Yes, in this country of reference, all degreed engineers are “Engineers in Practice” until they pass two exams, each about eight hours and very comprehensive, in the first, as to the knowledge acquired and in the second, as to the experience.
The first test, called Fundamentals of Engineering, is usually passed shortly after finishing the career and the second, the Practice of Engineering, after five or six years of professional practice.
Only at that moment is when you can get the “license” as a Professional Engineer, which in most states is renewed every two years accrediting the continued training received in this period.
In Spain we are still far from this model and may never come, but we are in the way of an intermediate model as the UK, where the Engineering Council certifies Chartered Engineers, the Engineers Incorporated and Technician Engineering, to distinguish at the society engineers who have passed the certification of knowledge, experience and professional skills at three different levels.
In this case, it is not the law which regulates, but society itself it will not recruit any uncertified engineer for relevant projects, since no insurance company will insure it professionally.
In Spain, the AQPE, Agency for Qualification of Professional Engineers, following the British model, already gives this service. AQPE certification establishes three levels, Professional Engineer, Senior Professional Engineer and Expert Professional Engineer. This certification guarantees to customers, management, business and society in general, professional skills and experience of our engineers.
Francesc González Navarro