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I read with (self) interest the short article on US licensing (NCEI September page 4) as I am about to sit the California version of the NCEES examination to gain US credentials as MICE carries no weight here.

It is true that states apply different standards in their licensing procedures, particularly when structural or geotechnical licences are involved.

I am particularly concerned that no comity arrangement has been possible between the ICE and the various state boards.

From personal experience the need to pass a written examination, albeit multiple choice, in areas of engineering which have been neither studied or practised since university days is a daunting process. I understand the need for 'foreign' engineers to demonstrate a knowledge of seismic engineering in California, but how is transportation, hydrology and environmental engineering going to benefit a practising structural engineer?

David Andrews andrewsd@lacoassoc. com

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