Since 1919, the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying (OSBEELS) has regulated the practice of engineering. In 1945, regulation of the land surveying profession was added. In 1987, OSBEELS absorbed administrative oversight for Certified Water Right Examiners, and in 2005, legislation was passed to include authority to regulate the practice of photogrammetric mapping.
The 11-member board, along with 16 staff, ensures that registered professional engineers, land surveyors, photogrammetrists and certified water right examiners are qualified in fields in which technical and professional knowledge and skills are required. This is accomplished by setting standards of qualification for licensure; ensuring only individuals fully qualified by education, experience and examination are granted the privilege by license to practice engineering, land surveying, photogrammetric mapping and water right examination in Oregon; requiring that all licensed practitioners maintain competency; reviewing relevant laws and rules and revising them expeditiously; vigorously and impartially pursuing enforcement of regulatory laws and rules by carefully investigating any complaints or information relating to violations; and effectively disseminating information regarding board goals and activities to licensees and the public.
OSBEELS transitioned to semi-independent status in 1999. It currently regulates more than 29,000 licensed professionals.
Mailing Address: 670 Hawthorne Ave. SE, Suite 220, Salem 97301
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Statutory Authority: ORS 672
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State Archives Holdings from This Agency
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Title: Board Meeting Minutes
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