Celebrating 100 Years of NCEES

Advancing Licensure

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During these years, NCEES increased its focus on advancing licensure through expanded services, exams, and increased outreach.

In 2005, NCEES created a Credentials Evaluations service to manage the number of foreign-educated candidates and domestic candidates of non-ABET accredited programs who wanted to get licensed in the United States. It put in place a uniform, transparent, and reliable system for evaluating foreign applicants.

In 2007, NCEES celebrated the 100th anniversary of engineering licensure in the United States. NCEES’ international presence grew during this time as well. In 2007, NCEES first administered the FE and PE exams in Japan. Other countries soon followed. By 2014, the Council had signed agreements with seven foreign entities to administer exams.

In 2011, NCEES launched new web-based Engineering and Surveying Speaker’s Kits to make them easier for volunteers to use.

In 2013, Council headquarters was expanded to add more meeting space, and two new departments—Client Services and Member Services—were created to increase services for customers and boards. Seven years later, headquarters was moved to Greenville, South Carolina, to provide more space for exam development volunteers and staff.

In January 2014, the FE and FS exams were first administered via CBT. The move to CBT allowed for more uniform testing conditions, stronger security for exam content, and greater scheduling flexibility. In 2016, the PS exam was administered via CBT for the first time. Between 2018 and 2020, 14 of the 24 PE disciplines had converted to CBT, with the rest (except PE Structural) planned for first administration in 2021 or 2022.

In 2020, the Council celebrated its 100th anniversary as an organization.