By: Mark C. Kriss, Esq.
NYSSPE Legislative Counsel
Professional Engineering – Licensure Requirements in NYS
The vast majority of states currently require, at minimum, a bachelor’s of science degree in engineering, or its equivalent, as a prerequisite to sit for the professional engineering examination. Unfortunately, presently New York is one of the minority of states which does not require a bachelor’s degree. NYSSPE has secured strong sponsorship of a bill introduced in both houses of the legislature to move New York into the main stream of sister states with regard to engineering licensure requirements all in furtherance of public health, safety and welfare.
The New York State Legislature, having just completed action on the 2021/22 Budget, has now turned its attention to priority legislative matters. We anticipate that NYSSPE’s legislation to require a bachelor’s degree in engineering, or its equivalent, as a prerequisite to sit for the professional engineering exam will soon be given full consideration by the legislature. Accordingly we urge all members to contact their State Senator and Assemblyman or Assemblywoman urging favorable consideration of the bill. See S3541 and A6809 which can easily be found via Google search at “NYS Assembly Bill Search”. A copy of the Society’s Memorandum in Support of the Bill follows below.
Bachelors Degree NYSSPE Support Memo: Click Here
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