ASCE is a founding member of the Alliance for Responsible Professional Licensing, a new coalition of national associations representing highly complex, technical professions and their national licensing boards.
ARPL has been created to give advanced professions a unified voice in the growing debate around the appropriate level of licensure for professions and occupations.
“Attacks on professional licensing have risen in frequency and scope over the last several years. Opponents have gone before state legislatures, openly questioning whether any professional licensing is necessary, portraying it as a barrier to access to certain professions and a violation of consumer rights,” said Brad Aldrich, P.E., F.ASCE, business owner and longtime champion of ASCE’s licensure efforts.
“The Alliance for Responsible Professional Licensing is working to address this issue and to promote the essential role of professional licensing to protect the public.”
ASCE is joined in ARPL by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Institute of Architects, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards, the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
ARPL’s primary goal is to educate policy makers and the public on the importance of clear, responsible licensing standards.
It’s a mission that Aldrich has long valued as founding partner and senior associate at Aldrich + Elliott, a water resources engineering firm in Essex Junction, Vermont, that relies on responsible and reliable credentialing to make smart hires.
“It is hard to imagine engineering licensure going away, as our profession is one of those most directly linked to the protection of the public, but we need to remain diligent to ensure that this does not happen,” said Aldrich, former president of NSPE and member of the Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers in Vermont.
“To meet this objective, we need to work with the other licensed professions to establish meaningful boundaries to practice, to avoid ‘over-reach’ that creates opportunities for opponents to challenge our jurisdiction.”
For more information about ARCL, visit its newly launched website, ResponsibleLicensing.org.