Practicing across international borders

Practice mobility is increasingly moving beyond state borders to be an international concern. In 2013–14, NCEES continued to focus on international activities.

On December 18, 2013, three member licensing boards—North Carolina, Kentucky, and Texas engineering—signed memorandums of understanding with the Japan PE/FE Examiners Council in Tokyo, Japan. The MOUs allow engineers who have successfully completed NCEES licensing exams in Japan to seek licensure as a professional engineer in those states. Facilitating mobility for those engineers provides new opportunities for economic development with Japanese businesses and advances public protection by having more licensed engineers, with their commitment to technical competence and ethical practice, working in those states.

At the ceremony, NCEES and JPEC also signed a new agreement allowing NCEES to continue to offer its exams in Japan through JPEC. The FE exam is offered throughout the year at Pearson VUE test centers in Tokyo and Osaka. The PE exam continues to be administered in the spring and fall in Tokyo.

NCEES currently has agreements with seven foreign entities to administer its licensing exams in those countries, and at the 2014 annual meeting, the Council voted to authorize the CEO to negotiate a contract with the Chinese Institute of Engineers to offer exams in Taiwan.