PROPOSED ACTION ON REGULATIONS
MARYLAND REGISTER, VOLUME 41, ISSUE 10,
FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014
Subtitle 21 BOARD ARCHITECTS
09.21.05 Continuing Professional Competency Requirements
Business Occupations and Professions Article, §§3-208, 3-309, 3-309.1, and
3-309.2; Annotated Code of Maryland
Notice of Proposed Action
The State Board of Architects proposes to amend Regulation .08 under
COMAR 09.21.05 Continuing Professional Competency Requirements. This action was considered by the Board of Architects at a public meeting held on March
26, 2014, notice of which was published in 41:5 Md. R. 359 (March 7, 2014), in accordance with State Government Article, §10-506(c), Annotated Code of Maryland.
Statement of Purpose
The purpose of this action is to amend the current regulation which has proven difficult to apply and administer. The amendments will clarify the procedures
and circumstances under which a licensee may request a one-time exception from compliance with continuing professional competency requirements due to extenuating
Comparison to Federal Standards
There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.
Estimate of Economic Impact
The proposed action has no economic impact.
Economic Impact on Small Businesses
The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses.
Impact on Individuals with Disabilities
The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.
Opportunity for Public Comment
Comments may be sent to Pamela J. Edwards, Executive Director, Board of Architects, 500 N. Calvert Street, Room 308, Baltimore, MD 21202, or call 410-230-6262,
or email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax to 410-333-0021. Comments will be accepted through June 16,
2014. A public hearing has not been scheduled.
Final action on the proposal will be considered by the Board of Architects during a public meeting to be held on August 27, 2014, at 10 a.m., at 500 N. Calvert
Street, Third Floor Conference Room, Baltimore, MD 21202.
08 Extenuating Circumstances/Exceptions.
A. Notwithstanding other requirements set forth in this chapter, a licensee who is granted an initial license may renew a license for the next full term
without complying with the CPC requirements
(1) The licensee has been granted an initial license and is renewing a license for the next full term; and
(2) The licensee qualifies under the criteria set forth in Business Regulation Article, Title 2.5, Annotated Code of Maryland.
[B. A licensee who, due to physical disability, illness, military duty, or other extenuating circumstances, is unable to comply with the CPC requirements
prior to the license expiration date shall to the extent feasible so notify the Board prior to the license expiration date. If at a later date a licensee whose
license lapsed due to noncompliance with the CPC requirements wishes to reinstate the license, the licensee shall fulfill all past due CPC requirements for the
previous CPC reporting periods, subject to the maximum amount of required credits as set forth in Regulation .10 of this chapter. The Board may consider waiving,
if the extenuating circumstances so warrant, all or part of applicable reinstatement fees and a portion of the required number of LUs.]
B. Compliance Exception Request.
(1) If a licensee is unable to comply with all or part of CPC requirements due to physical disability, illness, or other extenuating circumstances,
the licensee may request the Board grant a one-time exception from compliance (Compliance Exception Request), provided that the Compliance Exception Request is filed
with the Board at least 60 days prior to the licensee’s license expiration date.
(2) If a Compliance Exception Request is based on physical disability or illness, the licensee must provide the Board with written documentation
acceptable to the Board supporting the basis for the request.
(3) A Compliance Exception Request must be accompanied by a detailed proposal acceptable to the Board indicating the licensee’s intended plan of
compliance with CPC requirements within no later than 12 months after the license expiration date. Failure to provide the acceptable plan of compliance within the
time period specified in this regulation may result in the Board’s administrative dismissal of the Compliance Exception Request.
State Board of Architects