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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 he 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.

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

Type of Experience



1. Construction experience.

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

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

2. Military experience.

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

Nonengineering military training and supervision.

3. Sales experience.

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

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

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

5. Graduate or doctorate's degree.

The successful completion of a graduate or doctorate degree in an engineering curriculum may be accepted as one year of equivalent engineering experience credit.

Research conducted as part of a graduate or doctorate degree shall not count as additional experience if credit for the degree is granted pursuant to 18VAC10-20-190 or 18VAC10-20-210.

6. Teaching.

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

7. Co-op program.

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

8. 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 curriculum. 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, Volume 04, Issue 08, eff. March 1, 1988; Volume 06, Issue 20, eff. September 1, 1990; Volume 07, Issue 14, eff. May 8, 1991; Volume 08, Issue 07, eff. February 1, 1992; Volume 10, Issue 15, eff. May 19, 1994; Volume 18, Issue 07, eff. March 1, 2002; Volume 23, Issue 01, eff. February 1, 2007; Volume 32, Issue 06, eff. January 1, 2016.

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