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Minnesota Board of Professional Architects, Engineers, Land Surveyors, Geologists, Landscape Architects, Soil Scientists and Interior Designers Rules, Laws and Ethics


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1.Applicant. "Applicant" means a person applying to take the Architect Registration Examination, Fundamentals of Engineering Examination, Principles and Practice of Engineering Examination, Fundamentals of Surveying Examination, Principles and Practice of Surveying Examination, Minnesota Local Land Surveying Examination, Fundamentals of Geology Examination, Practice of Geology Examination, Fundamentals of Soil Science Examination, or Professional Practice of Soil Science Examination or a person applying for licensure as an architect, professional engineer, land surveyor, landscape architect, professional geologist, professional soil scientist, or a person applying for certification as a certified interior designer. Applicant also means a candidate and persons who have passed their respective professional examination but have not yet received their license or certificate in Minnesota.
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2. Any degreed architect, engineer, land surveyor, geologist, soil scientist, landscape architect, and interior designer can offer services to the public without being licensed in the State of Minnesota.
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3.Licensure as professional engineer. The board shall issue to each applicant who has successfully completed the fundamentals of engineering examination, unless the fundamentals of engineering examination is waived as stated under part 1800.2800, and has successfully completed the professional practice examination, a certificate of licensure giving the licensee authority to practice engineering as defined by Minnesota Statutes, section 326.02, subdivision 3. This certificate shall be in effect for a period ending June 30 of the even-numbered year of the biennium in which the certificate is issued, after which date the certificate will expire unless renewed. Applicants who are licensed by comity from other states, having met the Minnesota licensure requirements, shall be issued certificates of licensure in the same manner as provided in this part.
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4.Licensure as land surveyor. The board shall issue to each applicant who has successfully completed the fundamentals of land surveying examination and the professional practice examination a certificate of licensure giving the licensee authority to practice land surveying as defined by Minnesota Statutes, section 326.02, subdivision 4. This certificate shall be in effect for a period ending June 30 of the even-numbered year of the biennium in which the certificate is issued, after which date the certificate will expire unless renewed. Applicants who are licensed by comity from other states, having met the Minnesota licensure requirements, shall be issued certificates of licensure in the same manner as provided in this part.
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5.Licensure as architect. The board shall issue to each applicant who has successfully completed the requirements in part 1800.1000 and has successfully completed the professional practice examination a certificate of licensure giving the licensee authority to practice architecture as defined by Minnesota Statutes, section 326.02, subdivision 2. This certificate shall be in effect for a period ending June 30 of the even-numbered year of the biennium in which the certificate is issued, after which date the certificate will expire unless renewed. Applicants who are licensed by comity from other states, having met the Minnesota licensure requirements, shall be issued certificates of licensure in the same manner as provided in this part.
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6.The board shall issue to each applicant who has successfully completed the requirements in part 1800.1500 and has successfully completed the professional practice examination a certificate of licensure giving the licensee authority to practice landscape architecture as defined by Minnesota Statutes, section 326.02, subdivision 4a. This certificate shall be in effect for a period ending June 30 of the even-numbered year of the biennium in which the certificate is issued, after which date the certificate will expire unless renewed. Applicants who are licensed by comity from other states, having met the Minnesota licensure requirements, shall be issued certificates of licensure in the same manner as provided in this part.
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7.Licensure as professional geologist. The board shall issue to each applicant who has successfully completed the requirements in part 1800.3910 for geologists, and has successfully completed the professional practice examination for geologists, a certificate of licensure giving the licensee authority to practice geology as defined by Minnesota Statutes, section 326.02, subdivision 3a. This certificate shall be in effect for a period ending June 30 of the even-numbered year of the biennium in which the certificate is issued, after which date the certificate will expire unless renewed. Applicants who are licensed by comity from other states or by submission of records, having met the Minnesota licensure requirements, shall be issued certificates of licensure in the same manner as provided in this part.
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8.Licensure as professional soil scientist. The board shall issue to each applicant who has successfully completed the requirements in part 1800.3910 for soil scientists, and has successfully completed the professional practice examination for soil scientists, a certificate of licensure giving the licensee authority to practice soil science as defined by Minnesota Statutes, section 326.02, subdivision 3a. This certificate shall be in effect for a period ending June 30 of the even-numbered year of the biennium in which the certificate is issued, after which date the certificate will expire unless renewed. Applicants who are licensed by comity from other states or by submission of records, having met the Minnesota licensure requirements, shall be issued certificates of licensure in the same manner as provided in this part.
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9.Certification as interior designer. The board shall issue to each applicant who has successfully completed the requirements of part 1800.2100 and has successfully completed the National Council of Interior Design Qualifications examination a certificate authorizing the certificate holder to use the title "Certified Interior Designer." This certificate shall be in effect for a period ending June 30 of the even-numbered year of the biennium in which the certificate is issued, after which the certificate shall expire unless renewed. A person whose certificate expires shall not use the title "Certified Interior Designer" until a certificate is reissued. Applicants who are certified by comity under part 1800.0800 shall be issued certificates as provided in this part.
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10.Each person may, upon licensure, also obtain a seal of a design approved by the board bearing the licensee’s name and the legend, licensed architect, licensed professional engineer, licensed land surveyor, licensed professional landscape architect, licensed professional geologist, or licensed professional soil scientist. Plans, specifications, plats, reports, and other documents prepared by a licensee may be stamped with the seal during the life of a licensee’s certificate if the certificate remains unrevoked, has not expired, or has not been suspended. The stamped seal may be used on documents in addition to the signed and dated certificate required under part 1800.4200.
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11.Requirement. The certification and signature on plans, specifications, plats, reports, etc., is mandatory, as provided by Minnesota Statutes, section 326.12, subdivision 3. A person in direct supervision of work as referred to in the foregoing subdivision is construed to mean the person whose professional skill and judgment are embodied in the document signed, and who assumes responsibility for the accuracy and adequacy thereof.
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12.The board has designed a stamp which combines certification and a space for signature. The size of the stamp together with the size of letters and spacing of lines may be varied to suit individual requirements. The stamp may be imprinted directly on the tracing and signature affixed thereto thus eliminating the necessity of duplicate signatures on prints.
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13.The board licenses applicants as an architect, a professional engineer, a land surveyor, landscape architect, professional geologist, or professional soil scientist.
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14.A professional engineer may engage in practice in any branch of engineering; provided, however, that a professional engineer who certifies and signs plans, specifications, or other documents may be required to establish, to the satisfaction of the board, that the work was performed according to recognized and acceptable engineering standards and practice.
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15.I want to retire what should I do?

You need to send a request, in writing, to the Board office and they will update your record to "retired." You may continue to use your professional title preceded by the term "retired" (i.e. John Doe, Retired Architect), but you do not have a current license and cannot practice. In order to reinstate, you will need to complete the continuing education requirements and pay back fees to the time of lapse in your license.

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16.I am renewing late and did not get all my continuing education prior to June 30, 2010. What should I do?

You can use continuing education that you have obtained after June 30, 2010 to renew your license for the 2010-2012 renewal period. Just add those hours to your hours earned prior to July 1, 2010 to ensure you have a total of 24 PDH to renew. Any hours obtained after June 30, 2010 that are used toward the 2010-2012 renewal, MAY NOT be used to renew your license in 2012. You will need to obtain an additional 24 PDH between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2012 to renew your license in 2012.

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17.I want to go inactive. What should I do?

The Board does not have an inactive status. To let your license expire, simply do not renew. If you do not want to receive a "second notice" for renewal, contact the Board office and let the staff know that you are intentionally not renewing.

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18.What if I don’t have enough continuing education?

You cannot renew your license until you have the minimum of 24 professional development hours completed (including any carryover from the previous renewal). Once you have completed your hours, you may reinstate your license. You will be required to pay a late fee if you reinstate after June 30. Your license will expire on June 30 if you do not have enough professional development hours. There is no grace period.

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19.I am requesting an exemption from the continuing education requirements. How do I renew?

Your exemption request must be approved by the Board before you can renew. Your request will be reviewed at the Board meeting following receipt of your request. If the next Board meeting doesn’t take place until after June 30, your license will expire and you will need to reinstate after the Board makes its decision on your exemption.

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20.When I log in I get a message that says that my license has already been renewed, but I haven’t renewed.

If you are using the same computer to renew that you did to renew in 2008, it is possible that the cookies have not been cleared. Try clearing the cookies for the Board’s website, or try renewing from a different computer and you should be able to log in.

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21.My carryover only shows 12, I should have more, why?

The maximum carryover allowed from one biennium to the next is 12 PDH. Regardless of how many hours you have entered, the maximum that will apply is 12.

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22.Why am I being charged a convenience fee?

The Board is charged by the bank for each transaction made by credit card. This fee is passed on to users.

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23.My name has changed.

You will need to send a copy of your legal name change to the Board office to have your record updated.

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