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RE: SECB Certification Program for SE's
- To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
- Subject: RE: SECB Certification Program for SE's
- From: "Kevin Elbury" <kelbury(--nospam--at)elburydolan.com>
- Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2004 16:32:23 -0700
interseting thread...In British Colubmbia, by 2006, structural engineers
will have to carry a seperate specialty licence. This license requires a mimimum
level of experience, a passing grade on the British IStructE exam or the
California SE exam and finally a passing grade on a BC exam which has emphasis
on seismic design. Alternately, an engineer can have an oral exam in front of a
panel of engineers along with a techical reviews of a couple of projects as an
think there are a couple of mistakes that we have made in our
There are three differenct exam routes to your license. There is no
consistent way to measure the results of this process - the California exam
and the British exam are radically different (one is code specific, one is
not). If you want to test, we all write the same exam - no
There is currently alot of debate about what areas of structural engineering
will require the specialty designation. Currently, specialty engineering (ie.
structural steel shop drawings, wood plate trusses, steel studs etc.) is exempt.
As well, engineering for Part 9 (residential) buildings is exempt. Nobody seems
to know what to do with bridges, water retaining structures, power transmission
structures etc. From a licensing point of view, how can you expect to
test all areas of structural engineering? If the exam is too generic,
there may be false sense of security in the result of the licensing process, too
specific and many will not pass.
Our bylaw requires a rather passive form of quality assurance (ie. as the
engineer of record, you need to have you work checked - we may or may not check
). Quality assurance should be administered by the authority having
jurisdiction via independent pier review. I think this is really the crux
of the issue and is the best way to contol the quality of structural