By: Ryan Malone
Original Article from NSPE:
Florida Bids Goodbye to Certificates of Authorization
Beginning October 1, AEC firms in Florida will no longer be required to apply for a certificate of authorization.
Firms will be required to register their businesses with the Florida Board of Professional Engineers and be qualified by having a professional engineer licensed in the state on their staff. Prior to this change, engineering firms had to renew their certificate of authorization every two years and pay a fee. Current and active holders of the certificate will be transferred to the new registry.
If a firm’s qualified licensee leaves the firm, the board must be notified within 24 hours of his or her departure. If this licensee was the only qualifying licensee with the firm, the business must refrain from offering engineering services in the state. Another qualified engineer must be brought into the firm within 60 days if the firm wants to continue offering services.
The registry will also apply to out-of-state firms that want to provide engineering services on a temporary basis.
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