Engineering Industrial Exemptions: Status by Jurisdiction

The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of and should not be attributable to the National Society of Professional Engineers.

The table below provides the best and most detailed information developed to date on the status of exemptions from engineering licensure laws and regulations in each licensure jurisdiction in the U.S. This table was developed in 2013 by the Industrial Exemption Task Force of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, and included in the background information provided for the August, 2013 NCEES Annual Meeting. It was based on a detailed review of the statute and rules in each state, with input from individual state licensing boards.

The NSPE policy regarding industrial exemptions, modified by the NSPE House of Delegates in 2012, is as follows: “It is the policy of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) that all engineers who are in responsible charge of the practice of engineering as defined in the NCEES Model Law and Rules in a manner that potentially impacts the public health, safety, and welfare should be required by all state statutes to be licensed professional engineers. NSPE recommends the phasing out of existing industrial exemptions in state licensing laws.”

As state societies of NSPE consider whether to work together with state licensing boards on legislative initiatives to phase out industrial exemptions, this table (PDF) provides valuable information.

For previous articles on industrial exemptions, see The Compelling Rationale to Remove Engineering Industrial Exemptions;Industrial Exemptions: NSPE and NCEES Take Clear Action;and,The Industrial Exemption: What, If Anything, Should The Profession Do?

Input for this article was provided by L. Robert “Larry” Smith, P.E., F.NSPE and Bernard R. Berson, P.E., L.S., F.NSPE.

Published September 20, 2013 by Craig Musselman, P.E., F.NSPE

Filed under: Model Law, NCEES, Industrial Exemption, Licensing, Engineering Licensure, engineering licensure laws,


Does the wording indicate that, in the case of an engineering department of an industrial firm, there needs to be only 1 person licensed (The person in responsible charge, i.e. manager)?
From the attachment, several states seem to have exactly this exeption to the exemption, reading "X 1 ENGR IN RESP CHRG"

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 5:37 PM by Bill Wyatt, PE

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