Shaping the future of professional licensure

At the 2015 annual meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia, delegates modified the Manual of Policy and Positions Statements by adopting a position statement on future engineering education requirements for initial licensure as a professional engineer. In addition to asserting the organization’s dedication to ensuring that the education requirements for engineering licensure continue to safeguard the public in the future, the statement outlines several pathways for a licensure candidate to obtain the body of knowledge necessary to enter the profession. It reaffirms NCEES’ commitment to collaborating with technical engineering societies and other interested parties to explore alternative educational pathways. NCEES will use this position statement to guide its efforts to engage stakeholders and ensure that licensing standards continue to protect the public in the future.

In 2014–15, President Widmer formed a task force to study the future of surveying. The group considered how NCEES could better communicate the value of a career in surveying and increase the number of candidates seeking licensure as a professional surveyor. At the 2015 annual meeting, the Council voted to approve the task force’s recommendations to fund a meeting of peer professional organizations to explore the issue and recommend solutions and to develop a national award to recognize excellence in surveying education programs.