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Your Assistance Needed to Monitor Licensing Requirements!

We are seeking your assistance in monitoring legislative proposals that may come before your state legislature or engineering licensing board that could change the current education requirements.

BACKGROUND:

In 2006, the National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES) adopted a change to the Model Law for professional engineers to require, after the year 2020, a master’s degree in engineering or bachelor’s degree plus 30 additional credits as a prerequisite for licensure as a professional engineer. The NCEES claims that it was motivated to add additional credits due to the decline in university and college requirements for a bachelor’s degree in engineering from an average of 144 credits 25 years ago to an average of 128 credits today. NCEES is calling its initiative “Masters or Equivalent” or MOE and is contained in their “Model Law 2020.”

ASME’s POSITION:

ASME opposes a mandatory, across-the-board requirement of BS+30, beyond the “First Professional Degree” currently decreed by tradition and practice.

ASME believes that the typical scope of an ABET Accredited bachelor’s degree can be and has been demonstrated to accommodate technical breadth and flexibility and the intellectual skills necessary for engineering graduates to attain licensure as a Professional Engineer. There is also no clear benefit to requiring the BS+30, but there is considerable cost that will affect both firms and individuals (tuition, time off, fees, books, commuting, etc.)

The ASME Board of Governors has taken a position in favor of maintaining the current education requirements for obtaining a professional engineer’s license in the United States. Their general position paper entitled “Mandatory Educational Requirements for Engineering Licensure” (PS#08-18) is available on the ASME Government Relations website.

LICENSING THAT WORKS COALITION:

For the past few years, ASME has been actively working with the following organizations, representing more than 300,000 engineers, to oppose BS+30:

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
  • Executive Board of the ASEE Engineering Deans Council
  • Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
  • Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)
  • International Society of Automation (ISA)
  • Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration Inc. (SME)
  • The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS)
  • The Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers (SNAME)

Information on this inter-society effort is available here.

CALL TO ACTION:

If you learn that Model Law 2020 or MOE or BS+30 is going to be considered by your state legislature or licensing board, please contact Dave Soukup, managing director, Centers on the ASME staff soukupd@asme.org or (212) 591-7397 or Kathryn Holmes, director, ASME Government Relations at holmesk@asme.org or (202) 785-7390.

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About Jagadeep

Jagadeep is currently the Webmaster for the ASME Silver State Section, and Postdoctoral Scholar and Instructor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has authored more than 30 refereed technical papers.

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