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09.23.01 - Board for Professional Engineers - Pending Regulations


FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2014


09.23.01 Procedural Regulations

Authority: Business Occupations and Professions Article, §§14-205 and 14-208; State Government Article, §10-204; Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Proposed Action

The State Board for Professional Engineers proposes to amend Regulation .04 under COMAR 09.23.01 Procedural Regulations. This action was considered by the Board at a public meeting held on January 9, 2014, notice of which was given by publication in The Daily Record on December 27, 2013, in accordance with State Government Article, §10-506(c), Annotated Code of Maryland.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this action is to align the policies set out in the regulations with changes implemented by the national organization, NCEES, as a result of computerization of the fundamentals of engineering exam. The need for a deadline for submission of applications no longer exists. The Board has also amended its procedures for submission of applications based on changes resulting from computer-based testing.

Comparison to Federal Standards

There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.

Estimate of Economic Impact

The proposed action has no economic impact.

Economic Impact on Small Businesses

The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses.

Impact on Individuals with Disabilities

The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.

Opportunity for Public Comment

Comments may be sent to Pamela J. Edwards, Executive Director, Board for Professional Engineers, 500 N. Calvert Street, Room 308, Baltimore, MD 21202, or call 410-230-6262, or email to pam.edwards@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-333-0021. Comments will be accepted through July 1, 2014. A public hearing has not been scheduled.

Open Meeting

Final action on the proposal will be considered by the Board for Professional Engineers during a public meeting to be held on August 14, 2014, at 500 N. Calvert Street, Third Floor Conference Room, Baltimore, MD 21202.

.04 Examinations.
  A. All examinations, except by specific action of the Board to the contrary, shall be those developed by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).
  [B.][F.] (proposed for repeal)
  B. An applicant shall apply directly to NCEES to take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination (the FE examination) only if the applicant has graduated from a college or university on completion of the Board-approved curriculum in engineering.
  C. An applicant who does not satisfy the criteria set forth in §B of this regulation and who wishes to take the FE examination shall apply to the Board for the Board’s review of the application. The Board shall have up to 90 calendar days to review and act on a FE examination application.
  D. Applications to retake FE examinations shall be governed by the policies and procedures of NCEES, as they may be amended or updated from time to time.
  E. An applicant to take any of the Principles and Practice of Engineering examinations (the PE examination) must file a complete application with the Board no later than 120 calendar days before the next applicable PE examination date. Applications which are not complete in all respects, as detailed in the most current application form, will not be reviewed by the Board.
  F. Applications to retake any PE examination shall be submitted for the Board’s review at least 60 days before an examination date.
  G. An applicant who fails any PE examination three times may take the examination again only if the applicant complies with the requirements set forth in Business Occupations and Professions Article, §14-309, Annotated Code of Maryland, and submits to the Board documentation that is acceptable to the Board indicating the applicant’s updated work experience..

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