TBPELS News Headlines

March 23, 2021
In this issue: Recap from the February 2021 Board & Committee Meetings, updates from the 87th Legislative Session, exam news, law and rule updates, COVID-19 News, webinars and outreach.

eNewsletter for Engineers and Land Surveyors March 2021

October 13, 2020
In this issue: Criminal History Record Check requirement for RPLS, rule updates, COVID-19 News, new website, surveyor fee changes, exam dates.
eNewsletter for Engineers and Land Surveyors October 2020

August 26, 2020
Special Rules Edition eNewsletter
eNewsletter for Engineers and Land Surveyors August 2020

January 10, 2020
New Board Members
Governor Abbott names Chair and appoints Johnson and Nejad to Texas Board Of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

December 16, 2019 eNewsletter
In this issue: Holiday closure dates, reminders of application deadlines, license and registration renewal reminders, link to new Law and Rules document, announcement of Surveying Advisory Committee and reminders of upcoming webinars.
eNewsletter for Engineers and Land Surveyors December 2019

August 12, 2019 eNewsletter
In this issue: updates on merger between the Land Surveyors and Engineers' agencies, posting for Special Projects Coordinator/Land Surveyor III, announcement of webinar to discuss merge of agencies, update on new addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.
eNewsletter for Engineers and Land Surveyors August 2019

July 23, 2019 eNewsletter
In this issue: announcement of merger between the Land Surveyors and Engineers' agencies, posting of webinars regarding the merge, contact information for questions and concerns.
eNewsletter for Engineers and Land Surveyors July 2019

June 25, 2019 eNewsletters
In these issues: Announcement of legislative bills which passed including the merge of the Land Surveyor Board with the Engineer Board. Updates from the May 22-23, 2019 quarterly Board and Committee meetings. NCEES announcements regarded the exam deadlines and CBT (computer-based testing) transition.
eNewsletter for PEs June 2018
eNewsletter for EITs June 2018

June 20, 2019 Press Release Announcing the New Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
On June 16, 2019, Governor Greg Abbott signed a historic piece of legislation that will merge the regulation of the practices of engineering and land surveying into one board. Effective September 1, 2019, HB1523 creates the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (TBPELS).
Press Release

June 25, 2019 eNewsletters
In these issues: Announcement of legislative bills which passed including the merge of the Land Surveyor Board with the Engineer Board. Updates from the May 22-23, 2019 quarterly Board and Committee meetings. NCEES announcements regarded the exam deadlines and CBT (computer-based testing) transition.
eNewsletter for PEs June 2018
eNewsletter for EITs June 2018

June 20, 2019 Press Release Announcing the New Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
On June 16, 2019, Governor Greg Abbott signed a historic piece of legislation that will merge the regulation of the practices of engineering and land surveying into one board. Effective September 1, 2019, HB1523 creates the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (TBPELS).
Press Release

May 10, 2019 - NCEES Exam News
NCEES provided updates to the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 exams regarding deadlines, registration and content.

February 27, 2019 - eNewsletters - Issues were published with specific stories for different audiences.
In these issues: Updates from the February 13-14, 2019, quarterly Board and Committee meetings. New Board members were welcomed. Previous Board members were recognized. Policy Advisory Opinion #48 regarding licensing requirements for contractors and subcontractors was discussed.
eNewsletter for PEs February 2019
eNewsletter for EITs February 2019

December 6, 2018 - New TBPE Board Members
Governor Greg Abbott has announced the following appointments:
Ademola "Peter" Adejokun - Arlington, Texas
Rolando Rubiano - Halingen, Texas
Kiran Shah - Richmond, Texas
These members replace outgoing Board members Kyle Womack, P.E., Edward Summers, Ph.D. and Sockalingam Kannappan, P.E.
Board Member Bios

December 3, 2018 - eNewsletters - Issues were published with specific stories for different audiences.
In these issues: Updates from the November 14-15, 2018 quarterly Board and Committee meetings. NCEES announcements regarded the exam registration system open for April, 2019 PE and SE exams, the discontinuing of the PE Software Exam, the PE Environmental and Nuclear exams moving to computer-based testing. TBPE also announced the new online firm registration system.
eNewsletter for PEs September 2018
eNewsletter for EITs September 2018

September 19, 2018 - eNewsletters - Issues were published with specific stories for different audiences.
In these issues: Updates from the August 22-23, 2018 quarterly Board and Committee meetings which included the announcement of new Board officers: Kyle Womack, P.E., Vice-Chair, Horseshoe Bay, TX and Catherine Norwood, P.E., Secretary, Midland, TX.
NCEES announcements regarded FE exam fee reductions, the discontinuing of the PE Software Exam, the PE Environmental and Nuclear exams moving to computer-based testing.
eNewsletter for PEs September 2018
eNewsletter for EITs September 2018

June 6, 2018 - eNewsletters - Issues were published with specific stories for different audiences.
In these issues: Updates from the May 16-17, 2018 quarterly Board and committee meetings, PAOC 46 regarding Petrochemical Plan Design Documents, reminders regarding the July 13th PE and EIT application deadlines as well as various NCEES updates on grades, October exams, computer-based testing, environmental exams, nuclear exams and the discontinuing of the PE Software Engineering Exam. The Board has a position open for an investigator.
eNewsletter for P.E.s June 2018
eNewsletter for E.I.T.s June 2018

May 1, 2018 - NCEES seeks volunteers for FE Exam Content Review
NCEES seeks volunteers for Fundamentals of Surveying exam content review NCEES is currently seeking surveying professionals to participate in a content review for the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam. The results of this survey will be used to update the specifications for the exam, which is typically the first step in the process leading to professional surveying licensure. NCEES requires a cross section of professionals—including licensed professional surveyors and academics teaching surveying courses—from all surveying disciplines to complete an online survey about the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary for a recent surveying graduate to work in a manner that safeguards the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The survey can be completed in 20–30 minutes.
https://ncees.org/ncees-seeks-volunteers-for-fundamentals-of-engineering-exam-content-review/

March 20, 2018 - eNewsletters - Issues were published with specific stories for different audiences.
In these issues: NCEES Fee Reductions, PE Chemical exam transitions to computer based testing, updates from the February 14-15, 2018 quarterly Board and committee meetings, approved rule changes and approved policy advisory regarding a Texas Real Estate Commission licensed inspector providing a draft opinion on a residential foundation and its relation to the practice of engineering, job openings at TBPE.
eNewsletter for P.E.s March 20, 2018
eNewsletter for E.I.T.s March 20, 2018

March 13, 2018 - NCEES Discontinuing PE Software Engineering Exam
The Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Software Engineering exam was offered for the first time in April 2013. NCEES will discontinue the exam after the April 2019 exam administration. For further information, please refer to the following NCEES site: https://ncees.org/ncees-discontinuing-pe-software-engineering-exam/

December 20, 2017 - eNewsletters - Issues were published with specific stories for different audiences.
In these issues: NCEES Fee Reductions, PE Chemical exam transitions to computer based testing, updates from the November 15-16, 2017 quarterly Board and committee meetings, proposed Board rules, proposed policy advisory regarding a Texas Real Estate Commission licensed inspector providing a draft opinion on a residential foundation and its relation to the practice of engineering, job openings at TBPE.
eNewsletter for P.E.s December 20, 2017
eNewsletter for E.I.T.s September 20, 2017

September 1, 2017
PE Chemical exam transitions to computer-based testing

The NCEES Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Chemical exam is now offered exclusively via computer-based testing (CBT). CBT provides greater convenience for examinees, uniform testing conditions, and enhanced security.
PE Chemical exam specifications are available at: https://ncees.org/engineering/pe/chemical/

June 20, 2017 - eNewsletters - Issues were published with specific stories for different audiences.
eNewsletter for P.E.s.
Rules were approved removing windstorm inspection requirements. Licensure videos developed by staff were introduced. NCEES updates were shared regarding the first computer-based PE exam and the E3 Customer Management System. Links were available for disciplinary Action Summaries and Video Clips of the Regular Quarterly Board Meeting which was held May 24-25, 2017.
eNewsletter for E.I.T.s
EIT deadlines were outlined for applications and exam registration. Licensure videos developed by staff were introduced. NCEES updates were shared regarding the first computer-based PE exam and the E3 Customer Management System.

March 18, 2017 - TBPE 80th ANNIVERSARY
March 18, 2017, is the 80th Anniversary of the New London School Explosion, a terrible accident that ultimately led to the creation of the Texas Engineering Practice Act and the creation of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. Therefore, 2017 is the 80th Anniversary of the Board, and to honor all of the engineers since 1937 and their dedication to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Texas, Governor Abbott has issued a letter of recognition. Letter from Governor Abbottpdf icon

May 13, 2016 - GOVERNOR APPOINTS NEW TBPE BOARD MEMBERS
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Albert Cheng and Cathy Norwood and reappointed Lamberto "Bobby" Balli to the TBPE Board for terms set to expire September 26, 2021. For bios of the new Board members, refer to: http://gov.texas.gov/news/appointment/22311

May 1, 2016 -DECOUPLING OF PE EXAM AND EXPERIENCE
ONLINE EIT REGISTRATION IS NOW AVAILABLE

Changes adopted at the February Board meeting will allow a Texas EIT (Engineer in Training) to register for the PE exam prior to meeting the full experience requirement if they choose to do so. These rules became effective May 1, 2016. Decoupling Webpage
The Online EIT Application System is now available for those who wish to apply to become an EIT. Current EITs can register for the PE exam through NCEES starting 6/20/16.

March 10, 2016 - Texas and South Korea Sign Engineering Licensure Agreement
An agreement between Texas and South Korea was signed in Austin today which will streamline mutual recognition of engineering qualifications and licensing arrangements to work on projects in both jurisdictions. The Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) for engineering services was signed by Dr. Daniel Wong, P.E., Chairman, and Dr. Lance Kinney, P.E., Executive Director, of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, and Mr. HongTaek Yong, Director General, of the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning of Korea, and Mr. ChangWoo Kim, Executive Vice President of the Korean Professional Engineers Association (KPEA). The agreement will open up opportunities for Texas Professional Engineers to provide engineering services in South Korea by making it much easier for suitably qualified engineers to be licensed with KPEA. This agreement demonstrates the Texas Board's continued leadership in international licensure. The MRA is the first for engineering services under the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement and follows similar agreements providing for mutual recognition of engineering licensure between Texas and Canada, Mexico, and Australia and a Memorandum of Understanding with Japan. The Chairman of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, Dr. Daniel Wong, P.E., said, "I am extremely proud of the Texas Board in this agreement with the Country of Korea. Texas is leading the U.S. in the global recognition of engineering licensure and exchange of professional services." The Korean Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning stated that "This accord is expected to raise the international stature of local professional engineers and increase overseas demand for them." For more information, see the News Release.

February 29, 2016 - NCEES Seeks Help from Computer Engineers for Online Survey
NCEES is seeking licensed professional engineers practicing in computer engineering to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study (PAKS) to update specifications for the PE Electrical and Computer Engineering exams. The study, which was originally launched in June 2015, requires professional engineers practicing in all areas of electrical and computer engineering. While NCEES has enough participants practicing in electrical/electronic and power engineering, it is extending the study to find additional computer engineering participants. NCEES requires a cross section of licensed professional engineers practicing computer engineering—including those working in industry, consulting, the public sector, and academia—to complete an online survey about the tasks and knowledge required of a licensed electrical or computer engineer with 4 to 6 years of experience to practice in a manner that safeguards the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The survey can be completed in about 20 minutes. "These studies help NCEES ensure its licensing exams remain relevant to current professional practice," explained Director of Exam Services Tim Miller, P.E. "We've had a great response across most areas of this discipline, but we need more participants practicing in computer engineering." For access to the online survey, visit bit.ly/PEElecComp.

February 11, 2016 - Decoupling of PE Exam and Experience Requirement
At the Regular Board meeting, the Board approved rules to allow for the 'decoupling' of the experience requirements for licensure and the approval to take the PE exam. These rules will officially be implemented in May 2016.
This change will allow a Texas Engineer in Training (EIT) to register for the PE exam prior to meeting the full experience requirement. The May implementation date means the new system will be in effect for the upcoming October 2016 PE exam but will not be applicable for the April 2016 exam.
"TBPE is pleased to offer flexibility for taking the PE exam in passing the "decoupling" provision," said TBPE Chairman Daniel Wong, Ph.D., P.E. "Decoupling does not change the current requirements for PE licensure or the PE exam itself but just offers a more flexible time line to accommodate different career and life paths of our future engineers".

Refer to the Decoupling Page for further information.

July 6, 2015 - REPEAL OF $200 PROFESSIONAL FEE
The Board was excited to announce a legislative change that will have a significant annual effect on thousands of licensed Professional Engineers and engineering firms in Texas. Tax reduction was one of the important efforts during the 84th legislative session, and House Bill 7 (HB 7) was part of that fiscal package. By passing HB 7, the legislature of Texas repealed the long-standing $200 Professional Fee for Professional Engineers and a number of other licensed professions. The great news for the engineering community is that effective September 1, 2015, licensed Professional Engineers will no longer pay the $200 Professional Fee associated with license renewals, applications for new PE licenses or reactivation of licenses in inactive status. All licensees will see the reduction automatically on their renewal statements. Several existing Board Rules will also be modified as soon as possible to accommodate the changes. Due to the effective date of the statute change, PE license renewals set for September 2015 will not be available until September 1, 2015. This will be a month later than usual, but it is necessary so that the $200 fee is not assessed to licensees. Renewal invoices will be sent on September 1, 2015 and renewals will be processed as normal online and by mail starting on that date.

April 18, 2014 - Quality Texas Award
The Texas Board of Professional Engineers (TBPE) has been recognized by the Quality Texas Foundation for its commitment to quality in all aspects of its operations. This is the third recognition for performance excellence in four years, and TBPE is the only state regulatory agency to be recognized during the 2014 review cycle. TBPE Press Release, Quality Texas Press Release

April 1, 2014 - PE Renewal Fee Increase
In August 2013 the Board approved an operating budget for the 2014 fiscal year. Beginning with the June 2014 cycle, the P.E. renewal fee will be $40 instead of $35. There is no change to the legislatively required annual Professional Fee, so the standard renewal total is $240. The last change to renewal fees was in March 2004.

January 17, 2014 - The state licensing boards that regulate the practice of engineering in North Carolina, Kentucky, and Texas signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with the Japan PE/FE Examiners Council (JPEC) on December 18 in Tokyo, Japan. The MOUs allow for those who have successfully completed NCEES licensing exams in Japan to seek licensure as a professional engineer, or P.E., in the three U.S. states. Refer to the NCEES Press Release.

September 1, 2013 - Criminal History Record Check (CHRC)
The 83rd Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 204 which modified the Texas Engineering Practice Act to require a one-time criminal history record check for all license applications and all renewals of active licenses. This law was effective January 1, 2014 and must be done at the applicant or licensee expense. Refer to the CHRC Page for further information.

October 21, 2013 - Application fee change: At its meeting in August, the Board approved the agency budget, which included a change of several licensing fees related to applications and renewals.  Effective November 1, 2013, the application fee will increase from $50 to $80.  This will affect any new or reactivated applications submitted on or after that date.  This will be the first application fee change in more than 30 years.

September 27, 2013 -Criminal History Record Check Requirement - Starting January 1, 2014, by law, all license applications and all renewals of active licenses will require a one-time criminal history record check. For further information, refer to the: CHRC Information Page.

July 20, 2013 - Fee Collection Change - Effective 8/1/13, as required by statute, the Board will now collect the $250 PE Application Fee in two separate transactions; $50 when applying and $200 after passing the exam.