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For those interested in GA.  I took the SE-I exam two years ago and passed.  I
was not allowed to take the General Civil exam as all my experience is in
structural.  I have not yet tried to get my license in neighboring states so I
do not know if this will cause me a problem.  There is nothing in the Georgia
law (to my knowledge) that even mentions the SE license much less defines the
differences between an SE and CE.  Maybe it will be done at some point in time.


Paul Crocker wrote:

> Under current WA law (current meaning from about a year ago until about a
> year from now) you can take the SE directly without taking the PE first.
> You would get an SE, but no PE, going that route.  Under previous and future
> law, you need to take the PE first and then wait 2 years for the SE.  While
> I could have taken advantage of this brief loop hole in the law to skip the
> PE exam and proceed directly to the SE exam, that would have left me without
> the ability to get reciprocity in another state, and would have left me with
> an SE registration that would be different from 99% of the other SEs in this
> state.  I can foresee that creating problems down the road.  Hence, I choose
> to go the PE first route and not deal with problems down the road that could
> come up having gotten a registration under a briefly applicable loop hole.
> I'm not sure if this addresses your question.  I am not aware of any law
> allowing the SE I exam only to equal a PE in this state.
> Paul Crocker
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Todd Hill [mailto:thill(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Monday, October 09, 2000 9:19 AM
> To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
> Subject: RE: Certification of Structural Engineers
> Why didn't you apply for the Structural 1 exam?
> Doesn't WA allow this for the PE?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Paul Crocker [mailto:paulc(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Monday, October 09, 2000 10:27 AM
> To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
> Subject: RE: Certification of Structural Engineers
> "Therefore, the PE in WA will allow you to get reciprocity with all the
> states that don't have an SE license (which is most states).  This may or
> may not matter to you."
> Thanks for your reply.  Reciprocity is an important issue for me.  In fact,
> WA requires the PE to qualify to take the SE, so I don't doubt the economic
> value of taking the PE.  I certainly wouldn't be spending a notable chunk of
> my spare time for months on end studying if I saw no pay off.  It just seem
> like a shame that our profession is required to spends time working to feign
> competency in areas that we do not use (traffic signaling, open channel
> flow, etc.) when that exam review time could be applied to issue more
> germane to us (steel moment frame connections, ACI Appendix B design, IBC
> 2000, etc.).  As we conteplate what the various plans for national SE
> standards could mean, I think that my PE experience emphasizes to me the
> need to be sure that new levels of registration are beneficial to the
> profession, and don't just represent another hoop to jump through, more of
> legal than practical value.
> Paul Crocker