Florida Senate - 2014                              CS for SB 692
       By the Committee on Regulated Industries; and Senator Stargel
       580-02209-14                                           2014692c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to engineers; amending s. 471.007,
    3         F.S.; revising requirements for membership on the
    4         Board of Professional Engineers; authorizing the
    5         professional and technical engineering societies to
    6         provide a list of qualified nominees for consideration
    7         as board member appointments; providing for staggered
    8         terms; amending s. 471.013, F.S.; revising
    9         requirements for an engineer license applicant who
   10         fails the fundamentals examination; authorizing such
   11         applicant who is delayed in taking the examination by
   12         military service to have additional attempts to take
   13         the examination; amending s. 471.015, F.S.; revising
   14         requirements for obtaining a licensure by endorsement;
   15         amending s. 471.017, F.S.; revising requirements for
   16         professional development hours and license renewal for
   17         engineers; providing effective dates.
   19  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   21         Section 1. Section 471.007, Florida Statutes, is amended to
   22  read:
   23         471.007 Board of Professional Engineers.—
   24         (1) There is created in the department the Board of
   25  Professional Engineers. The board shall consist of 11 members,
   26  nine of whom shall be licensed engineers and two of whom shall
   27  be laypersons who are not and have never been engineers or
   28  members of any closely related profession or occupation. The
   29  members of the board who are licensed engineers must be
   30  appointed based on their qualifications to provide expertise and
   31  experience to the board at all times in civil engineering,
   32  structural engineering, electrical or electronic engineering,
   33  mechanical engineering, or engineering education Of the members
   34  who are licensed engineers, three shall be civil engineers, one
   35  shall be a structural engineer, one shall be either an
   36  electrical or electronic engineer, one shall be a mechanical
   37  engineer, one shall be an industrial engineer, one shall be an
   38  engineering educator, and one shall be from any discipline of
   39  engineering other than civil engineering.
   40         (2) Following the expiration of the initial staggered terms
   41  under subsection (3), members of the board Members shall be
   42  appointed by the Governor for terms of 4 years each.
   43  Professional and technical engineering societies may submit a
   44  list of qualified nominees to be considered by the Governor for
   45  appointment.
   46         (3) When the terms of members serving as of July 1, 2014,
   47  expire, the terms of their immediate successors shall be
   48  staggered so that three members are appointed for 2 years, four
   49  members are appointed for 3 years, and four members are
   50  appointed for 4 years, as determined by the Governor. Each
   51  member holds office until the expiration of his or her appointed
   52  term or until a successor has been appointed.
   53         Section 2. Paragraph (e) of subsection (1) of section
   54  471.013, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   55         471.013 Examinations; prerequisites.—
   56         (1)
   57         (e) Every applicant who is qualified to take the
   58  fundamentals examination or the principles and practice
   59  examination shall be allowed to take either examination three
   60  times, notwithstanding the number of times either examination
   61  has been previously failed. If an applicant fails either
   62  examination three times, the board shall require the applicant
   63  to complete additional college-level education courses or a
   64  board-approved relevant examination review course as a condition
   65  of future eligibility to take that examination. If the applicant
   66  is delayed in taking the examination due to reserve or active
   67  duty service in the United States Armed Forces or National
   68  Guard, the applicant is allowed an additional two attempts to
   69  take the examination before the board may require additional
   70  college-level education or review courses.
   71         Section 3. Paragraph (a) of subsection (5) of section
   72  471.015, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   73         471.015 Licensure.—
   74         (5)(a) The board shall deem that an applicant who seeks
   75  licensure by endorsement has passed an examination substantially
   76  equivalent to the fundamentals examination when such applicant
   77  has:
   78         1. Has held a valid professional engineer’s license in
   79  another state for 15 years and has had 20 years of continuous
   80  professional-level engineering experience;
   81         2. Has received a doctorate degree in engineering from an
   82  institution that has an undergraduate engineering degree program
   83  which is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering
   84  Technology; or
   85         3. Has received a doctorate degree in engineering and has
   86  taught engineering full time for at least 3 years, at the
   87  baccalaureate level or higher, after receiving that degree.
   88         Section 4. Effective March 1, 2015, subsection (3) of
   89  section 471.017, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   90         471.017 Renewal of license.—
   91         (3)(a) The board shall require a demonstration of
   92  continuing professional competency of engineers as a condition
   93  of license renewal or relicensure. Every licensee must complete
   94  9 continuing education 4 professional development hours, for
   95  each year of the license renewal period, totaling 18 continuing
   96  education hours for the license renewal period. For each renewal
   97  period for such continuing education:, 4
   98         1. One hour must hours shall relate to this chapter and the
   99  rules adopted under this chapter;
  100         2. One hour must relate to professional ethics; and the
  101  remaining 4
  102         3. Four hours must shall relate to the licensee’s area of
  103  practice; and
  104         4. The remaining hours may relate to any topic pertinent to
  105  the practice of engineering.
  107  Continuing education hours may be earned by presenting or
  108  attending seminars, in-house or nonclassroom courses, workshops,
  109  or professional or technical presentations made at meetings,
  110  webinars, conventions, or conferences, including those presented
  111  by vendors with specific knowledge related to the licensee’s
  112  area of practice. Up to 4 hours may be earned by serving as an
  113  officer or actively participating on a committee of a board
  114  recognized professional or technical engineering society. The 4
  115  hours of continuing education hours relating to this chapter,
  116  the rules adopted pursuant to this chapter, and ethics may be
  117  earned by serving as a member of the Legislature or as an
  118  elected state or local official. The hours required pursuant to
  119  s. 471.0195 may apply to any requirements of this section except
  120  for those required under subparagraph 1.
  121         (b) The board shall adopt rules that are substantially
  122  consistent with the most recent published version of the
  123  Continuing Professional Competency Guidelines of the National
  124  Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying for
  125  multijurisdictional licensees for the purpose of avoiding
  126  proprietary continuing professional competency requirements and
  127  shall allow nonclassroom hours to be credited. The board may, by
  128  rule, exempt from continuing professional competency
  129  requirements retired professional engineers who no longer sign
  130  and seal engineering documents and licensees in unique
  131  circumstances that severely limit opportunities to obtain the
  132  required continuing education professional development hours.
  133         Section 5. Except as otherwise provided in this act, this
  134  act shall take effect July 1, 2014.