Software Engineers Sought for NCEES Survey

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 8 December, 2010 – The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) is currently seeking professionals working in the software engineering field to participate in a Professional Activities and Knowledge Study, or PAKS.

The results of this study will be used to determine the test specifications for a new Software Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam, whereby software engineers in the United States could become licensed professional engineers. The results of this study will be used to determine the test specifications for the exam.

To participate in the study, complete the online survey at The survey asks about the professional activities and knowledge/skills that should be required of a licensed software engineer with 4 to 6 years of experience, who practices in a manner that protects the health, safety, and welfare of the public. It can be completed in less than an hour.

As you take the survey, please bear in mind that while the professional activities and knowledge/skills are separated into nine distinct domains (content areas), the activities in most of these domains cut across the full lifecycle and are independent of the software lifecycle model adopted. In particular, the domains Configuration Management, Engineering Processes, Quality Assurance, and Safety, Security, and Privacy span the lifecycle.

In formulating this survey, there was a delicate balance between completeness and brevity. At the end of each domain, space is provided for you to include any topics you felt were not covered. You should also be aware that exploring the many nuances created by partitioning a discipline would be left to the exam questions that will be written based on the specification.

For more information, email or by calling (609) 895-5234. The deadline for survey submissions is 8 p.m. ET on 31 December.

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