The renewal window for licenses and certifications opens mid April. Check back here or subscribe to email communications or social media for more details in late March. A reminder: ALL licenses and certifications expire on June 30, 2018, regardless of the date issued.
Now is a good time to review continuing education requirements, as you must meet those requirements in order to renew.
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Hearing Held on Rule Package R‑04374
A public hearing regarding the Board's Rule Package R‑04374 was held at 9:30 am on January 17, 2018, in Suite 295 of the Golden Rule Building in St. Paul. Use the link to find the Board's testimony and information on the post-hearing process.
NCEES Seeks Chemical PEs for Survey
NCEES is seeking PEs practicing chemical engineering to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study for the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Chemical exam. The survey is open until February 27, 2018.
NCEES Releases Revised Specifications for April Exams
New exam specifications beginning in April 2018 are available for the following:
NCEES Announces Price Reduction for FE, FS Exams in 2018
Beginning January 1, 2018, NCEES is reducing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam registration fees by $50 to $175. The reduced fee will apply to registrations completed on or after this date; the new price will not be honored for registrations completed before January 1, 2018.
NCARB Offering Examinees ARE 5.0 Provisional Feedback
Beginning November 1, 2017, Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) 5.0 candidates have the opportunity to view immediate provisional feedback of their performance. Made possible by ARE 5.0’s new web-based technology, provisional feedback is being offered in a continued effort to improve the exam experience and align with common testing practices.
NCEES Seeking Industrial and Systems PEs for Survey
NCEES needs licensed professional engineers practicing industrial and systems engineering to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study for the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Industrial and Systems exam. Your input could shape a future iteration of the exam. The survey is scheduled to close November 30.
Former Board Chair Receives National Award
Lisa Hanni, LS, former Board Chair, was given the NCEES Distinguished Service Award for her dedicated service to NCEES and the engineering and surveying professions. She is pictured with 2016–17 NCEES President Daniel Turner, Ph.D., P.E., P.L.S.
Hanni received the award at the organization’s 96th annual meeting, held August 23–26, 2017, in Miami Beach, Florida. The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing professional licensure for engineers and surveyors. NCEES develops, administers, and scores the examinations used for engineering and surveying licensure in the United States. It also facilitates professional mobility and promotes uniformity of the U.S. licensure processes through services for its member licensing boards and licensees. A few months ago, Hanni received a regional service award from the same organization.
This national award places Hanni among a select and prestigious set of her peers and recognizes her deep commitment to the profession and to the health, safety, and wealth of the public that profession serves. NCEES Press Release
Governor Dayton Makes Board Appointments
The governor has selected eight individuals to fill current openings on the Board. Board members are appointed for four-year terms and can serve a maximum of two terms, if reappointed.
Wayne Hilbert, Architect – Apple Valley, was reappointed. New to the Board are:
- Dave Blume, PE – Oakdale
- Rachel Dwyer, Public Member – Maple Grove
- Eric Friske, Public Member – Carver
- Claudia Reichert, CID – Minneapolis
- Jody Rooney, Public Member – Stillwater
- David Stenseth, Public Member – Oakdale
- Robert Whitmyer, PSS – Rice Lake
Board Members Apply for Appointment
FG Exam Costs to Increase in 2018
The Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG®) is increasing the Fundamentals of Geology (FG) examination fee from $150 to $200. The increase will go into effect for the spring 2018 examination.
List of Individuals with 2016 CE Carryover Now Available
Those already looking ahead to June 2018 renewals and wondering if they have continuing education carryover from the previous period can check for their name and information on a PDF document (see link below). If your name does not appear, you do not have any carryover, according to Board records.
2016 CE Carryover
LARE Exam Updated in April 2017
Revisions announced by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) to the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE) were made effective April 2017. Among the changes to the exam are new content focusing on maintenance, historical preservation, performance metrics and specialty plans. These updates align the exam with current practice.
This update has no negative impact on candidates who have already successfully completed sections of the exam. All exam sections, through the December 2016 administration, remain equivalent to the new exam sections that CLARB began administering in April 2017.
LARE Change FAQs
Study Reference List
The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) version 5.0 launched November 1. NCARB has created several resources to explain the new version and how the transition from 4.0 to 5.0 will work:
ARE 5.0 Overview ARE 5.0 Handbook ARE 5.0 Guidelines ARE 5.0 Information on NCARB Website
New Test Center Security Measures for ARE Examinees
Starting immediately, Prometric test centers in the U.S. are instituting additional test security measures that include the inspection of eyeglasses, jewelry, and other accessories. Here's what examinees arriving to take the Architect Registration Examination can expect:
- All candidates will be required to remove their eyeglasses for visual inspection by a Test Center Administrator (TCA). These brief inspections will occur during initial check-in and upon return from breaks.
- Most types of jewelry are prohibited, with the exception of wedding or engagement rings. Candidates should avoid bringing watches, necklaces, bracelets, or earrings to the test center.
- Other accessories are subject to inspection, such as headbands, hair clips, ties, cufflinks, or scarves. Please note: religious and medical head coverings are permitted.
Anyone with questions regarding the types of accessories subject to inspection, should contact Prometric directly: