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PDFWAC 196-12-047

Structural licensing requirements.

The branch of structural engineering requires specialized work experience to protect the public health, safety, and welfare. To be licensed as a structural engineer, an applicant must:
(1) Be licensed as a professional engineer in Washington state;
(2) Have at least two years of progressive responsibility in structural engineering experience in addition to the eight years of engineering experience required to be registered as a professional engineer. The structural experience should:
(a) Demonstrate the applicant's ability to design building structures or nonbuilding structures integrated within "significant structures" as defined in RCW 18.43.020(11) and located in International Building Code (IBC) Seismic Design Category D or above;
(b) Be progressive in difficulty and magnitude;
(c) Demonstrate breadth and depth of seismic design subject matter;
(d) Incorporate two of the four common construction materials (steel, concrete, wood, and masonry);
(e) Reflect ability to design and apply structural engineering principles that show sound judgment on projects involving public health, safety, and welfare;
(f) Be supervised by a licensed professional engineer in the branch of structural engineering or a licensed professional engineer with substantial structural engineering work experience; and
(3) Pass a board approved structural exam.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.43.035. WSR 18-10-085, ยง 196-12-047, filed 5/1/18, effective 6/1/18.]
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