does this apply to the standard PE? Or is
it just for the SE?
From: Stuart, Matthew
Sent: Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Subject: NCEES Revised SE I &
NCEES revising structural
The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) will
introduce a new 16-hour
Structural PE exam in April 2011. The exam will replace the current Structural
I and Structural II exams, which will be administered for the last time in
NCEES Director of Exam Services Tim Miller, P.E., explained the need for the
revision: "NCEES currently offers two 8-hour structural exams, and some
licensing boards also use state-specific exams. NCEES wanted to provide one
exam that could be used by any state requiring specialized structural
licensure, even a state with high-seismic activity."
To develop the new exam, NCEES surveyed licensed structural engineers from
across the United States
to find out what knowledge areas are most relevant to current professional
practice. NCEES brought together representatives from state licensing boards
and national structural engineering organizations to analyze the survey results
and set the specifications, or content areas, for the new exam.
Miller is confident that the exam will be an effective measure of minimal
competence for any state. "We've gone through a deliberate and rigorous
process to develop the specifications, and the state boards that currently
license structural engineers have been included in this process," he said.
The new 16-hour Structural exam is divided into two 8-hour components, which
will be offered on successive days. The Vertical Forces component focuses on
gravity loads and incidental lateral loads. The Lateral Forces component
focuses on wind and earthquake loads.
Each component of the exam has a breadth module that contains questions
covering a comprehensive range of structural engineering topics. Each component
also has a depth module that focuses more closely on a single area of practice.
Examinees will choose whether they want to concentrate on buildings or bridges
for this module.
To pass the exam, examinees must pass both the Vertical Forces and Lateral
Forces components, but these components may be taken and passed in different
for the new exam are posted on the NCEES Web site. NCEES will also publish a
book of sample questions and solutions in 2010 to familiarize examinees with
the new exam's format and content areas.
"The changeover is still two years away, but it's an important
transition," Miller said. "We want to give people as much advance
notice as possible."
D. Matthew Stuart, P.E.,
S.E., F.ASCE, SECB
Senior Project Manager
Engineers and Consultants - CMX
200 Route 9
Manalapan, NJ 07726
732-577-9000 (Ext. 308)