NSPE: Who We Are and What We Do

NSPE was established in 1934 to realize a simple but vital goal: create an inclusive, nontechnical organization dedicated to the interests of licensed professional engineers, regardless of practice area, that would protect engineers (and the public) from unqualified practitioners, build public recognition for the profession, and stand against unethical practices and inadequate compensation.

Much has changed since then, but NSPE’s fundamental commitment to this vision, articulated at its founding, remains unchanged.

The NSPE Strategic Plan—including our Vision, Mission, Values, and Goals—is developed by the NSPE Board of Directors in collaboration with NSPE’s representative House of Delegates. It is not a static document. Rather, it is a commitment to ongoing, open, and transparent strategic planning and execution.

Our Vision

A world where the public can be confident that engineering decisions affecting their lives are made by qualified and ethically accountable professionals

Our Mission

To foster licensed professional engineers in service to society

Our Values

  • Ethics and Accountability

    > Public health, safety, and welfare above all other considerations
    > Recognized and authoritative expertise in licensure, ethics, and professional practice
    > Innovation to ensure the changing and future needs of the public are met

  • Qualifications

    > Professional standards and qualifications across the engineering team
    > Commitment to the PE as the standard of practice for professional engineering
    > Commitment to NICET certification as the standard of practice for technicians

  • Professional Advancement

    > Assisting individuals in becoming licensed or appropriately certified
    > Continuous learning for professional growth
    > Exchange and advancement of knowledge in matters of concern to the profession and to its relations with the outside world

  • Unity

    > Teamwork, unity, and fellowship across all disciplines and all levels of the engineering team
    > Diversity and inclusion, ensuring the profession is a reflection of society
    > A single, integrated membership supported by seamless services provided through state and national societies and local chapters

Our Goals

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    Growth in mission impact at all levels of the organization

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    Increased public recognition of the value of competent and ethical engineering

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    Increased membership and participation across all programs: Engaging more people and engaging them more fully

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    Maximized synergy: Value created anywhere in the system benefits everyone in the system

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    Financial sustainability for national, state societies, and NICET certifications

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