Celebrating 100 Years of NCEES

Looking Toward the 21st Century

In the years leading up to its 75th anniversary in 1995, the Council increasingly focused its attention on professional ethics, examinations, and the internationalization of engineering.

By 1984, all engineering licensing boards were using uniform national engineering exams. Also in 1984, the Council went from a norm-referenced method to a criterion-referenced method to determine the minimum passing score for the PE exam.

In 1989, to put more of a focus on surveying, the Council changed its name to the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) to recognize both professions. By 1990, NCEES membership included all engineering and surveying boards from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A new strategic plan was introduced in 1995, stating, “The vision of the NCEES is to provide leadership in professional licensure of engineers and land surveyors through public health, safety, and welfare, and to shape the future of professional licensure.”

The Council is an example of democracy at its best, as it studies, weighs, and compromises, always moving toward solutions which work in the real world… during the century now ending, the Council represented an inestimable number of work hours and the dedication of many of the most talented professionals in the country.”