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Central Virginia AIA. Kate Nosbisch, Executive Director Virginia APELSCIDLA Board May 24, 2012. APELSCIDLA Board Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers & Landscape Architects . Learning Objectives

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central virginia aia

Central Virginia AIA

Kate Nosbisch, Executive Director

Virginia APELSCIDLA Board

May 24, 2012

APELSCIDLA BoardVirginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers & Landscape Architects
Learning Objectives
  • Brief overview of Board structure & function
  • Staying in compliance (overview of recent violations & sanctions)
  • Address of record requirements
  • Continuing Education Requirements
  • Importance of licensure
the apelscidla board


  • Thirteen-member Board
  • Examines, licenses, certifies and regulates
  • Approximately 36,000 Architects,
  • Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors,
  • Landscape Architects , Certified Interior
  • Designers and related businesses in
  • Virginia
board members 54 1 403 of the code of virginia
Board Members(§ 54.1- 403 of the Code of Virginia)


James R. Boyd

Clint Good

Michael F. LeMay

Professional Engineers

John L. Combs

Nico De Léon

Wiley V. “Bif” Johnson, III (Vice Chair)

Land Surveyors

Paul deC. Holt

Patrick D. Leary

Nancy E. McIntyre

Landscape Architects

A. Cabell Crowther

Andrew M. Scherzer (Chair)

Certified Interior Designers

Lorri Finn

Cameron C. Stiles

Board Members(§ 54.1- 403 of the Code of Virginia)

board staff
Board Staff

Kate Nosbisch, Executive Director

Marian Brooks, Board Administrator

Justin Garofalo, Board Administrator

Amy Goobic, Administrative Assistant


Tonia Burrell

Caly Emerson

Joan Leonard

Ramona Norris

Toni Spencer

board s web site
Board’s Web-Site

The Board’s web-site contains the following:

Statutes and regulations

Contact information

Board meeting dates, agendas, and meeting minutes

Pending regulatory actions

Applications and newsletters

Exam information


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APELSCIDLA Exemptions…

There are several exemptions contained in law :

§ 54.1-401 exempts certain actions from licensure (also includes provisions for incidental work);

§ 54.1-402 exempts certain individuals from licensure (however, if a regulant performs such work, they are required to sign and seal the work); and

§ 54.1-402.1 exempts certain state and local government employees from licensure requirements under certain conditions (also see the provisions of § 54.1-406 D & E).

license required
License Required…

§ 54.1-406 License Required

A. Unless exempted by § 54.1-401,54.1-402, or 54.1-402.1, a person shall hold a valid license prior to engaging in the practice of architecture or engineering which includes design, consultation, evaluation or analysis and involves proposed or existing improvements to real property.

Unless exempted by § 54.1-402, any person, partnership, corporation or other entity offering to practice architecture, engineering, or land surveying without being registered or licensed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, shall be subject to the provisions of § 54.1-111 of this title.

Any person, partnership, corporation or other entity which is not licensed or registered to practice in accordance with this chapter and which advertises or promotes through the use of the words "architecture," "engineering" or "land surveying" or any modification or derivative thereof in its name or description of its business activity in a manner that indicates or implies that it practices or offers to practice architecture, engineering or land surveying as defined in this chapter shall be subject to the provisions of § 54.1-111.

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18VAC10-20-760 Use of Seal
  • The application of a professional seal indicates that the professional has exercised direct control and personal supervision over the work to which it is affixed.
use of seal cont
Use of Seal (cont.)

If the original professional of record is no longer employed by the regulant or unable to seal the work, that work may be sealed by another professional, but only after a thorough review of the work to verify it has been accomplished to the same extent that would have been exercised if the work had been done under the direct control and personal supervision of the professional affixing the seal.

disciplinary actions
Disciplinary Actions

Total of 18 cases: Fall 2005 – Spring 2012

Violations Include:

  • Seal with no signature & inaccurate advertising.
  • Seal that did not conform to regulation drawings and did not specify who performed the work.
  • Failure to inform client of association with a
  • business.
  • Failure to notify Board of action in another state – 6.
  • Specs not Architect’s own without written permission.
  • Sketches not marked “incomplete,” “advance” or “preliminary.” – 2
  • Failure to notify Board of change in address.
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Disciplinary Actions (cont.)
  • Failure to sign, seal or identify plans as “incomplete,” “advance” or “preliminary.”
  • Charged client for time spent obtaining bid from contractor who was not licensed to perform proposed construction.
  • Presented calculations to County official that Architect did not have permission to submit, knowing that they did not have permission.
  • Project SSI submitted seal affixed and signed. Another SSI was submitted by another consultant on project. Architect then made changes to the 2nd SSI without the review of the 2nd preparer. Architect then submitted a 3rd SSI. Signatures, seals were replaced and dates changed without consent.
  • All pages of drawings not sealed, signed and dated. Drawings failed to bear the name of the licensee, firm name and address.
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Disciplinary Actions (cont.)
  • Sanctions Included:
  • Fines ranging from $150 to $1,500
  • Required continuing education courses
  • License suspension
  • Surrender of license
  • Revocation of license
overview of continuing education 18vac10 20 683
Overview of Continuing Education18VAC10-20-683


Professional Engineers

Land Surveyors

Landscape Architects (effective July 2010)

overview of continuing education
Overview of Continuing Education

Section 54.1-404.2 of the Code of Virginia requires completion of the equivalent of 16 hours per biennium of Board approved continuing education activities.

The regulations are drafted broadly to allow regulantsthe flexibility to meet continuing education requirements through a variety of methods as long as the coursework falls within the regulation 18VAC10-20-683.C.

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Overview of Continuing Education

18VAC10-20-683.C.1 – CE activities must:

Be related to the practice of the profession of the license being renewed.

Have a clear purpose and objective that will maintain, improve, or expand the skills and knowledge relevant to practice.

NOTE: The regulations do not preclude

acceptance of CE from other states or federal

agencies, or for profit or non-profit sponsors, as long as the requirements of 18VAC10-20-683 are met.

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Overview of Continuing Education (cont)

Instructors must be competent in the subject being taught, either by education or experience.

Fifty contact minutes shall equal one CE credit hour.

For segments less than fifty minutes, the sum of the segments may be totaled for computation of CE credit hours for that one CE course or activity.

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Overview of Continuing Education (cont)

One semester credit hour of approved college credit equals 15 CE credit hours.

One quarter credit hour of approved college credit equals 10 CE credit hours.

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Overview of Continuing Education (cont.)

Regulantmay be granted credit for the initial development or substantial updating of a CE activity.

Credit may be received for the initial teaching of a course that otherwise meets the requirements at twice the amount of credit that students of the course would receive.

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Overview of Continuing Education (cont)

Additional credit for subsequent offerings of the course or activity with the same content will not be permitted.

Regulantswill not receive credit for completing the same CE activity with the same content more than once during the license period immediately prior to the expiration date of the license for renewal.

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Overview of Continuing Education (cont)

Regulantswill not receive credit for completing the same CE activity with the same content during the two years immediately prior to the date of receipt by the Board of a reinstatement application.

Only CE activities completed during the license period immediately prior to the expiration date of the license shall be acceptable in order to renew.

NOTE: Submission of CE documentation is NOT required for


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Overview of Continuing Education (cont)

CE activities utilized to satisfy the CE requirements to renew a license shall be valid only for that renewal.

Individuals shall maintain records of completion of CE activities that comply with the requirements for three years from the date of expiration of the license.

Individuals shall provide documentation of CE to the Board or its agents upon request.

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Overview of Continuing Education (cont)

CE activities used to renew for a preceding license cycle shall not be accepted for subsequent renewal or reinstatement.

When applying for reinstatement, evidence of compliance with CE requirements shall be included with the reinstatement application package.

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Overview of Continuing Education (cont)

CE activities submitted in support of reinstatement shall not be more than two years old as of the date a complete reinstatement application is received by the Board.

CE activities submitted for reinstatement shall only be valid for that reinstatement and shall not be applied towards subsequent renewals or reinstatements.

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Overview of Continuing Education (cont)

The Board may conduct a random audit of regulantsto determine CE compliance.

Regulantsselected for audit shall provide documentation of all CE utilized to renew the license within 21 calendar days of receiving notification of audit.

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Overview of Continuing Education (cont)

18VAC10-20-687 Exemptions and Waivers

Board may grant exemptions or waive or reduce the number of CE activities required in cases of certified illness or undue hardship.

Such exemptions, waivers, or reductions shall not relieve the individual of their obligation to comply with other requirements of this chapter.

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Overview of Continuing Education (cont)

18VAC10-20-790 Sanctions

Board may discipline or sanction, or both, any license holder who fails to comply or misrepresents any information pertaining to CE requirements.

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Overview of Continuing Education (cont)

There is no requirement that CE activities must take place in Virginia.

There is no requirement that CE activities be in a formal classroom setting.

There is no requirement specifically addressing what types of CE courses or activities must be completed.

regulantslocated not only in Virginia but

worldwide have the flexibility to meet CE

requirements in a variety of settings.

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Overview of Continuing Education (cont)

Continuing Education Regulation 18VAC10-20-683 went into effect April 1, 2009; there was a 12 month delayed enactment clause. Therefore CE was required for all regulantsrenewing or reinstating on or after April 1, 2010.

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Overview of Continuing Education (cont)

Example: If your license expires April 30, 2012, you must attest to 16 hours of CE earned between May 1, 2010 and April 30, 2012.

NOTE: You cannot attest to completion of

CE requirements prior to actual completion.


The first CE Audit is underway - Initial letter was mailed March 27, 2012 to a random sampling of approximately 400 licensees.

70 Architects

270 Engineers

10 Landscape architects

30 Land Surveyors

3 Land Surveyor B

3 SurevyorPhotogrammetrists

The Current Requirements

How many units are required?

Of the 46 jurisdictions requiring continuing education, 34 require an average of 12 units per year.

50 CEUs

5 CEUs

8 CEUs

30 CEUs

36 CEUs

12 CEUs

16 CEUs

20 CEUs

24 CEUs

The Current Requirements

When do licenses renew?

New Hampshire

Month license was issued

Puerto Rico

Every 5 years from date of license

New York

By birth month


30 June: A-L even years; M-Z odd years


31 December


30 June: A-K even years; L-Z odd years

contacting the board
Contacting the Board


Department of Professional & Occupational Regulation

9960 Mayland Dr., Suite 400

Richmond, VA 23233

(804) 367-8506/8512


[email protected]