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Chapter 180-3 QUALIFICATIONS: PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER AND ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING

Rule 180-3-.01 Education

As used in O.C.G.A. 43-15-8 and 43-15-9, the following terms have the meanings indicated:

(a) "Engineering curriculum of not less than four years from a school or college approved by the Board," as used in O.C.G.A. 43-15-8(1)(A), means the engineering curricula of schools, colleges, and universities in the United States and its territories which at the time of the applicant's graduation are curricula accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (A.B.E.T.). Unless the Board determines otherwise, in a case where the curriculum in question was dropped from the accreditation list but was reaccredited within a period of five years, the Board may approve the curriculum as though there was no lapse in accreditation.
(b) "Engineering curriculum of not less than four years" as used in O.C.G.A. 43-15-8(2)(A), includes engineering curricula in schools or colleges which are not accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (A.B.E.T.) but which may be approved by the Board in individual cases upon review of the applicant's educational transcript.
(c) "In a curriculum of four or more years in engineering technology . . . from a school or college approved by the Board," as used in O.C.G.A. 43-15-8(2)(A), means engineering technology curricula in schools or colleges in the United States and its territories which, at the time of the applicant's graduation, are curricula accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (A.B.E.T.). Those curricula may be accepted by the Board, in individual cases, upon review of the applicant's educational transcript.
(d) "In a curriculum of four or more years in engineering technology or . . . related science curriculum from a school or college approved by the Board" as used in O.C.G.A. 43-15-8(2)(A), means a four-year curriculum leading to a bachelor of science degree in chemistry, physics, mathematics, and similar related science curriculum of the military service academies of the United States. Those curricula may, in individual cases, be accepted by the Board upon review of the applicant's educational transcript.

Rule 180-3-.02 Experience

In evaluating experience offered as qualifying experience under O.C.G.A. 43-15-8, 43-15-9, and 43-15-10, the Board will take into consideration the following six (6) factors:

(a) Prior Education. The Board will take into consideration the applicant's education at the time the pertinent experience was acquired with the basic view that prior education determines the value of the experience.
(b) Kind of Experience. The experience should involve the application of special knowledge of the mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences; the preparation of engineering data; the organization and implementation of testing procedures or methodologies for the collection of engineering data; the preparation of engineering data; the interpretation of engineering data; and the involvement in engineering during construction by the design engineer to verify his/her engineering design.
(c) Quality. The experience should, by progression in difficulty and magnitude, demonstrate that the applicant has acquired ability to design and apply engineering principles and that his/her judgment may be trusted on projects involving public health and safety.
(d) Scope. The experience should demonstrate sufficient breadth and scope within the field selected rather than narrowly focused technical skill within the field.
(e) Progression. The record of work experience should indicate progression from initial work of simple character to recent work of greater difficulty, complexity and responsibility.
(f) Capacity and Viewpoint. The record of experience should indicate that the applicant has attained to a considerable degree those attributes of clear thinking and analysis essential to competence.

Rule 180-3-.03 Advanced

The Board may also accept as meeting the educational requirements of O.C.G.A. 43-15-8(1)(A), graduation from a four-year engineering curriculum of a school or college not appearing on the most recently published list of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (A.B.E.T.). The applicant, subsequent to graduation from such a curriculum, must have completed at least one additional year of study in engineering subjects in a program in which either the undergraduate or advanced degree was approved by the A.B.E.T. at the time of the applicant's study. That year's study must have resulted in the conferring of an advanced degree such as a masters degree or a doctors degree with a major in engineering. All curricula pertaining to an applicant shall be approved by the Board.

Rule 180-3-.04 Evaluation of Foreign Education

(1) Any applicant desiring educational credit for an engineering degree from a foreign institution must submit an evaluation of such education to the Board. Such evaluation must be in a form prescribed by the Board and must be performed by an agency approved by the Board.
(2) Approved special evaluation forms and instructions may be obtained from Engineering Credentials Evaluation International (ECEI) at their website WWW.ECEI.ORG.
(3) Advanced post-graduate degrees to be accepted for educational credit must be in the same branch of engineering and current experience in which the applicant plans to practice in the state of Georgia and be from a school or college whose undergraduate curriculum is Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited in the applicant's discipline at the time of the applicant's study.