§693.  Requirements for licensure as a professional engineer or professional land surveyor, and certification as an engineer intern or land surveyor intern

A.(1)  The board shall license or certify, as the case may be, each applicant as an engineer intern, a land surveyor intern, a professional engineer, or a professional land surveyor, as specified herein, as requested by the applicant when, in the opinion of the board, the applicant has met the requirements of this Chapter and is proficient and qualified to practice as such.

(2)  Professional engineers will be issued licenses by the board as a professional engineer.  The board shall list a professional engineer in one or more of the disciplines of engineering approved by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying to signify the area in which the engineer has demonstrated competence pursuant to education, experience, and examination.  The professional engineer may use a stamp that designates the discipline of engineering in which the board has listed the engineer or a stamp that identifies the licensee as a professional engineer.

B.  The minimum requirements for licensure or certification by the board shall be as follows:

(1)  An engineer intern shall be either:

(a)  A graduate of an accredited engineering curriculum of four years or more approved by the board as being of satisfactory standing, who is of good character and reputation, who has passed the written or electronic examinations required by the board, and who has satisfied the requirements of R.S. 37:694.

(b)  A graduate of a nonaccredited engineering or related science or technology curriculum of four years or more, approved by the board as being of satisfactory standing, who has obtained a graduate degree from a university having an accredited undergraduate engineering curriculum in the same discipline or sub-discipline, approved by the board as being of satisfactory standing, who is of good character and reputation, who has passed the written or electronic examinations required by the board, and who has satisfied the requirements of R.S. 37:694.

(c)  A graduate of a nonaccredited engineering curriculum of four years or more approved by the board as being of satisfactory standing, who has met the requirements for progressive engineering experience in work acceptable to the board, who is of good character and reputation, who has passed the written or electronic examinations required by the board, and who has satisfied the requirements of R.S. 37:694.

(2)  A professional engineer shall be either:

(a)  An engineer intern, or an individual who meets the qualifications to be an engineer intern, who has met the requirements for progressive engineering experience in work acceptable to the board, who is of good character and reputation, who has passed the written or electronic examinations required by the board, and who has satisfied the requirements of R.S. 37:694.

(b)  An individual who holds a valid license to engage in the practice of engineering issued to him by proper authority of a state, territory, or possession of the United States, or the District of Columbia, based on requirements that do not conflict with the provisions of this Chapter and which were of a standard not lower than that specified in the applicable licensure laws in effect in Louisiana at the time such license was issued, who is of good character and reputation, and who has satisfied the requirements of R.S. 37:694, and if the state, territory, or possession, or the District of Columbia, in which he is licensed will accept the license issued by the board on a reciprocal basis.

(3)  A land surveyor intern shall be either:

(a)  A graduate holding a baccalaureate degree from a curriculum of four years or more who has completed at least thirty semester credit hours, or the equivalent approved by the board, in courses involving land surveying, mapping, and real property approved by the board, who is of good character and reputation, who has passed the oral and written examinations required by the board, and who has satisfied the requirements of R.S. 37:694.

(b)  An individual certified by the board as a land surveyor in training or a land surveyor intern on or before January 1, 1995.

(4)  A professional land surveyor shall be either:

(a)  A land surveyor intern or an individual who meets the qualifications of a land surveyor intern who has had at least four years or more combined office and field experience in land surveying, including two years or more of progressive experience on land surveying projects under the supervision of a professional land surveyor, who is of good character and reputation, who has passed the oral and written examinations required by the board, and who has satisfied the requirements of R.S. 37:694.

(b)  An individual who holds a valid license to engage in the practice of land surveying issued to him by the proper authority of a state, territory, or possession of the United States, or the District of Columbia, based on requirements that do not conflict with the provisions of this Chapter and which were of a standard not lower than that specified in the applicable licensure laws in effect in Louisiana at the time such license was issued, who has passed a written examination on the laws, procedures, and practices pertaining to land surveying in Louisiana, who is of good character and reputation, and who has satisfied the requirements of R.S. 37:694, and if the state, territory, or possession, or the District of Columbia, in which he is licensed will accept the licenses issued by the board on a reciprocal basis.

(5)  A professional naval architect or marine engineer shall be either:

(a)  An individual who holds a bachelor of science degree in naval architecture and marine engineering, or an equivalent board approved curriculum, from an accredited engineering curriculum of four years or more approved by the board as being of satisfactory standing, who is of good character and reputation, who has twenty or more years of progressive engineering experience in work acceptable to the board, and who has satisfied the requirements of R.S. 37:694.  This Subparagraph shall become null, void, and of no further effect from and after December 31, 2015.

(b)  An individual who holds a master of science degree in naval architecture and marine engineering, or an equivalent board approved curriculum, or two bachelor of science degrees in related engineering curricula, from an accredited engineering curriculum approved by the board as being of satisfactory standing, who is of good character and reputation, who has fifteen or more years of progressive engineering experience in work acceptable to the board, and who has satisfied the requirements of R.S. 37:694.  This Subparagraph shall become null, void, and of no further effect from and after December 31, 2015.

(c)  An individual who holds a doctor of philosophy degree in naval architecture and marine engineering, or an equivalent board approved curriculum, from an accredited engineering curriculum approved by the board as being of satisfactory standing, who is of good character and reputation, who has ten or more years of progressive engineering experience in work acceptable to the board, and who has satisfied the requirements of R.S. 37:694.  This Subparagraph shall become null, void, and of no further effect from and after December 31, 2015.

(d)  An individual who has demonstrated long-standing experience in naval architecture, who is of good character and reputation, who has thirty or more years of progressive engineering experience in work acceptable to the board, and who has satisfied the requirements of R.S. 37:694.  This Subparagraph shall become null, void, and of no further effect from and after December 31, 2015.

C.  No individual shall be eligible for renewal of licensure as a professional engineer or professional land surveyor, nor renewal of certification as an engineer intern or land surveyor intern who is not, in the opinion of the board, of good character and reputation.

D.  The execution, as a contractor, of work designed by a professional engineer or the supervision of the construction of such work as a foreman or superintendent shall not be deemed to be a violation of R.S. 37:698 or R.S. 37:700.  However, such work may be considered toward qualification required for licensure as a professional engineer under this Chapter.

E.  Any individual having the necessary qualifications prescribed in this Chapter entitling him to licensure or certification shall be eligible for such licensure or certification although he may not be practicing his profession at the time of making his application.

Acts 1980, No. 568, §1; Acts 1987, No. 385, §1; Acts 1993, No. 53, §1; Acts 1997, No. 361, §1; Acts 1997, No. 1096, §1; Acts 1999, No. 329, §1; Acts 1999, No. 396, §1; Acts 1999, No. 397, §1; Acts 2001, No. 495, §1; Acts 2003, No. 279, §5; Acts 2006, No. 473, §1; Acts 2010, No. 252, §1; Acts 2012, No. 31, §1, eff. May 4, 2012.