So I was not surprised to see that the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) wants to increase the mandatory educational requirements for professional licensure in engineering. I was surprised, however, to see that this proposal has met with considerable pushback by other engineering associations. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), opposes such a change and issued a statement to that effect. From their press release:
This will be interesting to follow, not just for science and tech folks.
The NCEES plan, known as “Master’s or Equivalent,” proposes 30 additional credits or a master’s degree, on top of the bachelor’s, for licensure. ASME states that the higher educational requirements are unnecessary.
“There is no evidence to suggest that adding 30 credit hours, representing a full academic year of upper-level undergraduate coursework or graduate-level coursework, will have a positive impact on the public’s health and safety,” according to the position statement.