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While I don't know all the details yet, I do know a few items about this.
I will be learning more when I grab the information from my boss who
attended the NCSEA convention.

Here is what I do know...

The intent is to provide a certification program.  I believe the base
intent (at least initially) is not to replace the current system of
licensure/registration.  Replacing current licensure/registrtion is just
not would require modifying/change the
licensure/registration acts in every state (ie get the same law passed in
EVERY state legislature, etc).

The idea behind the certification program is to "certify" structural
engineers to indicate that they have appropriate minimum proficiencies in
certain areas of structural engineering.  As Stan mentioned, the model
would be off of the medical profession.  For doctors, they are licensed by
the state to practice medicine...ANY MEDICINE (ie surgery, cardiology,
etc).  They then get certified in a specialty (i.e. cadiology, nephrology,
etc).  If they stay in private practice (ie open their own doctors office)
then they don't have to be certified in a specialty, but usually are.
However, if they want priviledges at a hospital then the hospital REQUIRES
them to be certified in a specific area, which then is the only area that
they can practice in at the hospital.

NCSEA is looking at the possibility to create similar system for
structural engineers.  Some of the reasons (I believe) are to better
control the minimum education requirements and to better insure a level of
minimum competency since the profession doesn't have too much control over
the licensure process.

As I said, I don't have a really good base of information yet.  Maybe Stan
will share some more information with us (or I will as I gain more info).

Hope this helps some.


On Mon, 2 Oct 2000, Paul Crocker wrote:

> What exactly are they trying to do?  I'm not sure I follow from the article.
> Many states already have SE registration programs.  How would this effort
> change the process?   
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Caldwell, Stan [mailto:scaldwell(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Monday, October 02, 2000 12:33 PM
> To: 'SEAint Listserv'
> Subject: NCSEA Press Release
> National Council Votes to Develop a Model for Board Certification of
> Structural Engineers:
> At the Eighth Annual Meeting of the National Council of Structural Engineers
> Associations (NCSEA) on Saturday, September 16, 2000 in San Antonio, Texas,
> NCSEA took a precedent-setting step regarding board certification of
> structural engineers.   NCSEA voted to have the ad hoc Certification
> Committee, formed to study the feasibility of certification, become a
> standing Certification Committee, to develop a model for board certification
> of structural engineers.  Upon completion, the certification model will be
> presented to the NCSEA membership for action. 
> NCSEA previously passed a resolution supporting the concept of separate
> licensing of structural engineers.  The proposal for certification would
> keep licensing of structural engineers with the states but would promote
> specialty certification by a board of professional peers, similar to the
> method used by the medical profession.
> For more information, contact:  
> Jeanne M. Vogelzang, Executive Director
> National Council of Structural Engineers Associations
> 203 N. Wabash Avenue, Suite 2010
> Chicago, IL   60601
> 1-312-372-8035 Fax: 1-312-372-5673
> execdir(--nospam--at)
> Respectfully posted by:
> Stan R. Caldwell, P.E.
> Chair, NCSEA Advocacy Committee