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The brochure I am supposed to do is about the Institute I work at. I wanted
to list the names of all employees on one page and to distinct if some of
them are professional engineers (in Croatia). Here also, you need to do an
exam and the state has to register you in order to be a P.E. So, the
procedure is similar but the term seems to be the problem. As I mentioned, I
need this term to be understandable in many countries and that is why I
tried to use something "descriptive". To my knowledge, P.E. in England is
referred to as Chartered Engineer, so it is quite difficult to find a word
that is common and perfectly understandable in the whole world.  I think in
the end I will put "Certified or Licensed or Registered Engineer (P.E.).

Thank you all for your answers.

Jelena Bleiziffer
Cro. Inst. for Bridge and Struc. Eng.

----- Original Message -----
From: Paul Ransom <ad026(--nospam--at)>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Sent: Saturday, March 24, 2001 10:57 PM
Subject: Re: P.E. vs certified civil engineer

> > From: "Jelena Bleiziffer" <jelena(--nospam--at)>
> > The thing is, I am writing a brochure where I need to state that several
> > colleagues are P.E.'s. But, the brochure should be in English but it is
> > intended for US only, but also for England, Canada, Germany, Italy etc.
> > Therefore, what I am actually asking is whether a term Certified Civil
> > Engineer or P.E. would be understandable to everyone or if someone will
> > laugh me out loud.
> Depending on the nature of the brochure you may want to take different
> approaches. Do not attmept to use a one size for all
> licensure/registration TITLE.
> To a very informed consumer qualify the license and jurisdiction;
> John Doe, C.Eng/M.I.C.E.(UK), P.E.(Texas, USA), P.Eng.(Ontario, Canada)
> For a general brochure, simply state that, "our engineering staff
> comprises individuals who may legally practice the engineering
> profession in the following jurisdictions: UK; Texas, Oklahoma, New
> York, USA; Ontario, Manitoba, Canada; ..." or possibly "most states and
> provinces in the USA and Canada"
> Engineers can get into trouble over their promotional literature, in
> some jurisdictions, if it is seen to be misrepresentational.
> --
> Paul Ransom, P. Eng.
> Civil/Structural/Project/International
> Burlington, Ontario, Canada
> <mailto:ad026(--nospam--at)> <>