Louisiana Naval Architecture P.E. License Exam Waiver Deadline
Oct 1, 2015 News Archive
According to January 1 2003 a article on the Ocean Navigator, the first nationally standardized Naval Architecture exam towards attaining a professional license was given in 1999. The article also mentions that until then only two states, Oregon and Washington recognized naval architecture as an engineering discipline, and only Washington had an exam. Partly because of this timing, the state of Louisiana has a provision due to end this December 31, 2015 allowing an exam waiver for practitioners who meet certain criteria. For specific information, please visit the Louisiana Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor Board’s website.
For specifics on the above, please refer to Louisiana Administrative Code, Title 46 Part XLI, Professional and Occupational Standards: Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, which can be accessed HERE.
In summary, there are four ways to qualify for the exam waiver, for practitioners of naval architecture in good standing and with different levels of education and experience. These four categories are summarized below:
- Section 903.3 – 20 years of experience with a BS in N.A. or related degree from a qualified institution
- Section 903.4 – 15 years of experience with an MS or 2 BS degrees in N.A. or related field from qualified institutions
- Section 903.5 – 10 years of experience with a Ph.D. in N.A. or related degree from a qualified institution
- Section 903.6 – 30 years of experience with no requirements on degree
I note that his is only a waiver for the exam and all other requirements are to be met to obtain the P.E. license. It is my understanding that you need not live/work in Louisiana to qualify, as it is quite common for engineers to hold professional licenses for practicing in multiple states. From the above, I would qualify for the exam waiver under either section 903.4 or 903.5. I am debating whether or not to apply for it and would welcome any advice.