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OSBEELS 100-Year Anniversary

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100-Year Anniversary Celebration

The OSBEELS is excited to announce a special 100-year anniversary event will be held on July 11 at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). The afternoon event will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and will feature a special program, historical Board mementos, and more! Attendees will be eligible to earn 2 PDHs for attending the event.

The event program will feature remarks from the OSBEELS Board President and the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, as well as a presentation of the Board's first biennial agency report to the office of the Secretary of the State. Download the registration form above and join the OSBEELS in celebrating 100 years of professional excellence!

History of the OSBEELS
Engineering licensure in the United States began in 1907 when Wyoming sought to solve the problem of untrained individuals working as engineers and land surveyors. Oregon soon followed suit and established the Engineering Examiners Board in 1919. The Board’s first meeting was held at the Oregon Building in Portland on July 11, 1919 at 10:30 a.m. At this time, the Board is excited to kickoff it’s 100-year anniversary of the first Board meeting. Since its inception, the Board has always strived to protect the public’s safety and well-being, and improve the professional standards within Oregon. 

During the Oregon Board’s first biennium, 1,189 certificates were granted to engineers. Today, the Board has over 15,000 registrants in the practices of engineering, land surveying, photogrammetric mapping, and water right examination. In the 11th Biennium, the Board began regulating the practice of land surveying. Enacted in 1943 by the Legislature, the Professional Land Surveyors’ Law established licensure for surveyors and regulation of the profession. Following the law’s enactment, the Board received 195 applications from those practicing land surveying who sought licensure under a grandfather clause; 181 were approved and received registration.

The Board and the industries it regulates enjoy a rich history in the state of Oregon. The state features some iconic achievements in the fields of engineering, surveying, and photogrammetry and this coming year the Board is excited to look back on the previous century and acknowledge the many milestones, changes, and improvements that have taken place in our state. From growing metropolises to connecting the state through developed infrastructure, engineering and surveying have reshaped and changed how we live. 


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