From the CEO

“Licensure is an important process in the United States because it allows our state boards to determine a minimum level of competence for individuals who wish to practice.”

Jerry Carter
NCEES Chief Executive Officer

For 95 years, NCEES has been committed to advancing licensure for engineers and surveyors. Its leadership in this endeavor takes different forms and focuses on a variety of areas, but a common purpose unites its efforts: a dedication to serving the engineering and surveying professions and protecting the public. Our efforts to set the standard in uniform laws, licensing requirements, and professional ethics stem from a commitment to safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

Much of our focus at NCEES headquarters is on supporting the member boards—providing the exams that they use to license engineers and surveyors and administering services to facilitate licensure. In 2014, NCEES moved its FE and FS exams to computer-based testing (CBT). The process has worked extremely well for member boards and examinees, offering better security and greater convenience. Work also continues on moving the rest of NCEES exams to CBT, and we look forward to offering the first Principles and Practice exam—the PS exam—via CBT beginning in October 2016. The Records and Credentials Evaluations services continued to grow in 2014–15. The number of applications for both of these services was up 9 percent over last year.

The work of NCEES is possible because of its volunteers. Members and staff of state licensing boards serve on NCEES standing committees and task forces as well as the members of zone and national leadership. Others, along with professional engineers and surveyors from across the country, volunteer on exam development committees or participate in outreach activities. NCEES thanks these dedicated professionals for their commitment. We are proud to serve the engineering and surveying professions and look forward to making them even stronger in the future.