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Educational Requirements for Professional Practice: What’s happening around the World?

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



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Preparation of Professional Engineers Outside of the USA. What are the Education, Experience, and Exam Requirements?

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Civil Engineering

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23.457.1 - 23.457.12



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Mark William Killgore PE, D. WRE American Society of Civil Engineers Orcid 16x16

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Mark Killgore, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE joined the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) as the ASCE director responsible for the Society’s Raise the Bar initiative in 2012. The initiative raises the bar for future entry into professional engineering practice in order to advance technical excellence, professional leadership, and protection of the public. Killgore’s past volunteer experience with ASCE includes service as the president of the Seattle Section, governing board of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI), vice chair of the International Activities Committee, EWRI Congress chair last year, and service on many other local and national committees. He has also been active in water resources and hydroelectric engineering association including AWRA, chairing the Waterpower Conference, and currently serves on the board of the Hydro Research Foundation. Prior to joining ASCE, Killgore spent three years at Puget Sound Energy in Washington as a hydro manager, where he oversaw such functions as major capital project development related to dam safety, water management, energy production studies, and strategic planning. He spent nearly 30 years as a consulting engineer and also worked for the U.S. Corps of Engineers. Killgore also served as adjunct faculty at Seattle University where he taught water resources engineering and fluid mechanics laboratory. He is a licensed professional civil engineer in the state of Washington and is a founding diplomate of American Academy of Water Rresources Engineer. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi.

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Educational Requirements for Professional Practice: What’s happening around the World?Today, all over the world, engineers and engineering companies are working acrossinternational borders. Engineers in responsible charge are seeking avenues to legallypractice across the globe. Most countries require either a credential or license in orderto practice engineering and the educational requirements for such licensure (we will uselicensure to refer either to a license or credential required to practice engineering inresponsible charge) vary in many cases. Trends in overseas educational requirements inseveral countries and how those requirements might be evolving in response to both agreater body of knowledge for engineering and providing the attributes needed toeffectively practice engineering on a global scale are explored herein.ABET has begun accrediting foreign engineering programs. Today over 22 countriesapart from the United States and its territories are participating. Another recentdevelopment is that the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying(NCEES) is beginning to offer their examinations overseas. At the same time mutualrecognition agreements or efforts at harmonization moved forward in several countries.The Washington Accord, signed in 1989, promotes mutual recognition of engineeringprograms and now includes15 signatory countries and 5 provisional member countries.The Bologna Accord, signed in 1999 had the following goals for 2010:  it is easy to move from one country to the other (within the European Higher Education Area) – for the purpose of further study or employment;  the attractiveness of European higher education is increased so many people from non-European countries also come to study and/or work in Europe;  the European Higher Education Area provides Europe with a broad, high quality and advanced knowledge base, and ensures the further development of Europe as a stable, peaceful and tolerant community.Now 47 countries are party to the accordThe 1998 call for action from the 1995 Civil Engineering Education Conference of theAmerican Society of Civil. Engineers (CEEC ’95), ultimately resulted in the passage ofASCE Policy Statement 465—Academic Prerequisites for Licensure and ProfessionalPractice. ASCE Policy 465 states that, in the future, education beyond the baccalaureatedegree will be necessary for entry into the professional practice of civil engineering.Already several countries have recognized the need for advanced education for licensureor chartering.This is one of several scholarly papers that will be written and presented about thepreparation of engineers for licensure or equivalent outside of the United States.These papers will be written from different, yet related, perspectives including the(1) overview, (2) educational requirements for licensure in Asia and the United Kingdom,(3) ABET role and understanding about overseas educational preparation for engineers ,and (4) characteristics of global engineers. This paper will focus on the first perspective –overview.COORDINATING NOTE:This abstract is submitted at the specific invitation and request of Mark Killgore, acoordinator of the ASCE Liaison Committee’s program for the CE Division of ASEE in2013. It should be considered for inclusion in the session that Mark is organizing andmoderating.

Killgore, M. W. (2013, June), Educational Requirements for Professional Practice: What’s happening around the World? Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19471

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