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Info About Georgia's SE License

2/15/2021 SE LICENSURE UPDATE

  • The PELS Board is still processing affidavits.
  • Successful applicants will know they have been approved when their name and SE number have been posted to the online verification tool: 
  • Applicants whose affidavits have been rejected or denied will receive a notice stating such from the PELS Board. 
  • The PELS Board will publish a notice when it has processed all affidavits it has in its possession, along with a process for contacting the PELS Board if an applicant believes their status to be in error, as well as a hard deadline for this process to be completed. 
  • Documents for Designated Structures* should be signed with an SE seal/stamp. Active SE license holders can have SE seals/stamps created per the published guidelines by similar means as their PE seals/stamps.
  • Documents for non-Designated Structures* can be sealed with either a Georgia PE or Georgia SE stamp, unless otherwise required by the Authority Having Jurisdiction. 

 


 

Georgia's Board of Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors (commonly known as the "PELS Board") is responsible for setting standards for professional engineering and land surveying licensure in the state of Georgia. They "review applications, administer examinations, license qualified applicants, and regulate the professional practice of licensees throughout the state" (per Board website). 

SB 310, signed into law by Governor Kemp in 2020, created a new license: Professional Structural Engineer (SE). Any plans for “Designated Structures*” in the state of Georgia must now be signed and sealed by a Professional Structural Engineer.

Professional Structural Engineer licenses are issued by the PELS Board. Individuals wishing to obtain an SE license must meet the requirements of the PELS Board and submit an application directly to the PELS Board. 

*For a complete definition of “Designated Structures” see Rule 180.2-.04 in the Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia

 

As a professional service, SEAOG has authored several documents intended to assist the structural engineering community with navigating this new law. These documents represent SEAOG's best understanding. The PELS Board, its Rules and Regulations, and Georgia law are the governing authorities regarding the requirements, implementation, and impact of SE Licensure within the state. 

Georgia's New SE License: A Primer This document introduces the concept of professional licensure, describes the current state of engineering licensure in Georgia, explains the new law's impact, and provides information regarding the process for obtaining an SE license.

SE License FAQ This list of FAQ is based on the panel discussion SEAOG hosted in September 2020, with representatives from SEAOG's SE Licensure Committee, ACEC-GA's Political Action Team, and the PELS Board.