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CHAIRMAN’S CORNER
Continuing Education
Requirements
William C. Bracken, PE, SI, CFM
FBPE Chair
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Laws & Rules
Licensees are required to obtain one (1) hour of continuing education focusing on Florida’s professional engineering laws (F.S. 471)
and rules (F.A.C. 61G15). This hour can be obtained by
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Successfully completing an FBPE approved laws & rules course from an FBPE approved CE provider,
Serving on the Florida Board of Professional Engineers,
Serving as a consultant engineer used by the Board in the resolution of Board business, including rule-making and
prosecution of discipline cases and complaints, or
Serving as a member of the Legislature or as an elected state or local official.
Ethics
Licensees are required to obtain one (1) hour of continuing education focusing on ethics for professional engineers. These courses
are expected to cover the basic engineering canons. This hour can be obtained by
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Successfully completing an FBPE approved ethics course from an FBPE approved CE provider,
Serving on the Florida Board of Professional Engineers, or
Serving as a member of the Legislature or as an elected state or local official.
Area of Practice
Licensees are required to obtain four (4) hours of continuing education focusing on each licensee’s particular area(s) of practice.
These hours can be obtained by
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Successfully completing an “Advanced” Florida Building Code course approved by the FBPE within the disciplines of civil,
structural, mechanical, electrical or general engineering; or
Presenting or attending seminars, in-house or non-classroom courses, workshops, or professional or technical presentations
made at meetings, webinars, conventions, or conferences, including those presented by vendors provided the vendor is an
FBPE approved CE provider.
Topics Pertinent to the Practice of Engineering
The remaining twelve (12) hours of continuing education may correlate to any topic pertinent to the practice of engineering. These
hours can be obtained in the following ways
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Up to 4 hours may be earned by serving as an officer or actively participating on a committee of a board-recognized
professional or technical engineering society;
Complete an “Advanced” Florida Building Code course approved by the FBPE within the disciplines of civil, structural,
mechanical, electrical or general engineering; or
Presenting or attending seminars, in-house or non-classroom courses, workshops, or professional or technical presentations
made at meetings, webinars, conventions, or conferences, including those presented by vendors provided the vendor is an
FBPE approved CE provider.
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Chairman’s Corner—Continuing Education Requirements
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Activities that DO NOT qualify include, but are not limited to, the following:
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Self-generated courses, i.e. courses generated and presented by the licensee to himself or herself for continuing education credit,
Personal self-improvement courses,
Equipment demonstrations or trade show displays,
Enrollment without attendance,
Repetitive attendance or teaching of the same course,
Tours of buildings, structures, schools, museums and the like, unless there is a clear objective to maintain and strengthen
competency in a technical field,
Regular employment,
Personal, estate or financial planning, or
Courses the content of which is below the level of knowledge and skill that reflects the responsibility of an engineer in charge.
If you have any questions about these requirements or need to confirm whether a CE course is acceptable, contact the Board office at 850521-0500 or send an email to [email protected] You can access a listing of Florida's Board-approved CE providers by going to
Department of Business and Professional Regulation's (DBPR) website at https://www.myfloridalicense.com/CESearch.asp?
SID=&div=09.
I hope that you find this reminder helpful, especially since there are only 15 months left to obtain these hours.
William C. Bracken, PE, SI,CFM is a licensed Professional Engineer and Special Inspector in the State of Florida and is the President and Principal
Engineer for Bracken Engineering located in Tampa, Florida. Mr. Bracken has served on the FBPE Board since 2012 and was the Board’s Vice-Chair
for 2013-2014. He is currently serving his first term as the FBPE’s Chair.
CE F.A.C. Rule Change & Ethics Course Application Update
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Section 471.017, F.S., Renewal of License.
The Board has been actively working to make the appropriate changes to the Florida Administrative Code and the proposed new language
within Rule 61G15-22.,0001,F.A.C.- License Renewal, Continuing Education, has been noticed and is being reviewed for final approval.
A new application for providers seeking to conduct Ethics course has also been drafted and reviewed, and our goal is to have these made
officially available on our website in November of 2015.
In the interim, we ARE accepting applications for providers seeking to add an Ethics Course to their curriculum via the CE Laws & Rules
Provider Initial Application. Go to our website and access the Provider Application Process & Renewal page under Continuing Education
or follow this link https://www.fbpe.org/index.php/component/jdownloads/send/3-provider-application-process/3-continuing-edprovider-lar-initial-rev102011.
For CE Providers Planning to Conduct Laws & Rules and Ethics Courses
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Download the application mentioned above and mark through the Laws & Rules course title and replace with Ethics. Provide all
the appropriate information on the form regarding the course along with any documentation. Make a note on the application that
you are requesting the fee to be waived since you are an existing and current CE Provider. Submit the application to FBPE as
instructed on the form.
For CE Providers NOT Conducting Laws & Rules Courses - Adding Ethics Course Only
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If you are a CE provider NOT currently conducting a laws and rules course but want to add an Ethics course to your approved
courses, you will use the same application mentioned above to apply. However you will have to submit the $50.00 fee with your
application.
To access the current proposed language for the update to Rule 61G15-22.0001,F.A.C.- License Renewal, Continuing Education, go to
the Department of State's website and access the FAC and Florida Administrative Register at https://www.flrules.org/ or follow this link,
FAC Proposed Rule Change for 61G15-22.001.
To view a listing of current Continuing Education providers offering Board-approved Ethics Courses go to DBPR's website at https://
www.myfloridalicense.com/CESearch.asp?SID=&div=09. Be sure to select "Engineers" in the Board search field and "Ethics" in the
Requirements search field.
If you have any questions regarding the information provided in this article please contact the Board office at (850) 521-0500,
ext. 113 or email Nancy Wilkins at [email protected]
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