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A.R.S. § 32-102 provides that, for regulation of non health professions and occupations, a state board of technical registration is established consisting of members appointed by the governor as follows:

  • Two architects;
  • Three professional engineers, two of whom are representatives of branches of engineering other than civil engineering;
  • One public member;
  • One landscape architect;
  • One geologist or assayer; and
  • One land surveyor.

Upon the expiration of any of the terms a successor shall be appointed for a full term of three years.  The governor may remove a member of the board for misconduct, incapacity or neglect of duty.  Appointment to fill a vacancy caused other than by expiration of term shall be for the unexpired portion of the term.  No member may serve more than two consecutive terms.

Pursuant to A.R.S. § 32-103, each professional member of the board shall:

  • Be at least twenty-five years of age.
  • Have been a resident of the state for at least three years immediately preceding appointment as a member.
  • Each member who is an architect, geologist, an assayer, a landscape architect, a professional engineer or a land surveyor shall have had at least five years’ active professional experience.

A person or firm desiring to practice any board regulated profession or occupation shall first secure a certificate or registration and shall comply with all the conditions prescribed in the chapter, Non Health Professions and Occupations.

Pursuant to A.R.S. § 32-122.01, an applicant for professional registration as an architect, engineer, geologist or landscape architect shall:

  • Be of good moral character and repute;
  • Be actively engaged in education or experience, or both, in the profession for which registration is sought for at least eight years;
  • Unless exempt under section 32-126, pass the in-training and professional examinations in the profession in which registration is sought.

In computing the period of active engagement the following is required:

  • Each year of study satisfactorily completed in an architectural, engineering, geological or landscape architectural school approved by the board is equivalent to one year of active engagement up to a maximum of five years.  One year or more of teaching architectural, engineering, geological or landscape architectural subjects in a school approved by the board is equivalent to one year of active engagement.
  • Each year of study satisfactorily completed in an assaying or land surveying curriculum and school approved by the board is considered equivalent to one year of active engagement up to a maximum of four years. One year or more of teaching assaying or land surveying or other courses approved by the board as pertinent to the profession in which registration is sought in a school approved by the board is equivalent to one year of active engagement.
  • Experience credited by the board must be attained under the direct supervision of a professional who is satisfactory to the board and registered in this state, another state or a foreign country in the profession in which the applicant is seeking registration.  However, one year’s experience may be attained under the direct supervision of a professional who is satisfactory to the board and registered in another profession.

A.R.S. § 32-126 provides that, the board shall waive the examination requirement for an applicant, other than an applicant for professional registration as a land surveyor, who satisfies any one of the following:

  • Holds a valid certificate of registration in good standing issued by another state or foreign country which has or had requirements for registration substantially identical to those of this state.
  • Holds a certificate of qualification in good standing issued by a national bureau of registration or certification recognized by the board.
  • Has been actively engaged in another state or foreign country as a professional registrant in the profession in which registration is sought for at least ten years and holds a valid certificate of registration in good standing issued by that state or country.
  • A registered professional engineer who holds a proficiency designation in one branch of engineering in this state and seeks an additional or different proficiency designation shall submit evidence to the board of either:
  1. Four years of experience acceptable to the board as a registered professional engineer practicing in that branch of engineering in which the person seeks the proficiency designation.
  2. Successful completion of the professional examination in the branch of engineering in which the applicant seeks the proficiency designation.
  3. An applicant for professional registration as a land surveyor who satisfies any one of the requirements of subsection A shall pass the part of the professional land surveyor examination relating to surveying methods and legal principles in this state prescribed by the board in its rules.
  4. The board shall exempt an applicant from the in-training examination if the applicant is a graduate of a school and curriculum approved by the board and has been actively engaged in experience in the profession for which registration is sought for at least twelve years after graduation.

The board shall establish a system for renewing certification or registration.  Except as provided in section 32-4301, certificates of registration or certification are invalid after their expiration date unless renewed by payment of the required renewal fee.  If the renewal fee is not paid prior to the expiration date, it shall be accompanied by a penalty fee equal to one-sixth of the renewal fee for each year or fraction of a year of delinquency.  The board shall cancel a certificate of registration or certification if it has remained invalid for one renewal period and shall require a new application, accompanied by the application fee for reregistration or recertification.  A registrant shall not practice, offer to practice or advertise if the certificate of registration or the certification is inactive or invalid.

A registrant who retires from the active practice of any board regulated profession or occupation or who is not currently practicing that board regulated profession or occupation in the state of Arizona may request that the board place the registrant’s certificate of registration or certification on inactive status.  The registrant shall submit the request in writing to the board.  If the board has invalidated, pursuant to subsection B of this section, the certificate of registration of a registrant who seeks to place the certificate of registration on inactive status, the registrant shall submit all penalty fees that are due with the registrant’s application for inactive status.

Pursuant to A.R.S. § 32-127, a registrant shall not place the registrant’s certificate of registration on inactive status if the person’s certificate of registration has been canceled by the board.  A registrant who holds an inactive certificate of registration may apply to the board to reactivate the certificate of registration.  The board shall reactivate an inactive certificate of registration if the registrant submits a completed application on a form prescribed by the board and meets the qualifications for professional registration set forth in section 32-122.01.  A registrant who seeks reactivation of the registrant’s certificate of registration and who has not been engaged in the profession in which the registrant seeks reactivation for the five years immediately preceding the date of the application for reactivation shall take the applicable professional examination.  The board shall establish the renewal fee for each certificate or registration.


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