The ACM Position on Licensing Software Engineers

David Emery

Abstract

The topic of licensing software engineers continues to create controversy. The State of Texas recently approved plans to license professional software engineers. The IEEE and ACM formed a joint committee to study the issue. Recently, ACM Council has adopted positions on the licensing of software engineers (and also on the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge project.) See http://www.acm.org/serving/se_policy. This is a topic of great importance to working software engineers. The topic of this workshop is to learn more about the procedures and policies for licensing professional engineers, and to discuss the ACM position in this regard. In short, the workshop will answer the question: Is the ACM Membership (or at least the SIGAda membership) well served by the ACM's current position on software licensing?