The Florida Board of Professional Engineers will be updating this page as necessary in response to developments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The more recent information will appear at the top.
FBPE Temporarily Expands Signing, Sealing Rules
The Florida Board of Professional Engineers has approved an emergency rule temporarily expanding the use of electronically or digitally signed and sealed engineering plans and documents to include printed copies.
In order to effectuate the Governor and State Health Officer’s orders regarding self-quarantine to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the emergency rule temporarily waives the restriction in Chapter 61G15-23, Florida Administrative Code, that printed copies of digitally or electronically signed and sealed plans or documents are not considered signed and sealed.
During the 90-day period that the emergency rule is in effect, printed copies of digitally or electronically signed and sealed plans/documents would be deemed as properly signed and sealed for any purpose, as if physically signed and sealed.
Essentially, the emergency rule negates the disclaimer language on digitally or electronically signed and sealed plans that printed copies of those plans are not considered valid. While the emergency rules limits the period during which a PE may issue printed documents without complying with Rule 61G15-23.003, F.A.C., to 90 days, any documents issued during this period are valid for their life.
The Board chose not to mandate any method for signifying that the documents issued during this period are valid. A PE may choose to change their digital/electronic signature to remove disclaimer language regarding printed copies, then add the disclaimer back at the end of the 90-day period. If the disclaimer language is left in a signature, it is the PE’s responsibility to educate the document’s recipients concerning the emergency rule. The PE should discuss this with their clients and any au-thorities having jurisdiction.
UPDATED: 10:47 a.m. Friday, June 12, 2020
Pearson VUE Test Centers Begin to Reopen
Some Pearson VUE test centers are resuming testing on May 1.
Test centers will be operating in compliance with local guidelines and restrictions. Examinees should verify test center requirements before arriving. In most cases, test centers will require examinees to wear face masks for admittance.
Additional information is available at the Pearson VUE website.
Capacity at Test Centers
Capacity has been reduced at all test centers to comply with social-distancing requirements. Examinees affected by the implementation of reduced-capacity requirements have been contacted by Pearson VUE.
Examinees are encouraged to log in to MyNCEES to check the status of their appointment and test center location.
Appointments are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Examinees who need to schedule or reschedule an appointment should do so as soon as possible through their MyNCEES account for the best availability.
Only open test centers will appear in your search.
UPDATED: 3:00 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2020
NCEES Sets October 2020 PE Exams, Dates
The cancelation of the April 2020 paper-and-pencil PE exam administration affected approximately 16,000 examinees. To accommodate these examinees, the format of the October 2020 exam administration will be modified.
The October 2020 paper-and-pencil Principles & Practice of Engineering exam administration will be administered over two days: Thursday, Oct. 22, and Friday, Oct. 23. Exams usually offered once a year during the April administration will be offered in October.
The full article in the Latest News section has complete details.
UPDATED: 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Reapplying to Take PE Exams
If you applied with FBPE for the now-canceled April administration of the Principles & Practice of Engineering exam, your application and fee will be applied to the October exam administration. You are not required to re-apply or make a new payment. You should contact NCEES to schedule a seat for the October exam.
If you applied to NCEES for the April administration, you should receive a full refund of fees paid to NCEES. You will need to reapply for the October administration. NCEES will announce registration dates soon. Visit NCEES.org for more information.
UPDATED: 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2020
April Meetings Changes
The following meetings have been canceled or reschedule:
- The April 2020 Florida Engineers Management Corporation Board Meeting will be held by conference call due to COVID-19. The conference call will be held on April 8, 2020, at 10am. This meeting was originally on-site in Tampa. For more information regarding the agenda for the April 8 meeting and for the call-in information, please contact Rebecca Sammons at email@example.com.
- The Florida Board of Professional Engineers Rules Committee Meeting has been canceled due to COVID-19. This meeting was originally on-site in Tampa. For more information, please contact Rebecca Sammons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The April 2020 FBPE Board Meeting will be held by conference call due to COVID-19. The conference call meeting will be on April 8, 2020, at 1pm. This meeting was originally on-site in Tampa. For more information regarding the agenda for the April 8 meeting and for the call-in information, please contact Rebecca Sammons at email@example.com.
- The April 2020 FEMC Board Planning Session Meeting that was scheduled for April 7 has been canceled due to COVID-19. This meeting was originally on-site in Tampa. For more information, please contact Rebecca Sammons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check the FBPE Events Calendar for information regarding upcoming meetings.
UPDATED: 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2020
FBPE Communications Delays
Due to efforts to reduce the impact of the coronovirus pandemic, there may be delays in responding to emails and phone calls to the Florida Board of Professional Engineers office.
We encourage you to search our website (click the magnifying glass icon in the upper right of this page) or the sitemap for the information you seek. If you are unable to find it, email email@example.com.
For questions regarding applying for or rescheduling of the Fundamentals of Engineering or Principles & Practice of Engineering exams, please contact NCEES.
UPDATED: 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2020