Florida Senate - 2014                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 692
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  03/10/2014           .                                

    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    4         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    5  and insert:
    6         Section 1. Section 471.007, Florida Statutes, is amended to
    7  read:
    8         471.007 Board of Professional Engineers.—
    9         (1) There is created in the department the Board of
   10  Professional Engineers. The board shall consist of 11 members,
   11  nine of whom shall be licensed engineers and two of whom shall
   12  be laypersons who are not and have never been engineers or
   13  members of any closely related profession or occupation. The
   14  members of the board who are licensed engineers must be
   15  appointed based on their qualifications to provide expertise and
   16  experience to the board at all times in civil engineering,
   17  structural engineering, electrical or electronic engineering,
   18  mechanical engineering, or engineering education Of the members
   19  who are licensed engineers, three shall be civil engineers, one
   20  shall be a structural engineer, one shall be either an
   21  electrical or electronic engineer, one shall be a mechanical
   22  engineer, one shall be an industrial engineer, one shall be an
   23  engineering educator, and one shall be from any discipline of
   24  engineering other than civil engineering.
   25         (2) Following the expiration of the initial staggered terms
   26  under subsection (3), members of the board Members shall be
   27  appointed by the Governor for terms of 4 years each.
   28  Professional and technical engineering societies may submit a
   29  list of qualified nominees to be considered by the Governor for
   30  appointment.
   31         (3) When the terms of members serving as of July 1, 2014,
   32  expire, the terms of their immediate successors shall be
   33  staggered so that three members are appointed for 2 years, four
   34  members are appointed for 3 years, and four members are
   35  appointed for 4 years, as determined by the Governor. Each
   36  member holds office until the expiration of his or her appointed
   37  term or until a successor has been appointed.
   38         Section 2. Paragraph (e) of subsection (1) of section
   39  471.013, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   40         471.013 Examinations; prerequisites.—
   41         (1)
   42         (e) Every applicant who is qualified to take the
   43  fundamentals examination or the principles and practice
   44  examination shall be allowed to take either examination three
   45  times, notwithstanding the number of times either examination
   46  has been previously failed. If an applicant fails either
   47  examination three times, the board shall require the applicant
   48  to complete additional college-level education courses or a
   49  board-approved relevant examination review course as a condition
   50  of future eligibility to take that examination. If the applicant
   51  is delayed in taking the examination due to reserve or active
   52  duty service in the United States Armed Forces or National
   53  Guard, the applicant is allowed an additional two attempts to
   54  take the examination before the board may require additional
   55  college-level education or review courses.
   56         Section 3. Paragraph (a) of subsection (5) of section
   57  471.015, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   58         471.015 Licensure.—
   59         (5)(a) The board shall deem that an applicant who seeks
   60  licensure by endorsement has passed an examination substantially
   61  equivalent to the fundamentals examination when such applicant
   62  has:
   63         1. Has held a valid professional engineer’s license in
   64  another state for 15 years and has had 20 years of continuous
   65  professional-level engineering experience;
   66         2. Has received a doctorate degree in engineering from an
   67  institution that has an undergraduate engineering degree program
   68  which is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering
   69  Technology; or
   70         3. Has received a doctorate degree in engineering and has
   71  taught engineering full time for at least 3 years, at the
   72  baccalaureate level or higher, after receiving that degree.
   73         Section 4. Effective March 1, 2015, subsection (3) of
   74  section 471.017, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   75         471.017 Renewal of license.—
   76         (3)(a) The board shall require a demonstration of
   77  continuing professional competency of engineers as a condition
   78  of license renewal or relicensure. Every licensee must complete
   79  9 continuing education 4 professional development hours, for
   80  each year of the license renewal period, totaling 18 continuing
   81  education hours for the license renewal period. For each renewal
   82  period for such continuing education:, 4
   83         1. One hour must hours shall relate to this chapter and the
   84  rules adopted under this chapter;
   85         2. One hour must relate to professional ethics; and the
   86  remaining 4
   87         3. Four hours must shall relate to the licensee’s area of
   88  practice; and
   89         4. The remaining hours may relate to any topic pertinent to
   90  the practice of engineering.
   92  Continuing education hours may be earned by presenting or
   93  attending seminars, in-house or nonclassroom courses, workshops,
   94  or professional or technical presentations made at meetings,
   95  webinars, conventions, or conferences, including those presented
   96  by vendors with specific knowledge related to the licensee’s
   97  area of practice. Up to 4 hours may be earned by serving as an
   98  officer or actively participating on a committee of a board
   99  recognized professional or technical engineering society. The 4
  100  hours of continuing education hours relating to this chapter,
  101  the rules adopted pursuant to this chapter, and ethics may be
  102  earned by serving as a member of the Legislature or as an
  103  elected state or local official. The hours required pursuant to
  104  s. 471.0195 may apply to any requirements of this section except
  105  for those required under subparagraph 1.
  106         (b) The board shall adopt rules that are substantially
  107  consistent with the most recent published version of the
  108  Continuing Professional Competency Guidelines of the National
  109  Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying for
  110  multijurisdictional licensees for the purpose of avoiding
  111  proprietary continuing professional competency requirements and
  112  shall allow nonclassroom hours to be credited. The board may, by
  113  rule, exempt from continuing professional competency
  114  requirements retired professional engineers who no longer sign
  115  and seal engineering documents and licensees in unique
  116  circumstances that severely limit opportunities to obtain the
  117  required continuing education professional development hours.
  118         Section 5. Except as otherwise provided in this act, this
  119  act shall take effect July 1, 2014.
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  122  And the title is amended as follows:
  123         Delete everything before the enacting clause
  124  and insert:
  125                        A bill to be entitled                      
  126         An act relating to engineers; amending s. 471.007,
  127         F.S.; revising requirements for membership on the
  128         Board of Professional Engineers; authorizing the
  129         professional and technical engineering societies to
  130         provide a list of qualified nominees for consideration
  131         as board member appointments; providing for staggered
  132         terms; amending s. 471.013, F.S.; revising
  133         requirements for an engineer license applicant who
  134         fails the fundamentals examination; authorizing such
  135         applicant who is delayed in taking the examination by
  136         military service to have additional attempts to take
  137         the examination; amending s. 471.015, F.S.; revising
  138         requirements for obtaining a licensure by endorsement;
  139         amending s. 471.017, F.S.; revising requirements for
  140         professional development hours and license renewal for
  141         engineers; providing effective dates.