The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) adopted a resolution in August that would require candidates for engineering licensure to complete 30 hours of coursework leading to a master’s degree or the equivalent before taking the final licensure exam. They will seek implementation of the requirement by 2020.
Engineering licensure is governed by state laws in the United States and each state adopts its own licensure requirements. Most have similar requirements, though adapted to the unique concerns of some states. NCEES members are members of state boards that oversee licensing of engineers and surveyors, so the additional education requirement is likely to be adopted by most states on about the same schedule.