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California P.E. Reference Questions.

California P.E. Reference Questions.

California P.E. Reference Questions.

(OP)
I am a Chemical E.I.T that is trying to get things together to apply for my PE in California. After reading the requirements for the "Engagement record and reference form", I came across the confusing passage below. If I am understanding correctly, I do not need four letters of reference from licensed chemical PE's, I just need letters of reference from people who are technically qualified to appraise my skills?

If this is the case how do they determine if someone is technically qualified to assess my skills?


A reference for each engagement claimed as qualifying experience is required.

A reference must be a licensed Professional Engineer in the same discipline for which you are applying, except as noted below.

References must be persons who are technically qualified to appraise your skills as an engineer.

NOTE:
Individuals who are applying for licensure as an Electrical Engineer may submit references from licensed Civil

Engineers or from individuals exempt from licensure as an Electrical Engineer, as well as from licensed Electrical Engineers.

Individuals who are applying for licensure as a Mechanical Engineer may submit references from licensed Civil Engineers or from individuals exempt from licensure as a Mechanical Engineer, as well as from licensed Mechanical Engineers.

Individuals who are applying for licensure as in any of the other disciplines of engineering may submit references from anyone who is technically qualified to appraise your skills as an engineer.

RE: California P.E. Reference Questions.

I worked in an industry whose engineering was under the industrial exemption in CA. It was difficult to find coworkers with their PE when I went to apply.

I submitted references from 2 coworkers who were professional engineers and 2 coworkers who were degreed engineers with years of experience.

I do not know if CA defines "technically qualified," but if you have senior engineers in your company who review your work then I would ask them if they're comfortable being a reference. If your company considers them technically qualified then it may help your case when the board reviews your application.

RE: California P.E. Reference Questions.

It’s been awhile that I had to read through the CA PE website, but I recall that it was poorly designed and confusing. I think technically qualified would maybe be your supervisor or another engineer that works alongside you. The employees that screen the applications were pretty helpful in the past, so would just call or email the board for clarification. You don’t want to submit an application and find out weeks later that you are denied from taking the exam.

RE: California P.E. Reference Questions.

(OP)
Thanks for the responses guys.

nissan, in California you are able to take the test anytime after passing the FE. I will most likely be taking mine at the end of the year.

RE: California P.E. Reference Questions.

You need some qualified work experience while you are an EIT. This what your work references will be signing off on the PE engagement form.

RE: California P.E. Reference Questions.

Nissan -- not anymore. They've now "decoupled" the date when you take the PE test from the date when you have accumulated the needed experience and apply for licensure.

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