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October Complaint Committee Meeting Canceled

The October 9 Complaint Committee meeting has been canceled.

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Former Board Chair Receives National Award

Hanni receiving NCEES 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

PE Chemical Exam Goes Computer-Based

The PE Chemical Engineering Exam is now computer-based and offered year round. As noted on the Board's PE Exam Application Form, Board application deadlines are not applicable (but you must still apply to the Board before registering with NCEES). For more information about the exam, visit the NCEES website.

NCEES PE Chemical Exam

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

New PE Exam Specifications Starting in April 2018

NCEES has announced several specification and other changes to exams beginning with the April 2018 administration. The following exams are affected:

  • Architectural Engineering
  • all 3 Electrical and Computer exams; also the “Electrical and Electronics” exam will be renamed “Electronics, Controls, and Communications”
  • Environmental; also it will be reduced from 100 to 80 questions
  • Structural 16-hour; also it will have new design standards

Civil will have revised design standards for the Construction and Structural modules.

See the link below for the Architectural Engineering exam specifications. The other exam specifications and/or standards will be available in October.

Architectural Engineering Exam Specs

Former Board Member Wins NCEES Central Zone Award

Former AELSLAGID Board member Lisa Hanni, LS, was presented the Central Zone Distinguished Service Award at the recent NCEES Central Zone Meeting. This award is made only to individuals who have rendered outstanding service to the zone or NCEES.

The Committee nominated Ms. Hanni unanimously, their decision summarized by the following from the letter of nomination: “Ms. Hanni is a longstanding advocate of the profession of surveying and has worked tirelessly to promote, educate, and lead others in the advancement of the profession..”

Ms. Hanni has been a Minnesota licensed Land Surveyor since 1994. She is the first and only woman County Surveyor in Minnesota, where she holds that position for both Goodhue and Dodge Counties. She is also the County Recorder, Land Use Management Director, and Assistant County Administrator for Goodhue County. Ms. Hanni has a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Hamline University. She was appointed to the Board of AELSLAGID from 2007 to 2015 and currently serves as Member Emeritus.

In the photos above, Hanni is pictured with fellow professional land surveyor and NCEES President-Elect Patrick Tami (left) and current land surveyor members of the Board Robin Mathews and Paul Vogel.

Board Elects New Executive Committee

As called for in statute, the Board at its May meeting elected a new Executive Committee. Dennis Martenson, Professional Engineer, will serve as Board Chair; Terry Groshong, Architect, as Vice Chair; Bob Gunderson, Landscape Architect, as Secretary; and Nirmal Jain, Professional Engineer, as Treasurer. The Immediate Past Chair is Peter Miller, Professional Soil Scientist

Board Member Contact Information

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

NCARB Survey Shows Number of Architects Holding Steady, Mobility Increasing

According to a 2016 survey by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, there are 109,748 architects in the United States. While the number is consistent with last year's survey, the 2016 survey reveals that reciprocal licensure has increased by 3 percent. At the time of the survey in Minnesota, residents held 974 licenses and nonresidents held 1,599 reciprocal licenses, for a total of 3,573 licenses..

The number of individuals working towards licensure also held steady in 2016, with more than 41,400 candidates taking the Architect Registration Examination (ARE®) and/or reporting Architectural Experience Program™ (AXP™) hours.

NCARB Survey Press Release

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 Exam Blueprints Orientation Guide Study Reference List

NCEES Announces 2017 Surveying Education Award

NCEES is recognizing surveying/geomatics programs that best reflect NCEES’ mission to advance licensure for surveyors in order to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The 2017 NCEES Surveying Education Award competition launched during National Surveyors Week (March 19-25). Entry materials and competition details are available on the NCEES website. A grand prize of $25,000 will be offered, as well as multiple $15,000 and $10,000 prizes.

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2017 NCEES Exam Specifications Now Available

Updated design specifications and design standards have been posted on the NCEES web site. Please note that if you are taking either the PE Civil or PE Mechanical exam, you will be asked to select an afternoon module when you apply.

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:

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