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How can the (civil) engineering profession influence licensure exemption organizations to value licensing and what are the possible value propositions to the organization?

  • 1.  How can the (civil) engineering profession influence licensure exemption organizations to value licensing and what are the possible value propositions to the organization?

    Posted 01-06-2020 09:53 PM

    We've had a great discussion on the topic of licensing prompted by Stu Walesh's post seeking feedback from unlicensed civil engineers who have worked in in a licensure exemption organizations and  his view that licensure exemption cultures can be personally debilitating for engineers and seriously damaging for society. This has spawned a wide ranging conversation on the relatively low number of civil engineering grads that seek licensure, the role of licensing vs other factors such as culture on the safety of industrial products and activities, the importance of the PE exam, the timing of this exam and preparation requirements, the content of the this exam and the prior FE exam and the differences in professional recognition across different professions. To allow us to be more specific, a suggestion is that we follow up on each of these topics in turn with this topic being the first.



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    Mitchell Winkler P.E., M.ASCE
    Houston, TX
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  • 2.  RE: How can the (civil) engineering profession influence licensure exemption organizations to value licensing and what are the possible value propositions to the organization?

    Posted 01-09-2020 04:21 PM
    Edited by Tirza Austin 01-09-2020 04:22 PM
    To the best of my knowledge license engineering exemptions are either a matter of law or Professional Engineering Boards in each state. That means a political approach needs to be taken to modify them. It is unlikely that all exemptions will ever be removed. Perhaps state ASCE Government Affairs Committees should discuss the issue with their Board of Directors to decide which types of exemptions are not in the public interest and lobby against those first. Coordinating with the state NSPE section and other state engineering associations would give more heft to the lobbying effort. Expect pushback from some state agencies, local governments and industries. That is why judicious consideration of the exemptions to be potentially reversed is important. Only those with significant public health and safety should be chosen for reversal.

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    Bevin Beaudet P.E., M.ASCE
    President/Owner
    Bevin A. Beaudet, P.E., LLC.
    West Palm Beach FL
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  • 3.  RE: How can the (civil) engineering profession influence licensure exemption organizations to value licensing and what are the possible value propositions to the organization?

    Posted 01-09-2020 06:26 PM