21 NCAC 56 .1707             EXEMPTIONS

A licensee is exempt from the professional development educational requirements for the following reasons:

(1)           New licensees by way of examination or comity are exempt for their first renewal period.

(2)           If currently licensed by and in good standing (license is not suspended or revoked) with the Board a licensee who is serving in the armed forces of the United States and who is eligible for an extension of time to file a tax return pursuant to G.S. 105-249.2 is granted a waiver of the mandatory continuing education requirements for the time period disregarded pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code 26 U.S.C. 7508.

                The licensee shall request the waiver as follows:

(a)           The licensee shall notify the Board of eligibility before the current license expires.  Upon such notification, the Board shall maintain the license in active status through the extension period.  

(b)           If the licensee fails to notify the Board of eligibility for the extension period before the current license expires, upon receipt and acceptance of a renewal application within the extension period and presentation of proof that the licensee was eligible on the date that is the deadline for renewal, the expired license or registration shall be deemed retroactively to have not expired.

(c)           The licensee who submits a renewal application within the extension period shall not be deemed to hold a lapsed license subject to reinstatement fees.

(d)           The licensee may renew the license within the extension period despite failing to complete the specified continuing education requirements.

(e)           A licensee shall provide proof of eligibility for the extension period when the licensee or registrant submits the renewal application. 

(3)           The Board shall exempt a licensee if the Board determines that the licensee is experiencing physical disability, illness, or other extenuating circumstances that prevent the licensee from obtaining professional development hours.  Supporting documentation must be furnished to the Board.

(4)           Licensees who list their occupation as "Inactive" on the Board approved renewal form and who are no longer providing professional engineering or land surveying services are exempt from the professional development hours required.  In the event such a person elects to return to active practice of professional engineering or land surveying, professional development hours must be earned in accordance with the requirements of Rule .1708 in this Section before returning to active practice for each year exempted not to exceed the annual requirement for two years.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 89C-10(a); 89C-17; 93B-15;

Eff. December 1, 1994;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2011; May 1, 2009; August 1, 2000; February 1, 1996.