Florida Structural Engineers Association

SE Licensure Executive Summary 

FSEA has been working since 2007 to establish a structural engineering (SE) license in the state of Florida.  Rationale for this additional level of accreditation include:

  •   Increasing size and complexity of current building codes and standards compared to decades past.
  •  Decreasing redundancies and safety factors arising from well-intended efforts to reduce construction costs.
  •  Reduction in engineering curriculum requirements in a field that has become more specialized.
  •  Significant potential for injuries and loss of human life should a structure fail. 

SEI, CASE, NCSEA, and NCEES have all agreed that an enhanced 16-hour examination focused on structures is the best path toward ensuring that the design of structures protects the safety, health and welfare of the public.  This exam has been available in Florida since 2011, but under current law, it is not (and cannot be) required for those seeking to become licensed Professional Engineers (PE) who perform structural design.

  •  The applicant for the SE license would need to have passed the 16-hour NCEES Structural exam and show  four  years of active structural engineering experience.
  •  The 16-hour exam would also qualify as the exam for PE licensure, which could be applied for  simultaneously. 
  •  ALL    CURRRENT PEs DESIGNING STRUCTURES WOULD BE “GRANDFATHERED” IN AS SEs.  Prior to the  2017 PE renewal period, Florida PEs who sign an affidavit attesting that they have been practicing    structural engineering will not be required to pass the 16-hour exam. 
  •  “Threshold Buildings,” as already defined by Florida law, will need to be designed by a licensed SE.  All  structures below that threshold may be designed by a licensed PE (practicing within their area of  expertise) as currently required by Florida law.

Articles - Florida:

Florida's Move Toward Structural Licensure - S. Martin - Aug 2014.pdf

FES Journal - Structural Licensing - S. Martin - Jan 2014.pdf

Berkman Plaza Parking Garage Collapse - 5 Year Review - Bracken - April 2013.pdf

The Pressing Need for Structural Licensing in FL - FSEA Martin - Apirl 2013.pdf

Getting Motivated for SE Licensure-Grogan-Feb 2012.pdf

Articles - National:

A Young Engineers Case for Structural Licensure-Guglielmo-Oct 2014.pdf

SELC-Bernhardt-Sept 2014.pdf

10 Obstacles to Meaningful Licensing of Structural Engineers-Barter-Aug 2014.pdf

Certification as a Bridge to Structural Licensure-Gilbert-Aug 2014.pdf

Opposition to Structural Licensure-Gilbert-Jan 2014.pdf

Professionalism and Structural Licensing-Gilbert-Jun 2013.pdf

Certifying the Practice of Structural Engineering-Luke-May 2013.pdf

Meeting the Challenges of the Future Head-On-Arnold-Jan 2013.pdf

Achieving Licensing of Structural Engineers-Jorgenson-May 2012.pdf

A Young Professionals Perspective on Structural Licensing-Cuetara-Jan 2012.pdf

Passing the Structural Exam-Grogan-Sept 2011.pdf

The Case for Structural Licensure-Schmidt-Sept 2011.pdf

The Case for Discipline Specific Licensure-Schmidt-July 2011.pdf

The SE Exam as a Learning Opportunity-Arnold-July 2011.pdf

Grandfathering-Arnold-June 2011.pdf

Incompetent and Unaware of It-Schmidt-March 2011.pdf

When Will You Become a Licensed SE-Rihani-June 2010.pdf

The Failure of the 5 E's-Arnold-Feb 2010.pdf

Compelling Reasons for Licensing of Structural Engineers-Jorgensen-Dec-2008.pdf

Licensing Structural Engineers in Every Jurisdiction-Jorgensen-May-2008.pdf

Letter of Support:

NCSEA SE Support Letter 020615.pdf

Contributions to Licensure Fund:

Contributions to the licensure fund are NOT tax deductible.

Please use link to the left on the Menu to donate to the Structural Engineering Licensure Fund.

Thank you for your donation.  

Questions and Comments Please contact Sara Guthrie at (407)347-4962 Email:  fseadirector@flsea.com


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