Relicensure Requirements and Board Re-Evaluation

by S. Russell Stearns, (F.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Thayer School of Engrg., Dartmouth Coll., Hanover, N.H.,

Serial Information: Issues in Engineering: Journal of Professional Activities, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 1, Pg. 15-19

Document Type: Journal Paper


Recent legislation at the state level, responding to public pressures against growing bureaucracy and concerns over continued professional development, has made it essential that professional engineers and engineering societies actively evaluate the status of professional registration and work responsively toward its improvement. It is necessary at this time to demonstrate the value of registration laws and boards to the public. The objectives of professional engineering registration are presented, questions relating to the laws and registration requirements are raised, and two immediate concerns — sunset laws and continuing professional development — are discussed, in the context of the profession's responsibility to act constructively.

Subject Headings: Professional development | Licensure and certification | Laws | Legislation | Professional societies

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