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Please note: Due to an abundance of caution related to the COVID-19 / Coronavirus situation and in following declarations issued by Governor Abbott, the following actions have been taken. Please follow this page as any updates related to this ever changing issue will be posted here.

Updated 4/1/20

 

Facility Updates

TBPELS Office Closed

In order to do our part in the fight against COVID-19, the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors’ office building is closed for the foreseeable future effective March 25, 2020. If you need to drop off paperwork, please use the drop box to the right of the door.

Staff Hours Are Teleworking

Send your emails to info@pels.texas.gov
This email is monitored throught out the day during normal work hours. Your message will be routed and responded to by the appropriate department.

 

Definition of Essential Services

Recently, Shelter-In-Place or Stay-At-Home orders have been issued by local governmental authorities.  TBPELS is not the entity in charge of issuing these orders or determining if specific engineering or surveying firms or engineering or surveying work is considered essential as described by the local government in your area. There has been no state-wide declaration, so please refer to the directions given by those authorities.

In each order (which can vary by jurisdiction), the issuing jurisdiction defines terms such as essential business, essential government, essential infrastructure, etc.  For example, some orders mention provisions for utilities, local infrastructure, construction, real estate, etc. to continue to operate.  These are areas where engineers or surveyors commonly work and the call would be made by the local jurisdiction and your employer. 

TBPELS will keep you up to date on any new developments in this area.

Governor Abbott's Executive Order

"Essential Service" as Defined by Texas Executive Order GA-14

 

Outreach Events

The TBPELS Corpus Christi Regional Advisory Conference scheduled for March 26, 2020 will be rescheduled in the fall. Additionally, TBPELS has decided to not conduct any in-person outreach events through April. Webinars will be conducted as planned and can be requested.

 

Continuing Education and March 31st Renewals

PE License renewals are due on March 31 as are the associated continuing education requirements. However, we understand that the COVID-19 virus is very serious and has caused the cancelation or postponements of various continuing education courses, conferences, and other events. IF you are audited for this renewal period and IF you didn't complete your hours due to a verifiable canceled or unavailable course or event based on COVID-19, let us know at the time of the audit. Please keep in mind that Board rules allow 5 hours of self-study per renewal cycle and that online courses may also be counted for continuing education purposes.

 

Open Records Requests

In order to do our part in the fight against COVID-19, the physical office building is closed for the foreseeable future effective March 25, 2020. Processing times for any documents submitted, including public information act requests, will be delayed.

 

Examinations

Pearson Vue Closing All Test Centers Until April 16, 2020

NCEES contracts with Pearson Vue for all computer-based testing. With Pearson Vue closing all their test centers, this means the FE, FS, PS, and CBT PE exams have been shut down. NCEES will be working with Pearson Vue in regards to rescheduling and other issues.

NCEES has cancelled the April 2020 Paper-and-Pencil Exams

Please visit the following page for more information https://ncees.org/covid-19/ and contact NCEES with specific questions.


RPLS, RCP and LSLS Exams scheduled for April 17, 2020 have been postponed until June 5, 2020.
If you have already paid the exam fee for the April exam, the fee will be applied to the Friday, June 5, 2020 exam. If you choose not to sit for the exam in June, then your exam fee will be refunded. Future notices and specific information about the exam will be sent out soon.

 

 

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