Ensuring licensure’s public protections

Safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of the public is the ultimate goal of NCEES efforts to advance licensure. To support and promote licensure’s role in public protection, NCEES became a founding member of the Alliance for Responsible Professional Licensing (ARPL) in 2019. The group is a coalition of national associations that represent highly complex, technical professions and their national licensing boards.

ARPL is dedicated to ensuring that a unified voice for the advanced professions is heard in the growing debate around the appropriate level of licensure for professions and occupations. NCEES works with organizations representing other advanced professions to ensure that the importance of professional licensing to public protection is properly communicated.

The goal of ARPL is to educate policymakers and the public on the importance of—and the need to maintain—clear, responsible licensing standards within professions such as engineering and surveying.