Florida Senate - 2014                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 404
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                   Comm: WD            .                                
                  01/17/2014           .                                

    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    6         Section 1. Subsection (2) of section 492.104, Florida
    7  Statutes, is amended to read
    8         492.104 Rulemaking authority.—The Board of Professional
    9  Geologists has authority to adopt rules pursuant to ss.
   10  120.536(1) and 120.54 to implement this chapter. Every licensee
   11  shall be governed and controlled by this chapter and the rules
   12  adopted by the board. The board is authorized to set, by rule,
   13  fees for application, examination, certificate of authorization,
   14  late renewal, initial licensure, and license renewal. These fees
   15  should not exceed the cost of implementing the application,
   16  examination, initial licensure, and license renewal or other
   17  administrative process and shall be established as follows:
   18         (2) The examination fee shall not exceed $250 and the fee
   19  may be apportioned to each part of a multi-part examination. The
   20  examination fee shall be refundable in whole or part if the
   21  applicant is found to be ineligible to take any portion of the
   22  licensure examination.
   23         Section 2. Paragraphs (d) and (e) of subsection (1) of
   24  section 492.105, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
   25         492.105 Licensure by examination; requirements; fees.—
   26         (1) Any person desiring to be licensed as a professional
   27  geologist shall apply to the department to take the licensure
   28  examination. The written licensure examination shall be designed
   29  to test an applicant’s qualifications to practice professional
   30  geology, and shall include such subjects as will tend to
   31  ascertain the applicant’s knowledge of the fundamentals, theory,
   32  and the practice of professional geology and may include such
   33  subjects as are taught in curricula of accredited colleges and
   34  universities. The written licensure examination may be a multi
   35  part examination. The department shall examine each applicant
   36  who the board certifies:
   37         (d) Has fulfilled Fulfills the following educational
   38  requirements at a college or university, the geological
   39  curricula of which meet the criteria established by an
   40  accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of
   41  Education:
   42         1. Graduation from such college or university with a major
   43  in geology or other related science acceptable to the board; and
   44         2. Satisfactory completion of at least 30 semester hours or
   45  45 quarter hours of geological coursework courses, 24 of which
   46  must be at the third or fourth year or graduate level.
   47         (e) Has at least 5 7 years of verified professional
   48  geological work experience, which includes shall include a
   49  minimum of 3 years of professional geological work under the
   50  supervision of a licensed or qualified geologist or professional
   51  engineer registered under chapter 471 as qualified in the field
   52  or discipline of professional engineering work performed
   53  involved; or has have a minimum of 5 accumulative years of
   54  verified geological work years’ experience in responsible charge
   55  of geological work as determined by the board. The following
   56  criteria of education and experience qualify, as specified,
   57  toward accumulation of the required 7 years of professional
   58  geological work:
   59         1. Each year of undergraduate study in the geological
   60  sciences shall count as 1/2 year of the experience requirement,
   61  up to a maximum of 2 years, and each year of graduate study
   62  shall count as 1 year of the experience requirement.
   63         2. Credit for undergraduate study, graduate study, and
   64  graduate courses, individually or in any combination thereof,
   65  shall in no case exceed a total of 2 years toward meeting the
   66  requirements for at least 7 years of professional geological
   67  work.
   68         3. Full-time teaching or research in the geological
   69  sciences at the college level shall be credited year for year
   70  toward meeting the requirement in this category.
   71         4.The ability of the applicant shall have been
   72  demonstrated by his or her having performed the work in a
   73  responsible position as determined by the board.
   74         Section 3. Section 492.1051, Florida Statutes, is created
   75  to read:
   76         492.1051 Registered geologist in training; requirements.
   77         (1) A person desiring to register as a geologist in
   78  training shall apply to the department to take the fundamentals
   79  of geology portion of the examination required for licensure as
   80  a professional geologist in this state. The department shall
   81  examine each applicant who the board certifies:
   82         (a) Has completed the application form and remitted a
   83  nonrefundable application fee and an examination fee that is
   84  refundable if the applicant is found to be ineligible to take
   85  the examination.
   86         (b) Has not committed an act or offense in any jurisdiction
   87  which constitutes grounds for disciplining a professional
   88  geologist licensed under this chapter; and
   89         (c) Has successfully completed at least 30 semester hours
   90  or 45 quarter hours of geological coursework at a college or
   91  university, the geological curricula of which meet the criteria
   92  established by an accrediting agency recognized by the United
   93  States Department of Education and, if still enrolled, has
   94  provided a letter of good academic standing from the college or
   95  university.
   96         (2) The department shall register as a geologist in
   97  training each applicant who the board certifies has passed the
   98  fundamentals of geology portion of the licensure examination.
   99         (3) A registered geologist in training desiring to be
  100  licensed as a professional geologist shall apply to the
  101  department to take the licensure examination as prescribed in s.
  102  492.105(1), but is not required to retake the fundamentals of
  103  geology portion of the licensure examination.
  104         Section 4.  This act shall take effect October 1, 2014.
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  107  And the title is amended as follows:
  108         Delete everything before the enacting clause
  109  and insert:
  110                        A bill to be entitled                      
  111         An act relating to professional geology; amending s.
  112         492.104, F.S.; providing for apportionment of
  113         examination fees; amending s. 492.105, F.S.; revising
  114         examination requirements for professional geologists;
  115         creating s. 492.1051, F.S.; providing requirements for
  116         registration as a geologist-in-training; requiring
  117         geologist-in-training applicants to successfully
  118         complete the fundamentals of geology portion of the
  119         licensure examination; requiring an application fee
  120         and a refundable examination fee; requiring the
  121         Department of Business and Professional Regulation to
  122         submit each completed application to the Board of
  123         Professional Geologists for certification; setting
  124         forth the criteria the board may use to certify
  125         applicants; requiring the department to register each
  126         person as a geologist-in-training whom the board
  127         certifies has successfully completed the fundamentals
  128         portion of the geology examination; exempting
  129         registered geologist-in-training seeking licensure as
  130         a professional geologist from retaking the
  131         fundamentals of geology portion of the examination;
  132         providing an effective date.