I thought for me it is about time to do some search on the other two professional registration process and their evaluations process of the candidate’s competency level.
On this quick research, however, I considered only two other professionals that we as an architects /soon to become architects, have to deal with during completion of all the design, construction administration and post construction/occupancy phases and services.
Please feel free to have your own research on the below mentionued links or other extra professionals, as you see fit, and when it is available to you and add to this discussion, with the hope that we get at least some feedback from Ncarb specialist in this important matter, and share your views in any shape or form.
Before the comparison, I should emphasize on that I totally understand our role as a conductor in AEC business (of course depends on the project delivery type), has made our field of study so broad and almost limitless, but IMHO, it does not have be this complicated.
No one can possibly remember all these broad study materials and even some concepts (even when they are well understood) after a period of time, when they are not used consistently, and even if some are capable, would be useless to use their memories, as technology is getting updated on a daily if not minute basis.
As we all experience this on our daily job, when the knowledge and facts, are needed on the real time, there are limitless solid sources available to us under our fingertips. We need to remember depend on the size and complexity of the project and it’s context in addition to the size of the firm and its past portfolio, and the role of each individual, we all dealing with certain occupancies, construction types, micro and macro climate and jurisdiction. As a result we will become our own expert by diving deeper and deeper within this broad range of projects. Again that is when we really need to learn how to update our past knowledge with using our skills in ongoing project R’s & D’s.
In summary, I am trying to reiterate the fact that in this fourth industrial revolution of digital era, we no longer need to memorize a significant volume of the repository of info that is already available on cloud and could be used when it necessities . What today’s architectural field really needs is some technical and visionary professionals who are efficient on using those knowledge in combination with their interpersonal skills and not to mention, to be able to carry out a vision of sustainable design solutions for our unique echo system.
Enclose, albeit a progress is evidence in Ncarb 5.0 in its evaluation of the candidate based on the their grasp of concept,in comparison with, carb4.0, but nonetheless still understanding of two many concepts with some many overlap between the six divisions are not reasonable nor necessary for licensing process.
Anyhow, here are the the other two engineering, and law professionals process of licensure for a general comparison.
1-To use the PE seal, engineers must complete several steps to ensure their competency.
- Earn a four-year degree in engineering from an accredited engineering program
- Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
- Complete four years of progressive engineering experience under a PE
- Pass the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam
2-Bar Admissions Basic Overview
The most common testing configuration consists of a two-day bar examination, one day of which is devoted to the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), a standardized 200-item test covering six areas (Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts). The second day of testing is typically comprised of locally crafted essays from a broader range of subject matters; however, in a growing number of states, two nationally developed tests, the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), may be used to round out the test.
As the above summary comparison indicates,
1-For becoming a license engineer, a candidate needs to pass two divisions;
First -Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
Second-Pass the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam
2-For getting a license from ABA, a candidate requires to pass two days exam;
First day-Is devoted to the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), a standardized 200-item test covering six areas (Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts).
Second day-of testing is typically comprised of locally crafted essays from a broader range of subject matters; however, in a growing number of states, two nationally developed tests, the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), may be used to round out the test.
Law field, as long as it broadness is concerns, could be more comparable with our field of architecture. The big question is, why we can not consolidate the all six divisions to only in maximum three divisions, as the the following divisions;
First-business practice and management (BP & M)
Second-building programming and design(BP & D)
Third- site-design/neighborhood-design/urban-design and
Environment (SD & E)
I hope, you would participate in this effort by voicing your views and experiences, even if the end result would be a conservative vote for confirmation of the way the Ncarb is managing this process with some more revision and improvements along the way before moving to the next version.
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