Continuing Professional Competency Requirements for Professional Engineers October 23, 2013 H. C. ‘Skip’ Harclerode, P.E., F.AICHE, F.NSPE Chairman Maryland Board for Professional Engineers
Maryland State Board for Professional Engineers • The Board for Professional Engineers qualifies and licenses persons seeking licensure to practice as a professional engineer • The Board regulates the practice of engineering under the provisions of Business Occupations and Professions Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, Title 14 and the Code of Maryland Regulations, Title 9, Subtitle 23 • The Board investigates complaints against licensees, as well as complaints related to unlicensed practice • The Board may issue a reprimand, suspend or revoke a license and /or impose a fine
Maryland Board for Professional Engineers • H.C. Harclerode II, P.E., Chair, Chemical Engineer • Steven A. Arndt, Ph.D., P.E., Vice Chair, Mechanical Engineer • David G. Mongan, P.E., Civil Engineer • Sallye E. Perrin, P.E., Civil Engineer • Pastor Farinas, P.E., Electrical Engineer • Karl J. Rickert, P.E., Structural Engineer • Rosalind L. Yee, Consumer Member • Sandra J. Murphy, Consumer Member
HB 80 • Supported by a number of organizations including MSPE • Sign by Governor April 13, 2010 • “The Board shall adopt regulations to require a demonstration of continuing professional competency...” • “The Board shall issue a retired status license…”
Demonstration of CPC • § 14-314 (f) Regulations - Continuing professional responsibility.- The Board shall adopt regulations to require a demonstration of continuing professional competency for a licensee as a condition of renewal of a license • (1) continuing professional competency requirements do not apply to the first renewal of a license; • (2) if a license expires on or before September 30, 2012, a licensee is not required to fulfill the continuing professional competency requirements; • (3) if a license expires between October 1, 2012, and September 30, 2013, a licensee is required to fulfill 50% of the continuing professional competency requirements…; and • (4) if a license expires on or after October 1, 2013, a licensee is required to fulfill the full continuing professional competency requirement...
Retired Status • § 14-316 (a) Retired status license.- The Board may issue a retired status license to an individual who: • (1) is currently licensed in Maryland as a professional engineer; • (2) has been licensed as a professional engineer for at least 25 years, of which at least 5 years were in Maryland; • (3) is not the subject of a pending disciplinary action related to the practice of engineering in this or any other state; • (4) submits to the Board an application on the form approved by the Board; and • (5) pays to the Board a fee as set by the Board.
Retired Status (Cont.) • ( b) Effect of retired status license.- • (1) The holder of a retired status license issued under this section may not engage in the practice of professional engineering. • (2) The holder of a retired status license shall be permitted to use the designation of "Professional Engineer, Retired". • (c) Reactivation.- The Board may reactivate the license of the holder of a retired status license if that individual: • (1) submits to the Board an application for reactivation on the form approved by the Board; • (2) meets all applicable continuing competency requirements determined by the Board; • (3) is not the subject of a pending disciplinary action related to the practice of engineering in this or any other state; and • (4) pays to the Board a reactivation fee as set by the Board.
Development of the Regulations • Board established a committee, Chaired by David Mongan, to draft Regulations • Committee met several time in the fall of 2010 to develop draft Regulations • Publish draft Regulation in MD Register – March 2011 • Public Hearing – Spring 2011 • Final Regulations – Summer 2011
CPC Committee • David Mongan – CE (Board Member and Chair of Committee) • Steven Arndt – ME (Board Member) • Joe Spears – EE • John Kumm – Chem E • Manoj Jha – Representing Educators • Ed Hubner – Representing MSPE
Draft CPC Regulations • 24 PDH Units – over two year period • 18 PDH Units in Category A (including 1 PDH in ethics) • 6 PDH Units in Category B • Carry Over Max 12
Category A • 18 PDH Units in Category A (including 1 PDH in ethics) • Technical, Research, Design • Laws and Regulations Applicable to MD • Standards of Practice/Care • Ethics • Project Management • Risk Assessment/Management
Category B • 6 PDH Units in Category B • Business or Government Administration • Communication Skills, Personal • Management or Other Programs To Improve Methods of Practice or Operation
Acceptable Programs • Maintain and enhance competency • Foster improvement, advancement skills • Provided by acceptable providers • Presented by qualified individuals • Stated purpose, defined content and clearly stated time duration
Qualified Programs • University, College, etc Courses • Professional Workshops • Seminars • Technical Presentations • Self-Directed • Determination of Credit • ½ Hour of Contact = ½ PDH • 1 CEU = 10 PDH’s
Presentation Methods • Live (classroom) • Televised • Videotaped • Audiotaped • Self study including on the web
Other Source of PDHs • Publish Paper/Book • Active Participation in Technical Society (Officer/Committee) • Obtain Patent • Teaching • Supporting development of NCEES examinations • Others
Not Acceptable Methods • Regular Employment • Marketing/Business Development • Time Management • CAD • Basic Computer Software
Authorized Providers • Pre-authorized – Technical Societies, Colleges, NCEES, ACEC, ETC • Board approved after application • Licensee determined
Maintaining of Records • Licensee is responsible for maintaining records • Certificates of Participation • Transcripts • Description of Activity • Dates attended and presenters name • Etc. • CPC Reporting Form • CPC Assessment Form
Other issues • Reinstatement of License • Fulfill past due CPC requirements up to 48 PDH’s • Reactivating license after retiring it • Up to 48 PDH’s For Reinstatement • Dual Licenses • Special previsions for Engineers with Professional Land or Property Line Surveyor license