Celebrating 100 Years of NCEES

[The Council has become] the logical organization to advise and furnish reliable information to the state groups that are promoting the adoption of new registration laws or amendments to existing laws.

Secretary T. Keith Legaré, 1935​

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California passes the first surveying licensure law.
Wyoming passes the first engineering licensure law.
At a meeting in Chicago, the Council of State Boards of Engineering Examiners (CSBEE) is founded by 7 of the 10 state boards with engineering and surveying licensing laws.
The word “national” is added to the organization’s name (NCSBEE).
NCSBEE approves the Model Law for Registration of Engineers and Land Surveyors. The Council’s National Bureau of Engineering Registration is created. Headquarters are established in Columbia, South Carolina.
NCSBEE revises the Constitution and Bylaws to create a board of directors, zones, and the position of executive secretary.
The four geographic zones hold their first interim meetings, where member boards discuss issues of common interest.
T. Keith Legaré retires after 37 years as executive secretary. When Clemson Dean of Engineering James Sams (pictured) is appointed to replace him, headquarters moves to Clemson, South Carolina.
The first NCSBEE Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination is administered.
The first NCSBEE Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) examination is administered.
The organization’s name is changed to the National Council of Engineering Examiners (NCEE).
The first NCEE Fundamentals of Land Surveying (FLS) examination is administered.
The first NCEE Principles and Practice of Land Surveying (PLS) examination is administered.
The Council renames the National Bureau of Engineering Registration, which was created in 1932, as the Records Program.
Dedication is held for new headquarters building in Clemson.
All member licensing boards now use uniform national engineering examinations developed by NCEES.
The organization’s name changes to the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).
Rhode Island establishes surveying licensure laws, becoming the final U.S. state to have both engineering and surveying licensure laws.
Entering The 21st Century
The NCEES Engineering Licensure Speaker’s Kit is developed to promote the value of licensure to engineering students and unlicensed engineers.
Council headquarters is expanded to add more meeting space. It is expanded again in 2013.
The NCEES Surveying Speaker’s Kit is developed with the National Society of Professional Surveyors to promote the value of licensure and the surveying profession.
The NCEES Credentials Evaluations Service is established for licensure candidates earning degrees from programs outside the United States and from domestic, non-ABET accredited programs.
NCEES celebrates the 100th year of engineering licensure in the United States.
The NCEES Engineering Education Award is established to connect professional practice and education.
The Council votes to transition the FE and FS exams to a computer-based format.
The Council votes to transition the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) and Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) exams to a computer-based format.
Patty Mamola, P.E., of the Nevada State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors is installed as the first female president of NCEES. NCEES partners with DiscoverE to lead Engineers Week for the first time.
The FE and FS exams are administered via computer-based testing (CBT) for the first time. The FE exam format changes from a breadth and depth format to seven free standing, discipline-specific exams.
The PS exam is administered via CBT for the first time. The NCEES Surveying Education Award and Continuing Professional Competency Registry are established.
The PE Chemical and Nuclear exams become the first PE exams to transition to CBT.
NCEES celebrates its 100-year anniversary and relocates its headquarters to Greenville, South Carolina.

Explore 100 Years of NCEES

Our History
U.S. licensure began in 1891 when California passed legislation to regulate surveying.
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Licensure Begins
The FE, FS, PE, and PS exams have endured much change over the last 100 years.
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Formation of NCEES
Created in 1920 under the original name the Council of State Boards of Engineering Examiners (CSBEE) in order to improve uniformity of laws and to promote mobility of licensure throughout the country.
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The Role of NCEES
The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing professional licensure for engineers and surveyors.
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