21 NCAC 56 .0503             EXAMINATIONS

(a)  Fundamentals of Engineering.  This examination is designed to test the applicant's proficiency and knowledge of the fundamentals of engineering.

(b)  Principles and Practice of Engineering.  This examination is designed to test the applicant's proficiency and knowledge of engineering principles and practices.

(c)  Examination Aids.  Examinees may utilize examination aids as specified by the exam preparer.

(d)  Preparation of Examination.  The examinations in the fundamentals of engineering and in the principles and practice of engineering are national examinations provided by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), of which the Board is a member.

(e)  Examination Sequence.  Before the applicant shall be permitted to be examined on the principles and practice of engineering, the applicant shall pass the examination on the fundamentals of engineering, unless the applicant can evidence 20 years of progressive engineering experience, or as a full-time engineering faculty member, or possesses an earned doctoral degree in engineering to be exempt from taking the fundamentals of engineering exam. NCEES administers the fundamentals of engineering examination as a computer-based exam.  Application shall be made directly to NCEES to take the exam.

(f)  Examination Filing Deadline.  The applicant who wishes to take the principles and practice of engineering examination shall deliver the completed application, including all necessary references, transcripts, and verifications, to the Board office prior to August 1 for Fall examinations and January 2 for Spring examinations.

(g)  Seating Notice.  After approval of an application the applicant shall be sent a seating notice.  This notice shall inform the applicant of the date, time and location of the examination and the seat number assigned.

(h)  Unexcused Absences.  After a seating notice has been issued for a scheduled examination by the Board, if the applicant fails to appear, that applicant's record shall reflect "unexcused absence," unless the absence was for jury duty or the applicant was not physically able to be present, as indicated by a doctor's certificate.  The examination fee shall be forfeited.

(i)  Re-Examination.  A person who failed an examination may apply to take the examination again at the next regularly scheduled examination period by making written request and submitting the required exam fee.  A person having a combined record of three failures or unexcused absences shall be eligible only after submitting a new application with appropriate application fee, and shall be considered by the Board for reexamination at the end of 12 months.  After the end of the 12-month period, the applicant may take the examination no more than once every calendar year.  The applicant shall demonstrate to the Board that actions, such as additional courses of study, have been taken to improve the applicant's chances for passing the exam.

(j)  Reasonable Accommodation.  An applicant may make a written request, before the application deadline, for reasonable accommodation for the exam.  Reasonable accommodation shall be granted based upon meeting the Guidelines for Requesting Religious and ADA Accommodations published by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), which are hereby incorporated by reference, including subsequent amendments and editions.  Copies are available at no cost at www.ncees.org.

(k)  Exam Results.  Exam results shall be supplied in writing as pass or fail.  No results will be given in any other manner.

(l)  Review of Failed Exams.  An applicant who fails to make a passing score on an exam shall receive an exam analysis by NCEES.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 89C-10; 89C-13; 89C-14; 89C-15;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. September 29, 1977;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2014; September 1, 2009; May 1, 2009; April 1, 2001; August 1, 1998; November 2, 1992; April 1, 1989; January 1, 1982.