NSPE, Louisiana Engineering Society Oppose Bill That Would Weaken Licensure Requirements

Monday, March 21, 2016

On March 18, NSPE submitted a letter to Louisiana Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection, and International Affairs Committee Chairman Danny Martiny to oppose Louisiana S.B. 59 and asked him to withdraw the legislation. The bill, if enacted, would waive the FE exam for certain out-of-state PEs, weakening Louisiana’s licensure requirements and undermining the process that has been in place for four decades. In the letter to Martiny, NSPE President Tim Austin, P.E., F.NSPE, explains that in order to earn a PE license one must graduate from an accredited four-year engineering program, pass the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and the Principles and Practice of Engineering Exam, and earn four years of experience under the supervision of a licensed PE. “The FE exam is the first step in the licensure process. Therefore, passage of such legislation would seriously undermine a critical foundation of professional engineering practice,” Austin wrote. “These standards have served as the backbone of the profession and public safety for decades.” Read the letter here.