The West Virginia State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers is responsible for protecting the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of West Virginia by establishing the policies and procedures for administering the provisions of the WV State Registration Law for Professional Engineers, Chapter 30-13, as well as Legislative Rule 7-1 and Procedural Rule 7-2.
The Board is charged with safeguarding the life, health, property, and public welfare by regulating the practices of professional engineering. The Board provides this public service by qualifying and licensing individuals, establishing regulations, enforcing laws and regulations, and providing information so that consumers can make informed decisions. The work performed by engineers is highly technical, requiring specialized knowledge and higher education, examination, and experience.
Below you will find a history of Engineering Licensure in the US, NCEES and the WV PE Board:
Wyoming passes the first engineering registration law.
At a meeting in Chicago, the Council of State Boards of Engineering Examiners (CSBEE) is founded by 7 of the 10 state boards with engineering/surveying licensing laws.
The West Virginia State Board of Registration for Engineers was formed at the direction of the WV Legislative Act that became effective on July 27, 1921. Under Section 3, of the Act, Honorable Ephriam F. Morgan, Governor appointed the five members of the first board with terms of office of one, two and three years. Upon invitation, and after being legally qualified, the members of the newly formed board met for the first time in the Coyle and Richardson Building in Charleston, WV on November 21, 1921 at 10am.
The first Annual Report of the WV State Board of Registration for Engineers is presented to the Governor for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1922.
The word “national” is added to the organization’s name (NCSBEE).
NCSBEE approves the Model Law for Registration of Engineers and Land Surveyors.
NCSBEE revises the Constitution and Bylaws to create a board of directors, zones, and the position of executive secretary.
All states plus Alaska, Hawaii, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico now have engineering registration laws.
The four geographic zones hold their first interim meetings, where member boards discuss issues of common interest.
First NCSBEE Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination is administered.
The WV PE Board moves from the traditional state-specific FE exam and administers the first national Fundamentals of Engineering Exam in West Virginia.
First NCSBEE Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) examination is administered.
The organization’s name is changed to the National Council of Engineering Examiners (NCEE).
The WV PE Board moves from the traditional state-specific PE exam and administers the first national Principles and Practice of Engineering Exam in West Virginia.
The NCEE Records program is created to replace the National Engineering Certificate.
All member licensing boards now use uniform national engineering examinations.
The organization’s name is changed to National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).
The WV PE Board successfully presents and has enacted monumental Statute and Rule Revisions requiring more stringent educational degree requirements, company authorizations as well as annual continuing education requirements.
The WV PE Board administers the first national Structural I Exam (Principles and Practice of Engineering Exam) in West Virginia.
The afternoon portion of the FE examination is offered in six discipline-specific modules (Chemical, Civil, Industrial, Electrical, Mechanical, and General) in order to test upper-division knowledge.
The NCEES Engineering and Land Surveying Examination Services (ELSES) is established to provide exam administration services to NCEES member boards. Initially chartered as an NCEES affiliate, ELSES was dissolved in 2009 but continued to provide the same services as the NCEES Exam Administration Services department.
The WV PE Board conducts its first strategic planning meeting in November 2000.
With the April exam, the PE Civil, PE Electrical and Computer, and PE Mechanical exams are all administered in the breadth/depth objectively scored (multiple-choice) format. With the October administration, all PE exams (except Structural II) are given in the all-objectively scored format.
The WV PE Board hires their first Executive Director, who is a Professional Engineer.
The WV PE Board unveils their inaugural website.
The Engineering Speakers Kit is developed to promote the engineering profession, emphasizing the benefits of pursuing licensure.
The WV PE Board begins to utilize the WV State Treasurer’s Office to process renewal fees via their lockbox program.
The WV PE Board moves their long-standing headquarters from the historic Union Building to the Kanawha Valley Bank Building at 300 Capitol Street, Suite 910, Charleston, WV.
The WV PE Board hires their first Board Investigator, who is a Professional Engineer.
The WV PE Board unveils their on-line renewal system developed and administered in conjunction with WV State Treasurer’s Office.
The WV PE Board successfully updates their Legislative Rules to comport with current practice.
NCEES begins providing credentials evaluations services for licensure candidates earning degrees from programs outside the United States and from domestic, non-ABET accredited programs.
The WV PE Board moves from accepting foreign degree evaluations from the ECEI Evaluations to the NCEES Credentials Evaluation program.
NCEES celebrates the 100th anniversary of engineering licensure in the United States.
NCEES is granted status as ANSI standards development organization.
NCEES exams are first offered in South Korea.
The WV PE Board discontinues the use of the lockbox program and moves to full on-line license renewal via the Board’s website.
NCEES exams are first offered in Egypt.
NCEES launches the Engineering Award for Connecting Professional Practice and Education.
NCEES exams are first offered in Saudi Arabia.
The Council votes to transition the FE and FS exams to a computer-based format.>
Leonard J. Timms, Jr., WV PE Board member, becomes the first National NCEES President from the state of West Virginia.
NCEES launches new web-based Engineering and Surveying Speakers Kits.
NCEES exams are first offered in the Emirate of Sharjah and in Turkey.
The Council votes to transition the PE and PS exams to a computer-based format at the earliest feasible date but no earlier than 2015.
The WV PE Board assigns their 20,000th PE registration number to a comity applicant in December 2012.
The WV Legislature passes Senate Bill 401 on April 13, 2013 to amend and reenact WV Engineering Law (§30-13-6, §30-13-13, §30-13-15 and §30-13-17) effective July 1, 2013.
The NCEES and the WV Board (along with all jurisdictions) prepare for the launch of the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam via Computer-Based Testing (CBT) on January 2, 2014.
Beginning November 4, 2013, all candidates who wish to take the FE Exam register online directly with NCEES.
The first NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering Exam via Computer-Based Testing (CBT) administered on January 2, 2014.
During the 82nd WV Legislative Session, the WV PE Board received authorization for biennial renewals on the calendar year vs. the traditional annual renewals on the fiscal year. During 2015, the Board immediately transitioned to two-year renewals of PE licenses, as well as company COAs.
The WV PE Board completes the full biennial renewal transition for all firm COAs and all individual PE licenses. Our WV PEs successfully complete the first 2-year renewal cycle requiring 30 professional development hours of continuing education to be reported. From this point forward, firm COAs will renew at the end of odd-numbered calendar years and individual PE licenses will renew at the end of even-numbered calendar years.
The last pencil-and-paper administration of the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Chemical exam was in April 2017. The computer-based PE Chemical exam registration opened late June 2017.
The first NCEES Principles and Practice Exam (PE) Chemical exam was administered via Computer-Based Testing (CBT) in January 2018 and the first Nuclear PE exam was administered in October of 2018. The new computer-based PE exams allow for testing at approved locations. The new format includes a supplied digital Reference Handbook and also introduces a new testing component: alternative item types (AITs). AITs are questions other than traditional multiple-choice questions. Visit the NCEES website to learn more about AITs.
The first Environmental PE exam was administered via Computer-Based Testing (CBT) in January 2019. The last Software Engineering PE exam and first Petroleum PE exam were administered via CBT in October 2019.
The first Mechanical PE exam was to be administered via Computer-Based Testing (CBT) in April 2020, but was cancelled along with all other April 2020 PE Exams due to the COVID-19v crisis. Both the first Fire Protection PE exam and Industrial & Systems PE exam, now along with the Mechanical PE Exam, are to be administered via CBT in October 2020.
NCEES relocates official headquarters from Clemson, SC to Greenville, SC. NCEES also celebrates their 100th Annual Meeting in Chicago in August 2020 (the location of the first NCEES Annual Meeting in 1920).
The 2020 WV Legislature approves HB4252 authorizing a number of changes to WV Engineering Law including, but not limited to, decoupling the PE exam from experience requirements, decreasing/eliminating many fees, and providing for military family and low income fee waivers for initial licensure.