This course meets the Florida Board's requirements that engineers take 4 PDH of Laws and Rules courses during each biennial renewal cycle. This course is valid for PE license renewal on February 28, 2013. Engineers who are late in renewing for previous years may also use this as the required Laws and Rules credits. PDHengineer.com, a service mark of Decatur Professional Development, LLC, is approved by the Florida Board of Professional Engineers as a Continuing Education Provider (CEP# 0003610). Florida Laws and Rules for Engineers (Renewal Cycle 2011-2013) is Florida Approved Course #0000130.
This course provides a review of the Laws and Rules that are relevant to engineers licensed by the Florida Board of Professional Engineers. The course covers Chapters 455 and 471 of the Florida Statutes and Chapter 61G15 of the Florida Administrative Code. Particular emphasis is placed on rules and laws that were adopted, amended or repealed by the Board and the Florida legislature in the previous biennium.
Additionally, the Board's disciplinary process is explained, from the filing of a complaint through to the issuance of a Final Order by the Board. You'll learn how disciplinary cases are investigated and prosecuted, as well as the engineer's options when served with an Administrative Complaint. Finally, the course covers the application of laws and rules to individual disciplinary cases from the previous biennium. By reviewing actual case files, you'll see how the Florida Engineers Management Corporation and the Board handle cases of negligence, misconduct and other offenses, and just how severe the penalties can be.
To receive PDH credit, the student must pass a multiple choice quiz of thirty (30) questions.
Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained
After completing this course, the student will be able to demonstrate the following knowledge related to the Laws and Rules for Florida Engineers:
- Be able to cite the chapters of the Florida Statutes and the Florida Administrative Code that are applicable to engineers
- Be capable of describing the respective roles of the legislature and the Board in enacting laws and rules for Florida engineers
- Be able to state the purpose of the FEMC and the respective roles of the Board and FEMC in disciplinary cases, including investigation, prosecution, probable cause determination and issuing Final Orders
- Be capable of describing the degree of control that must be exercised by the Engineer of Record, as well as the types of questions that an engineer in responsible charge should be able to answer regarding his proficiency, decision-making and degree of involvement on a particular project
- Be able to describe in broad terms the range of penalties that can be imposed in disciplinary cases
- Have the capability to describe some of the mitigating and aggravating circumstances that the Board may consider so as to impose penalties outside of the disciplinary guidelines
- Be capable of listing a minimum of three (3) qualifying activities and two (2) non-qualifying activities to meet the Area of Practice requirements for continuing education
- Be able to outline what the rules state about the sealing of "preliminary" plans
- Be capable of describing the Board's position on processing of anonymous complaints
- Have the ability to name two (2) out of the three (3) choices that a Respondent has available when an administrative complaint is filed
- Be capable of delineating when an engineer can request a formal hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ) vs. an informal hearing in front of the Board
- Be able to explain whether the Board is required to accept ALJ recommendations, PCP recommendations and settlement stipulations, or whether the Board has the latitude to deviate from these when issuing a Final Order
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