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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 18. Professional And Occupational Licensing
Agency 10. Board For Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers And Landscape Architects
Chapter 20. Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects Regulations

18VAC10-20-240. Experience.

A. Each applicant shall complete the board's Professional Engineer and Engineer-in-Training Experience Verification Form, documenting all of his engineering experience. The information provided on the form shall clearly describe the engineering work or research that the applicant personally performed; delineate his role in any group engineering activity; provide an overall description of the nature and scope of his work; and include a detailed description of the engineering work personally performed by him. The experience must be obtained in an organization with an engineering practice and must be verified on the board's experience verification form by a licensed professional engineer in the organization's engineering practice.

B. In general, the required experience shall be applied as follows:

Type of Experience



1. Design experience.

A demonstrated use of engineering computation and problem-solving skills.

Drafting of design by others.

2. Construction experience.

A demonstrated use of engineering computation and problem-solving skills.

The execution as a contractor of work designed by others, the supervision of construction, and similar nonengineering tasks.

3. Military experience.

Engineering of a character substantially equivalent to that required in the civilian sector for similar work.

Nonengineering military training and supervision.

4. Sales experience.

A demonstrated use of engineering computational and problem-solving skills.

The selection of data or equipment from a company catalogue, similar publication, or database.

5. Industrial experience.

Work directed toward the identification and solution of practice problems in the applicant's area of engineering specialization including engineering analysis of existing systems or the design of new ones.

The performance of maintenance of existing systems, replacement of parts or components, and other nonengineering tasks.

6. Graduate or doctoral degree.

Only one year of qualifying experience will be given for any combination of advanced degrees in an engineering program. In addition, if a degree is used to satisfy the education requirement, it cannot also be used toward satisfying the experience requirement.

Research conducted as part of a graduate or doctoral degree shall not count as additional experience if credit for the degree is granted pursuant to 18VAC10-20-210.

7. Teaching.

For teaching experience to be considered qualifying by the board, the applicant shall have taught in an engineering program approved by the board and shall have been employed in the level of instructor or higher.

8. Co-op or internship.

Engineering experience gained during a co-op or internship may be deemed qualifying engineering experience to a maximum of one year of credit.

9. General.

Experience in claims consulting, drafting, estimating, and field surveying.

C. The board, in its sole discretion, may permit partial credit for approved qualifying engineering experience obtained prior to graduation from an engineering program. Partial credit shall not exceed one-half of that required for any method of initial licensure.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-404 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR130-01-2 § 4.9, eff. October 18, 1985; amended, Virginia Register Volume 4, Issue 8, eff. March 1, 1988; Volume 6, Issue 20, eff. September 1, 1990; Volume 7, Issue 14, eff. May 8, 1991; Volume 8, Issue 7, eff. February 1, 1992; Volume 10, Issue 15, eff. May 19, 1994; Volume 18, Issue 7, eff. March 1, 2002; Volume 23, Issue 1, eff. February 1, 2007; Volume 32, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2016; Volume 37, Issue 24, eff. September 2, 2021.

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