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It is October only.  I think the date is typically the day after the NCEES
SE II is given (so people can do both in one weekend), but check the web
site if you're interested.  If you're flying all the way out from MI to take
the SE III, how different is 4 or 8 hours?  You'll be sitting on a plane
longer than that (round trip) in either case.  A little less time to see the
sites, maybe?  In response to the previous email, I think you are correct
about the practice versus title difference.  The laws are all linked from
the WA DOL web site if you're interested.  In saying the two states are
similar (WA and CA), I was referring to the length/content of tests, the
passing rates, and the prior-PE requirement, not the title versus practice
act differences.

http://www.wa.gov/dol/bpd/engfront.htm

-----Original Message-----
From: Scott Maxwell [mailto:smaxwell(--nospam--at)engin.umich.edu]
Sent: Monday, March 18, 2002 1:42 PM
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'
Subject: RE: PE/SE distinction


Doooooooh!  I knew I should have gotten around to taking the Struct III
exam in Washington sooner.  Now I have to another 8 hour exam!! Bummer.

I suppose I can look it up on the WA website, but is the Struct III exam
only offered in the fall or spring?

Scott
Ypsilanti, MI


On Mon, 18 Mar 2002, Paul Crocker wrote:

> "You get an SE license in the state of Washington by doing almost the same
> thing as in Illinois.  The one additional requirement of Structural III
exam
> is required.  This is a four hour (I believe) exam that concentrates on
> seismic/structural design.  It is made by the State of Washington."
>
> WA just changed their requirements.  The new rules require the SE II and
the
> WA SE III.  The SE I is no longer required.  The SE III is now given only
> once a year and has been lengthened to 8 hours.  The passing rates of the
WA
> SE III are historically similar to the CA SE exam (10% - 30% typically).
> Also, you are required to get your PE and two additional years of
experience
> before you can take your SE.  So, WA requirements are probably more
similar
> to CA at this point.  I have to feel a little bad for people who are
> registered in more than a handful of states.  It can't be easy sorting
> through all these requirements.
>
> Paul Crocker, P.E. (WA)
>
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