This bill, proposed by FES and ACEC-FL, will go into effect October 1, 2019. The next steps are for the Florida Board of Professional Engineers (FBPE) to create rules in Administrative Code 61G15.
The Bills provisions include:
Removes the requirement that engineers obtain a separate engineering business license (certificate of authorization) for their engineering firm
Allows a licensed engineer to qualify an engineering business and provides requirements for such
Requires a temporary registration instead of a temporary certificate of authorization for out-of-state engineering businesses
Requires successor engineers to assume full responsibility when assuming the work of another engineer and releases an original engineer from liability for prior work assumed by the successor engineer
Prohibits a local government from contracting for construction engineering inspections with the same entities that perform design services on the same project when a project is wholly or partially funded by FDOT under Ch. 337
Clarifies the types of projects that require a special inspection
Allows graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering to sit for the PE Exam prior to completion of the 4-year experience requirement (4 years of experience is still required before the license is approved), and allows graduates with a Bachelor degree in Engineering Technology to obtain a PE license with 6 years of experience
Requires applicants for licensure to submit proof of being 18 years of age or older
Allows the Board to toll the timeframe that an application must be granted or denied in certain circumstances instead of requiring automatic denial
Allows Boards that regulate professions under Ch. 455, F.S., to accept applications from applicants with a voided license without completely repeating the initial application process
Revises provisions related to alternate plans review by private providers under ch. 553
FES/ACEC-FL Staff - Chad Faison
says... Posted Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Cesar, you are 100% correct on your statement. For Engineers with a BS in Engineering Technology, they would be required to take the PE exam, and have 6 years of experience to become a licensed PE.
We're working on an article that will provide clarity on the changes from HB 827. Please stay tuned!
---FES/ACEC-FL Staff, Chad Faison