Do you work on Noise Control Engineering, Architectural Acoustics, Noise and Vibration Problem Resolution, Environmental Noise, Product Noise Control or NVH? Consider joining the Institute of Noise Control Engineers and receiving Board Certification.
Why become Board Certified in Noise Control?
Board Certification in Noise Control brings many benefits:
- Assurance to your clients and to the general public, and recognition by your peers, that you have achieved the highest professional competency, analogous to a Professional Engineering registration, for Noise Control Engineering;
- A high level of qualification for acceptance as an expert witness in the courts on matters involving noise control;
- The ability to work on projects requiring Board Certification in Noise Control, including many municipal and government projects.
What is the process to become INCE-USA Board Certified?
As Board Certification is a formal recognition of professional competence, the procedure is extensive. It is outlined here. A detailed set of requirements for Board Certification is available at this link.
- The candidate must have been an INCE-USA Member in good standing for at least one year. INCE Associates must become Members prior to applying for Board Certification.
- Candidates complete the application for INCE-USA Board Certification application and remit an application fee of USD$100. The fee is refunded if the application is not approved.
- The application outlines prerequisites, including college degrees, course work in acoustics, and years of practice.
- You must have letters of reference from five professionals, three of whom must be INCE Members. Two of the three Members must be Board Certified in Noise Control.
- Once the candidate has submitted the application, the INCE-USA Board Certification Committee reviews it to determine if the candidate is approved to sit for the INCE-USA Professional Examination.
- Upon approval, the applicant may sit for the Professional Examination.
- Three INCE-USA Board Certified Members grade the exam independently.
- Two of the three graders must agree that the candidate has received a passing grade.
- When all requirements are met and a passing grade has been achieved on the Professional Examination, Vice-President of Board Certification submits the candidate’s name to the INCE-USA Board of Directors for approval.
- Upon approval by the Board, the candidate is becomes Board Certified in Noise Control.
- The candidate is entitled to add “INCE Bd. Cert” following his/her name in professional correspondence, on calling cards and in curriculum vitae.
- Every five years, the Board Certified Member must be re-certified. The list of recertification categories and points can be found at: “INCE Board Recertification Requirements”
Description of the Professional Examination
- Intent: The INCE-USA Professional Examination is intended to evaluate the practical knowledge of an individual which has been gained from an engineering education along with approximately five years of practical experience in Noise Control Engineering. It is not an academic examination.
- Content: The examination broadly covers the principles and practice of noise control engineering, including the application to noise control practice of fundamental acoustics, mechanical dynamics, and the psycho-physiological properties of the ear. Specialized topics include instrumentation and measurements, hearing conservation, noise problems in buildings, in transportation systems, in the community, and in industry.
- Format: The examination is eight hours long, with a one-hour lunch break. The examination consists of both closed-book questions and open-book problems. Each of the morning and afternoon sessions of the exam include 10 questions (all of which must be answered), and 8 problems (of which 5 must be answered).
- References and computational aids: References and computational aids are allowed in the open-book problem portion, but not in the question portion of the exam. Any reference material that is brought into the examination by the participant may be used. A list of recommended references is given in the Study Guide. Participants are not permitted to exchange any reference material or computational aids with one another during the examination. Any self-contained computational aid that does not disturb other people, including a laptop computer, may be used. If a specific reference is used in solving a problem, the source must be cited.
- Unit System: SI (metric) units are used throughout the examination.
- Grading: The question portion of the examination contributes to 30% of the final grade. The problem portion of the examination contributes to 70%. A total score of 70% or more is considered to be a passing grade.
Application Materials and Additional Information
NOTICE: The 2017 INCE-USA Board Certification Examination will be held on Sunday, June 11, 2017 during NOISE-CON 2017 in Grand Rapids, MI. All applications must be complete and received by March 1, 2017.