession, as identified by licensed engineers working in diverse areas of practice.
NCEES delegates revised a position statement to clarify its stand concerning accreditation for engineering programs. The amended statement specifies the Council's recommendation that engineering programs be accredited only by EAC/ABET.
The Council also approved a motion to increase mandatory engineering education for licensure. As a result, a committee has been charged with recommending revisions to the Model Law to require additional education as a base requirement for P.E. licensure. The committee will consider recommended language, including a provision to raise the current educational requirements by 30 additional hours, and will make its recommendations to the Council in 2006. The increased education requirements would be implemented no sooner than 2010.
The Council also modified the Model Rules to incorporate a waiver of the Fundamentals of Engineering examination for people who possess a degree from an EAC/ABET program or its equivalent and a doctorate in engineering from an institution that offers EAC/ABET programs. The doctorate degree must be approved by the licensure board for the candidate to qualify.
After delegates discussed a motion to endorse a new licensure model, the Council voted to study the matter further for consideration at the 2006 Annual Meeting.
The 2005-2006 NCEES Board of Directors was commissioned at the Annual Meeting. It includes the following members:
The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying develops licensing examinations for the engineering and surveying professions. These examinations are used by engineering and surveying licensing boards across the United States as part of their candidate assessment process. NCEES also provides examination scoring and administration services to licensing boards, as well as a variety of products and services to engineering and surveying professionals. NCEES headquarters is located in Clemson, South Carolina.
Source: NCEES, September 19, 2005