ASHRAE is among the groups supporting a move to make it easier to become a licensed professional engineer.

Eight years ago, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying added a requirement for 30 additional credit hours to obtain an engineering license.

The requirement, which was to take effect in 2020, is roughly comparable to the education needed to earn a master’s degree.

At its August annual meeting, the council repealed that requirement, deciding to instead support additional education of an unspecified duration. It will continue to require an engineering bachelor’s degree from an accredited school.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers, which opposed the mandatory master’s requirement, applauded the change.

“ASHRAE supports this move by the NCEES,” said ASHRAE President Tom Phoenix, P.E. “We saw this as a hurdle to becoming an engineer when engineers are already in short supply. We felt that committing an additional year to obtain 30 credit hours would be a very significant deterrent for many engineers who might otherwise pursue an engineering degree. The current system of examinations and supervision in practice are workable, effective and adaptable resulting in highly competent professional engineers.”

The society continues to support continuing education for engineers, he added.

“ASHRAE will continue to develop educational programs that ensure its members remain at the forefront of engineering practice and technologies,” Phoenix said.