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Kansas

In Kansas, regulation of architects is found in Chapter 74, Article 70 of Kansas Statutes.  Pursuant to K.S.A. § 74-7001, it is unlawful for any person to practice or to offer to practice any technical professions in the state of Kansas, unless such person has been duly licensed to practice such profession or holds a certificate of authorization.

Pursuant to K.S.A. § 74-7004, the Governor appoints a state board of technical professions for:

  • administering the provisions of the Act,
  • establishing and maintaining a high standard of integrity, skills and practice in the technical professions, and
  • to safeguard the life, health, property and welfare of the public.

K.S.A. § 74-7013 provides that the board may adopt bylaws, rules and regulations in the administration of the Act.  Further, the board may adopt, enforce, and audit mandatory continuing education as a condition for license renewal or reinstatement for each of the technical professions as determined by the board.

Pursuant to K.S.A. § 74-7017, an applicant seeking original license to practice any technical profession should take and pass an examination utilized by the board.

K.S.A. § 74-7018 provides that application for license should be in writing and on forms prescribed and furnished by the board.  The application should contain statements showing the applicant’s education and a detailed summary of the applicant’s technical work, previous examinations, if any, and the results thereof and such other information and references as may be required by the board.  All such applications should be filed with the executive director, together with the application fee not later than ninety days prior to the date of the examination.

Pursuant to K.S.A. § 74-7019, minimum qualifications of applicants seeking licensure as architects are:

  • graduation from a college or university program that is adequate in its preparation of students for the practice of architecture, and
  • proof of architectural experience of a character satisfactory to the board, as defined by rules and regulations of the board, and
  • the satisfactory passage of an examination utilized by the board.

K.S.A. § 74-7023 provides that all examinations should be held at such time and place as the board determines.  Also, the board should prescribe the scope of the examinations and the methods of procedure.  After receiving satisfactory evidence of the qualifications of applicants and after satisfactory examination of the applicants, the board should issue a license authorizing the applicant to practice the technical profession for which the applicant is qualified and to use the title appropriate to such technical profession.  The issuance of a license by the board is a prima facie evidence that the person named on the license is legally licensed and is entitled to all the rights and privileges of a licensed practitioner.

Each licensee has to purchase a seal of a distinctive design authorized by the board, bearing the licensee’s name and number and a uniform inscription formulated by the board.  Documents, reports, legal descriptions, records and papers signed by the licensee in the licensee’s professional capacity should be stamped with the seal during the duration of the license.

K.S.A. § 74-7025 provides that the executive director should notify every person licensed or issued a certificate of authorization of the date of the expiration of the license or certificate of authorization and the amount of the fee that is required for its renewal for two years.  The board may require proof of compliance with continuing education requirements established by rules and regulations.  The failure on the part of any licensee or holder of a certificate of authorization to effect renewal or reinstatement of a license or certificate of authorization results in the cancellation of the license or certificate of authorization by the board.

Pursuant to K.S.A. § 74-7026, the board has power to reprimand or otherwise discipline, suspend or revoke the license of any person who is found guilty of:

  • the practice of any fraud or deceit in obtaining a license or certificate of authorization,
  • any gross negligence, incompetency, misconduct or wanton disregard for the rights of others in the practice of any technical profession,
  • a conviction of a felony as set forth in the criminal statutes of the state of Kansas, of any other state or of the U.S.,
  • violation of any rules of professional conduct adopted and promulgated by the board,
  • violation of rules and regulations adopted by the board
  • affixing or permitting to be affixed such licensee’s seal or name to any documents, reports, records or papers which were not prepared by such licensee or prepared under the direct supervision and control of such licensee.

K.S.A. § 74-7028 provides that notice of the action of the board in denying, suspending or revoking a license or certificate of authorization should be given in accordance with the provisions of the Kansas administrative procedure Act.  Further, any person aggrieved by any decision of the board may appeal such action in accordance with the provisions of the Kansas administrative procedure Act for judicial review and civil enforcement of agency actions.

Pursuant to K.S.A. § 74-7029, it is a class A misdemeanor if any person:

  • practice or offer to practice or hold the person’s self out as entitled to practice any technical profession unless duly licensed or holds a certificate of authorization,
  • present or attempt to use, as such person’s own, the license, certificate of authorization or seal of another,
  • falsely impersonate any other practitioner of like or different name,
  • give false or forged evidence to the board or any member thereof in obtaining a license or certificate of authorization,
  • use or attempt to use a license or certificate of authorization that has expired or been suspended or revoked,
  • falsely advertise as a licensed practitioner or as the holder of a certificate of authorization,
  • use in connection with such person’s name, or otherwise assume, or advertise any title or description intended to convey the impression that such person is a licensed practitioner or holds a certificate of authorization, or
  • otherwise violate any of the provisions of the act or any rule and regulation promulgated by the board in conformance with the revisions of this act.

K.S.A. § 74-7030 provides that whenever in the judgment of the board any person has engaged in, or is about to engage in, any acts or practices which constitute, or will constitute, a violation of this act, or any rules and regulations of the board, the board may make application to the district court, without giving bond, for civil enforcement of the act or rules and regulations in accordance with the act for judicial review and civil enforcement of agency actions.


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