NCEES is currently seeking licensed professional surveyors and mapping scientists to participate in professional activities and knowledge study, or PAKS, for the PRinciples and Practice of Surveying (PS) exam. The results of this study will be used to update the specifications for the exam, which is used throughout the United States for licensing purposes.
NCEES requires a cross-section of licensed professional surveyors and mapping scientists - including those working in consulting, the public sector, and academia - to complete an online questionnaire about the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a newly licensed surveyor or mapping scientist to practice in a manner that safeguards the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The questionnaire can be completed in 35-45 minutes.
"These studies help NCEES ensure its licensing exams reflect current professional practice," explained Chief Officer of Examinations Jason J. Gamble, P.E. "We need input from as many professional surveyors and mapping scientists as possible to ensure that the PS exam continues to meet the demands of the profession."
For access to the online questionnaire, visit http://ncees.org/PSPAKS. Responses must be received no later than May 30, 2022. For more information, contact NCEES Exam Development Engineer John (Andy) Binderwald, P.E., at email@example.com.
Those individuals who have submitted complete applications and passed their Professional Engineer (PE) or Professional Land Surveyor (PLS) exam should now have active licenses.
The Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO) has approved those applicants who have adhered to the new process and passed the exam.
Colorado candidates for licensure may now test prior to submitting their application. This change to a pre-testing model was initiated in order to streamline the approval process. It is designed to accomplish this by removing a previous step that required applicants to first obtain approval from the respective boards to take the exam rather than take the test directly.
Once an applicant has tested, he or she needs to submit an application and provide their National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveying (NCEES) number to DPO, which then obtains the test scores and begins processing these applications.
Applicants should be aware, if they are not already, that this process change was instituted this year. This change was communicated via email to licensees, but there are indications that some applicants may have been unaware of the newly implemented approach.