New York State Board for Engineering, Land Surveying, and Geology – Board Meeting Summary – 9-19-16

A New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) representative attended the New York State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying board meeting on September 19, 2016. The following is a summary of the meeting.

Meeting Albany, New York City and Syracuse via video-teleconference

SED Staff and a quorum of Board Members in attendance

(Guests present: Emily Whalen and Thomas Buchanan representing NYSAPLS, Mark Kriss representing NYSSPE)

Minutes of prior meeting reviewed and accepted

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE
Noted that the selection of a new chair is in process and that the 2016 NYS Legislative Session is presently in recess.

Two recent legislative developments reported:

1- Chapter 260 Laws 2016 – Approved by Governor Cuomo
Amends NYS law to permit conversion of geology firms organized as general business corporations or limited liability companies to professional corporations or professional service limited liability companies

2- Chapter 299 Laws 2016 – Approved by Governor Cuomo
Provides for expedited consideration of professional licensure application by SED for spouses of military relocating to NYS

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New York State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying – Board Meeting Summary – Saratoga Springs 11-13-15

Legislation Report

The legislature is out of session.  The next legislative session will start in January.  Legislation introduced in the upcoming session related to the design professions will be shared with Board members for their review and subsequent recommendation to the Department.

General Discussion

NCEES is seeking volunteers for the PE architectural engineering exam professional activities and knowledge study  to assist the organization in updating the PE AE exam. 

In 2005, a non-licensed Colorado architect, while running for political office called himself an “architect”.  The Colorado Board issued a cease and desist order requiring him to refrain from calling himself an architect.  The matter was litigated and the court ruled that he is permitted to continue to call himself an architect as long as he was not offering professional services.  In New York, the protected titles are “architect” and ‘professional engineer’. [Read more…]

New York State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying – Board Meeting Summary – Saratoga Springs – 11-14-14

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) representatives attended the New York State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying board meeting on November 14, 2014. The following is a summary of the meeting.

Two board members will be attending an NCEES Outreach Event in January in New York City. The event will serve to assist students with the examination and licensure process.

At the request of NCEES the Board discussed the idea of decoupling exams, meaning that the experience portion of a licensure requirement would not have to be done prior to the taking of the exam. It was mentioned that the surveying profession is considering this; however it has not been popular among states for engineering. It was mentioned that decoupling could pose a challenge if an individual passes two exams in one state then goes to another state and has to take it again. [Read more…]

New York State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying – Board Meeting SUMMARY – New York City – June 27, 2014

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) representatives attended the New York State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying board meeting on June 27, 2014. The following is a summary of the meeting.

Licensure of Professional Geologists
S 3810D/A 4753D (Marcellino/Englebright) (passed both houses)

The Board engaged in a detailed discussion of the bill which set forth a licensing scheme which is similar to other design professions.  The Department worked with the bill sponsors and other interested parties including NYSSPE in formulation of a final draft.  (The Board expressed continued opposition to amendments proffered by land surveyors to permit land surveyors to practice geology since land surveyors (LS) lack requisite education, experience and examination to provide geological services.)

Mold Remediation
A 5117C/S3667D (Weisenberg / Savino) (passes both houses)

The bill will provide for credentialing of parties engaged in mold assessment and remediation.  The legislation exempts professional engineers from separate credentialing requirements and prohibits the practice of professional engineering by mold assessment and remediation contractors.

Continuing Education – Land Surveyors

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