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Policy Statement 464 - Professional Licensure Mobility

 

Approved by the Committee on Licensure on August 3, 2015
Approved by the Committee on Advancing the Profession on August 24, 2015
Approved by the Public Policy Committee on August 27, 2015
Adopted by the Board of Direction on October 10, 2015

Policy 

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) supports enhanced licensure mobility through expedited comity for professional licensure among licensing jurisdictions.

Expedited comity enables a professional engineer with a current Council Record from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), who is designated by NCEES to be a Model Law Engineer, to receive a license from another jurisdiction within several days to two weeks' time. 

Issue

Civil engineers represent the largest component of licensed professional engineers in the United States. At the time professional engineering licensure laws were adopted by licensing jurisdictions, civil engineering was usually practiced within a limited geographic area. Advances in technology, coupled with a population-wide trend of increased mobility, have resulted in changes in the market place for civil engineers.

The complexity of engineering projects frequently results in a team approach involving several firms and offices in multiple locations. As a consequence, ASCE perceives a need for expedited licensure by comity in response to employment and project opportunities in other jurisdictions. An engineer, who is licensed in one jurisdiction and has demonstrated professional competence through years of successful practice, should be able to obtain licensure in other jurisdictions in a timely manner by a simple, uniform process. Currently, procedures and administrative regulations in some jurisdictions unnecessarily delay acquisition of a license by comity for a professional engineer who is already licensed.

Engineers in responsible charge of projects in a jurisdiction must be licensed and in many cases also work for a company with the required certificate of authorization. In some jurisdictions, if an engineer submits a proposal without these credentials the engineer could be charged with practicing without a license and the company could be penalized for practicing without a proper certificate of authorization or state registration.

Rationale

Civil engineering practice requires a wide national and global vision on the part of engineers, including a rapid and effective response to infrastructure and other public needs, and fewer constraints to engineering practice in multiple jurisdictions.

ASCE Policy Statement 464
First Approved in 1994

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