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Chapter A-E 4
PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER REGISTRATION
A-E 4.01   Authority and purpose.
A-E 4.015   Definitions.
A-E 4.02   Applications.
A-E 4.025   Application for certification as an engineer-in-training.
A-E 4.026   Application for registration as a professional engineer.
A-E 4.03   Engineering experience requirements for the professional engineer application.
A-E 4.07   Examinations.
A-E 4.08   Application for reciprocity.
Ch. A-E 4 Note Note: Chapter A-E 4 as it existed on February 28, 1987 was repealed and a new chapter A-E 4 was created effective March 1, 1987.
A-E 4.01 A-E 4.01 Authority and purpose. The rules in this chapter are adopted under authority in ss. 15.08 (5) (b), 227.11, 443.04, 443.05, 443.09 and 443.10, Stats. The purpose of rules in this chapter is to interpret basic education, experience and examination requirements for registration as a professional engineer as specified in ss. 443.04, 443.05, 443.09 and 443.10, Stats.
A-E 4.01 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1987, No. 374, eff. 3-1-87.
A-E 4.015 A-E 4.015Definitions. In this chapter:
A-E 4.015(1) (1)  “ ABET” means the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
A-E 4.015(2) (2)  “ NCEES” means the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.
A-E 4.015 History History: CR 19-075: cr. Register June 2020 No. 774, eff. 7-1-20.
A-E 4.02 A-E 4.02 Applications.
A-E 4.02(1)(1)   An applicant who files an application but who does not comply with a request for information related to the application within one year from the date of the request shall file a new application and fee.
A-E 4.02(2) (2)  A renewal applicant shall comply with s. A-E 2.05 and ch. A-E 13.
A-E 4.02 Note Note: Applications are available on the website at dsps.wi.gov or by calling (608) 266 - 2112.
A-E 4.02 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1987, No. 374, eff. 3-1-87; am. Register, May, 1990, No. 413, eff. 6-1-90; am. Register, January, 1999, No. 517, eff. 2-1-99; CR 19-075: cr. (2) Register June 2020 No. 774, eff. 7-1-20; correction in numbering made under 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register June 2020 No. 774.
A-E 4.025 A-E 4.025Application for certification as an engineer-in-training.
A-E 4.025(1)(1)   An applicant for engineer-in-training is required to submit all of the following:
A-E 4.025(1)(a) (a) Evidence of a passing score of a fundamentals examination, in accordance with s. A-E 4.07 (1m) (a).
A-E 4.025(1)(b) (b) Transcripts verifying the applicant's education and training, or a specific record of experience satisfactory to the professional engineer section to meet the requirements of s. 443.05, Stats.
A-E 4.025(2) (2)   Submission of a record that is properly executed and issued with verification by NCEES may be accepted as evidence of the information that is required by the professional engineer section.
A-E 4.025 History History: CR 19-075: cr. Register June 2020 No. 774, eff. 7-1-20.
A-E 4.026 A-E 4.026Application for registration as a professional engineer.
A-E 4.026(1)(1)   Four year course of study. An applicant for professional engineer based on a four-year course of study is required to submit all of the following:
A-E 4.026(1)(a) (a) A transcript verifying the applicant's bachelor of science degree in engineering from a school or college of engineering in a program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET in engineering of not less than 4 years, or a diploma of graduation in engineering of not less than 4 years deemed by the professional engineer section to be equivalent to a bachelor of science degree in engineering from a school or college of engineering in a program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
A-E 4.026(1)(b) (b) A specific record of 4 or more years of experience in accordance with s. A-E 4.03 within the 10 years preceding the application in engineering work of a character satisfactory to the professional engineer section indicating that the applicant is competent to be placed in responsible charge of engineering work. Experience gained in obtaining a master's degree in engineering and experience gained in obtaining a Ph.D. in engineering or in an engineering related program shall each be deemed equivalent to one year of qualifying experience.
A-E 4.026(1)(c) (c) If an engineering degree is from an educational institution located outside the United States or its territories, the applicant shall provide an official evaluation by a transcript evaluation service acceptable to the professional engineer section which compares the degree to an engineering education standard acceptable to the professional engineer section. The professional engineer section may approve the degree if it finds equivalence.
A-E 4.026(1)(d) (d) Evidence of successful completion of a fundamentals of engineering examination and a principles and practice of engineering examination, in accordance with s. A-E 4.07 (1m).
A-E 4.026(1)(e) (e) References from at least 5 individuals having personal knowledge of the applicant's engineering work, 3 or more of whom are registered professional engineers, one of whom has served as supervisor in responsible charge of the applicant's engineering work.
A-E 4.026(1)(f) (f) A chronological history of the applicant's employment.
A-E 4.026(2) (2)   Two year course of study. An applicant for professional engineer based on a 2-year course of study is required to submit all of the following:
A-E 4.026(2)(a) (a) A transcript verifying the applicant's associate degree from a technical school or college in an engineering course of study of not less than 2 years that is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. This shall be deemed equivalent to a degree from a technical school or college approved by the professional engineer section.
A-E 4.026(2)(b) (b) A specific record of 6 or more years of experience in accordance with s. A-E 4.03 within the 10 years preceding the application in engineering work of a character satisfactory to the professional engineer section indicating that the applicant is competent to be placed in responsible charge of engineering work.
A-E 4.026(2)(c) (c) Evidence of successful completion of a fundamentals of engineering examination and a principles and practice of engineering examination, in accordance with s. A-E 4.07 (1m).
A-E 4.026(2)(d) (d) References from at least 5 individuals having personal knowledge of the applicant's engineering work, 3 or more of whom are registered professional engineers, one of whom has served as supervisor in responsible charge of the applicant's engineering work.
A-E 4.026(2)(e) (e) A chronological history of the applicant's employment.
A-E 4.026(2m) (2m)  NCEES record. Submission of a record that is properly executed and issued with verification by NCEES may be accepted as evidence of the information that is required by the professional engineer section.
A-E 4.026 History History: CR 19-075: renum. (title), (1) (intro.), (a) to (d), (2) from A-E 4.05 (title), (1) (intro.), (a) to (d), (2) and, as renumbered, am. (title), (1) (intro.), (a), (b), (d), (d), cr. (1) (e), (f), (2) (d), (e), (2m) Register June 2020 No. 774, eff. 7-1-20
A-E 4.03 A-E 4.03 Engineering experience requirements for the professional engineer application.
A-E 4.03(1g) (1g)Qualifying experience.
A-E 4.03(1g)(a) (a) To qualify as satisfactory experience in engineering work for the purpose of meeting requirements of s. 443.04, Stats., an applicant's experience shall include the application of engineering principles and data and shall demonstrate an applicant's progressive development of competence to do engineering work.
A-E 4.03(1g)(b) (b) The experience shall be acquired under the supervision of a registered professional engineer and in the areas of engineering practice listed in subs. (1r) to (7), or acquired in other areas of engineering practice or academic course work which in the opinion of the professional engineer section provides the applicant with a knowledge of engineering principles and data at least equivalent to that which would be acquired by experience in the areas of practice listed. Experience gained under the technical supervision of an unregistered individual may be considered if the appropriate credentials of the unregistered supervisor are submitted to the professional engineer section.
A-E 4.03(1g)(c) (c) To qualify as satisfactory experience in professional engineering for purposes of ss. 443.04 (2m) (a) and (b), Stats., an applicant's experience must be obtained subsequent to completion of the educational requirements set forth in s. 443.04 (1m), Stats. This requirement may be waived, in the sole discretion of the professional engineer section, for reasons it considers sufficient.
A-E 4.03(1g)(d) (d) Experience in all areas listed is not required. Not more than one year of satisfactory experience credit may be granted for any calendar year.
A-E 4.03(1r) (1r)Research and development.
A-E 4.03(1r)(a)(a) Problem identification, including consideration of alternative approaches to problem solving.
A-E 4.03(1r)(b) (b) Planning, including selecting a theoretical or experimental approach.
A-E 4.03(1r)(c) (c) Execution of plan, including completing design calculations.
A-E 4.03(1r)(d) (d) Interpreting and reporting results, including all of the following:
A-E 4.03(1r)(d)1. 1. Evaluating project feasibility studies.
A-E 4.03(1r)(d)2. 2. Analyzing research and development data.
A-E 4.03(1r)(d)3. 3. Producing interpretive reports.
A-E 4.03(1r)(d)4. 4. Formulating conclusions and recommendations.
A-E 4.03(1r)(d)5. 5. Producing final reports.
A-E 4.03(2) (2)Design.
A-E 4.03(2)(a) (a) Problem identification, including all of the following:
A-E 4.03(2)(a)1. 1. Identifying design objectives.
A-E 4.03(2)(a)2. 2. Identifying possible design concepts or methods.
A-E 4.03(2)(a)3. 3. Selecting methods to be employed in consideration of aesthetics, cost and reliability.
A-E 4.03(2)(a)4. 4. Defining performance, specifications, and functional requirements such as materials, energy balances, and environmental considerations.
A-E 4.03(2)(a)5. 5. Formulating conceptual design specifications.
A-E 4.03(2)(a)6. 6. Defining physical properties of all key materials.
A-E 4.03(2)(b) (b) Planning, including defining safety, health and environmental constraints.
A-E 4.03(2)(c) (c) Execution of plan, including all of the following:
A-E 4.03(2)(c)1. 1. Developing design concepts.
A-E 4.03(2)(c)2. 2. Conducting feasibility studies.
A-E 4.03(2)(c)3. 3. Evaluating design and design methods.
A-E 4.03(2)(c)4. 4. Solving design problems.
A-E 4.03(2)(c)5. 5. Preparing designs, layouts and models.
A-E 4.03(2)(c)6. 6. Selecting materials and components.
A-E 4.03(2)(c)7. 7. Conducting value analysis of design.
A-E 4.03(2)(c)8. 8. Producing final designs.
A-E 4.03(2)(c)9. 9. Preparing supporting technical information.
A-E 4.03(2)(c)10. 10. Preparing detailed working drawings.
A-E 4.03(2)(c)11. 11. Preparing specifications and data sheets.
A-E 4.03(2)(c)12. 12. Interacting with engineers from other areas of work such as research and development and construction.
A-E 4.03(2)(d) (d) Interpreting and reporting results, including all of the following:
A-E 4.03(2)(d)1. 1. Evaluating design for conformity to specifications.
A-E 4.03(2)(d)2. 2. Evaluating design solutions for efficiency, economic and technical feasibility and economic alternatives.
A-E 4.03(2)(d)3. 3. Evaluating design impact on public health, safety and welfare.
A-E 4.03(2)(d)4. 4. Evaluating design solution for adherence to laws and codes.
A-E 4.03(2)(d)5. 5. Evaluating product liability risk.
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