Engineering licensing and professional practice

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

1 Scopus citations

Abstract

We review the requirements for licensing of engineers in several countries and jurisdictions, observing a wide range of practices, approaches and philosophies. We touch upon the relationship between licensing and accreditation of academic programs and the concept of the First Professional Degree in Engineering. We also examine several agreements for mutual recognition of licenses and accreditation decisions. Among our observations: (1) most licensing bodies rely on accredited degrees, not technical exams, to verify that candidates for licensure possess the necessary educational pre-requisites; in this respect, the system used in the United States is an outlier; (2) increasingly, licensing bodies require that candidates prepare detailed portfolios on their professional experience and undergo personal interviews before they are licensed; (3) in most jurisdictions there are continuing education obligations as a condition for license renewal; (4) mutual recognition agreements for engineering licenses are uncommon; the expectation that NAFTA would ensconce such recognition agreements did not materialize; (5) in most countries whose accrediting bodies are represented in the Washington Accord, graduates of programs accredited by Accord signatories enjoy no privileges in the licensing process (compared to candidates from countries that are not represented in the Accord.)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2011 International Workshop on Institutional and Programme Accreditation
Subtitle of host publicationConnections and Opportunities - Proceedings, IWIPA 2011
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event2011 International Workshop on Institutional and Programme Accreditation: Connections and Opportunities, IWIPA 2011 - Bangalore, India
Duration: Jul 20 2011Jul 22 2011

Publication series

Name2011 International Workshop on Institutional and Programme Accreditation: Connections and Opportunities - Proceedings, IWIPA 2011

Other

Other2011 International Workshop on Institutional and Programme Accreditation: Connections and Opportunities, IWIPA 2011
CountryIndia
CityBangalore
Period7/20/117/22/11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications

Keywords

  • ABET
  • APEC
  • Accreditation
  • CACEI
  • CEAB
  • Chartered Engineer
  • ECSA
  • EUR ING
  • Engineering Licensing
  • Engineering Licensure
  • First Professional Degree
  • Incorporated Engineer
  • Industrial Exemption
  • NCEES
  • Professional Engineer
  • The Washington Accord

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Engineering licensing and professional practice'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this