Professional Exam for Software Engineering to be Offered in April 2013
WASHINGTON (12 June 2012) — NCEES, The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, will
begin offering a Principles and Practice of Engineering exam -- PE exam -- in
software engineering in April 2013. Registration is scheduled to open
IEEE-USA is an exam cosponsor and is working with
the IEEE Computer Society to release sample study questions. http://ncees.org/exams
IEEE Fellow Dr. Phillip
Laplante, a professor of software engineering at Penn State University's
Malvern, Pa., campus and member of the IEEE-USA Licensure and Registration
Committee, is chair of the Software Engineering Licensure Examination
Development Committee. He's playing a key role in the exam's
"The exam is the result of a comprehensive survey study of several
hundred software engineering professionals and the hard work of a dedicated
committee of practicing software engineers with extensive experience in a wide
range of mission-critical systems," Laplante said. "Sample exam questions will
be available to prospective examinees in October."
Many state licensing boards
have long contended that because software engineers play a significant and
expanding role in the design and operation of safety-critical systems, they
should be regulated in the same manner as other engineering disciplines.
Projects affecting public health, welfare and safety -- such as electric grids,
traffic control systems and water treatment plants -- require licensed engineers
to verify that design work is done properly.
The National Society of
Professional Engineers and the Texas Board of Professional Engineers are also
assisting in the exam's development. It will be used by engineering licensing
boards across the United States and be administered yearly.
For more on
the licensing of software engineers in an FAQ article from Laplante, see http://theinstitute.ieee.org/ieee-roundup/opinions/ieee-roundup/answers-to-faqs-about-software-licensing.
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