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09.28.03 - Board of Examiners of Landscape Architects - Pending Regulations

 

PROPOSED ACTION ON REGULATIONS
MARYLAND REGISTER, VOLUME 39, ISSUE 25,
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2012

Subtitle 28 BOARD OF EXAMINERS OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

09.28.03 Fees

Authority: Business Regulation Article, §§2-106.1 and 2-106.2; Business Occupations and Professions Article, §§9-206, 9-207, 9-305.1, and 9-306; Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Proposed Action
[12-345-P]

The Board of Examiners of Landscape Architects proposes to amend Regulation .03 under COMAR 09.28.03 Fees. This action was considered by the Board at a public meeting held on June 18, 2012, notice of which was published in 38:11 Md. R. 730 (June 1, 2012).

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this action is to amend the examination fee schedule to conform to the exam structure and pricing developed by the national organization, Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB).

Comparison to Federal Standards

There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.

Estimate of Economic Impact

I. Summary of Economic Impact. Exam candidates previously paid a total sum of $1,401 to take the five-part examination. The total cost of the revised four-part computerized exam is $1,650. There is an increase of $249 per candidate. However, candidates no longer pay the $60 test administration fee to the Maryland Board. Approximately 50 candidates take the exam per year through the Maryland Board resulting in a loss of revenue to the Maryland Board of approximately $3,000 per year.

 
Revenue (R+/R-)
 
II. Types of Economic
Impact.
Expenditure
(E+/E-)
Magnitude

A. On issuing agency:
    Board of Examiners of Landscape Architects
(R-) $60 per candidate
 
B. On other State agencies: NONE
 
C. On local governments: NONE
Benefit (+)
Cost (-)
Magnitude

D. On regulated industries or trade groups:
  Exam candidates
(-) $249 per candidate
E. On other industries or trade groups: NONE
 
F. Direct and indirect effects on public: NONE
 

III. Assumptions. (Identified by Impact Letter and Number from Section II.)

A. The Board previously collected exam fees for two sections of the exam which it administered and a $60 test administration fee from each candidate. The exam fees were passed through to the national organization. With the conversion to all computer based format, the Board will not be involved in the administration of any sections of the exam and will not collect any exam fees. The Board will lose the revenues it collected for the test administration fee.

D. The total cost of the previous five-part exam was $1,401. The total cost for the four-part computerized exam is $1,650, resulting in an overall increase of $249.

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 Examiners of Landscape Architects, 500 N. Calvert Street, Room 308, Baltimore, MD 21202, or call 410-230-6262, or email to pamedwards@dllr.state.md.us, or fax to 410-333-0021. Comments will be accepted through January 15, 2013. A public hearing has not been scheduled.

Open Meeting

Final action on the proposal will be considered by the Board of Examiners of Landscape Architects during a public meeting to be held on March 18, 2013, 1:30 p.m., at 500 N. Calvert Street, Third Floor Conference Room, Baltimore, MD 21202.

.03 Fees and Costs.

  A. — B. (text unchanged)
  C. An applicant for the licensing examination shall pay the following examination fees directly to the [Board or its designee,] Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) as these fees are established by [the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards:] CLARB:
    [(1) For the June, 2010, examination:
      (a) Section C—Site Design — $276;
      (b) Section E—Grading, Drainage, and Stormwater Management — $276;
    (2) For the December, 2010, examination:
      (a) Section C—Site Design — $280;
      (b) Section E—Grading, Drainage, and Stormwater Management — $280;
    (3) For the June, 2011, examination:
      (a) Section C—Site Design — $280;
      (b) Section E—Grading, Drainage, and Stormwater Management — $280;
    (4) For the December, 2011, examination:
      (a) Section C—Site Design — $288;
      (b) Section E—Grading, Drainage, and Stormwater Management — $288.
    (5) For the June, 2012, examination:
      (a) Section C—Site Design — $288;
      (b) Section E—Grading, Drainage, and Stormwater Management — $288.]
    (1) Section 1: Project and Construction Administration — $325;
    (2) Section 2: Inventory and Analysis — $325;
    (3) Section 3: Design — $500;
    (4) Section 4: Grading, Drainage, and Construction Documentation — $500.

  [D.] — [K.] (proposed for repeal)

CHRISTOPHER L. SCHEIN
Chairman
State Board of Examiners of Landscape Architects