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See my previous post for the web page to the California board web page.

In general, most states require graduation from an ABET accreditted
undergraduate degree OR EQUIVALENT, some period of work
experience/apprenticeship (typically 4 years, except California which I
believe only requires 2 years), pass the EIT, and pass the PE exam.  The
key phrase in there is the "or equivalent".  This is typically inserted
for those people who don't have US degrees.  Typically, if one wishes to
qualify for the "or equivalent" part, that person must "prove" to the
board that their undergraduate degree meets the ABET requirements.

Hope that helps.


On Tue, 10 Oct 2000, Dennis S. Wish wrote:

> I am in need of some information rather quickly. If you can help lead me in
> the right direction, please write me directly at dennis.wish(--nospam--at) since I
> am currently subscribed to the SEAINT List in digest mode and will not
> receive the information until tonight.
> Licensing:
> It is my understanding that NAFTA provides (through the H-1B law) a
> temporary visa to skilled workers from other countries. It is also my
> understanding that engineers not trained in the US can not obtain a
> here unless they satisfy the education and experience requirements in the
> state they wish to be licensed AND complete appropriate apprenticeship AND
> pass the exam in the state where the experience is obtained. In other words
> they can work in the US as skilled labor but are not considered engineers in
> responsible charge until they satisfy the state licensing requirements.
> Can someone provide me with a link to the state requirements (for
> California) for professional licensing that discusses this issue?
> Regards,
> Dennis S. Wish, PE
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