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How do you get a Florida Engineering License for a Foreign Engineer?

How do you get a Florida Engineering License for a Foreign Engineer?

How do you get a Florida Engineering License for a Foreign Engineer?

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I'm a Civil Engineer with a Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering from South America.  I've been an active Engineer in this field for over 15 years.  I'm planning to move to the U.S. and need to know what is required to get my license to work there.  If you have any helpful information please contact me directly at www.tcastano@aol.com" TARGET="_new">www.tcastano@aol.com.

Thank you very much.

RE: How do you get a Florida Engineering License for a Foreign Engineer?

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The most obvious source of info is the state department of licensing, whatever is the correct name.

RE: How do you get a Florida Engineering License for a Foreign Engineer?

You need to contact the Florida Board of Professional Engineers (www.fbpe.org).  They can tell you all the steps you will need to go through.  

Assuming your degree and University are accepted as having the same accreditation/curriculum requirements as in the US, you would at the least have to take two comprehensive examinations, each lasting 8 hours.  The first is the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and the 2nd is the Principles and Practices exam.  

If your University is not accepted by the Board, then you will likely have to do additional coursework at an accredited University in the US, prior to sitting for the exams.  You will also have to prove that your prior experience in engineering meets the criteria of the Board, so start pulling together all your references, former employers, University transcripts, etc.

Don't look for the process to be easy.  Good luck.

RE: How do you get a Florida Engineering License for a Foreign Engineer?

Just found this information which may help you.  Go to NCEES' website, www.ncees.org.  (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) is the organization that produces the national Professional Engineering exams.  IIRC, all states use the same exam at the PE level.)  Click on Professional Info at the bottom.  Then click on the "principles & practice examinations". On that webpage is a section for "Non-USA Engineers Seeking Licensure".  It gives you a couple of forms to help you.

Imagineer


RE: How do you get a Florida Engineering License for a Foreign Engineer?

I am currently in a simmilar process.  I have a BSChE form the Technion, Israel Institutue of Technology and I am in the process of getting my PE in FL.
1) You will need your degree evauluated by one of the 5 approved services.  I used the WES and I had problems with them.  I had to go to the BBB to get my problem resolved.  (The reviewer who botched my review also determined that my complaint was unfounded and then my further complaints were ignored until the Better Business Bureau got invilved.)
2) I had a problem with the humanities & social sciences credits.  I only had 10 credits reconignized and I needed 16.  (I have too many foreign language credits, only 6 allowed)  They let me take and pass the FE exam (get a TI-89 calculator - it is the best one allowed in FL) but will not issue the certificate until I clear the credits.  Instead of taking university or commmunity college courses, I am taking CLEP exams.  If I have a problem with USF granting me credit for these exams (I have some old graduate courses from USF and an existing transcript), then Charter Oak State College of Connecticut will recognize andd grant me the credits for CLEP exams that I passed for $300.
3) Go the the FBPE.org website and download the appropiate info.  The board staff are also very helpful and will respond to email.
4) Do not be afraid to officially challange any board determinations.  Do know when to cut your losses and fold.
5) Use the ppi2pass.com website and materials.  I graduated 18 years ago and passed the 4/00 FE with a very high score due to these materials and my TI-89.
6) Florida requires your initial appplication to be submitted 6 months prior to the exam and to be complete 2 or 3 months prior.  The exam is every 6 months.
Best of Luck, Cliff

RE: How do you get a Florida Engineering License for a Foreign Engineer?

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RE: How do you get a Florida Engineering License for a Foreign Engineer?

I am a Structural engineer in India.

I would like to tale PE Eaxm in Structural engineering

i am presently working in Fluor Daniel

I know the working knowledge of Americam Codes


e-mail:  m.vijay.krishna@fluor.com

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