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NCSEA’s Structural Licensure Committee actively engages with SEAs to assist with the adoption of consistent licensing laws and rules in the interest of public safety, especially relating to the licensure of structural engineers. NCSEA collaborates with the Structural Engineering Licensure Coalition (SELC), the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), and its Participating Organization Liaison Council (POLC) to further this effort.

Roster Designation

A provision in a jurisdiction’s statutes, rules, or licensing board procedures that recognizes every licensee’s discipline, usually based on the specific NCEES examination passed by the licensee. 

Title Restriction, Partial Practice Restriction, Full Practice Restriction

A provision in a jurisdiction’s statutes or rules that specifically recognizes structural engineering as a distinct discipline with certain special qualifications beyond, or in place of, those required for professional engineering licensure, typically based on NCEES testing nomenclature.

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NCEES Testing Nomenclature

Structural Engineering (Structural PE) Exam

SE – Abbreviation for a licensed Structural Engineer

Tests the ability to practice structural engineering and is designed for engineers who practice in jurisdictions that may license structural engineers separately from other professional engineers. It is a NCEES PE Structural Exam that uses a separate vertical and lateral component to test your ability to safely design buildings or bridges, especially in areas of high seismicity and high wind.

Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Exam

PE – Abbreviation for a licensed Professional Engineer

Tests the ability to practice in a particular engineering discipline competently. It is designed for engineers who have gained at minimum four years’ post-college work experience in their chosen engineering discipline. Each PE exam lasts 8 hours and is split into a morning and an afternoon session.

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