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Senate Bill 316 has been signed by the Governor, making it Act 2018-550. This Act is in regards to the Alabama Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors. It encompasses a number of changes, but the most important change made was with respect to the sequence of events that need to be satisfied before one could become licensed as a Professional Engineer in the State of Alabama. Under the previous Act (signed 1975), one had to accomplish the following: 1. Graduate from an "approved" four-year engineering college or school program, 2. Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE Exam), 3. Accumulate 48 months of progressive work experience (72 months of experience is required if graduating from a "non-approved" engineering college or school), and then 4. Pass the Principals and Practices of Engineering exam (PE Exam). Under the new Act (signed 2018), you no longer have to accumulate the required working experience before you are allowed to sit for the PE Exam. You can now take the PE Exam whenever you wish (after completing steps 1 and 2 above, of course). Note, however, that you will not be eligible for licensure until you accumulate the requisite 48 months (or 72 months) of experience. A summary of these changes and the marked-up Senate Bill can be found at the Alabama bels website: http://www.bels.alabama.gov/Index.aspx I don't know when these changes will take effect, but hopefully it will be in time for some of you young'uns to take the September exam!
I just complete a masters program while working full time. Some states allow 'double dipping' of that work/education experience when applying for PE, and some do not. But it gets interesting for me because I actually started my masters as a full-time student before I started working. So I started my masters in Aug. 2013, and started full-time work in March 2014. I just completed my degree in May. So in states that do not allow double-dipping, do those first months of my masters program where I was not working full time count for anything? Will I be eligible for licensure in August 2017 or March 2018? I am curious if anyone has specific experience with this situation. I contacted the PA board about it and they told me they couldn't tell me anything until I actually applied... Thanks for reading
I'm wondering how different firms across the country handle and regard professional licensure - did your firm do anything for you regarding the test or were you on your own? examples - reimbursing exam fees, giving PTO, providing study materials, reimbursing travel costs, etc. I'm trying to get the policy at my company changed (they pay you the day that you take it but no reimbursement of out-of-pocket costs) and I'm interested in feedback as to what the typical situation for most engineers is.
Which states will not give me a comity licensure because they mandate that I can only take the PE Exam after 4 years? Below is the the link to NSPE's blog. NSPE recently put out an official position for allowing people to take the test early, provided they only get the license after the requisite experience. http://www.nspe.org/resources/blogs/pe-licensing-blog/taking-pe-exam-early If you read the blog, it says some states won't give you comity, even if you have the 4 years of experience, simply because you took the exam early. I've been searching the internet and trying to find out which states are like this. Does anyone know specific states?