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State revisits professional engineer licensing standards (10:41 a.m. 8/27/09)

Paul Snyder

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Wisconsin is taking another swing at fortifying its licensing procedure for professional engineers.

State Rep. Louis Molepske Jr., D-Stevens Point, is the chief author of a bill that would change the state’s licensing procedure to require four years of study at approved engineering schools plus four years of engineering experience in preparation for managing projects before candidates could take a nationally administered exam. In lieu of four years of study, applicants could have two years of education from technical colleges followed by six years of experience before taking the test.

Wisconsin, like nearly every other state, requires an examination for licensure as a professional engineer, but it does not mandate that applicants have an educational component before taking the exam.

The multiple routes engineers in Wisconsin can take to professional engineer credentials result in a “suspect” system, Molepske said.

The bill was referred to the Assembly Committee on Labor in June and awaits a hearing. Molepske said he expects one in September.

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