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Texas Board of Professional Engineers (TBPE)

    • Next Review Date: 2024-2025 Review Cycle - 89th Legislative Session
    • Last Review Date: 2012-2013 Review Cycle - 83rd Legislative Session

    Sunset Review Documents for 2012-2013 Review Cycle, 83rd Legislative Session

    Legislative Documents

    Final Results from Last Sunset Report

    The following material summarizes results of the 2012-2013 Sunset review of the Board, including statutory changes made through Senate Bill 204.  For additional information see the Texas Board of Professional Engineers Sunset Final Report with Legislative Action.

    Licensing

    • Requires the Board to adopt clear policies governing the testing process and removes a specific testing requirement that limits flexibility in how future testing is administered.
    • Requires the Board to conduct fingerprint-based criminal background checks to review complete federal and state criminal history information on all applicants and current licensees.
    • Prohibits the Board from collecting the $200 professional fee before applicants satisfy licensing requirements as Professional Engineers.

    Enforcement

    • Increases the Board’s administrative penalty authority from $3,000 to $5,000 per violation per day for violations of the Engineering Practice Act or Board rules.
    • Authorizes the Board to suspend a license on an emergency basis for actions that present an immediate harm to the public.
    • Grants cease-and-desist authority to the Board for the unlicensed practice of engineering.

    Continuation

    • Continues the Texas Board of Professional Engineers for 12 years.