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Florida Deregathon Summary Report

Monday, February 4, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Summary Report Florida Deregathon - January 31, 2019

 FES and ACEC-FL Executive Director Allen Douglas attended Governor DeSantis' Deregathon on Thursday, January 31 along with members from the Florida Board of Professional Engineers (FBPE) and 22 other state professional regulatory boards. The event was held in the gymnasium at Valencia Community College in Orlando. 

The format of the Deregathon was for each board to meet for 2.5 hours to brainstorm ideas to make their regulatory structure more efficient and less costly. After lunch, each board put together PowerPoint slides and then presented their ideas to the audience.There was no indication as to which professions may be targeted for additional deregulation during the upcoming legislative session. 

Link to Part 1 of the Deregathon:

Link to Part 2 of the Deregathon: 

FBPE put forth the following ideas, three of which already appear in Senate Bill 616, a bill being pushed by FES and ACEC-FL to make changes to Chapter 471 in the Florida Statutes. We expect the House Bill to be filed soon. Those three ideas are:

  1. Allow recent graduates to sit for the PE Exam prior to gaining four years of experience. The experience requirement remains in statute, and will have to be met before the board will issue the PE License.
  2. Allow graduates with an Engineering Technology degree to gain a PE License, although the experience requirement would be increased. Currently, that is set at six years in SB 616.
  3. Clarify when a special inspector is or is not required on certain projects especially remodels.

Other ideas presented by the Board include:

  1. Eliminate the Certificate of Authority in favor of a no-fee registration.
  2. Create a reinstatement process for null and void licenses instead of issuing a brand new license.
  3. Reduce the years of licensure/experience required for an applicant seeking licensure by endorsement from the current 15/20 to be exempted from the fundamentals exam, and 25/30 to be exempted from both the fundamentals and the principles and practices exams.
  4. Accept PDH's from other states, and review the process for PDH provider approvals. 

These ideas will be vetted by FBPE and FES/ACEC-FL before they would be implemented. 

Questions? Contact Allen Douglas