Steering Committee Governing Rules

SELC Membership

The Structural Engineering Licensure Coalition (SELC) is a partnership of the four national Structural Engineering professional organizations: Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA), Structural Engineers Certification Board (SECB), and Council of American Structural Engineers (CASE) a coalition of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). SELC is the united voice of these organizations dedicated to establishing and promoting a common position on structural engineering licensure and working towards implementation in all jurisdictions.

The Steering Committee (Committee) of the SELC shall consist of a total of eight representatives of the four participating organizations: SEI, NCSEA, SECB, and CASE. Each organization shall provide two representatives with the power to speak on its behalf. The representatives shall meet the criteria provided herein. SEI, NCSEA, and SECB representatives will be voting members of the Committee and the CASE representatives shall be non-voting participants.

One representative shall be a member of the organization’s Governing Board or otherwise have the power to speak for the governing body of the organization. This member shall serve a term of not less than two years on the Committee and the term shall expire as of October 1 of an even numbered calendar year.

The second representative shall be a member of the organization with knowledge of that organization’s relevant activities, shall be appointed by the organization’s Governing Board, and be able to speak for the organization. The term for this second representative shall be at the discretion of the represented organization, but shall not be less than two years, and shall expire as of October 1 of an odd numbered calendar year.

In addition to the two designated representatives, each organization may provide an alternate representative if they so desire, who meets at least one of the criteria above to act on behalf of either representative in his or her absence. The alternate shall be involved in all activities of Committee to remain informed. 

All representatives and alternates shall be licensed to practice structural engineering (P.E. or S.E.) in at least one United States jurisdiction.  SELC shall be informed of any change in an organization’s representatives or alternate at least two months in advance of the change.

SELC Leadership

Leadership positions for the Committee shall be rotated among the voting representatives of the participating organizations: SEI, NCSEA, and SECB. Each organization, in its turn, shall allow one of their representatives to fill and assume the responsibilities of the assigned leadership position; with the second representative serving as an alternate for that position should the assigned representative be unable to serve. 

Leadership positions for the Committee shall include Chair, Vice Chair, and Financial Officer. Each position shall be for a term of two years beginning October 1. A representative shall be chosen by each organization to fill their respective position as appropriate. The chosen representative shall be in a position to serve the two-year term. The representative to assume each position shall be assigned no later than August 1 of the appropriate year. The incoming officer shall work with his/her predecessor prior to the fall meeting in the transition of information for the position to allow for a smooth transition and continuation of Committee activities. The Chair position shall be filled by a representative who has a minimum of one-year experience on the Committee.

The Chair shall be responsible for the following:

  • Keeping the Committee on task and ensuring activities are in line with the goals and missions of the SELC;
  • Being the lead spokesperson for the Committee in all communication outside of the structural engineering community;
  • Planning and making arrangements, with the help of the Administrative Assistant, for face-to-face meetings and conference calls;
  • Developing the agenda for each meeting and conference call;
  • Leading each meeting and conference call;
  • Following up on assigned action items and tasks; and
  • Other duties as may be necessary to represent the SELC.

The Vice Chair shall be responsible for the following:

  • Leading meetings and conference calls in the absence of the Chair (or the Chair’s partner representative);
  • Monitoring the progress of assigned tasks and securing assistance as needed;
  • Identifying an administrative assistant to work with the Committee in the facilitation of the meetings, conference calls, and other tasks as may be needed;
  • Developing and maintaining the website’s content (along with the administrative assistant for operations, execution, and maintenance); and 
  • Other duties as may be necessary to represent the SELC.

The Financial Officer shall be responsible for the following:

  • Overseeing and monitoring of the funding for the Committee;
  • Developing a budget for the shared committee activities;
  • Assisting the Committee in determining the allocation of funding;
  • Communicating with the represented organizations on the financial activities of the Committee; and
  • Other duties as may be necessary to represent the SELC.

Administrative assistant shall be responsible for the following:

  • Executing the logistics of meetings and conference calls (meeting rooms, dial-in numbers, etc.);
  • Participating in meetings, conference calls and other SELC activities; 
  • Drafting and distributing internal communication, including agendas, meeting minutes, and other internal correspondence, to the Committee and the four representative organizations;
  • Assisting in the set up and management of website; and
  • Other administrative tasks as needed.

Administrative assistant shall be appointed by the Vice Chair; Administrative assistant is a voluntary, unpaid position.

The leadership positions shall rotate among the represented voting organizations (SEI, NCSEA, and SECB). The SEI representative shall assume the first Chair role beginning with the development of the SELC position statement in October 2012 with an NCSEA representative assuming the Vice Chair role and the SECB representative taking the Financial Officer position. The voting organizational representatives shall assume the leadership positions (Chair, Vice Chair, and Financial Officer) on a rotating basis, cycling through the positions every six years.  As of October 1, 2014, NCSEA will assume the Chair position, SECB the Vice Chair position, and SEI the Financial Officer position. As of October 1, 2016, SECB will assume the Chair position, SEI the Vice Chair position, and NCSEA the Financial Officer position, and the cycle will continue.
As liaisons of the primary structural engineering organizations, the representatives to the SELC Committee are encouraged to utilize the support and assistance of their respective organization’s staff and committees, as applicable, in the completion of their duties and responsibilities.

Meetings of the SELC

The Committee shall conduct a minimum of two face-to-face meetings per year with at least one representative from each organization in attendance at each meeting. These meetings shall be in conjunction with the annual SEI Structures Congress in the spring and the NCSEA Annual Conference in the fall. Arrangements for the meetings shall utilize the economies of the larger conference whenever possible.
The Committee shall meet by conference call between the face-to-face meetings a minimum of four times each year to ensure the continued activity of the SELC. Other meetings and calls of the Committee shall be as needed to conduct business and further the goals and missions of the SELC.

Financial Support of SELC

The financial support for the representatives to attend the meetings and activities of the SELC Steering Committee, along with their assumed duties and tasks, shall be the responsibility of each represented organization. 
To fund the shared activities of the Committee, each represented voting organization shall submit annual dues that are agreed upon based on the anticipated activities for the upcoming year. At the fall meeting, the Financial Officer shall present a budget and work with the Committee to determine the dues for the upcoming year. The dues shall be approved by each represented organization based on the developed budget prior to the end of the calendar year with funding due in the first quarter of the upcoming calendar year. 
The dues for each voting organization for 2014 shall be $4,000 and dues for subsequent years shall not be increased without the approval of the supporting organizations.


Member organizations participate in the SELC at will. Upon a majority vote of the supporting organizations, the SELC may be dissolved. Any funds shall be divided equally among the voting organizations. No part of the net earnings, or properties of this organization, on dissolution or otherwise, shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its members, directors, officers or other private person or individual, except that the organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in this document.

Governing Rules developed August 2013; Dissolution added March 2014