NSPE and NICET Endorse Veterans' Certification Legislation

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Stacey A. Ober
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Thursday, September 12, 2013
The National Society of Professional Engineers and its National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies have endorsed the Troop Talent Act of 2013. Introduced by Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) in the Senate and Representative Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) in the House of Representatives, this legislation (S. 700/H.R. 1796) would facilitate improved alignment of specialty skills acquired in military service with civilian certifications or licenses required for post-service employment.

Many service members acquire valuable technical skills during their years of active duty. However, in order to be competitive in the civilian employment market, veterans need better information about how their military skill sets translate to the requirements of the civilian workforce. Our Armed Forces personnel currently receive insufficient information during and after their military occupational specialty training on translating their skills to civilian occupations and credentials.

In a letter of support to Senator Kaine and Representative Duckworth, NSPE President Robert Green, P.E., F.NSPE, and NICET Chair Dawn Edgell, P.E., write, "The Troop Talent Act of 2013 addresses this gap by improving the information available to members of the Armed Forces at all stages of training, and increasing accredited civilian credentialing agency access to military training content."

For more information or questions concerning the Troop Talent Act of 2013, please contact NSPE's Manager of Government Relations Arielle Eiser at aeiser@nspe.org.

Read President Green's and Chair Edgell's letter to Senator Kaine and Representative Duckworth.

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The National Society of Professional Engineers is the national society of licensed professional engineers from all disciplines that promotes the ethical and competent practice of engineering, advocates licensure, and enhances the image and well-being of its members. Founded in 1934, NSPE serves more than 35,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and more than 400 chapters. For more information, please visit www.nspe.org.

Created by NSPE in 1961, NICET provides rigorous testing and certification programs for technicians and technologists across a broad range of engineering disciplines. NICET certification programs are designed to evaluate the qualifications of engineering technicians and technologists through a combination of assessments, including written examination, work experience documentation, performance verification, and personal recommendation. NICET certification also provides a clearly defined career path for engineering technicians and technologists, and equips employers with a more highly skilled workforce. By employing workers who have demonstrated technical mastery through NICET certification, corporate and government employers can provide higher quality goods and services and, ultimately, ensure a higher degree of public safety.