APEPLSPLA

FAQ

 

INTRODUCTION

This website was developed as a service to you by the Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects in an effort to answer some of the most commonly asked questions directed to the Board's office.

We believe this site will address questions you may have regarding addresses, phone numbers, licensing, etc. Should your specific question not be a part of this site, then please feel free to call (573-751-0047) or E-mail (moapeplspla@pr.mo.gov) our office and any member of our staff will provide you with the information that you need or they will direct you to the individual or agency that can help.

Our normal office hours are Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CST (with the exception of designated public holidays. (For a list of those holidays, click on Office Hours.)

HOW TO USE THIS SITE

Within each of the locations listed below, you will find some of the most commonly asked questions regarding that specific item. To begin, click on any one of the locations listed below for general answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding:

Office Hours
Address & Telephone Numbers
Becoming a Board Member
Education
Fees
Licensure - Individuals
Licensure - Corporations
National Organizations
Investigations/Complaints
Discipline
Meetings

 

 

Office Hours


The APEPLSPLA Board is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except on public holidays. For a list of State Holidays please click on the following link: http://pr.mo.gov/hours-holidays.asp

Address & Telephone Numbers


Q. WHAT IS THE ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER OF THE APEPLSPLA BOARD OFFICE?
A.
Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects
3605 Missouri Boulevard, Suite 380
Jefferson City, MO 65109
573-751-0047

Q. WHAT TELEPHONE NUMBER SHOULD I CALL?
A.
For questions regarding:
Complaints/Investigations: 573-751-1056
Discipline: 573-751-1055
Education: 573-751-0047
Licensure: 573-751-0047
Practice: 573-751-0047

Q. WHAT IS THE FAX NUMBER TO THE BOARD OFFICE?
A. 573-751-8046.

Becoming a Board Member


Q. HOW CAN I BECOME A MEMBER OF THE APEPLSPLA BOARD?
A. For the answer to this question please click on http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/C300-399/3270000031.HTM

Education


Q. IS A DEGREE REQUIRED FOR LICENSURE AS AN ARCHITECT?
A. Beginning January 1, 2012, all new applicants shall hold an accredited degree from an accredited degree program from a school of architecture.

Q. IS A DEGREE REQUIRED FOR LICENSURE AS A PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER?
A. Yes. An ABET accredited degree in engineering, or its equivalent is required. An unaccredited engineering degree will be accepted if it has been evaluated by NCEES Credentials Evaluations Service (http://ncees.org/Credentials_evaluations.php) and has been determined to be equivalent to an ABET accredited degree.

Q. DOES A TECHNOLOGY DEGREE IN ENGINEERING MEET THE EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR BECOMING LICENSED AS A PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER IN THE STATE OF MISSOURI? A. NO.

Q. IS A DEGREE REQUIRED FOR LICENSURE AS A PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYOR?
A. No. Please see educational requirements at http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/C300-399/3270000314.HTM.

Q. IS A DEGREE REQUIRED FOR LICENSURE AS A PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT?
A. Yes. A degree in landscape architecture from an accredited school of landscape architecture is required.

Q. DOES MISSOURI REQUIRE CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR ARCHITECTS, PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS, PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYORS AND PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT?
A. Yes. For more information on continuing education for architects (24 CEUs), professional engineers (30 PDHs), professional land surveyors (20 PDUs) and Professional Landscape Architects (24 CEUs), please click on http://pr.mo.gov/apelsla-continuing-education.asp.

Fees


Q. WHAT ARE THE VARIOUS FEES THAT THE BOARD CHARGES?
A. A listing of all the Board's fees can be seen by viewing Board Rules 20 CSR 2030-6.015 & 20 CSR 2030-6.020 at http://www.sos.mo.gov/adrules/csr/current/20csr/20c2030-6.pdf.

Q. WHO DO I MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO?
A. Please make checks payable to the Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects. You may shorten it by using just your profession (i.e. Missouri Board for Architects, etc).

Licensure - Individuals


Q. WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO BECOME LICENSED?
A. There are two methods of original licensure: original licensure by exam and original licensure by comity. An architect, professional engineer, professional land surveyor or professional landscape architect who is already licensed in another state or territory may apply for a Missouri license by comity. Professional licenses are granted by each state, so an architect, professional engineer, professional land surveyor or professional landscape architect must apply for and receive a license in every state in which the individual practices.

Applications for a license by exam and/or comity may be obtained by clicking on one of the following:

An application may also be requested via writing, calling or emailing the Board office; however, please note that all applications MUST be submitted in a typewritten format.

An individual who wants to secure enrollment as an Engineer Intern by exam must be a graduate of an ABET accredited engineering program, must have taken and passed the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying's (NCEES) Fundamentals of Engineering examination, must complete and submit an FE enrollment application form (Engineer Interns) along with the required fee, and provide the Board with an original official transcript of grades evidencing receipt of the required engineering degree(s). Passage of the exam alone does not warrant automatic enrollment.

An individual who wants to secure enrollment as a Land Surveyor-In-Training by exam must have taken and passed the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying's (NCEES) Fundamentals of Surveying examination and must complete and submit an FS enrollment application form (Land Surveyors-In-Training) along with the required fee. Passage of the exam alone does not warrant automatic enrollment.

Q. WHAT IS THE TIME FRAME FOR RECEIVING A LICENSE?
A. Applications are processed upon receipt and as timely as possible. However, if we are in the midst of a filing deadline or if the application is not correctly completed and submitted with the proper documentation, it can take 30-90 days, give or take.

Q. HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO RENEW MY LICENSE?
A. When it comes time to renew your license, a renewal notice will be sent to you in the mail approximately three months prior to the expiration date of your license. If you have a license that was initially issued in an odd year, you will need to renew your license by December 31st of each odd-numbered year. On the other hand, if you have a license that was initially issued in an even year, you will need to renew your license by December 31st of each even-numbered year. Newly licensed individuals must renew their license by December 31st of their initial year of licensure. The renewal notices are mailed to the last address that we have on file so it is important that you notify us of any address changes that may have occurred since your last renewal. Please be advised that it is your responsibility to renew your license even if the renewal notice does not reach you through the mail. You also have the option of renewing your license on-line.

Q. HOW DO I NOTIFY THE BOARD OFFICE IF I SHOULD HAVE A NAME OR ADDRESS CHANGE?
A. Name and address changes can only be accepted in writing.

For name changes: you must complete and submit a "Change of Name Form." If you want a new license that reflects your name change, you must complete and submit a duplicate license form along with the required fee of $10 in the form of a check or money order. The change of name form can be accessed by clicking on http://pr.mo.gov/boards/apelsla/375-0273.pdf.

For address changes: include your name, old address, new address, current telephone number and license number. Please PRINT clearly and include your signature. Please be sure to indicate your contact address where you would like all correspondence sent. The change of address form can be accessed by clicking on http://pr.mo.gov/boards/apelsla/375-0272.pdf or to submit your change of address on line access the following link; http://pr.mo.gov/apelsla-coa2-ask.asp.

Q. IF I DO NOT RECEIVE MY NEW LICENSE BEFORE THE EXPIRATION DATE, DO I HAVE TO STOP WORKING?
A. To avoid delays, submit your renewal application as soon as you are notified. Your license will be renewed upon submission of the required renewal application and fee. You do not have to stop working if the Board can verify that your license has been renewed. Verification of a renewed license can be obtained over the phone. If you have not submitted your renewal on time and the Board office cannot verify that you have renewed your license, you must cease working immediately after the expiration date and cannot resume until your license is renewed.

Q. WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR THE BOARD TO ENDORSE OR VERIFY MY LICENSE TO ANOTHER STATE?

A. You must contact the state board where you want a license and request an application for licensure. Contact information for boards of architecture can be found at http://www.ncarb.org; contact information for boards of engineering and land surveying can be found at http://www.ncees.org; and, contact information for boards of landscape architecture can be found at http://www.clarb.org.

If you are licensed as an Architect or a Professional Landscape Architect, verifications must be requested by mail. Please submit the verification form from the state to which you are applying to:

Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers,
Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects
3605 Missouri Blvd., Suite 380
Jefferson City, MO 65109

Please include your name, address, license number, and/or social security number, and the name and address of the State Board of where you want the verification to be sent. Verifications will only be mailed to the State Board requesting the verification and NOT to the licensee.

If you are enrolled as an Engineer Intern; licensed as a Professional Engineer; enrolled as a Land Surveyor-in-Training; or licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor, verifications must be requested by accessing the NCEES Electronic License and Exam Verification System found at https://verify.ncees.org/.

The Electronic License and Exam Verification System is user friendly and facilitates the transmission and receiving of verifications between Licensing Boards/Jurisdictions.

Q. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN EXPIRED AND AN INACTIVE LICENSE?
A. An expired license is one that has not been renewed or placed on inactive status. An expired license may be returned to active status by completing a re-licensure application, submitting proof of continuing education and submitting the required fee of $200. Re-licensure applications can be accessed under each profession on the Board's Website.

An inactive license is one that has been voluntarily requested to be placed on "inactive status." An inactive license must be renewed every two years and requires the payment of a renewal fee. The licensee shall not be actively engaged in the practice of architecture, engineering, land surveying and/or landscape architecture during that period of time and does not have to accumulate continuing education hours. If returning the license to an active status during the renewal processing period, the fee consists only of the renewal fee for the current renewal period. However, to return an inactive license to active status between renewal cycles requires completion of a reactivation form, submitting proof of continuing education and the required fee of a $100 in the form of a check or money order. Reactivation applications can be accessed under each profession on the Board's Website.

Licensure - Corporations


Q. WHEN IS A CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORITY REQUIRED?
A. If your firm is incorporated or registered as a limited liability company and is offering and/or rendering architectural, engineering, land surveying or landscape architectural services in this state, or if your articles of incorporation or articles of organization include the offering of such services in your purpose statement, the Board believes that you are required by law to obtain the appropriate Corporate Certificate of Authority from this Board. If your company's name includes the word (or any derivative of the word) "architect," "engineer," "land surveyor," and/or "landscape architect" and is advertising that it can provide architectural, engineering, land surveying, and/or landscape architectural services the Board believes that you are required by law to obtain the appropriate Corporate Certificate of Authority. Your attention is directed to Section 327.401.2, which reads in part as follows:

327.401.2. Any domestic corporation formed under the corporation law of this state, or any foreign corporation, now or hereafter organized and having as one of its purposes the practicing of architecture or professional engineering or professional land surveying or landscape architecture and any existing corporation which amends its charter to propose to practice architecture or professional engineering or professional land surveying or landscape architecture shall obtain a certificate of authority for each profession named in the articles of incorporation or articles of organization from the board..."

NOTE: Sections 327.101 and 327.191 allow a person or corporation to "offer," but not perform or render, architectural and engineering services if the person or corporation is licensed to practice architecture and/or engineering in the state or country of residence or principal place of business.

Q. IS A SEPARATE CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORITY NEEDED TO OFFER ARCHITECTURE, PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING, PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYING AND/OR PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE? A. Yes. You must obtain a separate Certificate of Authority for Architecture, Professional Engineering, Professional Land Surveying and Professional Landscape Architecture.

Q. WHEN IS A CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORITY NOT REQUIRED?
A. If a firm is not incorporated, it is not required to obtain a Certificate of Authority. There is no statutory or regulatory provision for licensing sole proprietorships or partnerships. The Board does not require sole proprietorships or partnerships, whose members may be otherwise subject to Board regulation, to register with the Board if (1) the firm is named after a properly licensed individual practicing in his or her field, or (2) the firm is registered with the Missouri Secretary of State under the Fictitious Name Act.

There is no difference with respect to the requirements for licensure by an entity whether it is registered with the Secretary of State's Office (SOS) as a Partnership, a Limited Partnership (LP), or a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP). The Board only issues certificates of authority to offer architectural, professional engineering, professional land surveying, and professional landscape architectural services to corporations, professional corporations, and limited liability companies (both domestic and foreign). Partnerships, including LPs and LLPs, are not required to obtain a certificate of authority (license) from the Board since its members are subject to Board regulation. Therefore, if a Partnership, LP, or LLP has only one "partner" identified in the SOS filing and that "partner" is an individual, an LLC or a Corporation, that individual, LLC, or Corporation is then required to be licensed with the Board. There is no minimum percentage requirement of ownership in the partnership to be exempt from licensure.

Q. IS A "CERTIFICATE OF GOOD STANDING" THE SAME AS A "CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORITY?"
A. No. A "Certificate of Good Standing" is issued by the Missouri Secretary of State's office when application is made for "Authorization to Transact Business" in this state. A "Certificate of Authority" is a license issued by the Board to a corporation or LLC certifying that it is authorized to practice architecture, engineering, land surveying and/or landscape architecture in the State of Missouri.

Q. HOW DOES A CORPORATION OR LLC APPLY FOR A CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORITY?
A. Before making application with the Board, you must first apply with the Missouri Secretary of State's office for "Authorization to Transact Business" in Missouri and receive a "Certificate of Good Standing." Once this has been done, you may then download the Board's "Certificate of Authority" application directly from the Board's website at http://pr.mo.gov/apelsla-corporations.asp. Your application, when submitted to the Board, must be accompanied by the required fee and the "Certificate of Good Standing" that was issued by the Office of the Missouri Secretary of State.

National Organizations


Q. WHAT IS THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF ARCHITECTURAL REGISTRATION BOARDS (NCARB)?
A. NCARB comprises the architectural registration boards of all 50 states as well as those of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. NCARB assists its member state registration boards in carrying out their duties and provides a certification program for individual architects.

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards is committed to exemplary service and effective regulation to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. In order to achieve these goals, the Council develops and recommends standards to be required of an applicant for architectural registration; develops and recommends standards regulating the practice of architecture; provides to member boards a process for certifying the qualifications of an architect for registration; and represents the interests of member boards before public and private agencies. NCARB has also established guidelines for the reciprocal registration of architects in the United States and Canada and is engaged in similar discussions with several other countries under trade agreements negotiated by the United States government.

Q. WHAT IS THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF EXAMINERS FOR ENGINEERS AND SURVEYORS (NCEES)?
A. The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) is a national non-profit organization composed of engineering and surveying licensing boards representing all states and U.S. territories. NCEES develops, scores, and administers the examinations used for engineering and surveying licensure throughout the United States. NCEES also provides services facilitating professional mobility for licensed engineers and surveyors. NCEES is an accredited standards developer with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Q. WHAT IS THE COUNCIL OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURAL REGISTRATION BOARDS (CLARB)?
A. The Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) is dedicated to ensuring that all individuals who affect the natural and built environment through the practice of landscape architecture are sufficiently qualified to do so. CLARB's members work together to establish standards for education, experience and examination required for the professional licensure of Professional Landscape Architects. CLARB provides a vital public protection service through the preparation, administration and scoring of the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.). This examination determines whether applicants for landscape architectural licensure are able to provide landscape architectural services without endangering the health, safety and welfare of the public. CLARB strives to ensure that the public has access to the services of as many competent design professionals as possible by supporting licensure efforts and reducing the barriers to interstate and international practice. To this end, CLARB manages a professional certification program, through which Professional Landscape Architects can document and verify their education, experience, examination and licensure history, thereby streamlining the licensure and reciprocal registration processes.

As a non profit association, CLARB relies heavily on volunteers to provide many of its services to the profession and the public. These volunteers spend countless hours developing and grading examinations, serving on committees, establishing policy and providing governance for the organization. The dedication of these professionals not only allows CLARB to accomplish its goals, but it also allows CLARB to provide products and services at fees well below true market value.

Investigations / Complaints


Q. CAN ANYONE FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THE APEPLSPLA BOARD?
A. Anyone can file a complaint, i.e., from out of state as well as in state. The complaints may come from employers, members of the profession, the public, law enforcement officials and agencies, or other departments of state and local government. Official rules state that all complaints shall be made in writing. The Board will accept anonymous complaints. Complaints may be made on forms provided by the Board (http://pr.mo.gov/apelsla-complaints.asp) and shall be mailed and/or delivered to the Executive Director of the Board. However, a written complaint delivered in any manner is sufficient. Please be advised that a copy of the complaint you file may be provided to the person or firm whom you are filing the complaint against.

Q. CAN AN ARCHITECT, PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER, PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYOR AND/OR A PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT WORK DURING THE TIME A COMPLAINT IS BEING INVESTIGATED?
A. Yes.

Q. ARE COMPLAINTS PUBLIC INFORMATION?
A. No. Both the complaint and any information obtained as a result of the investigation of the complaint shall be considered a closed record of the Board and shall not be available for inspection by the public. During the investigative state, the Board and its executive staff shall keep the complaint and the fact of its existence confidential to the extent practicable. However, a copy of the complaint and any attachments shall be provided to any person who is the subject of that complaint or his/her legal counsel, upon written request to the Board.

Q. CAN I FIND OUT WHO FILED THE COMPLAINT AGAINST ME?
A. Yes. You may make a written request to the Board office requesting a copy of the complaint that had been filed against you. Information cannot be provided by telephone.

Q. WILL I NEED TO OBTAIN AN ATTORNEY?
A. Employing the services of an attorney is a personal choice and can be exercised at any point you choose. The APEPLSPLA Board cannot provide legal advice.

Q. HOW SOON WILL I FIND OUT THE FINAL DISPOSITION REGARDING THE COMPLAINT/ INVESTIGATION?
A. Board decisions are sent out approximately two to four weeks following a regularly scheduled meeting of the Board. If you don't hear anything within that timeframe, you can safely assume that your case is still open and being investigated. It is a policy of the Board that decisions will not be released by telephone.

Discipline


Q. CAN ARCHITECTS, PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS, PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYORS AND PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT CONTINUE TO WORK IN THEIR PROFESSION WHILE DISCIPLINED BY THE BOARD?
A. Whether or not an architect, professional engineer, professional land surveyor or professional landscape architect is able to continue in their profession depends on the type of discipline administered by the Board. An architect, professional engineer, professional land surveyor, or professional landscape architect who has been censured may continue to practice. Probation, which law dictates cannot be longer than five years, will require the licensee to meet certain requirements and may include specific practice restrictions. The Board may choose suspension, which law dictates cannot be longer than three years, wherein the licensee may not practice their profession until the period of the suspension is completed. It is not uncommon for a period of suspension to be administered, followed by a period of probation. The Board may also order a civil penalty under Section 327.077 or may choose to revoke the license which is the most severe disciplinary action that can be taken. The individual who has had a license revoked cannot practice their profession again until and/or unless the individual makes re-application for a new license, which will require approval from the Board and may entail a period of rehabilitation and completion of the licensure examination.

Q. IS DISCIPLINARY ACTION PUBLIC INFORMATION?
A. Yes. Disciplinary action, whether present or past, is an open record and available to the public, including prospective employers.

Meetings


Q. HOW DO I FIND OUT ABOUT ANY UPCOMING MEETINGS THAT ARE BEING HELD BY THE BOARD?
A. All upcoming division and full board meetings are listed on our website and can be accessed at http://pr.mo.gov/apelsla-meetings.asp.