Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Fall 2007
An Electronic Newsletter by the Maryland State Boards of:
Architects, Certified Interior Designers, Examiners of Landscape Architects
Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors

COMMISSIONER'S MESSAGE

Stanley J. BottsMy first quarter at DLLR has been both exciting and challenging. I have attempted to make an appearance at all of the Design Board meetings and hope to complete the cycle in coming weeks. I want to announce the arrival of Daniel Parr as Executive Director of the Professional Licensing Boards. Dan comes to us with a varied background, with a twenty year focus in technology consulting to local government, specifically in the area of GIS systems. You will be hearing directly from Dan through this newsletter and other outreach efforts in the future. Also, there is no better time to express our gratitude for the outstanding job Pamela Edwards has done in the interim as the Acting Executive Director. Pamela has returned to her regular position as the Assistant Director. I am happy to have Dan and Pamela as well as their entire team as we collectively work with the Design Boards to attain their goals.

With the exams for Engineers and Land Surveyors having been completed in October, staff has been busy focusing on that critical task. We have filled the Exam Coordinator position with Ms. Karen Wright. Pam Edwards and she did an excellent job of administering the October exams to more than 600 candidates. We are also working to issue a Request for Proposal for private sector administration of the Engineering, Surveying and Landscape Architecture Licensing Exams in the future and hope to get it on the street for responses shortly. Dan has also started to review all the positions in the unit for the accuracy of job descriptions and classifications.

I have met with Dan and the staff to express my appreciation for the work they have done, continue to do and I expect they will do going forward. We have a dedicated and committed team and are taking a look at our processes and procedures to make sure we are working effectively and efficiently to serve the citizens and professionals of the State of Maryland. We are looking to see where we can make improvements in the areas of processes, technology and outreach, just to name a few. I would also be remiss if I did not recognize the efforts of the thirty five men and women who serve as members of the five Boards. I have been impressed by their leadership and commitment to assuring that Maryland licenses qualified design professionals and that once licensed, those individuals practice within the bounds of applicable laws and regulations.

I look forward to ongoing communication with the over 22,000 individual design professionals and firms that are regulated through the five Design Boards. Please feel free to contact me at sbotts@dllr.state.md.us with your thoughts and concerns.

To review the qualifications for board service visit the design board's homepage: http://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/design/ and click on a board and the Online Law & Regulations button to see the specific requirements for Appointment to the Board.

IN THIS ISSUE:

ARCHITECTURE:

ENGINEERING:

INTERIOR DESIGN:

LAND SURVEYING:

DESIGN BOARDS INFO:

OTHER NEWS:


A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dan Parr, Executive DirectorWith only three months of experience as Executive Director, I am impressed at how well the Design Boards work---I am also firmly convinced that it can be done much, much better. A strong complement of volunteer Board Members and a great staff make things work. I believe that they can do more with less effort if we apply good consistent management and well planned systems—digital and manual.

A big part of good management is understanding how things are working. Board Members and staff have been very forthcoming with ideas and suggestions. I think we need to hear from the professionals who self-fund our operations what it is that you think should be improved. This is not done as a flip request; it is a significant part of a plan to move quickly on those things that can be changed quickly and to start those that will require more time.

The interaction between the Boards and the professionals we license is too limited and klutzy. We are in the middle of developing a Communication Plan and we need to hear from you about what you need to know about policies, regulations, and issues before the Boards. We need to know about how your interaction with the Boards works or does not. We know there are weak points and convoluted processes. They are targets for action. We need to hear from you to know what your priorities are and how we can be more effective and efficient in how we protect the health, safety and well-being of people in Maryland. For example: what are the most effective media for communicating with licensees? Are the forms and systems you use easy or hard to use? Can you navigate the Web site easily? Does the format or layout keep you from using it? Are there significant issues that the Boards should address that you see every day? Are Code Officials and local government staff aware of the statutes and regulations?

If you would email me at dboards@dllr.state.md.us, I promise to review your email and respond with where we are in addressing the issue. I will try to put your comments into some summary form in the next By Design, so you know what is on our agenda and the opportunities and obstacles we face in resolving each issue.

I look forward to working with everyone.

Dan Parr

ARCHITECTURE

VOTE PASSED ON IDP/A.R.E. TIMING ISSUE

Almost a year after its Sept. 27, 2006 public hearing to debate the topic, the Board of Architects voted to adopt the ruling of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) that Maryland Architectural Registration Examination (A.R.E.) candidates can take the examination while still enrolled in the Intern Development Program (IDP).

Opposition to the revised regulation cited the ability of candidates to recall newly learned information and a possible three to five year wait for potential test takers as reasons to vote against the change.

The final ruling updates the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR). The change should go into effect in April 2008 after a period of time for additional public comment.


REMINDER TO ARCHITECTS

Architect SealIn compliance with Code of Maryland Regulations 09.21.02.04, architects are required to sign and seal drawings, similar to the amendment to the regulation for professional engineers. The certification for architectural drawings is as follows: “Professional Certification. I certify that these documents were prepared or approved by me, and that I am a duly licensed architect under the laws of the State of Maryland, license number _______, Expiration Date: _______.” Titleblock, certification, seal, and signature shall appear in close proximity to each other.

ENGINEERING

FALL 2007 PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER RECOGNITION EVENT HELD

Gov. Martin O'Malley waves to board members Rosalind Yee, Sallye Perrin and Steven Arndt.Gov. Martin O'Malley waves to board members Rosalind Yee, Sallye Perrin and Steven Arndt.
Maryland Society of Professional Engineers President David Thaler (far left) takes the Engineers' oath with newly licensed engineers.Maryland Society of Professional Engineers President David Thaler (far left) takes the Engineers' oath with newly licensed engineers.
The Maryland Board for Professional Engineers in conjunction with the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers (MDSPE) held the fall 2007 Professional Engineers Recognition Event on September 14, 2007 at the Miller State Senate Building in Annapolis, Maryland.

The event began with greetings from Governor Martin O’Malley and introductory remarks from David S. Thaler, MDSPE president. Robert Summer, Ph.D., Deputy Secretary of the Environment was also on hand to provide remarks.

Robert G. Sebastian, P.E., presented a check to the Johns Hopkins University Engineering Department from the newly created J. Jay Pecora Memorial Scholarship Fund. Pecora was a professional engineer being posthumously honored with the scholarship fund established in his name.

Maryland engineering license certificates were presented to ten individuals by Vice Chair of the Board for Professional Engineers, Howard C. “Skip” Harclerode. The finale to the event was the Order of the Engineer Induction Ceremony, the oath taken by professional engineers and presentation of an engineer’s ring to each candidate.


CHANGE OF SEAL REQUIREMENTS SUCCESSFUL

Engineering Seal The initial results of the regulation change that requires professional engineers to identify their license and its expiration date has generated a bumper crop of requests for reinstatement.

Effective July 2, 2007, the Board for Professional Engineers requires a professional engineer to include the following statement to be stamped in or near the title block and seal when it is used on plans or documents:

“Professional Certification. I hereby certify that these documents were prepared or approved by me, and that I am a duly licensed professional engineer under the laws of the State of Maryland, License No. _______, Expiration Date: _______.” The document, certification, seal, and signature shall appear close to one other.

Code of Maryland Regulations 09.23.03.10

This has had the desired effect of bringing to many engineers’ attention the fact that their license has expired. It is believed that this will also be a reminder to those who miss or forget about receiving a renewal notice that is sent out 60 days prior to expiration.


LIMITED LICENSE LAW IN EFFECT

Effective October 1, 2007, HB-413, Repeal of Authority to Issue Limited Licenses, now prohibits the issuance of a temporary license to practice engineering for a specific project. This means that temporary engineering licensees will no longer be issued by the Board for Professional Engineers.


PHILADELPHIA HOSTS NCEES ANNUAL MEETING

By Pastor Farinas, Board for Professional Engineers

The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) held its annual business meeting August 22-25, 2007 in Philadelphia, Pa. Representing the state of Maryland were Professional Engineers board members Steven A. Arndt, P.E., Howard C. “Skip” Harclerode, II, P.E. and Pastor Farinas, P.E. As the previous year’s meeting in Anchorage, the annual meeting was a solid success, with members participating in workshops, voting on motions and networking with other Council members.

At the first business session of the meeting, Herbert Shivers, Ph.D., P.E. of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) delivered the keynote address to kick off the annual meeting. Dr. Shivers spoke about the role engineers play in the day-to-day operations of the Marshall Space Flight Center. In addition, he provided an exciting multimedia update on NASA’s future plans, which includes the Constellation program and Ares spacecraft as well as key steps in the process of putting human beings back on the moon and eventually Mars.

During Thursday’s meeting, the Nevada Board distributed a new motion on the Official Motion From proposing “rescinding the B.S. plus 30 requirements for engineering licensure, a Uniform Procedures and Legislative Guidelines (UPLG) Committee motion that the Council passed in Anchorage during last year’s annual meeting and is set to go into effect in 2015. During Friday’s meeting, this floor motion was rejected by the Council, as the Council indicated that it wanted to continue to move toward heightened educational requirements for engineering licensure.

A Structural Exam Task Force motion to create a uniform structural exam passed by a large margin. The motion proposed charging the Examination for Professional Engineers (EPE) Committee with modernizing the format of the Structural Engineering (SEI and SEII Exams to create a single examination for Member Boards that grant structural engineering licensure. This examination would have two eight-hour components and would be put into use by April 2011.

A motion was passed to print separate books for P.E. depth modules (Civil, Electrical and Mechanical) and F.E. afternoon modules. The motion also called for printing three versions of the morning portions of the Civil, Electrical and Mechanical P.E. exams to deter copying/collusion. The changes to the Civil P.E. exam will be implemented in October 2009 and the changes to the F.E. and P.E. Electrical and Mechanical exams will go into effect in April 2010.

The Governance Task Force to combine the Constitution and the Bylaws into one document for the Council’s consideration at the 2008 Annual Meeting passed by a large margin. A non-binding straw poll concerning an election at large for the president-elect position failed.

The Council passed a Board of Directors motion to approve NCEES serving as the primary sponsor of National Engineers Week with a projected cost of $250,000. A second motion to establish a Washington, D.C. based satellite office was defeated.

The Council passed four UPLG Committee motions. The first revised the Model Rules definitions of Model Law Engineer and Model Law Structural Engineer to include the B.S. plus 30 requirement beginning in 2015. Motions presented by the EPP Committee to revise various Exam Development and Exam Administration policies passed, with the motion authorizing the Council’s Board of Directors (rather than the Council as a whole) to contract to provide NCEES examinations to sanctioned foreign licensing bodies failed.

A Western Zone resolution urging the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) to stem the decline of required credit hours for engineering degrees at accredited institutions passed with a solid majority.

The motion to strike expert testimony from practice definitions presented by the Law Enforcement Committee calling for the removal of the term “expert technical testimony” from the Model Law definitions of engineering and surveying failed.

INTERIOR DESIGN

NCIDQ EXAM DATES AND APPLICATION DEADLINES

National Council for Interior Design QualificationNCIDQ EXAM DATES AND APPLICATION DEADLINES

December 10, 2007

NCIDQ Application Deadline for the Spring 2008 Exam (for first-time applicants only)

April 4-5, 2008

Spring 2008 NCIDQ Examination

June 10, 2008

NCIDQ Application Deadline for the Fall 2008 Exam (for first-time applicants only)

October 3-4, 2008

Fall 2008 NCIDQ Examination

For more information about the NCIDQ application process, contact NCIDQ at (202) 721-0220 or go to www.ncidq.org. For information on American Society of Interior Designers Self-Testing Exercises for Pre-Professionals (ASID STEP) preparation courses, visit www.asid.org/designer/step.

LAND SURVEYING

LAND SURVEYING BROCHURES DISTRIBUTED TO POTENTIAL LICENSEES

Brochures created as part of the Design Boards outreach program are being distributed to the public. Land Surveying: The Career Opportunity of a Lifetime and Understanding Professional Land Surveyors’ Licensure have been printed and are making their way into the hands of potential land surveyors’ licensees.

A supply of each of the land surveyors’ brochures were given to James Whitehead of the Maryland Society for Surveyors to assist the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) in getting the word out about land surveying as a career. In addition, additional brochures were sent to the DLLR One-Stop Job Markets in Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Wicomico Counties to be distributed in waiting areas and at job and career fairs.

Two additional brochures, Maryland Design Boards Complaint Process and Understanding Maryland Professional Engineers’ Licensure are also being distributed through the office of the Professional Design Boards to walk-in customers and telephone inquiries. For more information about obtaining any of the aforementioned brochures for single copy or group distribution, please contact Janine McDonald at jmcdonald@dllr.state.md.us or (410) 230-6215.

Design Boards Info


DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

07 – PE-03 – Pursuant to the terms of the Consent Order dated August 22, 2007, John D. Elder’s professional engineer’s license was SUSPENDED for a period of 120 days and he was FINED $2,000 for violation of Section 14-317(a)(1)(i) and (iii), Business Occupations and Professions Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, for failing to disclose criminal convictions on professional examination and license renewal applications.

04-PE-13 – Carl D. Jones’ professional engineer’s license was SUSPENDED for a period of 180 days and he was FINED $5000 for violation of Section 14-317(a)(1)(iv) and (vi), Business Occupations and Professions Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, and COMAR 09.23.03.01, 09.23.03.02B and C, and 09.23.03.09A for signing and sealing documents without personal inspection of the project either prior to the start of or during construction or repair of the pier-footing, for failing to provide sufficient supervision, and for failing to ensure the accuracy of information contained in the reports that were used in connection with the issuance of occupancy permit.


Applying Online Makes All the Difference


Approximately 80% of Professional License applications are done online. Even though the online process is more secure and almost 10 times faster, 20% of applicants submit a paper form. The difference in processing time is the difference between digital and analog---manual forms require more data entry, more paper file management, and more letters or phone calls if there are problems. If time and security are important, apply and renew online.


BY DESIGN ARCHIVE OPERATIONAL

Have you ever wanted to look up an article from a past issue of By Design?  Well, now you can!  By Design has a new archive available on the DLLR Web site.  This feature enables readers to retrieve articles from back issues of the newsletter.  Click on the BYDESIGN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE and scroll through the archive to find an article that interests you today.



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Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

op@dllr.state.md.us
500 North Calvert Street, 3rd Floor
Baltimore, Maryland, 21202

Stanley J. Botts, Commissioner
Harry Loleas, Deputy Commissioner
Daniel Parr, Executive Director
Pamela Edwards, Assistant Executive Director
410-230-6322
Fax 410-333-0021

By Design
Janine S. McDonald, Editor

Contributing Writers: Charles Maloy, Steve Parker, Skip Harclerode, Pamela Edwards, Harry Loleas, Janine S. McDonald, Milena Trust, Daniel Parr

YOUR BOARD MEMBERS

State Board of Architects
410-230-6261, architect@dllr.state.md.us
Stephen L. Parker, Chair, Architect,
Montgomery County
Diane Cho, Architect, Baltimore City
Gary A. Bowden, Architect, Baltimore City
R. Glen Stephens, Architect, Howard County
Paul R. Edmeades, Architect, Harford County
Gary Ey, Consumer Member, Harford County
Juan Torrico, Consumer Member, Baltimore County

Terry White, Executive Secretary

State Board of Examiners of Landscape Architects
410-230-6256
landscape@dllr.state.md.us

Charles Bailey, Chair, Landscape Architect,
Howard County
Michael Fisher, Landscape Architect, Harford County
Liling T. Tien, Landscape Architect, Baltimore County
Evonne Caison, Consumer Member, Prince George's County
Ralph E. Reisler, Consumer Member, Cecil County

Mrs. Deborah Evans, Executive Secretary

State Board for Professional Land Surveyors
410-230-6256 surveyor@dllr.state.md.us

Charles Maloy Ed.D, Chair, Consumer Member, Baltimore County
Daniel P. Lavelle, Land Surveyor, Frederick County
Joan G. Dunne, Consumer Member, Baltimore County
John V. Mettee, III, Land Surveyor, Harford County
Thomas M. Orisich, Land Surveyor,
Baltimore County
Donald J. Ocker, Property Line Surveyor,
St. Mary's County

Mrs. Deborah Evans, Executive Secretary

State Board for Professional Engineers
410-230-6260 pe@dllr.state.md.us

Eugene C. Harvey, P.E., Chairman, Civil Engineer  Member, Anne Arundel County
Pastor Farinas, P.E., Electrical Engineer Member, Montgomery County
Sandra J. Murphy, Consumer Member, Prince George's County
Sallye E. Perrin, P.E., Civil Engineer Member, Baltimore City
H.C. Harclerode II, P.E., Vice Chairman, Chemical Engineer Member, Baltimore County
Steven A. Arndt, Mechanical Engineer Member, Montgomery County
Rosalind L. Yee, Consumer Member,
Anne Arundel County

Dorothy Matricciani, Executive Secretary

State Board for Certified Interior Designers
410-230-6259
interiordesign@dllr.state.md.us

Diane Gordy, Chair, Certified Interior Designer, Montgomery County
Teri Bennett, Certified Interior Designer, Baltimore
Carla K. Viar, Certified Interior Designer, Washington County
Scott A. McGovern, Licensed Architect, Baltimore County
Ellen Schofield, Certified Interior Designer
Austine R. Fink, Consumer Member
Janis Daniels, Executive Secretary