PE Licensing Blog

October 16, 2014 - 09:32
By Craig Musselman, P.E., F.NSPE At the 2014 Annual Meeting of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), a workshop was held for attending PE board members from around the country to hear a presentation on the NSPE Engineering Body of Knowledge (EBOK). Of the 60 attendees, 37 participated in a detailed workshop session to consider how the 30 different capabilities identified in the EBOK are attained, and of those capabilities which they felt were critical to the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare in engineering practice. The results of...
September 16, 2014 - 16:26
By Craig Musselman, P.E., F.NSPE At the 2014 Annual Conference of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), there was an outstanding presentation by Arthur Schwartz, Esq., the general counsel of NSPE, and Thomas Smith, P.E., Esq., the general counsel of ASCE (and ASCE’s next executive director effective January 1, 2015) regarding the codes of ethics adopted by 16 different engineering societies that are members of the American Association of Engineering Societies. Perhaps for the first time in the engineering profession, Schwartz and Smith presented a summary...
May 19, 2014 - 09:20
The National Society of Professional Engineers recently published the first edition of the Engineering Body of Knowledge (EBOK), which describes the capabilities and abilities deemed necessary to practice engineering in responsible charge at an early point in an engineer’s career. When this first edition was completed and summarized, I was struck by its implications for lifelong learning in the practice of engineering. The need for lifelong learning in one’s engineering career is accelerating, for a number of reasons. Change is one of the certainties in life and in practice, and the pace...
February 10, 2014 - 11:21
The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination and the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Examinations have historically been used as a means to confirm an applicant’s engineering capability at the level of minimum competence required to protect the public health, safety, and welfare. Coupled with the education and experience requirements, these examinations play a significant role in the licensure process in the US, as many applicants are not able to pass one or the other. The current exams contain almost exclusively technical content, and do not address the full breadth of the...
February 3, 2014 - 09:57
For the past five years, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) has been considering how to structure an alternate pathway to licensure after 2020, based on input received largely from mechanical and chemical engineers who contend that post-graduate advanced learning in their areas of practice is predominantly industry- and practice-based, and not academic in nature. This article presents an idea that might help all parties move forward. Background In 2006, NCEES adopted modifications to its Model Law encouraging jurisdictions to consider revisions after...
November 19, 2013 - 09:16
The National Society of Professional Engineers has released the first edition of “The Engineering Body of Knowledge” (EBOK), a first effort on behalf of the profession in defining the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for the practice of engineering as a professional engineer in responsible charge of engineering activities that may impact public health, safety, and welfare. The EBOK is intended to apply to all disciplines of engineering. The 60-page document is intended for a broad audience—engineer interns and practicing engineering supervisors and mentors, employers,...
October 3, 2013 - 09:43
Unlicensed Practice of Engineering A few years ago, an NCEES survey of state professional engineering licensing boards requested information from each board on the categories of violations indicated for cases opened during a two-year period. Responses were received regarding data on several thousand disciplinary cases. The frequency of categories of violations reported in that survey was as follows, beginning with the most frequent: incompetence/negligence; unlicensed practice/offer; ethics/professional conduct/misconduct; fraud, deceit, misrepresentation; and...
September 20, 2013 - 15:09
The table below provides the best and most detailed information developed to date on the status of exemptions from engineering licensure laws and regulations in each licensure jurisdiction in the U.S. This table was developed in 2013 by the Industrial Exemption Task Force of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, and included in the background information provided for the August, 2013 NCEES Annual Meeting. It was based on a detailed review of the statute and rules in each state, with input from individual state licensing boards. The NSPE policy regarding industrial...
September 16, 2013 - 09:29
At its annual meeting in August 2013, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) voted by a substantial margin to modify the Model Law for engineering licensure to allow for the early taking of the PE exam. Currently, the Model Law, and most states, require that applicants for a PE license complete the required number of years of progressive engineering experience prior to attempting the Principles and Practices of Engineering Examination (the PE exam). With this coming change, the Model Law will stipulate that engineers may, at their option, attempt the PE exam...
August 15, 2013 - 09:31
This is the second in a series of articles about the licensure of engineering technologists in the U.S. Thefirst articledescribed the current status of licensure of technologists as professional engineers and indicated that some 17 jurisdictions do not provide a pathway for technologists to become licensed, while the balance of the jurisdictions do, generally requiring additional years of engineering experience, averaging about six years. Licensure as a professional engineer requires a technologist to pass both the FE and PE examinations, which address a technical engineering body of...

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