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suryan

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Hi Folks,

I'm in a dilemma here and am hoping you could help!

I got my Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from India and my Masters in Environmental Engineering and Science from Clemson. Unfortunately, the Masters Program from Clemson is NOT ABET accredited :-( I have four years of work experience in the environmental field and would like to take the P.E Exam in Oct 2013 in TEXAS. Since my Masters degree is non-ABET, I got my foreign bachelors degree evaluated by NCEES and their evaluation says that I fall short of six hours in "General Education". I checked with the Texas Board of engineers and they are NOT ready to waive that- they say that I either need to take six hours of general educations classes or wait for eight years to give my P.E. Michigan seems a little more relaxed when it comes to "General Education" Requirements. My question is would it make more sense to take those six hours of classes in Texas and give my exam here in Texas or does it make more sense to give it in another state (like Michigan)? IF I cleared the PE exam how easy would it be to get a license in Texas? Would the same issue come up again in Texas about "General Education" requirement? How would "license transfer" work in this case?

Thanks a bunch!

-Suryan

 

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My advice is to just take the general education classes. That will set you up best for the future. I am pretty sure that every state now uses NCEES to certify foreign degrees.

Besides, you can take general education courses anywhere - your local community college, for example. I assume this would cover easy stuff like Art History, right? Piece of cake! You might even enjoy it. You could knock those two courses out in one semester.

 

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I don't know this for certain, but I'll bet that Texas will still require the gen ed credits even if you get your P.E. in another state.

I'd second Dleg's advice and take the classes. It shouldn't be too hard to find something you will enjoy and/or that will require minimal effort. You may even find something online.

 

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Texas does not have reciprocity. You would still have to meet the educational requirements.

From the TBPE FAQ section...

I have taken and passed the NCEES exams and am licensed in another jurisdiction. Can I obtain my license by reciprocity or comity?

The Act does not allow a true reciprocity or comity between Texas and another state, but does allow an individual licensee in another state and meeting the minimum requirements the ability to apply for a license. The Board will accept the results of NCEES examinations passed in another state. Anyone currently licensed in another state will need to submit a complete application including supplementary experience records (SERs), ethics exam, official transcripts, fee, references, and other applicable documents to support the request for licensure.

A current NCEES record may also be submitted in lieu of the SERs, official transcripts, professional engineer references, and exam and license verifications.

 

suryan

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Thanks for all the guidance! I am leaning towards making up for the General Education "deficiency" by taking a CLEP exam.... now to study for one of these exams :-(

Thanks a bunch,

Suryan

 

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Thanks for all the guidance! I am leaning towards making up for the General Education "deficiency" by taking a CLEP exam.... now to study for one of these exams :-(

Thanks a bunch,

Suryan
Hi Suryan. I am facing the same issue, missing 6 credits in General Education. How did you overcome this? Did you take the CLEP exam. Does the Board accept this credit?
 

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Take the 6 hours of General Education classes and be done with it! It will be easier and faster to take teh classes, learn something and get the credit than to try and figure out how to get out of it. If you need general education classes, take 2 speech communication classes-- most engineers are very poor public speakers. Good public speakers get promoted faster than others. This will help you in your career. Just do IT!
 
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