File No. 33030
This rule was published in the November 1, 2009, issue (Vol. 2009, No. 21) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Commerce, Occupational and Professional Licensing
Architect Licensing Act Rule
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 33030
Filed: 10/08/2009 11:22:21 AM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
The Division and the Architects Licensing Board reviewed the rule and determined that changes need to be made. The current definition of incidental practice was determined by both the Architects Licensing Board and Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors Licensing Board to be too vague. Both Boards determined there was a need to further define and clarify incidental practice not only for the licensed professionals but also for building inspectors. The two Boards worked together and came up with the language in this proposed rule change. Proposed amendments also update when continuing education is due and eliminate an outdated portion of the rule that pertains to the initial implementation of continuing education. Also, an additional definition of unprofessional conduct is being added with respect to a supervising architect failing to verify work experience when so requested.
Summary of the rule or change:
In Subsection R156-3a-102(6), the definition of "incidental practice" is being updated to restrict incidental work to an occupant load of 49 and prohibits work on occupancy category III or IV structures as defined by the 2006 International Building Code. Additionally, incidental work would be limited to 15 percent of the overall construction value of a project. In Section R156-3a-304, the two-year continuing education reporting period is being changed from December 31 of each odd numbered year to March 31 of each even numbered year to coincide with the renewal date for the profession. Also, an outdated provision in Subsection R156-3a-304(1)(a) that pertains to the initial implementation of continuing education is being deleted. In Section R156-3a-305, rule citations are being updated. Subsection R156-3a-502(5) is being added to define as unprofessional conduct the failing as a supervising architect to verify work experience when so requested to do so.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Section 58-3a-101
- Subsection 58-1-202(1)(a)
- Subsection 58-1-106(1)(a)
- Section 58-3a-303.5
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
The Division will incur minimal costs of approximately $50 to print and distribute the rule once the proposed amendments are made effective. Any costs incurred will be absorbed in the Division's current budget.
Due to the clarification of the definition of incidental practice, there could be a cost savings to local governments in that local governments would save time and resources in determining if a licensee could actually perform work that was submitted for review.
There may be an unknown fiscal impact to a limited number of individuals/licensees and firms, which may qualify as a small business, that may be doing work which is prohibited under the proposed rule amendments regarding incidental practice. The Division, however, is unable to determine any exact fiscal impact due to a wide range of circumstances.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
The proposed amendments only apply to licensed architects and applicants for licensure in that classification. There may be an unknown fiscal impact to a limited number of licensees that may be doing work which is prohibited under the proposed rule amendments regarding incidental practice. The Division, however, is unable to determine any exact fiscal impact due to a wide range of circumstances. Also if a licensed architect failed to verify work experience if requested to do so, the licensee could be charged with unprofessional conduct against his license, which may result in some costs to the licensee to defend a possible licensure action.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
The proposed amendments only apply to licensed architects and applicants for licensure in that classification. There may be an unknown fiscal impact to a limited number of licensees that may be doing work which is prohibited under the proposed rule amendments regarding incidental practice. The Division, however, is unable to determine any exact fiscal impact for affected persons due to a wide range of circumstances. Also if a licensed architect failed to verify work experience if requested to do so, the licensee could be charged with unprofessional conduct against his license, which may result in some costs to the licensee to defend a possible licensure action.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
This rule filing clarifies definitions, changes the continuing education deadline to coordinate with the license renewal date, removes an outdated provision, and makes it unprofessional conduct for a supervisor to fail to verify work experience of a supervisee. No fiscal impact to businesses is anticipated beyond those addressed in the rule summary.
Francine A. Giani, Executive Director
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Commerce
Occupational and Professional Licensing
160 E 300 S
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84111-2316
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
- Dennis Meservy at the above address, by phone at 801-530-6375, by FAX at 801-530-6511, or by Internet E-mail at email@example.com
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
Interested persons may attend a public hearing regarding this rule:
- 11/18/2009 09:00 AM, Heber Wells Bldg, 160 E 300 S, Conference Room 475 (fourth floor), Salt Lake City, UT
This rule may become effective on:
Mark Steinagel, Director
R156. Commerce, Occupational and Professional Licensing.
R156-3a. Architect Licensing Act Rule.
In addition to the definitions in Title 58, Chapters 1 and 3a, as used in Title 58, Chapters 1, 3a, and 22 or this rule:
(1) "ARE" means the NCARB Architectural Registration Examination.
(2) "Committee" means the IDP Committee created in Section R156-3a-201.
(3) "Complete and final" as used in Subsection 58-3a-603(1) means "complete construction plans" as defined in Subsection 58-3a-102(4).
(4) "EESA" means the Education Evaluation Services for Architects.
(5) "Employee, subordinate, associate, or drafter of an architect" as used in Subsections 58-3a-102(8), 58-3a-603(1)(b) and this rule means one or more individuals not licensed as an architect who are working for, with, or providing architectural services directly to the licensed architect under the supervision of the licensed architect.
(6) "Incidental practice" means "architecture work as is incidental to the practice of engineering" as used in Subsection 58-22-102(9) and "engineering work as is incidental to the practice of architecture as used in Subsection 58-3a-102(6) which:
(a) can be safely and competently performed by the licensee without jeopardizing the life, health, property and welfare of the public;
is in an area where the licensee has demonstrated competence
by adequate education, training and experience; (c) arises from and is directly related to work performed in
the licensed profession;
substantially less in scope and magnitude
when compared to the work performed or to be performed by the
licensee in the licensed profession;[ and]
e]) is work in which the licensee is fully responsible
for the incidental practice performed as provided in Subsection
58-3a-603(1) or Subsection 58-22-603(1)
(7) "Intern Development Program" or "IDP" as used in Subsection R156-3a-302(2) means a NCARB approved training program.
(8) "NAAB" means the National Architectural Accrediting Board.
(9) "NCARB" means the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
(10) "Program of diversified practical experience" as used in Subsection 58-3a-302(1)(e) means:
(a) current licensure in a recognized jurisdiction; or
(b) the training standards and requirements set forth in the Intern Development Program.
(11) "Recognized jurisdiction" as used in Subsections 58-3a-302(2)(d)(i) and (iii), for licensure by endorsement, means any state, district, territory of the United States, or any foreign country who issues licenses for architects, and whose licensure requirements include:
(a) a bachelors or post graduate degree in architecture or equivalent education as set forth in Subsection R156-3a-301(2);
(b) a program of diversified practical experience as set forth in Subsection R156-3a-102(10), or an equivalent training program; and
(c) passing the ARE or passing a professional architecture examination that is equivalent to the ARE.
(12) "Responsible charge" as used in Subsections 58-3a-102(7), 58-3a-302(2)(d)(iv) and 58-3a-304(6) means direct control and management by a principal over the practice of architecture by an organization.
(13) "Under the direction of the architect" as used in Subsection 58-3a-102(8), as part of the definition of "supervision of an employee, subordinate, associate, or drafter of an architect" means that the unlicensed employee, subordinate, associate, or drafter of the architect engages in the practice of architecture only on work initiated by the architect, and only under the administration, charge, control, command, authority, oversight, guidance, jurisdiction, regulation, management, and authorization of the architect.
(14) "Unprofessional conduct" as defined in Title 58, Chapters 1 and 3a, is further defined, in accordance with Subsection 58-1-203(5), in Section R156-3a-502.
R156-3a-304. Continuing Professional Education for Architects.
In accordance with Section 58-3a-303.5, the qualifying continuing professional education standards for architects are established as follows:
(1) During each two year period ending on[
December] 31 of each [ odd] numbered year, a licensed architect shall be
required to complete not less than 16 hours of qualified
professional education directly related to the licensee's
professional practice.[ (a) Transition requirement. During the two year period ending
on December 31, 2007, an architect shall be required to complete
five hours of qualifying continuing professional
(2) The required number of hours of professional education for an individual who first becomes licensed during the two year period shall be decreased in a pro-rata amount equal to any part of that two year period preceding the date on which that individual first became licensed.
(3) Qualified continuing professional education under this section shall:
(a) have an identifiable, clear statement of purpose and defined objective for the educational program directly related to the practice of an architect and directly related to topics involving the public health, safety, and welfare of architectural practice and the ethical standards of architectural practice;
(i) health, safety, welfare and ethical standards as used in this subsection are defined to include the following:
(A) The definition of "health" shall include, but not be limited to, aspects of architecture that have salutary effects among users of buildings or sites and that address environmental issues. Examples include all aspects of air quality, provisions of personal hygiene, and use of non-toxic materials and finishes.
(B) The definition of "safety" shall include, but not be limited to, aspects of architecture intended to limit or prevent accidental injury or death among users of buildings or construction sites. Examples include fire-rated egress enclosures, automatic sprinkler systems, stairs with correct rise-to-run proportions, and accommodations for users with disabilities.
(C) The definition of "welfare" shall include, but not be limited to, aspects of architecture that consist of values that may be spiritual, physical, aesthetic and monetary in nature. Examples include spaces that afford natural light or views of nature or whose proportions, color or materials engender positive emotional responses from its users.
(D) The definition of "ethical standards of architectural practice" shall include, but not be limited to the NCARB rules of conduct specified in Subsection R156-3a-502(4).
(b) be relevant to the licensee's professional practice;
(c) be presented in a competent, well organized and sequential manner consistent with the stated purpose and objective of the program;
(d) be prepared and presented by individuals who are qualified by education, training and experience; and
(e) have associated with it a competent method of registration of individuals who actually completed the professional education program and records of that registration and completion are available for review.
(4) Credit for qualified continuing professional education shall be recognized in accordance with the following:
(a) unlimited hours shall be recognized for professional education completed in blocks of time of not less than one hour in formally established classroom courses, seminars, or conferences;
(b) a maximum of eight hours per two year period may be recognized for teaching in a college or university or for teaching qualified continuing professional education courses in the field of architecture, provided it is the first time the material has been taught during the preceding 12 months;
(c) a maximum of three hours per two year period may be recognized for preparation of papers, articles, or books directly related to the practice of architecture and submitted for publication; and
(d) unlimited hours may be recognized for continuing professional education that is provided via the Internet or through home study courses provided the course verifies registration and participation in the course by means of a test which demonstrates that the participant has learned the material presented.
(5) A licensee shall be responsible for maintaining records of completed qualified continuing professional education for a period of four years after the two year period to which the records pertain. It is the responsibility of the licensee to maintain information with respect to qualified continuing professional education to demonstrate it meets the requirements under this section.
(6) If a licensee exceeds the 16 hours of qualified continuing professional education during the two year period, the licensee may carry forward a maximum of 8 hours of qualified continuing professional education into the next two year period.
(7) A licensee who is unable to complete the continuing professional education requirement for reasons such as a medical or related condition, humanitarian or ecclesiastical services, or extended presence in a geographical area where continuing professional education is not available, may be excused from the requirement for a period of up to three years as provided in Section R156-1-308d.
(8) Any licensee who fails to timely complete the continuing professional education hours required by this rule shall be required to complete double the number of hours missed to be eligible for renewal or reinstatement of licensure.
(9) Any applicant for reinstatement shall be required to complete 16 hours of continuing professional education complying with this rule within two years prior to the date of application for reinstatement of licensure.
R156-3a-305. Renewal Cycle - Procedures.
(1) In accordance with Subsection 58-1-308(1), the renewal date for the two-year renewal cycle applicable to licenses under Title 58, Chapter 3a is established by rule in Section R156-1-308 .
(2) Renewal procedures shall be in accordance with Section R156-1-308 .
R156-3a-502. Unprofessional Conduct.
"Unprofessional conduct" includes:
(1) submitting an incomplete final plan, specification, report, or set of construction plans to:
(a) a client, when the licensee represents, or could reasonably expect the client to consider, the plan, specification, report, or set of construction plans to be complete and final; or
(b) a building official for the purpose of obtaining a building permit;
(2) failing as a principal to exercise reasonable charge;
(3) failing as a supervisor to exercise
supervision of an employee, subordinate, associate or drafter;[
(4) failing to conform to the generally accepted and recognized standards and ethics of the profession including those established in the July 2007 edition of the NCARB "Rules of Conduct", which is hereby incorporated by reference
KEY: architects, licensing
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
March 27, 2008]
Notice of Continuation: April 10, 2006
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 58-3a-101; 58-1-106(1)(a); 58-1-202(1)(a), 58-3a-303.5
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