|(a) An applicant for licensure who has graduated from
a program other than one in which the undergraduate or graduate degree
in the same discipline has been accredited or approved by any of the
organizations identified in §133.31(a)(1)(A) or (a)(2)(A) of
this chapter (relating to Educational Requirements for Applicants)
shall furnish both an official transcript and an evaluation for each
degree to be relied upon to meet the educational requirements of licensure
as a professional engineer or certification as an engineer-in-training.
Official transcripts shall include either grades or mark sheets and
proof that the degree was conferred. In addition to providing a transcript
reflecting the degree(s) earned by an applicant, the applicant shall
also provide an official transcript from each school from which more
than 15 semester hours were earned towards the degree.
(1) The applicant shall ensure that the required transcript(s)
are forwarded from the officially recognized and approved institutional
authority of records (e.g., registrar or other authority) of the institution
from which the applicant graduated directly to a commercial degree
evaluation service approved by the board. The applicant is responsible
for ordering and paying for all such transcripts and evaluations.
Additional academic information, including but not limited to grades
and transfer credit, shall be submitted to the board at the request
of the executive director.
(2) The degree evaluation must:
(A) validate the authenticity of the transcript, diploma,
and any other supporting documentation;
(B) include a detailed, course-by-course evaluation
of courses, including semester hours and grades;
(C) a comparison of the applicant's degree program
to criteria of ABET applicable to the applicant's year of graduation;
and a determination whether the curriculum of the degree program being
evaluated meets the applicable criteria;
(D) establish that the applicant has received a conferred
degree which is equivalent to a degree from a United States educational
(E) be sent by the commercial evaluation service directly
to the board, accompanied by the applicant's official transcript or
a copy of the transcript verified by the commercial evaluation service.
(b) Upon written request by an applicant provided at
the time of application, a commercial degree evaluation of a program
other than one accredited or approved by the EAC/ABET or the ETAC/ABET
may be waived by the executive director if:
(1) sufficient resources are available for the board
to evaluate it; or
(2) the degree program contains curricula that are
deemed by the executive director to not be an integral part of the
applicant's engineering education.
(c) Upon receipt or waiver of a commercial degree evaluation,
the executive director shall evaluate, under the standards of §133.31(a)(1)(C)
or (a)(2)(B) of this chapter (relating to Educational Requirements
for Applicants), the curricula of a degree program that has not been
accredited or approved by any of the organizations identified in §133.31(a)(1)(A)
or (a)(2)(A) of this chapter.
(d) If a transcript cannot be transmitted directly
to the evaluation service from the issuing institution, the executive
director may, at his or her discretion, approve an alternative method
of evaluating the applicant's educational qualifications, upon written
request from the applicant explaining why the transcript cannot be
directly transmitted from the issuing institution. An alternative
method approved by the executive director may include validation of
transcript(s) in the applicant's possession through a commercial evaluation
service approved by the board. In the event the executive director
approves an alternative method such as validation of a transcript
in the applicant's possession by an evaluation service, the evaluation
service shall forward to the board the evaluation and all documentation
provided by the applicant.
(e) The board will not accept a commercial evaluation
of a degree in lieu of an official transcript or a validated transcript
that was in the applicant's possession. An official transcript or
validated transcript must be submitted to complete the application.
(f) An applicant seeking an educational credential
evaluation under this section but wishing to qualify for licensure
only under §133.31(a)(2)(B) of this section is exempt from the
evaluation requirement in subsection (a)(2)(C) of this section.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §133.33 adopted to be effective May 20, 2004, 29 TexReg 4873; amended to be effective January 1, 2006, 30 TexReg 8685; amended to be effective July 16, 2009, 34 TexReg 4638; amended to be effective September 9, 2012, 37 TexReg 6913