TITLE 68: PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
CHAPTER VII: DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL AND PROFESSIONAL REGULATION
SUBCHAPTER b: PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
PART 1480 THE STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING PRACTICE ACT OF 1989
SECTION 1480.130 APPROVED EXPERIENCE
Section 1480.130 Approved Experience
a) Every application shall be reviewed by the Board to determine whether the applicant's experience meets the requirements described in this Section. Approved experience, other than in accordance with subsection (a)(3), shall have been acquired after receipt of the baccalaureate degree.
1) Credit for Graduate Study:
A) One year of experience shall be given for completion of graduate study resulting in a master's degree with an emphasis in structural engineering. The course of study shall include a minimum of 8 semester hours, or their equivalent (e.g., 12 quarter hours), of structural analysis, behavior or design courses.
B) One year of experience shall be given for completion of graduate study resulting in a doctoral degree with an emphasis in structural engineering and a course of study that includes a minimum of 8 semester hours, or their equivalent (e.g., 12 quarter hours), of structural analysis, behavior or design courses beyond a master's degree. Two years of experience shall be given for completion of graduate study resulting in a doctoral degree with an emphasis in structural engineering and a course of study that includes a minimum of 16 semester hours, or their equivalent (e.g., 24 quarter hours), of structural analysis, behavior or design courses without a master's degree.
2) The maximum credit for graduate study shall be 2 years.
3) Credit for structural engineering experience shall be given for a graduate of a university certified cooperative program that is a supervised industrial or field experience of at least one calendar year that alternates with periods of full-time academic training. Supervision shall be by a U.S. licensed engineer legally practicing structural engineering.
A) A maximum of one year of experience credit may be given for one year or more of actual work experience acquired through participation in a university cooperative program;
B) Applicants claiming credit for participation in the university cooperative program shall submit an official transcript from the university reflecting the university credit for completion of the program; and
C) All experience shall be structural engineering experience and must be verified, on forms provided by the Division, by the supervising engineer.
4) Credit for all required experience or any remaining experience as set forth in Section 1480.140 shall be given for actual experience in the practice of structural engineering under the employ or immediate supervision of an engineer legally practicing structural engineering. The experience shall require the application of technical knowledge and structural engineering principles.
5) Each applicant shall submit evidence of at least 2 years of engineering experience in a position of responsible charge while in the employ of or under the immediate personal supervision of a licensed engineer legally practicing structural engineering. In this category the applicant shall have directed the work, with responsibility for the successful accomplishment of the work, including demonstrated capability of making independent technical decisions to fulfill a structural engineering duty and being accountable for the performance of those duties.
6) Credit for a maximum of 3 years of the experience required for licensure shall be given for the full-time teaching of upper division junior/senior courses or graduate courses in structural engineering as a part of, or in conjunction with, an approved engineering curriculum as set forth in Section 1480.110. An academic year of full-time teaching (2 semesters, or 3 quarters) at a level of assistant professor, or higher, shall be considered equivalent to 6 months of the experience required for licensure. This teaching experience shall be fully documented, and certified by an affidavit from the department chairman, or dean, of the engineering curriculum involved. Applicants qualifying under this subsection are exempt from the requirement of subsection (a)(5).
b) While an applicant may receive either experience credit, education credit, teaching credit, or a combination of these, such applicant shall not receive more than one year's total credit for any one year (i.e., overlapping experience, education or teaching shall be credited to only one category).
(Source: Amended at 34 Ill. Reg. 5669, effective March 30, 2010)