Professional Engineers have taken the extra step to become licensed in the state of California although, it is not required by law in many circumstances. Professional Engineers put in additional hours of training, spend additional money and subject themselves to a State Regulatory Agency to maintain their license.
Members of CSPE have gone even one step further to demonstrate a higher level of commitment to their profession. Through their membership in CSPE, our PE’s are voluntarily holding themselves up to a Code of Ethics that is NOT required by the State of California Licensing Board.
CSPE members are individuals licensed in many different engineering disciplines. Those include Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Agricultural, Chemical, Control Systems, Fire Protection, Industrial, Manufacturing, Metallurgical, Nuclear, Petroleum, Traffic, Quality, Corrosion, or Safety. They may work in construction, industry, education, government or private firms. The majority of CSPE members have over 15 years of engineering experience.
Licensed Member—A Licensed Member shall be defined as a person holding a valid license or certificate of registration as a professional engineer, issued under the laws of any state, territory, possession, or district of the United States, or the equivalent as defined under the laws of any other country, or a retired engineer who obtained and retained a valid license or certificate while in active practice in the profession until retirement.
Member—A Member shall be defined as a person holding a valid Engineer-In-Training or Engineering Intern certification, issued under the laws of any state, territory, possession or district of the United States, or the equivalent under the laws of any other country. A Member shall automatically advance to the Licensed Member grade as soon as eligible by licensure.
Graduate Member—A person who has graduated with a bachelor’s degree or higher from an engineering curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or from an engineering or pre-engineering program that leads to engineering licensure shall be granted provisional status as a Member for up to two years to achieve the full requirements for the Member grade. Graduate Members shall not have voting privileges and shall not be allowed to hold office in NSPE. Graduate Members shall become full Members immediately upon successfully meeting the requirements for Member status.
Student Member—A Student Member shall be defined as a person who is enrolled full-time in an ABET-accredited engineering program or an engineering or pre-engineering program that has an articulated or transfer agreement with ABET or an accredited program. A student enrolled full-time in a graduate level engineering program may choose any grade for which eligible, including student member.
Grandfathered Member—A current member who has maintained membership in NSPE, but is no longer eligible for membership due to changes in membership criteria, shall be allowed to maintain their membership in good standing. If the membership of said member lapses, they will not be permitted to re-join NSPE without first meeting the then current membership requirements.
There shall be two ceremonial titles of memberships as described below:
(a) Fellow Member—A Fellow Member shall be a Licensed Member who has been approved by a peer review of Fellows to receive this honor, as set forth in the Operating Procedures. State Societies shall be permitted to offer a similar membership at the State Society level.
(b) Honorary Member—An Honorary Member shall be an individual, whose knowledge and accomplishments deserve special recognition for contributions to the licensed practice of professional engineering. An Honorary Member shall not have voting privileges, may not hold office, and shall be exempt from paying dues. An Honorary membership shall be awarded upon the approval of two-thirds of the Executive Committee. At no time shall there be more than ten living Honorary Members of NSPE. State Societies shall be permitted to offer a similar membership at the State Society level.
Affiliate Members: In the event CSPE wishes to have a relationship with individuals and organizations who are not eligible for membership in NSPE, CSPE shall be allowed to enlist affiliates with rights and privileges within CSPE alone without association with NSPE.