Does ASCE Have a Responsibility to Mandate Continuing Education?

by Tony Huff, P.E., (M.ASCE), Manager; Palmer Engineering Co., Winchester, Ky.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1996, Vol. 66, Issue 11, Pg. 72-73

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: This paper won the Mead award for a paper by a younger member of ASCE. He notes that there is an exponential explosion of technology and knowledge and that more demands and higher expectations are being placed on the profession while limited resources and limited budgets are becoming commonplace. He estimates that the half-life of our learning may be as little as seven years. Nonetheless, he thinks that ASCE does not have the responsibility to mandate continuing education in order to maintain membership. Professional licensure is a legal, legislative business, and the responsibility of state legislatures and not of ASCE. ASCE's responsibilities are two: support for civil engineers and promotion of the civil engineering agenda. ASCE should work to assist the public and lawmakers in understanding how issues affect the profession and its service to the public.

Subject Headings: ASCE awards & prizes | ASCE membership | Continuing education | Professional development | ASCE service to members |

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