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- Subject: Change in Rules for SE License in Washington State
- From: oakfordm(--nospam--at)RSEC.com (mark s. oakford)
- Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 22:36:22 -0800 (PST)
The Board of Registration in Washington State may change the rules for obtaining a structural engineers license in our State. For several years they have allowed engineers with six years of structural experience to take the Western States (California) Structural examination. Washington (and California) may adopt the structural examination prepared by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveyors. Opinions and facts relating to the following questions may help the Board reach a rational decision on licensing requirements: 1) What facts or statistics on structural failures versus years of experience justify requiring six years of experience versus say four or eight years before an individual can sit for the SE exam? 2) What makes structural engineering in Washington different from structural engineering in other states? Other states require only four years before an individual can take the SE exam (if they even have one.) 3) What makes structural engineering different from other types of engineering? Generally other disciplines require four years of experience before taking the PE license exam. 4) Why does the state require some one who works primarily in structural engineering to obtain registration as a civil engineer before having the chance to take the SE exam? 5) How does the National SE exam compare with the California exam? Can the California exam be considered a "barrier to entry" (anti-competitive practice) working against individuals who have not passed the California Exam? Mark Oakford, P.E. oakfordm(--nospam--at)RSEC.com P.O.Box 24417, Federal Way WA 98093-1417 T 253-927-6169 F 253-838-3823
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