EJCDC’s Sponsoring Organization, NSPE, Implores ABET to Emphasize Licensure’s Role in Engineering Curriculum, by Arthur Schwartz

As engineering education accreditors work out the details of how best to prepare students for a changing profession, NSPE is strongly advocating for a place in the curriculum for teaching the value of engineering licensure. Accreditation organization ABET is revising its criteria for student outcomes and the engineering curriculum, and in January, NSPE urged ABET’s Criteria Committee to explicitly reference the value of engineering licensure in its new standards. In a January 10, 2017 letter to Patricia Brackin, chair of the Criteria Committee, NSPE President Kodi Jean Verhalen, P.E., Esq., F.NSPE, pointed out, “Every state requires licensure for certain aspects of the practice of engineering. A critical component of the engineering curriculum should be ensuring that engineering students are aware of the potential that their practice may require a license.” NSPE’s position is that all engineering graduates should, at the very least, be required to know of and understand the role licensure plays in the practice of engineering and that each state sets forth the requirements and exemptions for licensure.