BY PHILLIP A. LAPLANTE, CSDP, P.E., Ph.D.
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This volume is a collection of articles pertaining to the controversial and interesting topic of licensing software engineers in the United States—a topic that has been hotly debated for more than 20 years. However, the debate ended in 2013, when 30 states began offering a path to licensure for software engineers. Today more than 40 states and U.S. jurisdictions support the licensing of software engineers. This collection of articles tells the story of how we got to this point, reviews some of the many controversies, makes the case for licensure, and tells you how to get there—should you choose to do so.