I thought, for me, it was about the time to do some research on the other two professional registration processes and their evaluation process of the candidate’s competency level for registra.
In this research, however, I considered only two other professionals that we as an architect /soon to become an architect, have to deal with during completion of all the design, construction administration and post construction/occupancy phase and services.
Feel free to have your own research on the links mentioned below or other extra professionals, as you see fit, and add to this discussion, with the hope that we communicate our feedback to the Ncarb member who are expert in this important matter.
To those who are taking a passive view on this discussion by saying, “I do not care and all I want Is to get this over with” I will say, do not forget that had this kind of view were to be prominent when it used to be 9 divisions, it would not have been reduced to 6 divisions comparably.
I totally understand our role as a conductor in the AEC business (of course it would depend on the type of project delivery), has made our field broadly engaged, but IMHO, it does not have to be so complicated, (unless the main reason is to try to make this registered club membership as limited and therefore as exclusive as possible.)
No one can possibly remember all these broad study materials and even some concepts after a period of time when they are not used consistently, (even when they are well understood.) Even if some are capable, it would be useless to abuse their memories, as technology is getting updated on a daily if not hourly basis.
As we all experience this on our daily job, when the knowledge and facts, are needed in real time, there are limitless solid sources available under our fingertips. We need to remember, depend on the size and complexity of the project and context in addition to the firm size, past portfolio, and the role of each individual, we all dealing with a certain number of occupancy uses, construction types, micro and macro climate and jurisdiction codes and regulations. As a result, we become an expert by diving deeper and deeper within this broad range of projects. And that is exactly when we really need to learn how to update our knowledge and skills with ongoing project R & D.
In summary, I am trying to reiterate the fact that in this fourth period of the industrial revolution of digital zeitgeist we no longer need to memorize or understand all the concept, there are to be learned, as the repository of info that is already available on the cloud, whenever and wherever it deems necessary. What we really need is the technical and visionary professionals who are efficient enough at using these repository knowledge in combination with their interpersonal skills. Not to mention the skills and competency to carry out their vision of sustainable design solutions for our beautiful and unique echo system.
Enclosure, albeit a progress is evident in Ncarb 5.0 to evaluate the candidate based on the their grasp of the concept, but nonetheless still the understanding of two many concepts with overlap are not reasonably expected, which IMO, and in so many questions, or divisions, are not warranted for a licensure process, especially on PA and PPD divisions.
Here are the other two P.E., and Law professional process of licensure for a general comparison:
A-To use the PE seal, engineers must complete several steps to ensure their competency.
A-1-Earn a four-year degree in engineering from an accredited engineering program
A-2-Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
Complete four years of progressive engineering experience under a PE
A-3-Pass the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam
B-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.
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