Idaho becomes first US state to approve UK Chartered Engineer System

The Idaho Board of Licensure of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors (IPELS) recently passed a motion to approve the UK Charter Engineer system as substantially equivalent to their own.

Idaho Capitol Building in Boise
Idaho Capitol Building in Boise

'Professional Engineer' is a protected title in the USA and licensure (registration) for the engineering and surveying professions is regulated by each individual state.

To become licensed, engineers must complete a four-year college degree, work under a Professional Engineer for at least four years, pass two intensive competency exams and earn a license from their state's licensure board. Then, to retain their licenses, PEs must continually maintain and improve their skills throughout their careers.

Professional Engineers in the USA may apply for licensure within another state using an application process known as 'comity', which broadly means that one state extends certain courtesies to other states. Previously the 'comity' application process has not been extended to the UK , meaning that Chartered engineers registered with the Engineering Council could not be recognised in this way.

The recent change to Idaho's licensure system means that they are now the first US state to allow CEng registrants with more than 8 years' post-registration experience to apply for Professional Engineer (PE) licensure in the same way as a PE from another US state.

Seán Harris, ICE's Director of Membership commented

"This is a welcome move to streamline the process for chartered engineers wishing to work in Idaho. I hope that other US states will follow Idaho's lead in recognising that the standards by which chartered engineers registered with the Engineering Council are judged, are amongst the most robust in the world."

You can find more information about working in the US, as well as Idaho's new comity process by visiting our 'Working in the USA' page