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09.23.06 - Board for Professional Engineers - Pending Regulations

 

PROPOSED ACTION ON REGULATIONS
MARYLAND REGISTER, VOLUME 40, ISSUE 10,
FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014

Subtitle 23 BOARD FOR PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS

09.23.06 Continuing Professional Competency Requirements

Authority: Business Occupations and Professions Article, §14-314, Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Proposed Action
[14-130-P]

The State Board for Professional Engineers proposes to amend Regulation .11 under COMAR 09.23.06 Continuing Professional Competency Requirements. This action was considered by the Board for Professional Engineers at a public meeting held on January 9, 2014, notice of which was given by publication in The Daily Record on December 30, 2013.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this action is to amend the current regulation which has proven difficult to apply and administer. The amendments will clarify the procedures and circumstances under which a licensee may request a one-time exception from compliance with continuing professional competency requirements due to extenuating circumstances.

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 June 16, 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 July 10, 2014, at 500 N. Calvert Street, Third Floor Conference Room, Baltimore, MD 21202.

.11 [Extenuating Circumstances/Exceptions.] Exceptions from Compliance with CPC Requirements.
  A. Notwithstanding other requirements set forth in this chapter, a licensee who is granted an initial license may renew a license for the next full term without complying with the CPC requirements if:
    (1) The licensee has been granted an initial license and is renewing a license for the next full term; and
    (2) The licensee qualifies under the criteria set forth in Title 2.5, Business Regulation Article, Annotated Code of Maryland.

  [B. A licensee who, due to physical disability, illness, military duty, or other extenuating circumstances, is unable to comply with the CPC requirements prior to the license expiration date shall to the extent feasible so notify the Board prior to the license expiration date. If at a later date a licensee whose license lapsed due to noncompliance with the CPC requirements wishes to reinstate the license, the licensee shall fulfill all past due CPC requirements for the previous CPC reporting periods, subject to the maximum amount of required credits as set forth in Regulation .13 of this chapter. The Board may consider waiving, if the extenuating circumstances so warrant, all or part of applicable reinstatement fees and a portion of the required number of PDH units.]
  B. Compliance Exception Request.
    (1) If a licensee is unable to comply with all or part of CPC requirements due to physical disability, illness, or other extenuating circumstances, the licensee may request the Board grant a one-time exception from compliance (Compliance Exception Request), provided that the Compliance Exception Request is filed with the Board at least 60 days prior to the licensee’s license expiration date.
    (2) If a Compliance Exception Request is based on physical disability or illness, the licensee must provide the Board with written documentation acceptable to the Board supporting the basis for the request.
    (3) A Compliance Exception Request must be accompanied by a detailed proposal acceptable to the Board indicating the licensee’s intended plan of compliance with CPC requirements within no later than 6 months after the license expiration date. Failure to provide the acceptable plan of compliance within the time period specified in this regulation may result in the Board’s administrative dismissal of the Compliance Exception Request.

HOWARD C. HARCLERODE
Chair
Board for Professional Engineers