Regulations of the Commissioner

Part 68, Engineering and Land Surveying

Effective July 15, 2011

§68.1 Education/experience credit. | §68.2 Experience acceptable for licensure as a professional engineer. | §68.3 Licensing examinations for engineering. | §68.4 Professional study of land surveying. | §68.5 Experience acceptable for licensure as a land surveyor. | §68.6 Licensing examinations for land surveying. | §68.7 Licensure by endorsement of out-of-state examination. | §68.8 Limited permits. | §68.9 Scope of practice by exempt persons. | §68.10 Seals. | §68.11 Continuing education for professional engineers. | §68.12 Continuing education for land surveyors.

§68.1 Education/experience credit.

  1. Definition. Unless otherwise provided, acceptable accrediting agency means an accrediting agency which is recognized by the United States Commissioner of Education as a reliable authority for the purpose of accreditation at the postsecondary level, and which applies its criteria for granting accreditation in a fair, consistent and nondiscriminatory manner.
  2. Prior to licensure the applicant must accrue 12 years of acceptable education/experience credit. One year of education/experience credit may be earned for each year of work experience acceptable to the State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying pursuant to section 68.2 of this Part. Two years of education/experience credit may be earned for each year of professional engineering education obtained in a program leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering and accredited by an acceptable accrediting agency which specializes in the fields of engineering or in a program equivalent to such an accredited professional engineering program.
  3. Education/experience credits may also be proportionally earned for various levels and types of postsecondary education which, while not entirely the study of professional engineering, contain important elements/content of such study. Such postsecondary education should demonstrate the following:
    1. that it contains important elements/content of the study of professional engineering, such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, physical and applied sciences, design, and properties of materials;
    2. that it is in an appropriate subject relevant to the field of professional engineering, such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, physical and applied sciences, design, and properties of materials;
    3. that it is at an appropriate level of study that would, at a minimum, be the material equivalent of study at an undergraduate level; and
    4. that it is part of a program accredited by an acceptable accrediting agency or part of a program equivalent to such an accredited program.
  4. In accordance with the provisions of subdivisions (a), (b), and (c) of this section, the department shall accept evidence of completion of a master's or doctoral degree in engineering in lieu of not more than one year of acceptable education/experience credit.

§68.2 Experience acceptable for licensure as a professional engineer.

Practical experience in professional engineering work satisfactory to the board shall be verified in a manner acceptable to the board and shall:

  1. demonstrate the intensive application of engineering principles in the practical solution of engineering problems;
  2. demonstrate a knowledge of engineering mathematics, physical and applied sciences, properties of materials, and the fundamental principles of engineering design;
  3. be broad in scope;
  4. be of such nature as to develop and mature the applicant's engineering knowledge and judgment; and
  5. include at least two years of experience acquired while working on projects requiring a knowledge and use of codes and practices utilized in the United States.

§68.3 Licensing examinations for engineering.

  1. The licensing examination shall consist of:
    1. fundamentals of engineering: a written examination to test the applicant's knowledge of fundamental principles of mathematics, science, engineering science, and appropriate related subjects; and
    2. principles and practice of engineering: a comprehensive problem-solving examination to test the applicant's ability to apply fundamental knowledge to the solution of practical engineering problems.
  2. Applications for admission to licensing examinations, including all required fees, shall be completed and filed not less than 90 days prior to the examination date. An applicant for admission to the fundamentals of engineering examination shall have earned six education/experience credits as defined in section 68.1 of this Part. An applicant for admission to the principles and practice of engineering examination shall have earned 12 education/experience credits.
  3. The fundamentals of engineering examination used since February 14,1975 replaced, and is equivalent to, the sum of Parts I and II of the examinations used prior to February 1975. The principles and practice of engineering examination used since February 14, 1975 replaced, and is equivalent to, Part III of the examinations used prior to February 1975.
  4. The grade retention provisions of section 59.5 (f) of this Title shall not be applicable to engineering examinations.
  5. Passing grade.
    1. For candidates who completed any part of the examinations prior to February 14, 1975, the passing grade shall be an average of 75 on all parts taken, provided that no part shall be accepted with a grade less than 65 and not more than one part shall be accepted with a grade less than 75.
    2. For candidates who did not establish credit for two parts of the examinations prior to February 14, 1975, the passing grade for examinations taken between February 14, 1975 and October 1, 1984 shall be 75 on each part.
    3. For candidates not having established credit for two parts of the examinations prior to October 1, 1984, the passing grade for each part taken after October 1, 1984 shall be 70.
    4. Scores for licensing examinations shall be reported on a pass/fail basis.
  6. Review and rescoring of examinations shall be conducted in accordance with section 59.5 (g) of this Title.

§68.4 Professional study of land surveying.

  1. To meet the professional study requirement for licensure, the applicant shall present evidence of:
    1. possession of a bachelor's degree in land surveying or the equivalent from a program approved by the department for professional licensure purposes and four years of land surveying experience acceptable to the State Board; or
    2. completion of an approved secondary course of study; and
      1. for those applying prior to September 1, 1987, the equivalent of six years of land surveying experience acceptable to the board, provided that each complete year of study in a land surveying program approved by the department for professional licensure purposes may be accepted in lieu of one year of such experience to a maximum of two years; and
      2. for those applying on or after September 1, 1987, the equivalent of eight years of land surveying experience acceptable to the board, provided that each complete year of study in a land surveying program approved by the department for professional licensure purposes may be accepted in lieu of one year of such experience to a maximum of four years.
  2. To meet the professional study requirement for certification as an intern land surveyor, the applicant shall present evidence of:
    1. possession of a bachelor's degree in land surveying or the equivalent from a program approved by the department for professional licensure purposes; or
    2. completion of an approved secondary course of study; and
      1. for those applying prior to September 1, 1987, the equivalent of six years of land surveying experience acceptable to the board, provided that each complete year of study in a land surveying program approved by the department for professional licensure purposes may be accepted in lieu of one year of such experience, to a maximum of two years; and
      2. for those applying on or after September 1, 1987, the equivalent of eight years of land surveying experience acceptable to the board, provided that each complete year of study in a land surveying program approved by the department for professional licensure purposes may be accepted in lieu of one year of such experience, to a maximum of four years.

§68.5 Experience acceptable for licensure as a land surveyor.

Practical experience in land surveying work satisfactory to the board shall be verified in a manner acceptable to the board and shall:

  1. include 50 percent of the required experience spent in charge of work related to property conveyance and/or boundary line determination;
  2. demonstrate adequate experience in the technical field aspects of the profession;
  3. demonstrate adequate experience in charge of the office aspects of the profession;
  4. demonstrate experience in the legal aspects of the profession;
  5. demonstrate adequate direct supervision of experience by a licensed land surveyor; and
  6. include at least two years of experience acquired while working on projects requiring a knowledge and use of surveying codes and practices utilized in the United States.

§68.6 Licensing examinations for land surveying.

  1. An applicant for admission to the licensure examination in land surveying shall have satisfied the professional study requirements set forth in section 68.4 of this Part, except that an applicant for certification as an intern land surveyor may be admitted to Part 1 of the examination when such applicant is within 20 semester hours of completion of the requirements for a bachelor's degree in land surveying or the equivalent approved by the department for professional licensure purposes.
  2. Content. The examination shall consist of:
    1. Part 1 - Fundamentals of Land Surveying: mathematics, physics, English, surveying, property surveys and descriptions, vertical curves, state plane coordinate calculations, economic analysis; and
    2. Part 2 - Principles and Practice of Land Surveying: principles of profession (legal, technical, standards of professional conduct), property surveys, written instruments, monumentations, real property, field survey procedures, property survey descriptions, subdivision planning and design, deed descriptions and conveyancing, surveying law, geodetic surveying, hydrographic surveying; and
    3. Part 3 - Jurisdictional Examination, Surveying in New York State: examination in the practical and legal aspects of land surveying pertinent to New York State, the scope and content of which shall be determined by the State Board.
  3. After February 14, 1975, Fundamentals of Land Surveying, Part 1, replaces Fundamentals of Land Surveying, Mathematics; Principles and Practice of Land Surveying, Part 2, replaces Principles and Practice of Land Surveying, Surveying.
    1. Candidates who have established credit prior to February 14,1975 for the mathematics part of the examination shall be examined in Part 2 and Part 3.
    2. Candidates who have established credit prior to February 14, 1975 for the surveying part of the examination shall be examined in Part 1 and Part 3.
    3. The grade retention provisions of section 59.5(f) of this Title shall not be applicable to land surveying examinations.
  4. Passing grade. The passing grade for each of the parts of the surveying examination taken prior to October 1, 1984 is 75.0; for parts taken on or after October 1, 1984, the passing grade shall be 70.0. Except for the Jurisdictional Examination, scores for the licensing examinations shall be reported on a pass/fail basis.
  5. Review and rescoring of examinations shall be conducted in accordance with section 59.5 (g) of this Title.

§68.7 Licensure by endorsement of out-of-state examination.

The department may license an applicant who meets all requirements for licensure in New York State, except examination and has been issued a license or certificate to practice professional engineering or land surveying issued to him upon written examination by a legally constituted board of examiners in any other state or political subdivision of the United States, provided that the examination for such license or certificate was the equivalent of the examination required in this State at the time it was issued.


§68.8 Limited permits.

  1. In accordance with section 7207 (1) of the Education Law and upon recommendation of the board, the department may issue to an engineer who is not a resident of this State and having no established place of practice in this State a limited permit to practice engineering solely in connection with a single specified project and subject to the same registration and revocation restrictions as a license, provided that such applicant submits:
    1. a completed application form, including:
      1. the applicant's current residential and employment addresses;
      2. a description of the project for which the limited permit is requested; and
      3. a detailed description of experience satisfactory to the board and of a nature related to the project in New York for which the permit is to be issued;
    2. at least two satisfactory certifications as to character and qualifications submitted by licensed professional engineers, at least one of whom shall be a resident of this State;
    3. written confirmation, submitted to the department by the appropriate licensing authority, that the applicant is legally qualified to practice as a professional engineer or its equivalent in his own state or country; and
    4. payment of a permit fee of $60 and, in addition, payment of the statutory registration fee.
  2. In accordance with section 7207(2) of the Education Law, the department may issue a limited permit to practice as a professional engineer or land surveyor in this State, when such practice does not aggregate more than 30 days in any calendar year, to a person not a resident of this State and having no established place of practice in this State, provided that such applicant submits:
    1. a completed application form including:
      1. the applicant's current residential and employment addresses;
      2. the specific dates of anticipated practice which shall be for a continuous sequence of days, except that if acceptable reasons are submitted to the department, a special certificate may be issued for the unused portion of the time originally specified;
    2. written confirmation, submitted to the department by the appropriate licensing authority, that the applicant is legally qualified to practice as a professional engineer or land surveyor or the equivalent in his own state or country; and
    3. payment of a permit fee of $60.

§68.9 Scope of practice by exempt persons.

  1. The term engineering projects, as used in subdivision (m) of section 7208 of the Education Law, shall not include the survey of land for the purpose of establishing any real property boundaries within a subdivision.
  2. The term minor nature, as used in subdivision (n) of section 7208 of the Education Law, shall include but not be limited to the following projects:
    1. the design of water supply systems, sewage disposal systems, and storm drainage systems for individual lots or lots in subdivisions;
    2. the design of public water distribution systems for subdivisions where the project is within an existing water district approved by the appropriate Federal, State or local agencies, if:
      1. the project does not involve source development, treatment, storage, transmission mains, pumping or pressure reduction; and
      2. the water mains, as determined by the appropriate Federal, State, or local agencies, do not require highly specialized and complex designs; and
    3. the design of public sanitary sewage collection facilities where the project does not include special complex designs such as, but not limited to, those related to extreme soil conditions requiring special bedding, special manholes (e.g., 20 feet or more), major stream or highway crossings, or tunnelling, and the project:
      1. is within an existing sanitary sewer district or within the study area of a comprehensive sewer study as approved by the appropriate Federal, State or local agencies, if the project is limited to the design of sanitary sewer mains, collection sewers and appurtenances within the subdivision, including the design of connections to existing mains or trunks accessible outside the subdivision; or
      2. is not within an existing sanitary sewer district or within the study area of a comprehensive sewer study as approved by the appropriate Federal, State or local agencies.
    4. All designs for water supply and sanitary sewage collection facilities of a minor nature shall be submitted for review and approval to the appropriate Federal, State or local agencies prior to incorporation in the final plans submitted for subdivision approval.

§68.10 Seals.

For those applicants initially applying for licensure on or after July 1, 1984, seals used by licensed professional engineers and land surveyors shall be circular in shape, approximately 1 3/4 inches in diameter, bearing the legend at the top of the outer band, "STATE OF NEW YORK" and at the bottom "LICENSED PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER" or "LICENSED LAND SURVEYOR" or "LICENSED PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER AND LAND SURVEYOR" as the case may be. In the inner circle above the Great Seal of New York shall be shown the name of the licensee, and below the Great Seal the license number with no other letters or numbers.


§68.11 Continuing education for professional engineers.

  1. Definitions. As used in this section, acceptable accrediting agency means an organization accepted by the department as a reliable authority for the purpose of accreditation at the postsecondary level, applying its criteria for granting accreditation in a fair, consistent and nondiscriminatory manner, such as an agency recognized for this purpose by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
  2. Applicability of requirement.
    1. Each licensed professional engineer, required under Article 145 of the Education Law to register with the department to practice in New York State, shall comply with the mandatory continuing education requirements as prescribed in subdivision (c) of this section, except those licensees exempt from the requirement or who obtain an adjustment to the requirement pursuant to paragraph (2) of this subdivision or who are subject to a different requirement pursuant to this section.
    2. Exemptions and adjustments to the requirement.
      1. Exemptions. The following licensees shall be exempt from the continuing education requirements, as prescribed in subdivision (c) this section:
        1. licensees for the triennial registration period during which they are first licensed to practice engineering in New York State, except those first licensed to practice engineering in New York State pursuant to an endorsement of a license of another jurisdiction; and
        2. licensees whose first registration date following January 1, 2004 occurs prior to January 1, 2005, for periods prior to such registration date; and
        3. licensees who are not engaged in the practice of engineering as evidenced by not being registered to practice in New York State, except as otherwise provided in subdivision (e) of this section to meet the requirements for the resumption of practice in New York State.
      2. Adjustments to the requirement. An adjustment to the continuing education requirement, as prescribed in subdivision (c) of this section, may be made by the department, provided that the licensee documents good cause that prevents compliance, which shall include, but not be limited to, any of the following reasons: poor health certified by a physician; or a specific physical or mental disability certified by an appropriate health care professional; or extended active duty with the Armed Forces of the United States; or other good cause beyond the licensee's control which in the judgment of the department makes it impossible for the licensee to comply with the continuing education requirements in a timely manner.
  3. Mandatory continuing education requirement.
    1. General requirement.
      1. During each triennial registration period, meaning a registration period of three years' duration, an applicant for registration shall complete at least 36 hours of continuing education acceptable to the department, as defined in paragraph (3) of this subdivision, provided that at least 18 hours of such continuing education shall be in courses of learning, and no more than 18 hours of such continuing education shall be in other educational activities as prescribed in paragraph (3) of this subdivision, and at least one hour of such continuing education shall be in professional ethics. Any licensed professional engineer whose first registration date following January 1, 2004 occurs less than three years from that date, but on or after January 1, 2005, shall complete continuing education hours on a prorated basis at the rate of one hour of acceptable continuing education per month for the period beginning January 1, 2004 up to the first registration date thereafter. Such continuing education shall be completed during the period beginning January 1, 2004 and ending before the first day of the new registration period or at the option of the licensee during any time in the previous registration period.
      2. Proration. Unless otherwise prescribed in this section, during each registration period of less than three years' duration, an applicant for registration shall complete acceptable continuing education, as defined in paragraph (3) of this subdivision and within the limits prescribed in such paragraph, on a prorated basis at a rate of one hour of continuing education per month for such registration period.
    2. Requirement for certain licensees.
      1. In accordance with section 7211(1)(d) of the Education Law, a licensee shall be deemed to have satisfied the continuing education requirement prescribed in paragraph (1) of this subdivision, if the licensee meets the following conditions:
        1. On December 31, 2003, the licensee was directly employed on a full-time basis by the State of New York; or agencies, public authorities, or public benefit corporations of the State of New York; or local government units of the State of New York in a position requiring licensure in engineering and is represented by a collective bargaining unit or designated management or confidential pursuant to Article 14 of the Civil Service Law at all times when so employed; and
        2. either:
          1. the licensee has continuously been employed in a position or successor positions described in clause (a) of this subparagraph, and since January 1, 2004, has not otherwise practiced engineering in New York State in any other capacity outside of such employment; or
          2. the licensee has left employment described in clause (a) of this subparagraph, and since January 1, 2004, has not practiced engineering in New York State in any other capacity outside of employment in a position described in clause (a) of this subparagraph.
      2. A licensee who does not meet the conditions prescribed in clauses (a) and (b) of subparagraph (i) of this paragraph shall be required to complete acceptable continuing education, as defined in paragraph (3) of this subdivision, at the rate of one hour of continuing education per month from the date the condition is not met until the next registration date. Thereafter, the licensee shall complete the regular continuing education requirement prescribed in paragraph (1) of this subdivision.
    3. Acceptable continuing education. To be acceptable to the department, continuing education shall meet the requirements of this paragraph. Such continuing education must be in the subjects prescribed in subparagraph (i) of this paragraph and be the types of learning activities prescribed in subparagraph (ii) of this paragraph.
      1. Subjects. Acceptable continuing education shall contribute to professional practice in engineering and shall have as its focus one or more of the following subjects:
        1. aerospace engineering, agricultural engineering, architectural engineering, bioengineering, ceramic engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, construction engineering, control systems engineering, electrical/computer engineering, environmental engineering, fire protection engineering, geological engineering, industrial engineering, manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering, materials/metallurgical engineering, mining/mineral engineering, naval architecture/marine engineering, nuclear/radiological engineering, ocean engineering, petroleum engineering, structural engineering, systems engineering, architecture, land surveying; or other matters of law and/or ethics which contribute to the professional practice of engineering and the health, safety, and/or welfare of the public; and
        2. in other topics which contribute to the professional practice of engineering as such practice is defined in section 7201 of the Education Law.
      2. Types of learning activities. Acceptable continuing education shall be the types of learning activities prescribed in this subparagraph and be subject to the limitations prescribed in this subparagraph.
        1. Courses of learning. Acceptable continuing education shall be courses of learning offered by a sponsor approved pursuant to subdivision (i) of this section, which may include, among others, the following courses offered by an approved sponsor: university and college courses, and professional development and technical training courses.
        2. Other educational activities. Acceptable continuing education shall be the following other educational activities, provided that no more than 18 hours of continuing education in a registration period shall consist of such other educational activities:
          1. preparing and teaching a course offered by a sponsor of continuing education to professional engineers, approved pursuant to subdivision (i) of this section, provided that such teaching shall not be acceptable where the licensee has taught the course on more than one occasion without presenting new or revised material. Continuing education hours that may be credited for this activity may include actual instructional time plus preparation time which may be up to two additional hours for each hour of presentation;
          2. authoring an article published in a peer-reviewed journal or a published book. A licensee shall receive nine continuing education hours for each written work published during the registration period.
          3. making a technical presentation at a professional conference sponsored by an organization that is a sponsor of continuing education to professional engineers, approved pursuant to subdivision (i) of this section. Continuing education hours that may be credited for this activity shall include actual instructional time, plus preparation time which may be up to two additional hours for each hour taught.
          4. obtaining a patent related to the practice of engineering. A licensee shall receive nine continuing education hours for each patent granted on an invention during the registration period.
          5. completing a self-study program, meaning structured study, provided by a sponsor approved pursuant to subdivision (i) of this section, that is based on audio, audio-visual, written, on-line, and other media, and does not include live instruction, transmitted in person or otherwise, during which the student may communicate and interact with the instructor and other students;
          6. completing an educational tour, meaning a structured tour of an instructional nature provided by a sponsor approved pursuant to subdivision (i) of this section; and
          7. serving on any committee or task force that addresses technical and/or regulatory issues relating to the professional practice of engineering, provided that such committee or task force has been established by a governmental entity, professional association, or other entity determined by the department, with assistance from the State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying, to be acceptable. Continuing education hours that may be credited for this activity shall be one hour of credit for every two hours of service while engaged in activities directly related to professional practice. To be acceptable for continuing education credit, such service must be certified in writing by an authorized individual within the committee or task force and approved by the department. No more than nine hours of such continuing education may be included during each registration period.
  4. Renewal of registration. At each re-registration, licensed professional engineers shall certify to the department that they have either complied with the continuing education requirements, as prescribed in this section, or are subject to an exemption or adjustment to such continuing education requirements, as prescribed in subdivision (b) of this section.
  5. Requirement for lapse in practice.
    1. A licensee returning to the practice of engineering after a lapse in practice, as evidenced by not being registered to practice in New York State, whose first registration date after such lapse in practice and following January 1, 2004 occurs less than three years from January 1, 2004, but on or after January 1, 2005, shall be required to complete:
      1. at least one hour of acceptable continuing education for each month beginning with January 1, 2004 until the beginning of the new registration period, which shall be completed for a licensee who has not lawfully practiced engineering continuously in another jurisdiction throughout such lapse period, in the 12-month period before the beginning of the new registration period; and for the licensee who has lawfully practiced engineering continuously in another jurisdiction throughout such lapse period, in the new registration period or at the option of the licensee in the period beginning 36 months before the commencement of the new registration period and ending at the conclusion of such registration period; and
      2. for a licensee who has not lawfully practiced engineering continuously in another jurisdiction throughout such lapse period, at least 12 hours of acceptable continuing education in each successive 12-month period of the new registration period; and for a licensee who has lawfully practiced engineering continuously in another jurisdiction throughout such lapse period, the regular continuing education requirement during the new registration period.
    2. Except as prescribed in subparagraph (i) of this paragraph for registrations therein specified, the licensee who returns to the practice of engineering after a lapse in practice in which the licensee was not registered to practice in New York State and did not lawfully practice engineering continuously in another jurisdiction throughout the lapse period, shall be required to complete:
      1. the continuing education requirement applicable to the period of time the licensee was registered in the licensee's last registration period; and
      2. at least one hour of acceptable continuing education for each month of lapsed registration up to a maximum 36 hours, which shall be completed in the 12 months before the beginning of the new registration period; and
      3. at least 12 hours of acceptable continuing education in each succeeding 12-month period, after such registration is reissued, until the next registration date.
    3. Except as prescribed in subparagraph (i) of this paragraph for registrations therein specified, the licensee who returns to the practice of engineering after a lapse in practice in which the licensee was not registered to practice in New York State but did lawfully practice engineering continuously in another jurisdiction throughout the lapse period, shall be required to complete:
      1. the continuing education requirement applicable to the period of time the licensee was registered in the licensee's last registration period; and
      2. at least one hour of acceptable continuing education for each month of lapsed registration up to a maximum of 36 hours, which shall be completed in the new registration period, or at the option of the licensee in the period beginning 36 months before the commencement of the new registration period and ending at the conclusion of the new registration period; and
      3. the regular continuing education requirement during the new registration period.
  6. Conditional registration.
    1. The department may issue a conditional registration to a licensee who attests to or admits to noncompliance with the continuing education requirements of this section, provided that such licensee meets the following requirements:
      1. the licensee agrees to remedy such deficiency within the conditional registration period;
      2. the licensee agrees to complete the regular continuing education requirement at the rate of one hour of acceptable continuing education per month during such conditional registration period; and
      3. the licensee agrees to complete additional continuing education during such conditional registration period, which the department may require to ensure the licensee's proper delivery of professional engineering services consistent with the licensee's practice of engineering.
    2. The duration of such conditional registration shall not exceed one year and shall not be renewed or extended.
  7. Licensee records. Each licensee subject to the requirements of this section shall maintain, or ensure access by the department to, a record of completed continuing education, which includes: the type of learning activity, title of the course if a course, subject of the continuing education, the number of hours completed, the sponsor's name and any identifying number (if applicable), attendance verification if a course, participation verification if another educational activity, and the date and location of the continuing education. Such records shall be retained for at least six years from the date of completion of the continuing education and shall be available for review by the department in the administration of the requirements of this section.
  8. Measurement of continuing education study. Continuing education credit shall be granted only for acceptable continuing education, as prescribed in subdivision (c) of this section. For continuing education courses, a minimum of 50 minutes shall equal one continuing education hour of credit. For credit-bearing university or college courses, each semester-hour of credit shall equal 15 continuing education hours of credit, and each quarter-hour of credit shall equal 10 continuing education hours of credit.
  9. Sponsor approval.
    1. To be approved by the department, sponsors of continuing education to licensed professional engineers in the form of courses of learning or self-study programs shall meet the requirements of either paragraph (2) or (3) of this subdivision.
    2. The department shall deem approved as a sponsor of continuing education to licensed professional engineers in the form of courses of learning or self-study programs:
      1. a sponsor of continuing education that is approved by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), or the Practicing Institute of Engineering, or the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA/CES), or an equivalent organization determined by the department with assistance from the State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying to have adequate standards for approving sponsors of continuing education for professionals regulated by Title VIII of the Education Law that include but are not limited to standards that are equivalent to the standards prescribed in clauses (3) (ii) (a), (c), and (d) of this subdivision; or
      2. a postsecondary institution that has authority to offer programs that are registered pursuant to Part 52 of this Title or authority to offer equivalent programs that are accredited by an acceptable accrediting agency.
    3. Department review of sponsors.
      1. The department shall conduct a review of sponsors that apply for approval to offer continuing education to licensed professional engineers in the form of courses of learning or self-study programs that are not deemed approved pursuant to the requirements of paragraph (2) of this subdivision.
      2. Organizations desiring to offer courses of learning or self-study programs based upon a department review under this paragraph shall submit, with the fee as set forth in subdivision (j) of this section, an application for advance approval as a sponsor at least 90 days prior to the date of the commencement of such continuing education that documents that the organization:
        1. will offer courses of learning or self-study programs in one or more of the subjects prescribed for acceptable continuing education in subparagraph (c) (3) (i) of this section;
        2. is an organized educational entity or an entity that has expertise in the professional areas that will be taught, including but not limited to, postsecondary institutions that are not already deemed approved pursuant to subparagraph (2)(ii) of this subdivision, and national, state, or local engineering associations;
        3. provides course instructors who are qualified to teach the courses which will be offered, including but not limited to, faculty of a college of engineering accredited by an acceptable accrediting agency; or instructors who are specially qualified authorities in engineering, as determined by the department with assistance from the State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying, to conduct such courses;
        4. has a method of assessing the learning of participants, and describes such method; and
        5. will maintain records for at least six years from the date of completion of coursework, which shall include, but shall not be limited to, the name and curriculum vitae of the faculty, a record of attendance of licensed professional engineers in the course if a course, a record of participation of licensed professional engineers in the self-study program if a self-study program, an outline of the course or program, date and location of the course or program, and the number of hours for completion of the course or program. In the event an approved sponsor discontinues operation, the governing body of such sponsor shall notify the department and shall transfer all records as directed by the department.
      3. Sponsors that are approved by the department pursuant to the requirements of this paragraph shall be approved for a three-year term.
      4. The department may conduct site visits of, or request information from, a sponsor approved pursuant to the requirements of this paragraph to ensure compliance with such requirements, and a sponsor shall cooperate with the department in permitting such site visits and in providing such information.
      5. A determination by the department that a sponsor approved pursuant to the requirements of this paragraph is not meeting the standards set forth in this paragraph shall result in the denial or termination of the approved status of the sponsor.
  10. Fees.
    1. At the beginning of each registration period, a mandatory continuing education fee of $45 shall be collected from licensees engaged in the practice of engineering in New York State, except for those exempt from the requirement pursuant clauses (b)(2)(i)(a) and (c) of this section. This fee shall be in addition to the registration fee required by section 7206 of the Education Law.
    2. Licensees applying for a conditional registration, pursuant to the requirements of subdivision (f) of this section, shall pay a fee that is the same as and in addition to, the fee for the triennial registration required by section 7206 of the Education Law. In addition, such licensees shall pay the $45 mandatory continuing education fee.
    3. Organizations desiring to offer continuing education to licensed professional engineers based upon a department review, pursuant to paragraph (i)(3) of this section, shall submit an application fee of $900 with the application requesting the issuance of a permit from the department to become an approved sponsor of continuing education to licensed professional engineers in the form of courses of learning or self-study programs. Application for a three-year renewal of the permit shall be accompanied by a fee of $900.

§68.12 Continuing education for land surveyors.(Effective until June 30, 2014)

  1. General provisions.
    1. Expiration date. In accordance with section 2 of Chapter 135 of the Laws of 2002, this section shall not be in effect on or after June 30, 2014.
    2. As used in this section, acceptable accrediting agency means an organization accepted by the department as a reliable authority for the purpose of accreditation at the postsecondary level, applying its criteria for granting accreditation in a fair, consistent and nondiscriminatory manner, such as an agency recognized for this purpose by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
  2. Applicability of requirement.
    1. Each licensed land surveyor, required under Article 145 of the Education Law to register with the department to practice in New York State, shall comply with the mandatory continuing education requirements as prescribed in subdivision (c) of this section, except those licensees exempt from the requirement or who obtain an adjustment to the requirement pursuant to paragraph (2) of this subdivision or who are subject to a different requirement pursuant to this section.
    2. Exemptions and adjustments to the requirement.
      1. Exemptions. The following licensees shall be exempt from the continuing education requirements, as prescribed in subdivision (c) of this section:
        1. licensees for the triennial registration period during which they are first licensed to practice land surveying in New York State, except those first licensed to practice land surveying in New York State pursuant to an endorsement of a license of another jurisdiction; and
        2. licensees whose first registration date following January 1, 2004 occurs prior to January 1, 2005, for periods prior to such registration date; and
        3. licensees who are not engaged in the practice of land surveying as evidenced by not being registered to practice in New York State, except as otherwise provided in subdivision (e) of this section to meet the requirements for the resumption of practice in New York State.
      2. Adjustments to the requirement. An adjustment to the continuing education requirement, as prescribed in subdivision (c) of this section, may be made by the department, provided that the licensee documents good cause that prevents compliance, which shall include, but not be limited to, any of the following reasons: poor health certified by a physician; or a specific physical or mental disability certified by an appropriate health care professional; or extended active duty with the Armed Forces of the United States; or other good cause beyond the licensee's control which in the judgment of the department makes it impossible for the licensee to comply with the continuing education requirements in a timely manner.
  3. Mandatory continuing education requirement.
    1. General requirement.
      1. During each triennial registration period, meaning a registration period of three years' duration, an applicant for registration shall complete at least 24 hours of continuing education acceptable to the department, as defined in paragraph (2) of this subdivision, provided that at least 16 hours of such continuing education shall be in courses of learning, and no more than eight hours of such continuing education shall be in other educational activities as prescribed in paragraph (2) of this subdivision, including but not limited to self-study programs, and at least one hour of such continuing education shall be in professional ethics. Any licensed land surveyor whose first registration date following January 1, 2004 occurs less than three years from that date, but on or after January 1, 2005, shall complete continuing education hours on a prorated basis at the rate of one hour of acceptable continuing education per month, up to a maximum of 24 continuing education hours, for the period beginning January 1, 2004 up to the first registration date thereafter. Such continuing education shall be completed during the period beginning January 1, 2004 and ending before the first day of the new registration period or at the option of the licensee during any time in the previous registration period.
      2. Proration. Unless otherwise prescribed in this section, during each registration period of less than three years' duration, an applicant for registration shall complete acceptable continuing education, as defined in paragraph (2) of this subdivision and within the limits prescribed in such paragraph, on a prorated basis at a rate of one hour of continuing education per month, up to 24 continuing education hours, for such registration period.
    2. Acceptable continuing education. To be acceptable to the department, continuing education shall meet the requirements of this paragraph. Such continuing education must be in the subjects prescribed in subparagraph (i) of this paragraph and be the types of learning activities prescribed in subparagraph (ii) of this paragraph.
      1. Subjects. Acceptable continuing education shall contribute to the practice of land surveying and shall have as its focus one or more of the following subjects:
        1. land surveying methods and techniques; or other matters of law and/or ethics which contribute to the practice of land surveying and the health, safety, and/or welfare of the public; and
        2. in other topics which contribute to the practice of land surveying as such practice is defined in section 7203 of the Education Law.
      2. Types of learning activities. Acceptable continuing education shall be the types of learning activities prescribed in this subparagraph and be subject to the limitations prescribed in this subparagraph.
        1. Courses of learning. Acceptable continuing education shall be courses of learning offered by a sponsor approved pursuant to subdivision (i) of this section, which may include, among others, the following courses offered by an approved sponsor: university and college courses, and professional development and technical training courses.
        2. Other educational activities. Acceptable continuing education shall be the following other educational activities, provided that no more than eight hours of continuing education in a registration period shall consist of such other educational activities, including but not limited to self-study programs:
          1. preparing and teaching a course offered by a sponsor of continuing education to licensed land surveyors, approved pursuant to subdivision (i) of this section, provided that such teaching shall not be acceptable where the licensee has taught the course on more than one occasion without presenting new or revised material. Continuing education hours that may be credited for this activity may include actual instructional time plus preparation time which may be up to two additional hours for each hour taught;
          2. authoring an article published in a peer-reviewed journal or a published book. A licensee shall receive eight continuing education hours for each written work published during the registration period;
          3. making a technical presentation at a professional conference sponsored by an organization that is a sponsor of continuing education to licensed land surveyors, approved pursuant to subdivision (i) of this section. Continuing education hours that may be credited for this activity shall include actual instructional time, plus preparation time which may be up to two additional hours for each hour taught;
          4. obtaining a patent related to the practice of land surveying. A licensee shall receive eight continuing education hours for each patent granted on an invention during the registration period; and
          5. completing a self-study program, meaning structured study, provided by a sponsor approved pursuant to subdivision (i) of this section, that is based on audio, audio-visual, written, on-line, and other media, and does not include live instruction, transmitted in person or otherwise, during which the student may communicate and interact with the instructor and other students; and
          6. completing an educational tour, meaning a structured tour of an instructional nature provided by a sponsor approved pursuant to subdivision (i) of this section; and
          7. serving on any committee or task force that addresses technical and/or regulatory issues relating to the professional practice of land surveying, provided that such committee or task force has been established by a governmental entity, professional association, or other entity determined by the department, with assistance from the State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying, to be acceptable. Continuing education hours that may be credited for this activity shall be one hour of credit for every two hours of service while engaged in activities directly related to professional practice. To be acceptable for continuing education credit, such service must be certified in writing by an authorized individual within the committee or task force and approved by the department. No more than nine hours of such continuing education may be included during each registration period.
  4. Renewal of registration. At each re-registration, licensed land surveyors shall certify to the department that they have either complied with the continuing education requirements, as prescribed in this section, or are subject to an exemption or adjustment to such continuing education requirements, as prescribed in subdivision (b) of this section.
  5. Requirement for lapse in practice.
    1. A licensee returning to the practice of land surveying after a lapse in practice, as evidenced by not being registered to practice in New York State, whose first registration date after such lapse in practice and following January 1, 2004 occurs less than three years from January 1, 2004, but on or after January 1, 2005, shall be required to complete:
      1. at least one hour of acceptable continuing education, up to a maximum of 24 hours, for each month beginning with January 1, 2004 until the beginning of the new registration period, which shall be completed for a licensee who has not lawfully practiced land surveying continuously in another jurisdiction throughout such lapse period, in the 12-month period before the beginning of the new registration period; and for the licensee who has lawfully practiced land surveying continuously in another jurisdiction throughout such lapse period, in the new registration period or at the option of the licensee in the period beginning 36 months before the commencement of the new registration period and ending at the conclusion of such registration period; and
      2. for a licensee who has not lawfully practiced land surveying continuously in another jurisdiction throughout such lapse period, at least eight hours of acceptable continuing education in each successive 12-month period of the new registration period; and for a licensee who has lawfully practiced land surveying continuously in another jurisdiction throughout such lapse period, the regular continuing education requirement during the new registration period.
    2. Except as prescribed in subparagraph (i) of this paragraph for registrations therein specified, the licensee who returns to the practice of land surveying after a lapse in practice in which the licensee was not registered to practice in New York State and did not lawfully practice land surveying continuously in another jurisdiction throughout the lapse period, shall be required to complete:
      1. the continuing education requirement applicable to the period of time the licensee was registered in the licensee's last registration period; and
      2. at least one hour of acceptable continuing education for each month of lapsed registration up to a maximum 24 hours, which shall be completed in the 12 months before the beginning of the new registration period; and
      3. at least eight hours of acceptable continuing education in each succeeding 12-month period, after such registration is reissued, until the next registration date.
    3. Except as prescribed in subparagraph (i) of this paragraph for registrations therein specified, the licensee who returns to the practice of land surveying after a lapse in practice in which the licensee was not registered to practice in New York State but did lawfully practice land surveying continuously in another jurisdiction throughout the lapse period, shall be required to complete:
      1. the continuing education requirement applicable to the period of time the licensee was registered in the licensee's last registration period; and
      2. at least one hour of acceptable continuing education for each month of lapsed registration up to a maximum of 24 hours, which shall be completed in the new registration period, or at the option of the licensee in the period beginning 36 months before the commencement of the new registration period and ending at the conclusion of the new registration period; and
      3. the regular continuing education requirement during the new registration period.
  6. Conditional registration.
    1. The department may issue a conditional registration to a licensee who attests to or admits to noncompliance with the continuing education requirements of this section, provided that such licensee meets the following requirements:
      1. the licensee agrees to remedy such deficiency within the conditional registration period;
      2. the licensee agrees to complete the regular continuing education requirement at the rate of one hour of acceptable continuing education per month during such conditional registration period; and
      3. the licensee agrees to complete additional continuing education during such conditional registration period, which the department may require to ensure the licensee's proper delivery of land surveying services consistent with the licensee's practice of land surveying.
    2. The duration of such conditional registration shall not exceed one year and shall not be renewed or extended.
  7. Licensee records. Each licensee subject to the requirements of this section shall maintain, or ensure access by the department to, a record of completed continuing education, which includes: the type of learning activity, title of the course if a course, subject of the continuing education, the number of hours completed, the sponsor's name and any identifying number (if applicable), attendance verification if a course, participation verification if another educational activity, and the date and location of the continuing education. Such records shall be retained for at least six years from the date of completion of the continuing education and shall be available for review by the department in the administration of the requirements of this section.
  8. Measurement of continuing education study. Continuing education credit shall be granted only for acceptable continuing education, as prescribed in subdivision (c) of this section. For continuing education courses, a minimum of 50 minutes shall equal one continuing education hour of credit. For credit-bearing university or college courses, each semester-hour of credit shall equal 15 continuing education hours of credit, and each quarter-hour of credit shall equal 10 continuing education hours of credit.
  9. Sponsor approval.
    1. To be approved by the department, sponsors of continuing education to licensed land surveyors in the form of courses of learning or self-study programs shall meet the requirements of either paragraph (2) or (3) of this subdivision.
    2. The department shall deem approved as a sponsor of continuing education to licensed land surveyors in the form of courses of learning or self-study programs:
      1. a sponsor of continuing education that is approved by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), or the Shaw Fund Continuing Education Approved Provider Program, or the Practicing Institute of Engineering, or the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA/CES), or an equivalent organization determined by the department with assistance from the State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying to have adequate standards for approving sponsors of continuing education for professionals regulated by Title VIII of the Education Law that include but are not limited to standards that are equivalent to the standards prescribed in clauses (3) (ii) (a), (c), and (d) of this subdivision; or
      2. a postsecondary institution that has authority to offer programs that are registered pursuant to Part 52 of this Title or authority to offer equivalent programs that are accredited by an acceptable accrediting agency.
    3. Department review of sponsors.
      1. The department shall conduct a review of sponsors that apply for approval to offer continuing education to licensed land surveyors in the form of courses of learning or self-study programs that are not deemed approved pursuant to the requirements of paragraph (2) of this subdivision.
      2. Organizations desiring to offer courses of learning or self-study programs based upon a department review under this paragraph shall submit, with the fee as set forth in subdivision (j) of this section, an application for advance approval as a sponsor at least 90 days prior to the date of the commencement of such continuing education that documents that the organization:
        1. will offer courses of learning or self-study programs in one or more of the subjects prescribed for acceptable continuing education in subparagraph (c) (2) (i) of this section;
        2. is an organized educational entity or an entity that has expertise in the professional areas that will be taught, including but not limited to, postsecondary institutions that are not already deemed approved pursuant to subparagraph (2)(ii) of this subdivision, and national, state, or local land surveying associations;
        3. provides course instructors who are qualified to teach the courses which will be offered, including but not limited to, faculty of a college of land surveying accredited by an acceptable accrediting agency; or instructors who are specially qualified authorities in land surveying, as determined by the department with assistance from the State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying, to conduct such courses;
        4. has a method of assessing the learning of participants, and describes such method; and
        5. will maintain records for at least six years from the date of completion of coursework, which shall include, but shall not be limited to, the name and curriculum vitae of the faculty, a record of attendance of licensed land surveyors in the course if a course, a record of participation of licensed land surveyors in the self-study program if a self-study program, an outline of the course or program, date and location of the course or program, and the number of hours for completion of the course or program. In the event an approved sponsor discontinues operation, the governing body of such sponsor shall notify the department and shall transfer all records as directed by the department.
      3. Sponsors that are approved by the department pursuant to the requirements of this paragraph shall be approved for a three-year term.
      4. The department may conduct site visits of, or request information from, a sponsor approved pursuant to the requirements of this paragraph to ensure compliance with such requirements, and a sponsor shall cooperate with the department in permitting such site visits and in providing such information.
      5. A determination by the department that a sponsor approved pursuant to the requirements of this paragraph is not meeting the standards set forth in this paragraph shall result in the denial or termination of the approved status of the sponsor.
  10. Fees.
    1. At the beginning of each registration period, a mandatory continuing education fee of $45 shall be collected from licensees engaged in the practice of land surveying in New York State, except for those exempt from the continuing education requirement pursuant to clauses (b)(2)(i)(a) and (c) of this section. This fee shall be in addition to the registration fee required by section 7206-a of the Education Law.
    2. Licensees applying for a conditional registration, pursuant to the requirements of subdivision (f) of this section, shall pay a fee that is the same as and in addition to, the fee for the triennial registration required by section 7206-a of the Education Law. In addition, such licensees shall pay the $45 mandatory continuing education fee.
    3. Organizations desiring to offer continuing education to licensed land surveyors based upon a department review, pursuant to paragraph (i)(3) of this section, shall submit an application fee of $900 with the application requesting the issuance of a permit from the department to become an approved sponsor of continuing education to licensed land surveyors in the form of courses of learning or self-study programs. Application for a three-year renewal of the permit shall be accompanied by a fee of $900.
Last Updated: July 15, 2011