Thanks, Stan for the thorough explanation.
On first reading, the notice that I received from the SECB did not seem to
make a clear distinction between licensure and certification in the way that you
explained it. It requests support for Certification, but
the stated goals deal with licensing. However, as I it read
carefully, I guess that that is the intent -- it will use the influence of
Certificated SE's to work for national uniformity of SE licensing
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Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2004 1:25
Subject: RE: SECB Certification Program
engineering certification should eventually be a broadly supported
program. It was approved by a 2/3 vote of the NCSEA member organizations
on 12/15/03 after several years of debate and development. Several
western states were particularly strong proponents, including: Texas,
California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and Hawaii. Illinois was the
leading opponent. SECB was subsequently created by NCSEA as an entirely
separate non-profit organization. The SECB board of directors includes
representatives from NCSEA, SEI, and CASE.
should not be confused with licensure. Professional licenses are issued
by state agencies and are required of all practitioners. That will never
change. Certification is a separate and supplemental process of
self-regulation directly by the profession. Doctors, lawyers,
accountants, and many other professions have had certification programs in
place for decades. Structural engineering certification will not
seek, and will not require, endorsement by state PE boards.
However, over time, the certification program should serve to
encourage both uniformity and specialization of SE licensure by the
voluntary, and the need will be client-driven. Eventually, it is hoped
that most "quality" clients will prefer to use certified structural
engineers. As this occurs, most good structural engineers will want
to be certified. Of course, the smart ones will do so at the earliest
opportunity and thereby take advantage of what is expected to be a broad
Stan R. Caldwell, P.E., F.ASCE,
8616 Northwest Plaza Drive
Dallas, Texas 75225
Phone: (214) 346-6280
Fax: (214) 739-0095
I've received an announcement that NCSEA has voted to establish an
independent national SE certification board [SECB] to help establish SE
licensing in all 50 states; establish uniform standards for examinations,
licensure and practice throughout the U.S.; and define education and training
levels for SE Licensure.
The letter is from SECB and requests prepayment of certification fees,
projected to be $350; as initial capitalization for SECB.
Is this a broadly supported effort? Is it likely to be endorsed by
State Boards of Registration? Is this an program that all good SE's
should support, ignore, or wait and see?