From the Executive Director: 2017 Spring Update

BUSY, BUSY, BUSY!! This is one of the busiest times of the year for FBPE staff.  We have just finished renewal and are gearing up to conduct a random audit of licensee’s continuing education.  If you did not receive an audit notice during the last renewal period, be on the lookout.  You may be one…

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Chairman’s Corner: Looking Back On Renewal

Whew!  Licensure and Certificates of Authorization renewals are complete!  In total, 31,722 licenses and 4,564 Certificates of Authorization were renewed.  Online license renewal opened on November 7th and closed on February 28th.  More than a third of the total renewals occurred within the final week of the deadline and approximately twice as many as were…

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Noteworthy News: CE Renewal and Audit

What’s Next?        CE Provider Renewal: As most CE providers already know, renewal for Continuing Education (CE) providers will officially conclude on May 31, 2017.  As of April 10, 2017, we have renewed over 96 CE providers.  We still have 220 open renewal applications, so if you are a FBPE provider of continuing education and have…

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Noteworthy News: FBPE’s Engineering Directories and the Accessibility of Public Information

PUBLIC RECORDS DISCLAIMER   Article I, Section 24 of the Florida Constitution establishes a constitutional right of access to public records made or received in connection with official business, except for records for which a specific exemption exists.  Section 119.07, Florida Statutes, effectuates this constitutional right, and ensures that state government is open and transparent and that the…

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Building a Solid Foundation: Why Being an Ethical Engineer Matters

While I am not an engineer, I have heard it said that laying the foundation for a building takes up a vast majority of the project time and budget. There is good reason for this: a strong foundation is the key to a sturdy, well-built building. A good engineer knows they have one chance to…

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FEMA Flood Maps and Elevation Certificate Updates

Submitted by: William C. Bracken, PE, SI, CFM on behalf of the FBPE For those who deal with buildings in Special Flood Hazard Areas (A, coastal A and V zones), you should know that FEMA continues to release updated maps and has just released its newly revised Elevation Certificate (FEMA form 086-0-33). FEMA continues to…

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Records Retention: What am I required to keep and how long am I required to keep it?

Submitted by: William C. Bracken, PE, SI, CFM on behalf of the FBPE   The Florida Administrative Code 61G15 contains two separate provisions which require licensees to retain records. The first provision is 61G15-22.008, the retention of continuing education documentation, and 61G15-30.009, the retention of engineering documents. The first of these provisions is found in…

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FBPE Committee Updates: CEU Rules Revision Sub-Committee Update No. 1

Submitted by: Kenneth Todd, PE Throughout the process of reviewing the current CEU rule for possible revisions, an update will be provided in the FBPE Quarterly Newsletter to inform all Florida licensed engineers of any possible rule revision. It is the intent of the CEU Rules Revision sub-committee to send a recommendation to the Rules…

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Legal Department: Latest Engineer Discipline

Pursuant to Rule 61G15-37.001(11), F.A.C., the Florida Engineers Management Corporation (FEMC) is required to post all Final Orders involving active disciplinary cases to the website until the terms of the final order are completed, or until the licensee becomes inactive, retires, relinquishes the license or permits the license to become null and void. Included in…

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FBPE Department News: Improved and Streamlined FBPE Applications

IMPROVED AND STREAMLINED FBPE APPLICATIONS FBPE is pleased to announce that a number of applications have been revised and are now fillable, PDF applications. The affected applications are: • Initial Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination • Endorsement of Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) • Initial Principles and Practice (PE) of Engineering Examination • Endorsement of Licensure…

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Special Recognition: Congratulations Examinees!

FBPE applauds all of the candidates that successfully passed the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam. We wish them much success as they move towards the next step in their engineering careers! NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam Passers (Exam Period January 1, 2017 – March 30, 2017) Abas Abdoli Alaaldin Abouhana Ignacio Acuna Ethasor…

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Latest News From NCEES: Joint Zone Meeting 2017

Joint Northeast/Southern Zone The NCEES Southern Zone interim meeting will be held from April 27-29, 2017 in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. This year’s meeting will be a jointly hosted by the Virgin Islands Board for Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors and the Delaware Association of Professional Engineers in St. Thomas.  The primary purpose of…

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