Among the actions taken during the recent (August 21-22) NCEES annual business meetings, three are of particular interest to the surveying profession. Two of the three are reported on the NCEES website, and are related to the NCEES Model Law prerequisite education and experience requirements for licensure as a professional engineers. The third action (unfortunately not reported on the NCEES website) relates to a motion which was briefly discussed during the Surveyors Forum, but introduced individually during the business meeting by Richard Smith who sits on the New Jersey licensing board. The basic gist to the motion is that the NCEES Model Law should not include an “exception” for what are known as “engineering surveys”. Smith argued that in order for licensed professional engineers to perform “incidental” surveying that is related to engineering projects they undertake, they must meet the education, experience, and examination requirements for licensure as a professional surveyor. Several other surveyor board members spoke on the issue, and a couple of amendments were offered. Some of the comments pointed out that education leading to licensure as a professional engineer includes virtually no components related to the practice of surveying. In the end, though, the concept failed by a significant margin.
NSPS News & Views hopes to be able to provide more in depth information about this matter in future editions.