REQUIREMENT FOR REPORTING CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS

As provided in Section 455.227(1)(t), Florida Statutes, Grounds for Discipline; Penalties; Enforcement, all FBPE licensees are required to report in writing to the Board within 30 days after the licensee is convicted or found guilty of, or entered a plea of nolo contendere or guilty to, regardless of adjudication, a crime in any jurisdiction. Failure to timely report will result in disciplinary action being taken against the licensee.

To report this information to the Board, email Wendy Anderson, FBPE/FEMC Investigator, at wanderson@fbpe.org. You must include your name, license number, the date of the conviction, what you were convicted of or the charge to which you pled guilty, along with any sentencing information (if that is available upon reporting).

You can also mail this information to the Board office at:

Florida Board of Professional Engineers
ATTN: FBPE/FEMC Investigator
2639 N Monroe St., Suite B-112
Tallahassee, FL 32303-5268

If you have any questions and would like to speak to someone in our Legal Department, call (850) 521-0500, ext. 119. You can read the above mentioned statute in its entirety at the Florida Statutes website, or to view all the laws and rules as it relates to the practice of engineering, refer to the Statutes and Rules located on this page.

WHAT IS CONSIDERED UNLICENSED ACTIVITY?

Practicing engineering or offering engineering services without a license is a violation of Sections 471.003 and 471.031(1)(a), F.S., and is a serious threat to the health, safety, and welfare of the public and to the profession itself. Typically, FBPE receives cases involving firms practicing without a Certificate of Authorization, individuals using the protected title of Professional Engineer (PE) or any variation thereof, and individuals practicing without a PE license. In most cases, the violations occur due to a lack of knowledge of the laws and rules associated with the practice of engineering.

Examples of Unlicensed Activity

  • Practicing engineering individually without a license;
  • Practicing or offering to practice engineering by a firm without a Certificate of Authorization;
  • Using a name or title tending to indicate that a person holds an active license as engineer.  Examples include:  “Professional Engineer,” “Agricultural Engineer,” “Air-Conditioning Engineer,” “Architectural Engineer,” “Civil Engineer,” etc.;
  • Presenting as his or her own the license of another; and
  • Practicing on a revoked, suspended, inactive, or delinquent license.

What You Can Do

  • To verify a license for an engineer or company, go to myfloridalicense.com.
  • To speak with someone about a potential violation, please call the Board office at (850) 521-0500 and ask for an investigator.
  • To file a complaint, use the Uniform Complaint Form located on the Complaints page under the Legal section of our website, or request a form from the Board’s office.

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