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09.23.04.03 - Board for Professional Engineers - Pending Regulations

 

PROPOSED ACTION ON REGULATIONS
MARYLAND REGISTER, VOLUME 40, ISSUE 17
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2013

Subtitle 23 BOARD FOR PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS

09.23.04 Fees

Authority: Business Regulation Article, §§2-106, 2-106.1 and 2-106.2; Business Occupations and Professions Article, §§14-101, 14-208, and 14-209, Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Proposed Action
[13-244-P]

The Board for Professional Engineers proposes to amend Regulation .03 under COMAR 09.23.04 Fees. This action was considered by the Board at a public meeting held on April 11, 2013, notice of which was published in 40:6 Md. R. 591 (March 22, 2013), in accordance with State Government Article, §10-506(c), Annotated Code of Maryland.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this action is to align the examination fees paid by applicants to take licensing examinations with the fees established by the National Council of Examiners of Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES). NCEES is the national organization that develops the exam, which is used nationally and internationally as the measure of engineering competence. Applicants pay the examination fees directly to a third party vendor that administers the examinations.

Comparison to Federal Standards

There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.

Estimate of Economic Impact

I. Summary of Economic Impact. The engineering exam consists of two parts, Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE). The FE exam will be converted to computer based delivery in January 2014. At that time, the FE exam fee will increase from $165 per candidate to $225, and the PE exam fee will increase from $275 per candidate to $370.

Currently, FE candidates pay $165 directly to the Board’s exam vendor, Professional Credential Services (PCS) to take the exam. Of that amount, $110 is PCS’ administration fee and $55 is NCEES’ fee for the exam booklet and scoring.

PE candidates currently pay $275 directly to PCS. Of that amount, $110 is PCS’ administration fee and $165 is NCEES’ fee for the exam booklet and scoring.

Effective in January 2014, FE candidates will submit $225 directly to NCEES to take the computerized exam and PCS will no longer receive any fees from FE candidates. PE candidates will submit $370 ($260 NCEES exam booklet and scoring fee plus $110 PCS administration fee) directly to PCS, and PCS will continue to collect the fees from PE candidates.

 
Revenue (R+/R-)
 
II. Types of Economic
Impact.
Expenditure
(E+/E-)
Magnitude

A. On issuing agency:
 State Occupational and Professional Design Boards
NONE
 
B. On other State agencies: NONE
 
C. On local governments: NONE
Benefit (+)
Cost (-)
Magnitude
D. On regulated
industries or trade groups:
 Exam candidates
(-) $65 to $95 per candidate

E. On other industries or trade groups:
 (1) Professional Credential Service (PCS)
 (2) NCEES
(-)



(+)


$110 per FE candidate

$95 to $170 per candidate
 
F. Direct and indirect effects on public: NONE
 

III. Assumptions. (Identified by Impact Letter and Number from Section II.)

A. The Board does not collect any exam fees from candidates. The exam fees are paid to the exam vendor, PCS. After transition to computer-based delivery of the exam, NCEES will directly collect fees from FE candidates.

D. FE candidates will see an increase of $60 per administration. PE candidates will pay an additional $95 to take the exam.

E(1). PCS presently administers the FE exam for Maryland candidates. PCS collects $110 from each candidate per administration. When the FE exam goes to computer based delivery, PCS will no longer be involved in the administration of the FE and therefore will lose revenues.

E(2). NCEES will collect additional revenues of $95 for each PE exam candidate and $170 for each FE candidate. However, their costs for conversion to computer testing for the FE will increase. Those amounts are unknown to this agency.

Economic Impact on Small Businesses

The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses.

Impact on Individuals with Disabilities

The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.

Opportunity for Public Comment

Comments may be sent to Pamela J. Edwards, Executive Director, Professional Licensing Boards, 500 N. Calvert Street, Room 308, Baltimore, MD 21202, or call 410-230-6262, or email to pamedwards@dllr.state.md.us, or fax to 410-333-0021. Comments will be accepted through September 23, 2013. A public hearing has not been scheduled.

Open Meeting

Final action on the proposal will be considered by the Board for Professional Engineers during a public meeting to be held on October 10, 2013, at 500 N. Calvert Street, Third Floor Conference Room, Baltimore, MD 21202.

.03 Fees and Costs.
  A. (text unchanged)
  B. An applicant for the appropriate licensing examination shall pay the following examination fees directly to the Board or its designee, as these fees are established by the National Council of Examiners of Engineers and Surveyors:
    (1) Fundamentals of Engineering — [$55] $225;
    (2) Principles and Practice of Engineering — [$165] $260; and
    (3) (text unchanged)
  C.— E. (text unchanged)

HOWARD C. HARCLERODE II
Chairman
State Board for Professional Engineers