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Licence does not preclude practising


Stephen Banks needs no advice on achieving accreditation in the US - he should just sit the exams as he has decided to do and become a licensed professional engineer.

The absence of a PE licence will not preclude him from practising in the US, but he will find limited opportunities.

One of the reasons the US State Licensing Boards are unwilling to accept foreign accreditation may be their reluctance to recognise ICE chartered engineers but, at the same time, deny recognition of engineers from other countries having apparently similar accreditation but which is more easily obtained.

International protectionism is unlikely to be a reason for refusing recognition, as many US states will not even accept accreditation from other states.

For example, California demands specific knowledge of earthquake design that is not required elsewhere.

The ICE has made a number of attempts to obtain some degree of mutual recognition both from the US and London.

One major problem it faces is simply one of scale as only about 120 ICE members reside in the eight north-eastern US states. As the UK is the size of the two largest states in this region, this does not amount to much political clout.

Brian Styer, hon. secretary, New York Metropolitan Local Association STYER@tamsconsultants.


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