Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Changes to Missouri Design Professional Laws and Regulations

Several changes to Missouri laws and regulations taken effect that have an impact on engineers, architects and other design professionals. To start, Governor Matt Blunt’s reorganization of state government that created the Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration has been adopted as law (SB 788). The Division of Professional registration was transferred from the Department of Economic Development to the new department. The division houses the Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Landscape Architects, which regulates those professions in the state and licenses professional in those fields.

Rules for engineers have changed to allow applicants without accredited engineering degrees or without having taken the Fundamentals of Engineering exam if they can demonstrate satisfactory experience of 20 years. They must still take the Principles and Practice of Engineering Exam (20 CSR 2030-4.050). This reflects changes to state law.

Fees for licensure renewal were dropped from $100 to $60 (20 CSR 2030-6.015). Licenses must still be renewed biennially.

The board may now audit continuing professional education of engineers and surveyors if there is a complaint against the licensee (20 CSR 2030-8.020 and 11.015). A new rule also addresses continuing education requirements for landscape architects (20 CSR 2030-11.035).

Finally, rules were adopted to clarify the responsibilities where multiple engineers work on a project (20 CSR 2030-21.020). Another rule clarifies who may be a managing agent for engineering corporations (20 CSR 2030-10.010).

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