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Structural Engineering Certification Board (SECB)

This letter was distributed to SEAKM (SEA of Kansas and Missouri), and I'm
passing it along to this group FYI.  I've edited it slightly to remove
non-pertinent information, mostly information about some forms attached to
the original letter, indicated by "...".

Please note that I'm not voicing my opinion, simply passing along

Jason Kilgore
Leigh & O'Kane, LLC
Kansas City, Missouri

In December 2003, the NCSEA Member Organizations narrowly
voted to proceed with the establishment of an independent
body to create a national board certification program for
structural engineers.  SECB is the result.  The purpose of
SECB is to differentiate structural engineering as a
distinct discipline and establish uniform minimum standards
of qualification and competent professional practice
throughout the United States.

After several months of organizing, SECB is ready to begin 
accepting applications for certification on the basis of 
experience alone, i.e. "grandfathering".  The requirements
are as follows:

1.  The applicant must hold an active license or
registration (as applicable) in any U.S. jurisdiction to
act in responsible charge of structural engineering
projects.  The license and/or registration must have been 
awarded on or before June 19, 2005 and must remain valid 
continuously through the time of application.

2.  The applicant must be actively engaged in the practice 
of structural engineering for a period of not less than the 
3 years immediately preceding the application for 

It is important to note that since Kansas and Missouri 
both issue generic Professional Engineer licenses, this is 
sufficient to qualify for certification, as long as the 
license was issued on or before 06/19/05.  It is not 
necessary to have a Structural Engineer license from one 
of the states that issues it separately.

The cost of certification is a $250 application fee, plus 
$100 per year, i.e. $350 up front and $100 annually 
thereafter.  Although there is no time limit on being 
certified by "grandfathering", the initial cost will 
increase by $100 for each year or part thereof between the 
date of filing and 01/01/05.  In other words, if you wait 
ten years, then seek to be "grandfathered", the total cost 
will be the same as if you signed up now and renewed every 

In the near future, SECB will finalize the requirements 
for "ordinary" certification, which will include education, 
experience, and examinations.  It is likely that the 
combination of the NCEES Structural I and Structural II 
tests will be considered sufficient to fulfill the 
examination component. This route will be available to 
anyone, including those who do not apply right away and 
those who are not licensed or registered to practice until 
after 06/19/05.

I have stated publicly that the market will determine 
whether board certification of structural engineers 
ultimately succeeds or fails.  The time has come to 
cast your vote.  If you believe, as I do, that 
certification is valuable and will greatly benefit the 
structural engineering profession, especially in the long 
run, then I urge you to sign up as soon as possible.


If you have any questions or wish to learn more about 
SECB, please ... visit the SECB website at

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