Engineering Education Requirements

NSPE Professional Policy No.: 
168
Adopted: 
2002
Latest Revision: 
June 2016
NSPE Contact: 
Committee on Policy and Advocacy

With the continuing rapid expansion of knowledge required to practice in the basic, as well as the many specialized areas of engineering, NSPE believes that additional engineering education, but not limited to formal academic education, beyond the four year ABET/EAC degree should be required to meet the formal preparation necessary for the practice of licensed professional engineering.

Therefore, NSPE supports the concept of engineering licensure candidates meeting additional academic or other educational requirements as a prerequisite for engineering licensure. Additional education requirements should include formal education (such as a master’s degree in an engineering discipline) or alternative approaches (such as additional coursework or professional development education) after obtaining a baccalaureate degree.