The Texas Board of Professional Engineers' (TBPE) Board e-Newsletter
March 7, 2014
The TBPE eNewsletter is your quarterly update on information about the Texas PE License and Licensing Board and is a supplement to the TBPE Express annual printed newsletter.
In this issue of the TBPE eNewsletter:
Legislative Mandate: Criminal History Record Check
Board Meeting Update and Disciplinary Actions
Read below for more info:
Criminal History Record Check - REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW. DON'T WAIT!
By law, all active PEs must complete a criminal history record check (CHRC) prior to renewing their license. Everyone with a March PE renewal needs to make sure they do it ASAP. All other PEs can also register and complete the process at any time. It is strongly recommended to begin the process as soon as possible as the scheduling process for in-state engineers may take several weeks. For out-of-state engineers, the process can take even longer. Do not wait until the last minute, your license renewal will not be processed until this requirement has been met.
The background on this requirement: Earlier this year, the Texas legislature passed a change to the Texas Engineering Practice Act that requires all active PEs to have a Criminal History Record Check prior to renewing his/her license in 2014. This requirement was a result of standard licensing model recommendations by the Sunset Commission, and is similar to requirements for other professions in Texas. The Board has worked diligently with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and its state-selected vendor, MorphoTrust, to develop the process. The procedures to complete the CHRC are now in place and you can register to set up an appointment to complete this requirement at any time. For instructions on how to complete the CHRC and for additional information, go to http://engineers.texas.gov/recordcheck.html.
Board Meeting Update
The Texas Board of Professional Engineers Quarterly Board and Committee Meetings were held February 12 and 13, 2014.
Disciplinary Actions: All enforcement actions approved in the board meeting are posted on the TBPE website. Enforcement actions are reported based on the date of the board meeting at which the actions were taken. Refer to: http://engineers.texas.gov/disciplinary.htm
Video: Video clips of the Board Meeting are available at https://engineers.texas.gov/recordings.htm
Computer Based Testing
The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is now being delivered via computer-based testing and is available year round instead of just two times per year. Please encourage all young engineers to register online and take the FE exam - they don't need to wait for April or October any more. For more information and to register, go to http://www.ncees.org.
Ethics Webinars and Outreach
TBPE continues to offer Ethics outreach presentations both in person and in a webinar format for the convenience of our licensees. The next date for the ethics webinar is June 5, 2014. Please see our webpage - http://engineers.texas.gov/webinars.html - for more information. Registration for the events will be announced one month in advance.
If you are interested in scheduling a TBPE Ethics presentation, please contact outreach coordinator Dorothy Gonzales to make your request at email@example.com.
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