In August 2016, delegates from the member licensing boards gathered in Indianapolis to discuss licensure issues, set Council policy, and vote on proposed changes to the Model Law and Model Rules. Maintaining these documents is a key part of NCEES efforts to promote mobility and provide leadership in professional licensure. The licensing requirements described in them reflect a consensus of what the member boards think licensing laws and rules should be.
To help reduce possible cost barriers to licensure, delegates voted to amend the organization’s policy on exam charges to lower the price for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exams by $50 to $175 beginning January 2018. Delegates also set a price for the computer-based Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam. None of the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exams, which NCEES offers in 24 disciplines, is currently administered through computer-based testing (CBT), but the organization is preparing for future transitions to CBT. The earliest that the new price of $375 for computer-based PE exams could take affect is January 2018.
Improving member services
In June 2016, NCEES staff introduced the final phase of a multiyear project to develop a single user interface for all NCEES services. The new customer management system, known as E3, combines many of the organization’s online services into one platform, all with one login. This allows member boards to go to one place for NCEES-related tasks, including exam approvals, license and exam verifications, and Records and Credentials Evaluations transmittals.
The new E3 system allows NCEES to better serve the member boards and provide better guidance about the licensure path for students, interns, and professional engineers and surveyors.