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The Texas Board of Professional Engineers' (TBPE) Board e-Newsletter

March 4, 2015

The TBPE eNewsletter is your quarterly update about your Texas PE License and Board activities and is a supplement to the TBPE Express annual printed newsletter.

In this issue of the TBPE eNewsletter:

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Board Meeting Update

The Texas Board of Professional Engineers Quarterly Board and Committee Meetings were held February 11-12, 2015. Highlights include the following:

84th Legislative Session

TBPE is reviewing all bills for relevance or impact to Professional Engineering and will include bills we are tracking on this page http://engineers.texas.gov/legislature84.html as they are filed.

TBPE Sponsors Engineering Awards at State Science and Engineering Fair

TBPE is a proud sponsor of the senior level engineering categories at the 2015 Texas State Science and Engineering Fair (TXSEF) and will be awarding the first annual TBPE Future Engineers Award to exceptional projects demonstrating the principles and practice of engineering. The TXSEF will be held March 26-29, 2015, in San Antonio. https://www.txsef.org TXSEF needs qualified judges and would like to invite all interested Texas PEs to register to help out. Go to https://www.txsef.org for more info and to sign up!

New TBPE Flyers

TBPE has developed several high quality informational flyers to educate the public regarding the mission of the Board, the role of engineers, how to become licensed and the benefits of licensure. Feel free to share or print these flyers. Professionally printed copies are available in limited quantities upon request. http://engineers.texas.gov/publications.html

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 free webinars have been so well received that we are now adding additional events as needed.

• Online Ethics Webinars: The next ethics webinars are March 5-6, 2015, June 4, 2015 and September 2, 2015. Each event is limited to 1,000 attendees. Registration links for all webinars are posted at: http://engineers.texas.gov/webinar one month prior to each event.

• Schedule a TBPE Presentation: If you are interested in scheduling a live TBPE ethics presentation at your workplace, refer to our outreach page at: http://engineers.texas.gov/outreach.html

Criminal History Record Check

If you have completed this one-time requirement you don't need to do it again. If you haven't completed this requirement, DON'T WAIT! The process takes a few weeks. For information on this requirement, instructions or frequently asked questions, go to http://engineers.texas.gov/recordcheck.html

When do you need a PE on a building project?

Have you ever wondered when a PE is needed on a project? Have you needed to explain to a client or a governmental body when a PE is needed? TBPE has developed a flowchart to determine if a Professional Engineer is required when a Texas project involves the design, erection, construction, enlargement, alteration, repair of, or the creation of plans and specs for a building. Use this one page diagram to make sure your project is in compliance with the Texas Engineering Practice Act. It is a great reference for engineers, plan reviewers, city and county officials, and owners.

Go to http://engineers.texas.gov/downloads/whenisaeng.required.pdf to download a copy.

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

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