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January 27, 2017

NSPE is urging the Georgia licensing board to carefully consider a proposed amendment to a rule on structural engineering that could negatively impact the practice of engineering in the state.

The amendment would require any applicant for engineering licensure who designates the branch of structural engineering to take the 16-hour NCEES Structural Engineering Exam. If an applicant will “engage in the design of structural elements” but not “structural engineering,” the applicant will be directed to take the eight-hour Civil Breadth and Structural Depth Exam.

January 26, 2017

NSPE and the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers have teamed up to oppose an effort to create separate requirements for the practice of structural engineering. In a joint letter to the Minnesota Structural Engineers Association’s Structural Engineering Licensure Task Force, NSPE and MnSPE expressed concerns about legislation proposed by the task force that would restrict the use of the title “professional structural engineer” to those who have passed the NCEES 16-hour structural engineering exam.

January 23, 2017

As engineering education accreditors work out the details of how best to prepare students for a changing profession, NSPE is strongly advocating for a place in the curriculum for teaching the value of engineering licensure. Accreditation organization ABET is revising its criteria for student outcomes and the engineering curriculum, and in January, NSPE urged ABET’s Criteria Committee to explicitly reference the value of engineering licensure in its new standards.

January 18, 2017

NSPE and the Alabama Society of Professional Engineers have joined forces to oppose a proposed regulatory change that would eliminate current qualifications-based selection requirements in the state.

January 10, 2017

NSPE and the West Virginia Society of Professional Engineers extended their sincerest congratulations to longtime NSPE and WVSPE member H. Wood “Woody” Thrasher on his appointment as West Virginia’s secretary of commerce.

December 28, 2016

What are the legislative and regulatory threats professional engineers will be facing in 2017? Every year, PEs face challenges to the practice of engineering. And every year, in response, NSPE works to protect the PE license and promote continuous focus on the public health, safety, and welfare.

December 7, 2016

A new NSPE report provides a comprehensive look at how state laws define “the practice of engineering.” Defining engineering practice is critical to understanding the professional engineer’s obligation to the public health, safety, and welfare. While the public places great trust in professional engineers, many people—legislators and regulators included—don’t know that engineering practice is, in fact, legally defined or that the definitions vary from state to state.

December 5, 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency has emphasized the key role of PEs in hazardous waste management, in yet another victory for the professional engineer and the public health, safety, and welfare. In the EPA’s final version of the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, a professional engineer is required to certify that a containment building for hazardous waste complies with specified design standards.

November 16, 2016

As more state legislators and regulators take action on the procurement of engineering services, NSPE has launched an online map that provides the latest state-by-state details.

November 14, 2016

On November 11, NSPE submitted public comment to the California Department of Motor Vehicles regarding the department’s revised draft regulations for the deployment of autonomous vehicles, issued on September 30. In the draft regulations, the CDMV allows manufacturers and suppliers to self-certify, thereby eliminating a critical third-party safety check.