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H. B. No. 322As IntroducedAs Introduced
|125th General Assembly|
REPRESENTATIVES Widener, Kearns, Hollister
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:
To amend sections 4703.02, 4703.13, and 4733.15 and to enact section 4733.151 of the Revised Code to increase the annual renewal of registration fee for professional engineers and professional surveyors, to implement continuing professional development requirements for registration renewals of professional engineers and surveyors beginning in calendar year 2008, and to authorize the state board of examiners of architects to adopt rules pertaining to continuing education requirements.
Section 1. That sections 4703.02, 4703.13, and 4733.15 be amended and section 4733.151 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as follows:
Sec. 4703.02. The state board of examiners of architects
shall organize by electing from its membership a president and a
secretary, and also a vice-president and an assistant secretary,
who shall act during absence or disability of the president or
The board shall adopt all necessary rules, regulations, and
bylaws, not inconsistent with sections 4703.01 to 4703.19 of the
, and the constitutions and laws of this state or of
the United States, to govern its times and places of meeting for
organization and reorganization, for the holding of examinations,
and for fixing the length of the term of its officers. The
board, under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, may adopt,
promulgate, and enforce rules governing the standards of
education, service, conduct, and practice to be followed in the
practice of the profession of architecture in the state,
including rules for the enforcement of sections 4703.01 to
4703.19 of the Revised Code. The board shall include among the rules
adopted governing the standard standards of practice, requirements regarding financial
responsibility and professional liability insurance. The board may adopt rules pertaining to the satisfactory completion of continuing education requirements.
The board shall hold examinations not less than once
and shall issue to each successful applicant a
certificate of qualification to practice architecture, and shall
impress on each certificate issued the seal of the board.
The secretary of the board shall be responsible for keeping
a true and complete record of all proceedings of the board. The
board may employ an executive secretary, investigators, and
clerical assistance as it determines necessary.
Sec. 4703.13. (A) Each architect
holding who holds a certificate of
qualification under sections 4703.01 to 4703.19 of the Revised
Code and who desires to continue the practice of architecture
shall, before or during the month of December
of each odd-numbered year, make application, together with the renewal
fee provided in section 4703.16 of the Revised Code, for a renewal of
the certificate, and demonstrate satisfactory completion of any applicable continuing education requirements adopted by the state board of examiners of architects under section 4703.02 of the Revised Code. The renewal shall be pursuant to the standard
renewal procedure of sections 4745.01 to 4745.03 of the Revised
Code, except that renewal is required in each odd-numbered year
instead of annually. Each certificate shall be renewed for a term of
two years, and the renewal shall be recorded in
the official register of the board.
(B) Each holder of a certificate of authorization to
provide architectural services shall, before or during the month
of each June preceding the year the holder desires to continue to
provide architectural services, make application, together with
the renewal fee provided in section 4703.16 of the Revised Code,
for a renewal of the certificate. Each certificate shall be
renewed for a term of one year except as provided in section
4703.12 of the Revised Code.
Sec. 4733.15. (A)
Registration expires annually on
day of December
initial registration or renewal
becomes invalid on that date unless
pursuant to this
section and the standard renewal
sections 4745.01 to
4745.03 of the Revised Code.
Renewal may be
effected at any time
prior to the date of
expiration for a period
of one year by the
paying payment to
the treasurer of state of a
fee of sixteen twenty
dollars for a renewal of
registration as either
professional engineer or
professional surveyor and, for renewals for calendar year 2008 and thereafter, demonstration of completion of the continuing professional development requirements of section 4733.151 of the Revised Code.
When notified as
required in this
registrant's failure to renew
registration shall not deprive
the registrant of the right of
within the following
twelve months, but the fee to
registration within twelve months after expiration
per cent, and the registrant shall certify completion of continuing professional development hours as required in section 4733.151 of the Revised Code. The
The state board of
engineers and surveyors may, upon
request, waive the
the renewal fees
of or the completion of continuing professional development requirements for a registrant
during the period when
the registrant is on active
connection with any branch of
the armed forces of the
(B) Each certificate of authorization issued pursuant to
section 4733.16 of the Revised Code shall authorize the holder to
or professional surveying
services, through the
professional engineer or
designated as being
in responsible charge of
or professional surveying
from the date of issuance until the last day
succeeding the date upon which the certificate was
the certificate has been revoked or suspended for
provided in section 4733.20 of the Revised Code or has been
suspended pursuant to section 3123.47 of the Revised
a registrant fails to
date of expiration as provided under division (A) of this section, its renewal and reinstatement may be effected
promulgated by the board adopts
regarding requirements for
or reapplication, and
reinstatement penalty fees. The board may require a registrant who fails to renew registration to complete up to thirty hours of continuing professional development as an additional condition of renewal and reinstatement if the registrant seeks renewal and reinstatement under this division on or after January 1, 2009.
Sec. 4733.151. (A) Each registrant for renewal for calendar year 2008 and thereafter shall have completed, within the preceding calendar year, at least fifteen hours of continuing professional development for professional engineers and surveyors.
(B) The continuing professional development requirement may be satisfied by coursework or activities dealing with technical, ethical, or managerial topics relevant to the practice of engineering or surveying. A registrant may earn continuing professional development hours by completing or teaching university or college level coursework, attending seminars, workshops, or conferences, authoring relevant published papers, articles, or books, receiving patent awards, or actively participating in professional or technical societies serving the engineering or surveying professions.
Credit for university or college level coursework shall be based on the credit established by the university or college. One semester hour as established by the university or college shall be the equivalent of forty-five hours of continuing professional development, and one quarter hour as established by the university or college shall be the equivalent of thirty hours of continuing professional development.
Credit for seminars, workshops, or conferences offering continuing education units shall be based on the units awarded by the organization presenting the seminar, workshop, or conference. A registrant may earn ten continuing professional development hours for each continuing education unit awarded. Each hour of attendance at a seminar, workshop, or conference for which no continuing education units are offered shall be the equivalent of one continuing professional development hour.
A registrant may earn two continuing professional development hours for each year of service as an officer or active committee member of a professional or technical society. A registrant may earn ten continuing professional development hours for authoring relevant published papers, articles, or books. A registrant may earn ten continuing professional development hours for each such published paper, article, or book. A registrant may earn ten continuing professional development hours for each patent award.
(C) A person registered as both a professional engineer and professional surveyor shall complete at least five of the fifteen hours required under division (A) of this section in engineering-related coursework or activities and at least five of those fifteen hours in surveying-related coursework or activities.
(D) A registrant is exempt from the requirements of this section during the first calendar year of registration.
(E) A registrant who completes more than fifteen hours of approved coursework or activities in any calendar year may carry forward to the next calendar year a maximum of fifteen of the excess hours.
(F) A registrant shall maintain records to demonstrate completion of the continuing professional development requirements specified in this section for a period of three calendar years beyond the year in which certification of the completion of the requirements is obtained by the registrant. The records shall include all of the following:
(1) A log specifying the type of coursework or activity, its location and duration along with the instructor's name, and the number of continuing professional development hours earned;
(2) Certificates of completion or other evidence verifying attendance.
(G) The records specified in division (F) of this section may be audited at any time by the state board of registration for professional engineers and surveyors. If the board discovers that a registrant has failed to complete coursework or activities, it shall notify the registrant of the deficiencies and allow the registrant six months from the date of the notice to rectify the deficiencies and to provide the board with evidence of satisfactory completion of the continuing professional development requirements. If the registrant fails to provide such evidence within that six-month period, the board may revoke or suspend the registration after offering an adjudication hearing in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.
Section 2. That existing sections 4703.02, 4703.13, and 4733.15 of the Revised Code are hereby repealed.