In 1920, the Iowa State Board of Engineering Examiners issued a call to the 10 existing engineering boards to join together and form a “permanent organization to arrive at the best understanding and to facilitate the business of state and interstate registration.” In response to Iowa’s invitation, seven of the 10 existing state boards sent representatives to the meeting on November 8, 1920, in Chicago.
“...there should be an organized and systemized method of procedure to be followed in interstate registration, that there should be a uniform basis of examination and registration, that a convention for the purpose of arriving at a working plan and an understanding of the scope, plan and procedure of the several Boards was desirable and practical. Further, that it appeared to be desirable to effect a form of permanent organization to arrive at the best understanding and to facilitate the business of state and interstate registration.”
After drafting a constitution, the delegates legally constituted the Council as a “permanent organization … to carry out as far as may be practical, a uniformity of practice in examination and registration of engineers.” The delegates also established a name for the organizing body—the Council of State Boards of Engineering Examiners (CSBEE), which would eventually become the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).
NCEES’ first ever constitution and bylaws