Engineering & Surveying Licensure & Education

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Engineering & Surveying

Licensure & Education

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John Greenhalge Executive Director

State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors

OTEC – October 28, 2014

Melinda Gilpin Executive Director

Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio, Inc.

Dean Ringle, P.E., P.S.

Franklin County Engineer Moderator

Tim Miller, P.E.

Director of Examination Services

National Council of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Surveyors

Dr. Dennis Irwin, P.E.

Dean, Russ College of Engineering and Technology Ohio University

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OTEC – October 28, 2014

Tim Miller, P.E.

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Agenda

• Current Exam Status

• Computer-Based Testing (CBT)

• NCEES Outreach

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Current Exam Status

• NCEES currently produces:

– Seven Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exams

– One Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam – Twenty-four Principles and Practice of

Engineering (PE) exams

– One Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) exam

– One 16-hour Structural Engineering (SE) exam

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0 20,000 40,000 60,000 80,000 100,000 120,000 140,000 160,000 02-03 03-04 04-05 05-06 06-07 07-08 08-09 09-10 10-11 11-12 12-13 13-14 First Year Enrollments and Degrees Conferred

Compared to Actual FE & PE Usage

Source: ASEE Profiles of Engineering and Engineering Technology Colleges

First Year Enrollees Degrees Conferred

Total FE Exams Total PE Exams

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COMPUTER BASED TESTING

LAUNCH UPDATE

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Current Exam Status

• In 2010, NCEES voted to convert the FE and FS exams from pencil and paper

format to computer-based tests “as soon as feasible”.

• Both exams were already “closed-book” with a supplied reference handbook.

• We contracted with Pearson VUE as our test delivery partner.

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Communications

• Examinee guide

• Exam day experience video • Short “how to” videos

– How to use the FE/FS References – Hotkeys

– Onscreen calculator

– Reusable booklet for scratch work – How to flag items for review

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CBT exam administration

• Price

– $225: includes test center seat, examination, and results release

• Testing windows

– January–February – April–May

– July–August

– October–November • Test center locations

– Pearson VUE testing centers

– Pearsonvue.com/ncees for an interactive map of locations

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Exam registration

• Opened November 4, 2013

• First appointments on January 2, 2014 • All examinees

– Register online through NCEES

– Pay all exam-related fees directly to NCEES via credit card

– On exam day, attest that they will abide by rules and policies found in the NCEES Examinee Guide

• NCEES release results directly to examinees within 7–10 days

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Exam changes

• Length

– 110 questions

– 6-hour test center appointment

• Nondisclosure agreement–2 minutes • Tutorial–8 minutes

• Exam time–5 hours, 20 minutes • Scheduled break–25 minutes • Post-exam survey–5 minutes

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Exam changes

• Exam and references on computer

– Split screen

– 24-inch monitor

• Supplied references

– Searchable

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FS and FE – current status

(as of 10-7-14)

FE FS

Total

Scheduled Delivered Scheduled Delivered

Jan/Feb 0 3215 0 103 3,318 Apr/May 0 12,671 0 264 12,935 Jul/Aug 0 5,420 0 135 5,555 Oct/Nov 7,649 919 210 34 8,812 Jan/Feb 2015 1,423 0 43 0 1,466 Registered not Authorized 1,272 NA 51 NA 1,323 Authorized not Scheduled 3,567 NA 114 NA 3,681 Total in the System 13,911 22,225 418 536 37,090

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FE/FS – pass rates

(2014_C01.02 and 04.05) CBT Volume Current Pass Rate (1st Time) Standard Setting Projections (1st Time) 1310 (1st Time EAC) Chemical 976 82% 77% 80% Civil 6,139 72% 65% 75% Electrical & Computer 1,628 78% 65% 66% Environmental 771 82% 73% 82% Industrial 368 70% 61% 64% Mechanical 3,767 82% 75% 80% Other Disciplines 2,238 84% 70% 70% FS 367 55% 69% 70%

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Professional exam transition status

• In 2012, NCEES voted to convert the remaining exams from pencil and paper format to computer-based tests “as soon as feasible”.

• Pearson VUE is currently calibrating items and evaluating banks

• Pearson VUE to provide validity/reliability data based on number of tested items to EPE/EPS for recommendations to NCEES Board of Directors regarding format and length of exams. This will also help determine bank size

requirements.

• References – probable combination of imbedding in items, supplied reference, and secure website hosting of

standards/codes – still working on the details. This will include discussion on graphs and charts.

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NCEES Outreach

• As part of recent Annual Meeting in Seattle, NCEES

partnered with the Pacific Science Center for Engineer It!, connecting professional engineers and surveyors with the public for hands-on exploration of science. Over 6,000 parents and children attended.

• Presented the NCEES Engineer Award for connecting professional practice and education to the Seattle

University Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department for their submission, Microgrid System for a Wind and Solar Farm in rural Kenya.

Award was established in 2009 to promote

understanding of the value of licensure and encourage partnerships between the engineering profession and education.

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NCEES Outreach

• NCEES is growing their relationship with Engineers

without Borders (EWB). We currently support 4 project grants and will be working with them in the near future to expand our sponsorship role in order to reach

engineering students to encourage them to pursue licensure.

EWB is a humanitarian organization established to support community-driven development programs worldwide through partnerships that design and implement sustainable engineering projects.

• We are involved with judging Future City Competitions (national and regional).

• We will be a sponsor of a special geocaching event to celebrate Surveyors Week in 2015.

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NCEES Outreach

• We are a sponsor of a special geocaching event to celebrate Surveyors Week in 2015.

• We provide some funding for TwiST (Teaching with Spatial Technology), a program to teach K-12 teachers how to teach with Geographic Information Technology in the classroom.

• We are a financial sponsor of the Trig-Star program, an annual high school mathematics competition

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Ohio State Board of Registration for

Professional Engineers and Surveyors

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Requirements for PE Licensure in Ohio

1. Graduate of an EAC/ABET accredited engineering  curriculum of four years. 2. Graduate of an ETAC/ABET accredited engineering  technology curriculum of four years or more. 3. Graduate of an engineering curriculum of four years or  more accredited by the Canadian Engineering  Accreditation Board (CEAB). 4. Graduate of an engineering curriculum of four years or  more from a college or university from outside of the  United States that has been evaluated by NCEES as  meeting the NCEES Education Standard.

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Requirements for PS Licensure in Ohio

1. Graduate of an ASAC/EAC/ETAC ABET accredited  surveying curriculum of four years or more. 2. Graduate of an EAC/ABET accredited civil engineering  curriculum with 16 semester hours or 24 quarter hours of  Board‐approved surveying coursework — at least six  semester hours (or equivalent) in surveying of land  boundaries. 3. Graduate of a Board‐approved surveying program:  Cincinnati State/University of Cincinnati, and Glenville  State College (WV).

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Requirements for Licensure in Ohio

• All

 

applicants

 

for

 

registration

 

as

 

a

 

PE

 

or

 

PS

 

must

 

complete

 

four

 

years

 

(8

 

years

 

for

 

ETAC/ABET

 

grads)

 

of

 

acceptable

 

experience.

• Must

 

take

 

and

 

pass

 

the

 

NCEES

 

Fundamentals

 

and

 

Principles

 

and

 

Practice

 

examinations.

• PS

 

applicants

 

must

 

also

 

take

 

and

 

pass

 

a

 

two

hour

 

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TOTAL EXAMS GIVEN BY YEAR

FY YEAR Principles and 

Practice (PE & PS) Fundamentals (FE & FS)

2014 637 794 2013 620 1239 2012 697 1221 2011 637 1222 2010 686 1312 2009 676 1243 2008 671 1340 2007 789 1262 2006 995 1569 2005 1535 1589

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SURVEYING EXAMS GIVEN BY YEAR

FY YEAR PS FS 2013 36 40 2012 37 42 2011 41 57 2010 40 52 2009 50 55 2008 38 66 2007 41 43 2006 52 51

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SURVEYORS LICENSED BY YEAR

YEAR EXAM COMITY

2014 2013 10 12 2012 24 12 2011 35 15 2010 28 12 2009 34 13 2008 22 10 2007 28 10 2006 34 4

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NUMBER OF LICENSEES BY YEAR

YEAR PE PS DUAL 2014 25367 1336 701 2013 26071 1380 743 2012 24854 1350 737 2011 24710 1365 751 2010 24557 1374 750 2009 24684 1406 763 2008 25118 1445 798 2007 30087 1711 984 2006 31426 1822 1121

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NCEES Future of Surveying Task Force

Charge 1 • Evaluate the current state of the surveying profession in  terms of what NCEES can do to mitigate the low number of  candidates seeking licensure as professional surveyors and  better market the value of a career in the surveying  profession. Consider if revisions are needed to the  definition of surveying to encompass new technology and  methodology to broaden the potential base for licensed  surveyors.

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NCEES Future of Surveying Task Force

Charge 2

• Evaluate if state‐specific surveying exams can be 

transitioned into region‐‐specific exams or if state‐specific  surveying exams can be eliminated.

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Dr. Dennis Irwin, P.E.

Dean, Russ College of Engineering

and Technology

Ohio University

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Melinda Gilpin

Executive Director

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State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors

50 West Broad Street, Suite 1820 • Columbus, Ohio 43215-5905 U.S. Toll Free (877) 644-6364 • Columbus Metro (614) 466-3651

EMAIL THE BOARD • pes.board@pes.ohio.gov

Contact Information

Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio, Inc.

6465 Reflections Drive, Suite 100, Dublin, Ohio 43017 Phone (614) 761-2313 | info@ohiosurveyor.org

Russ College of Engineering and Technology Ohio University

Stocker Engineering and Technology Center 155 | Athens OH 45701 Tel: 740.593.1474 | http://www.ohio.edu/

National Council of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Surveyors

280 Seneca Creek Road | Seneca, SC 29678

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