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State of Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects

FAQ'S Engineers

 

Continuing Education

How are hours calculated for CEUs?

  • 1 actual hour = at least fifty (50) minutes of instruction
  • CEU = 1 PHD/PDU = 1 actual hour
  • semester credit hour of formal education = 45 actual hours
  • 1 quarter credit hour of formal education = 30 actual hours

Does the Board pre-approve CE courses?

No. The Board does not pre-approve any continuing education.

Review Board Rule 9.4.1 for determination of credit. 

What types of CE courses are accepted?

It is up to licensees to determine if the continuing education activity applies to their discipline and if it is truly valuable to the education process. These are biennial hours (required over a two-year period) and documentation must be maintained by the licensee. 

To learn more about CE courses, review Chapter 9

What are my requirements for continuing education if I want to reinstate my license?

You must prove that you completed the biennial continuing education requirement in the two years prior to your application for license reinstatement, along with the reinstatement application and application fee

Can I carry over any of my continuing education hours?

Yes, licensees can carry over excess hours, up to one-half of the previous biennial requirement. 

For example, if you have accrued 40 hours in a 2-year period, a professional engineer (30 CE hours required every two years) may carry over 15 hours of CE credit, and an architect (24 CE hours every two years) may carry over 12 hours of CE credit.

If I complete CE hours during my initial renewal period, can I use excess hours as carryover?

New licensees are exempt from CE requirements during their initial renewal period. In order to use excess hours as carryover, the new licensee must accrue more than the CE requirement and may then be able to use up to one-half of the biennial requirement.

A professional engineer may carry over a maximum of 15 hours of CE credit, while an architect may carry over a maximum 12 hours.

How do I use carryover?

To use excess hours accrued during the previous biennial renewal period as carryover, you will need to provide a CE log and supporting documentation of all hours completed during the previous renewal period in addition to the CE log and documentation for the current renewal period. This documentation will be required if you are selected for a CE audit and intend to use carryover hours.

Can I fulfill CE requirements through Internet-based programs?

Yes, you can gain credit through Internet-based continuing education programs. The Internet-based program must provide documentation of those hours, and credit from some providers may be restricted (see Rule 9.2.3 FAQ for more information).

Can I self-report hours?

Yes. You can report “self-designed activities” for up to one-quarter of the total requirement. 

Self Guided Report Form

How do I know if I have been selected for a CE audit?

Licensees are randomly selected for a CE audit when the online renewal system is activated. You will find out if you have been selected for an audit of your continuing education at the end of the renewal process after payment of the license renewal fee. Your license will not be renewed until you successfully complete the audit.

Learn more about audits in our CE Guidelines

If selected for an audit, must I complete it right away?

If you renew online, your receipt will include further instructions on how to complete the audit. You will not need to complete the audit immediately following the renewal process but, you are encouraged to send documentation as soon as possible. Your license will not be renewed until you successfully complete the audit.

Learn more about audits in our CE Guidelines

 

The Licensee Seal

When do I need to seal plans and technical documents?

  •  All original drawings, copies, tracings, or other reproducible drawings, the seal must appear on all pages.
  •  For specifications, reports, and studies, the seal must appear on the first and last pages.

By sealing technical documents, the licensee certifies that the work was prepared in accordance with the E&A Regulation Act.

Documents clearly marked as “Draft” prepared for preliminary submission and review do not require a seal and signature, unless otherwise required by the client or governmental agency.

Review Neb. Rev. Stat. §81-3437.01 and Chapter 6 for more information. 

Does Nebraska allow electronic seals and signatures?

Yes, electronic seals and signatures are allowed in Nebraska. The seal, signature, and date must be legible. Refer to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 81-3437 and Chapter 6 of the Board's Rules for correct usage.

How do I seal documents with my Temporary Permit?

A temporary permit holder will seal documents with the seal of the state of verified licensure and use the temporary permit information provided by the Board. This information includes the temporary permit holder’s name, temporary permit number, expiration date, state of licensure and license number, and project name.

 

Review Board Rule 4.1.5.4 for more information.

How should one handle changes or revisions to plans when a professional engineer leaves a company or retires?

Our office is responsible for a non-exempt project that requires design materials be submitted by a professional engineer licensed in the state of Nebraska. After reviewing an applicant submittal, it was found that the professional engineer who did the initial drawings for the project has since left the company. Another individual is in the process of obtaining reciprocity from Nebraska. Can the "new" professional engineer seal drawings and revisions completed by the professional engineer who left the company? In general, how should one handle changes or revisions to plans when an engineer leaves a company or retires?

The new engineer must review, revise as appropriate, and seal. If the original engineer did not provide written consent for the adaptation or such permission cannot be reasonably obtained, the new engineer must provide a written explanation of the circumstances preventing permission from being obtained.

Refer to Board Rule Section 6.2.

Can my seal be in colors other than black?

Yes, your seal can be affixed to plans in any color, as long as it is legible.

Do I have to sign my name exactly as it appears on my seal?

Use your regular signature, however, the signature must be legible.

 

Administrative Services

I've recently had a name change. What do I need to do with the Board?

For those who have had legal name changes, you will need to send the Board a written notification along with official documentation of the change. The request and documentation may be sent via mail or email. Proof of the name change does not have to be the original paperwork but can be a copy. Your licensee seal will also need to be updated to reflect the name change.

 

Does the Board have Change of Address forms?

No. Address and contact changes can be sent directly to the Board staff at nbea.office@nebraska.gov.

Please note, if your license is expiring at the end of the year (October - December) and you email the Board updated contact information, you will also need to update your address information again when renewing online.  

Nebraska does not fine or penalize licensees for not updating contact information in a timely manner. However, if the Board does not have your most up-to-date contact information, you may miss out on important information about renewing your license or changes to rules and regulations. 

How do I obtain another wall certificate?

If you would like another copy of your wall certificate, please email nbea.office@nebraska.gov with your request. Additional wall certificates require a $25 fee and will need to be paid for via check or cash.

 

Emeritus

How do I change my status to emeritus?

To change your status to emeritus from January to September, you will need to contact the Board staff to have a Change of Status form mailed to your address. There will also be a $25 fee every biennium to retain the title.

Between October and December, your status can be changed to emeritus during the online renewal period. 

Emeritus members are not allowed to practice architecture or engineering in the state of Nebraska.

If I am an emeritus, and want to reinstate my license - what do I need to do?

1. Fill out the application, pay all applicable fees, sign the reinstatement affidavit

2. Show documentation of two years of continuing education

3. Pass the Nebraska exam (the exam will be sent to you)

 

After the above steps have been completed, your application will be sent to the Board for approval. The Board meets every month excluding July and November. 

 

Remediation/ Enforcement

My project is already under construction. Must construction stop during remediation?

Not necessarily. A complaint and the remediation process is not a stop order. The licensed remediation professional will review any existing plans and the structure itself to identify any deficiencies.

If the remediation professional identifies immediate concerns of public safety, it is the professional’s responsibility to notify appropriate authorities. Notification may result in a stop order from a local building official. It may be appropriate to stop construction if the remediation professional identifies deficiencies that constitute an immediate threat to life, health, and property.

Stopping construction may allow deficiencies to be corrected and can reduce the likelihood of additional potential deficiencies created during construction.

Do new building plans and technical documents need to be produced after a remediation inspection?

Not for every project. There are three general conclusions of a remediation review:

1.   The remediation professional did not identify any deficiencies. When there are no deficiencies, there is no need to produce technical documents.

2.   Deficiencies were identified, but they can be corrected without new technical documents. In this situation, the deficiencies can be corrected through a detailed written description provided by the remediation professional in a remediation letter.

•    If building plans already exist, the remediation professional may be able to make corrections through annotations, clouding, and deltas.

•    If existing documents are revised, the revisions must be attributed to the individual responsible for the revisions.

3.   Deficiencies were identified that will require design corrections detailed in technical documents. In this case, technical documents will be produced by the remediation professional in addition to the remediation letter.

Do technical documents need to be submitted to the local building official and State Fire Marshal again?

It depends. If the deficiencies require design corrections or revisions to existing documents constituting the practice of engineering or architecture, these officials may require another submission of technical documents.  The corrected or revised documents should be accompanied by a copy of the remediation letter.

I am the remediation professional for this project. What should I include in my remediation letter?

The remediation letter should reflect every step of the remediation process provided in Board Rule 8.4.1.1. Generally, the letter should include:

1.   Identification of the project and an explanation of the remediation professionals’ relationship to the project.

 

2.   Identification of any deficiencies, including any that raise immediate concerns of public safety. If there are immediate public safety concerns, the remediation professional should indicate whether there is a local authority to notify and whether they did notify the authority. 

 

3.   Describe your recommendations to correct deficiencies and the kinds of technical documents that may need to be produced.

 

4.   A statement affirming that the remediation professional takes responsibility for the remediation design.

 

5.   If remediation requires the involvement of other design disciplines, identify those disciplines or licensed professionals and designate a coordinating professional.

• If there are multiple design professionals, each licensee may prepare their own remediation letter. The coordinating professional would then prepare a letter that lists each design professional involved and their roles in the remediation. Alternatively, each licensee would prepare their portion of the remediation letter and identify the portion that they are responsible for.

 

6.   Seal, sign, and date the letter.

How do I file a complaint?

If you believe a licensee or non-licensee is in violation of the E&A Act, fill out the Board's Complaint Form.

Once the complaint has been received, a member of our staff will follow up on the information sent.

 

 

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