Don't let the Florida Professional Engineer renewal deadline sneak up on you!
With the Florida Professional Engineer license renewal deadline around the corner on February 28, 2023, now is the time to start preparing to renew your license. Use our easy checklist below to get ahead of the game before the chaos of the holidays is here.
Florida PE continuing education
Florida Professional Engineers must complete continuing education, also known as professional development hours (PDH), before they may renew their license. Florida PE PDH requirements are that each licensee must complete 18 hours of continuing education before the licensure renewal period closes at midnight on February 28, 2023.
You'll want to make sure you set aside plenty of time to complete those 18 hours of continuing education, so it's best to get started early, before holiday shopping and gatherings start eating up all of your free time.
Enrolling in a full 18-hour package like At Leisure's FL Professional Engineer 18 Hr. Continuing Education course will help save you time by enabling you to complete all of your hours in one place, rather than trying to tally up hours completing several shorter courses. Plus, you know the 18-hour package will meet all of the Florida Board of Professional Engineers (FBPE)'s requirements, since it was designed especially for Florida PEs. Register before Thanksgiving and save an additional $10 off the already discounted course with discount code B4HOLIDAYS. That discount expires at 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 23, 2022.
At Leisure's courses are self-paced and mobile-friendly - so if the holidays sneak up on you, you can knock out some of your learning time while waiting in line at the mall and then take a break for as long as you need. Don't worry, you won't lose your progress, even if you take a month off.
Log into your My Florida License renewal account and make sure your license is linked
It's a good idea to log into your My Florida License online account with the Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR). This is where you'll be renewing your FL Professional Engineer license, so you want to make sure you won't have any issues when that time comes. You may be asked for an activation code. Your activation code is the last four digits of your social security number.
If you forget your username or password, click on the "Forgot your password?" or "Forgot User ID?" link beneath the login fields. You should be able to reset your password yourself after answering a security question. If you don't know the answer to your security question, you'll need to contact the Board office at 850-521-0500 or email@example.com. Note that it can take 24 hours for the FBPE to process your request, which is one reason why it's a good idea to test out your account in advance.
If you experience any other issues accessing your account, the FBPE website has some troubleshooting tips.
Once you've successfully logged in, check to make sure your PE license is linked to your account. If it isn't, follow the instructions on the FBPE's Linking Your License page. You'll also want to verify that your contact information is up to date, which is a requirement per Florida statutes.
Make sure your license expiration alert is set
Don't let your expiration date sneak up on you. Create a free At Leisure account and set email and/or text alerts to remind you before your license expires.
Choose from preselected time frames (like two months prior to expiration date), or pick your own date that you'd like to be notified. You have the option of receiving alerts via email, via SMS text message, or both!
Check your PE license status
Now is the time to double check the status of your FL Professional Engineer license, which you can do at MyFloridaLicense.com. You want to make sure your status shows as "Current, Active." If your license is showing as delinquent, you must pay any past due fees and complete any necessary paperwork before you can renew your license. If your status is showing as null and void, you need to have your license reinstated. These things take additional time, so verify your status early to give yourself plenty of time to rectify any issues.
Renew early and save money!
If you're proactive and start taking the above steps before the holidays, then you'll be able to take advantage of the FBPE's discounted renewal fee for licensees who renew early. FL Professional Engineers who complete their renewal between Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 and Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023 will save $10 on their renewal fee. Couple that with the continuing education savings outlined above, and you'll have an extra $30 for all those holiday gifts!