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Policy Statement 130 - Professional Licensure of Engineers


Approved by the Engineering Practice Policy Committee on March 2, 2017
Approved by the Public Policy Committee on June 4, 2017
Adopted by the Board of Direction on July 29, 2017


The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) endorses, supports and promotes the professional licensure of engineers with appropriate standards for education, experience, examination, continuing professional development and professional conduct to protect and enhance the health, safety and welfare of the public.  


The purpose of engineering licensure is to protect and enhance the health, safety and welfare of the public. Licensure assures the public that the practice of engineering is undertaken in a manner consistent with applicable codes of professional conduct. The licensure requirements for education, examination, experience and continuing professional development are intended to achieve that purpose.


Professional Engineers are entrusted with the protection and enhancement of the health, safety and welfare of the public. Professional licensure of engineers is an imperative element in achieving these objectives. ASCE is committed to effective licensure and has established a Code of Ethics to serve as a standard of professional conduct for licensees in their practice.

This policy has worldwide application
ASCE Policy Statement 130 
First Approved pre-1974