Alabama Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors

Alabama Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors The Board was established to protect the public by helping to safeguard life, health, and property.

The Alabama Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors was established by legislative action in 1935. Its charter is to protect the public by helping to safeguard life, health, and property, and to promote the public welfare by providing for the licensing and regulation of persons in the practices of engineering and land surveying. This purpose is achieved through the establishment of minimum qualifications for entry into the professions of engineering and land surveying, through the adoption of rules defining and delineating unlawful or unethical conduct, and through swift and effective discipline for those individuals or entities who violate the applicable laws or rules.

Mission: Our mission is to protect the health and safety of the public through licensure and regulation of the engineering and land surveying practice in the State of Alabama.

The BELS office will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday. While we are away, we wanted to wish everyone a great week filled ...
12/23/2019

The BELS office will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday. While we are away, we wanted to wish everyone a great week filled with nothing but happy memories and bellies full of cheer.

It is with great sadness we announce that A. Frazier Christy, Board Member from 2013-2018, has passed away.  He will be ...
12/22/2019
View Arthur Christy's Obituary on Al.com and share memories

It is with great sadness we announce that A. Frazier Christy, Board Member from 2013-2018, has passed away. He will be greatly missed by those in the surveying community, engineering community, by Board members and staff.

Below is a link to his obituary and funeral arrangements -

https://obits.al.com/obituaries/birmingham/obituary.aspx?n=arthur-frazier-christy&pid=194785099&fhid=8342

Arthur Frazier Christy, known to everyone as Frazier, passed away at home on December 20, 2019 at the age of 74. Frazier was born September 7, 1945 in

12/03/2019

Professional Land Surveyors. On July 1, 2018, changes went into effect that impacted your continuing education requirements. You must now complete one hour of ethics training every year, and a four-hour Standards of Practice for Surveying in Alabama course every 2 years.

At its November meeting the Board realized that all Surveyors may not have become aware of the new continuing education requirements in enough time to complete the mandatory ethics course in 2018. The Board decided that for this renewal, surveyors can complete the two hours of ethics training in 2019, if they did not obtain a one-hour course in 2018 and a one-hour course in 2019.

A free one-hour ethics webinar and 4 hour standards of practice course can be found on our website underneath the Continuing Education / Webinars button.

Renewal update -- There are only two options to renew: Active or Inactive. Both are $100. Active - Require 30 PDH and gr...
12/03/2019

Renewal update -- There are only two options to renew:
Active or Inactive. Both are $100.

Active - Require 30 PDH and grants the ability to continue to practice.

Inactive - No PDH and the licensee is unable to offer or practice in Alabama unless license is moved back Active.

We are back and answering emails and voicemails from the Thanksgiving holidays. A few things to keep in mind: 1) We are ...
12/02/2019

We are back and answering emails and voicemails from the Thanksgiving holidays.

A few things to keep in mind:

1) We are 23 days from Christmas (Dec. 25).

2) The renewal period for Individual Licensees ends Dec. 31 (2019) without having to pay the $250 late fee.

3) We are also 30 days from New Year's Day (Jan. 1, 2020)

4) The renewal period for Certificates of Authorization ends Jan. 31, 2020 without having to pay the $250 late fee.

From our family to yours: Happy Thanksgiving.
11/27/2019

From our family to yours: Happy Thanksgiving.

Individual and Company renewals for 2020-2021 have started. Just a quick reminder - as an individual - if you're not ren...
11/13/2019

Individual and Company renewals for 2020-2021 have started. Just a quick reminder - as an individual - if you're not renewed your current license will expire on Dec. 31, 2019.

https://www.alabamainteractive.org/asbl_pels/welcome.action

A couple of things to keep in mind:

You may renew your license in either “ACTIVE” or “INACTIVE” status.

INACTIVE status requires payment of the $100 renewal fee, and completion of the online renewal application.

ACTIVE status requires the $100 renewal fee, the reporting of 30 professional development hours, and completion of the online renewal application.

IMPORTANT: Professional Land Surveyors must have completed a one pdh ethics course in 2018, a one pdh ethics course in 2019 and a four-hour pdh course on the Standards of Practice for Surveying in Alabama as part of the reported 30 pdh in order to renew their license.

If not renewed by December 31, 2019 your license will expire. If you wish to renew it after December 31, 2019, you will be required to pay a $250 reinstatement fee in addition to the $100 renewal fee.

Please remember you cannot practice, or offer to practice, in the State of Alabama while your license is in expired status.

If any of our PLS licensees still need Standards of Practice for Surveying in Alabama (4 Hours) in order to renew, we ju...
11/05/2019

If any of our PLS licensees still need Standards of Practice for Surveying in Alabama (4 Hours) in order to renew, we just posted four OnDemand videos related to that: http://www.bels.alabama.gov/Webinar.aspx

The 4th Quarter edition of the BELS Bulletin published Friday and can be found online at: http://www.bels.alabama.gov/pd...
10/25/2019

The 4th Quarter edition of the BELS Bulletin published Friday and can be found online at:http://www.bels.alabama.gov/pdf/publications/2019_4Quarter_Newsletter.pdf

Inside this edition you will find:
- An introduction to the new board members and a column by Mr. Johnson discussing his term 2 goals.
- Mr. Barter discusses the importance of references to the licensing process
- Enforcement actions.

It's always interesting when sports and STEM join forces. In this case, a touchdown was scored. https://www.eng.auburn.e...
10/25/2019
Biomechanical Engineering lab scores big for Auburn football with 3-D printed orthotics

It's always interesting when sports and STEM join forces. In this case, a touchdown was scored.

https://www.eng.auburn.edu/news/2019/10/zabala-aube-lab-football-braces.html?fbclid=IwAR21Z670vs2dNqnwQix1iOzxBvCNxH4WgJjclx-mET0uK3xfFc1o0kfiLCA

Michael Zabala, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, will never forget scoring his first touchdown. It was Sept. 21, 2019, and he was in his living room recliner. The game had just started.

BELS is attending the ASPLS Conference in Pelham. The two-day event provides surveyors within the state the opportunity ...
10/09/2019

BELS is attending the ASPLS Conference in Pelham. The two-day event provides surveyors within the state the opportunity to network, earn Professional Development Hours and catch-up on the latest technology utilized by the profession.

With the talk of education in the news here lately, Forbes posted an article discussing the importance of STEM education...
10/07/2019
A Focus On Early STEM Education For Future Career Growth

With the talk of education in the news here lately, Forbes posted an article discussing the importance of STEM education as a gateway to future career growth.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/rodberger/2019/09/18/a-focus-on-early-stem-education-for-future-career-growth/?utm_source=FBPAGE_Destinations+Career+Academy+at+K12&utm_medium=social&utm_content=20191007183000&utm_campaign=Content+Marketing_Organic#4a937e4b1db5

Today in the U.S., only 18% of all people graduating with computing degrees are female. If the current trends persist, only one in five computing jobs will be held by a woman, which is a shame––that’s nearly half the human creativity and ingenuity missing from the picture.

Just a short reminder that we have three learning opportunities (for those who haven't already taken advantage) on our w...
09/12/2019
www.bels.alabama.gov

Just a short reminder that we have three learning opportunities (for those who haven't already taken advantage) on our website. Law and Code, Commodore Steel - a deep dive into that case and, just added, An Ethical Conversation which updates the July 24 live webinar.

http://www.bels.alabama.gov/Webinar.aspx

On Tuesday - BELS broke away from their regularly scheduled meeting to honor past board members Richard Grace and Frazie...
09/10/2019

On Tuesday - BELS broke away from their regularly scheduled meeting to honor past board members Richard Grace and Frazier Christy.

Griffin Pritchard - BELS Public Info Specialist - recently attended the Alabama Fire Chiefs conference at Perdido. The e...
08/14/2019

Griffin Pritchard - BELS Public Info Specialist - recently attended the Alabama Fire Chiefs conference at Perdido. The event proved beneficial as a way to introduce the Board to those fire departments who are incorporating plan review and life/safety systems review (all created and signed by professional engineers) into their list of city services.

Griffin Pritchard - BELS Public Info Specialist - recently attended the Alabama Fire Chiefs conference at Perdido. The event proved beneficial as a way to introduce the Board to those fire departments who are incorporating plan review and life/safety systems review (all created and signed by professional engineers) into their list of city services.

Hot off the digital press is our 3rd Quarter BELS Bulletin: http://bels.alabama.gov/pdf/publications/2019_3Quarter_Newsl...
08/06/2019
bels.alabama.gov

Hot off the digital press is our 3rd Quarter BELS Bulletin:

http://bels.alabama.gov/pdf/publications/2019_3Quarter_Newsletter.pdf

AL/MS Water Jam
07/30/2019

AL/MS Water Jam

Scenes from the second day of the AL / MS Water Jam in Mobile. Throughout the course of the first conference's first two days professionals in all aspects of their careers have visited the BELS booth. Along with the vendors selling different types of water related products interact with attendees. The event also featured different competitions: pipe tapping, meter changing and hydrant installation and even had an audience to watch the show. But, the biggest hit of the event was the 3 p.m. popsicle break.

For the first time the Board is being represented at the Alabama/Mississippi Water Joint Annual Meeting. The event runs ...
07/29/2019

For the first time the Board is being represented at the Alabama/Mississippi Water Joint Annual Meeting. The event runs through Wednesday and Public Info Specialist Griffin Pritchard will be speaking Tuesday afternoon.

Just a quick reminder: Ethics webinar is scheduled for 2 p.m. today and it's free. There are seats still available. Belo...
07/24/2019

Just a quick reminder: Ethics webinar is scheduled for 2 p.m. today and it's free. There are seats still available. Below is the link to register and also - should you have any problems - there is a link to a walkthrough.

The room will open at 1:30 and the presentation starts at 2.

http://www.bels.alabama.gov/Webinar.aspx

Last week, BELS Public Info Specialist Griffin Pritchard visited the ASCE/APWA Conference at the Lodge at Gulf State Par...
07/23/2019

Last week, BELS Public Info Specialist Griffin Pritchard visited the ASCE/APWA Conference at the Lodge at Gulf State Park. Along with being an exhibitor, he also presented an Ethical Conversation as a prelude to the July 24 Webinar.
Multiple events still lay on the horizon for BELS' staff between the end of July and the start of September.

During Tuesday's Board meeting, Chair Nathan Johnson and the Board recognized longtime staffer Denise Hooper with a Sena...
07/16/2019

During Tuesday's Board meeting, Chair Nathan Johnson and the Board recognized longtime staffer Denise Hooper with a Senate resolution and a gift. Hooper has been in state service for the past 51 years. She's in her 47th year as part of BELS staff. Hooper - who retired and then came back to rejoin the staff - has been responsible for processing Certificates of Authorization applications, converting thousands of paper documents to an electronic format and also conducting license verifications.
She performed her job so well and that the Board was recognized by NCEES as being one of the top 3 agencies that verify applicants wishing to become licensed in other states the fastest.

For the first time, BELS staff took part in the annual Sheriff's Conference at Perdido Beach Resort. The event proved to...
07/12/2019

For the first time, BELS staff took part in the annual Sheriff's Conference at Perdido Beach Resort. The event proved to be very beneficial. With Special Investigator Bruce Thornell manning the booth and the conversations, he was able to educate the Sheriffs on our ability to be a resource for them.

BELS' Staff is on location today. Special Investigator Bruce Thornell is set up and ready to be a part of the state Sher...
07/08/2019

BELS' Staff is on location today. Special Investigator Bruce Thornell is set up and ready to be a part of the state Sheriff's Association conference in Orange Beach. Attending events like the Sheriff's Association and the Fire Chief's Association (in August) conferences is an opportunity to discuss our agency as a resource.

For 51 years, Denise Hooper has been a part of the State of Alabama. Wednesday marked her anniversary as 47 of those yea...
06/27/2019

For 51 years, Denise Hooper has been a part of the State of Alabama. Wednesday marked her anniversary as 47 of those years have been spent as a part of BELS' Staff. We would like to thank her for bringing dedication and a willingness to serve to the office each day.
Please join us in congratulating Denise on this momentous occasion.

23rd Gulf States Engineering Conference
06/25/2019

23rd Gulf States Engineering Conference

Scenes from Days 1 and 2 of the 23rd Gulf States Engineering Conference. The event brought together Professional Engineers from Louisiana, Florida and Alabama. Griffin Pritchard and Bruce Thornell were the BELS' representatives in attendance working a table and presenting.

The BELS staff is on the road this week as Investigator Bruce Thornell and Public Info Specialist Griffin Pritchard are ...
06/25/2019

The BELS staff is on the road this week as Investigator Bruce Thornell and Public Info Specialist Griffin Pritchard are attending the 23rd Annual Gulf States Engineering Conference inside the newly opened Lodge at Gulf State Park. Griffin is speaking at 10:30 a.m. and will be discussing law changes as part of Act 550-2018.
Look for photos from the event later on this afternoon.

On the final day of the MS/AL Engineering conference,  retired Brigadier General Roger Shields leads the discussion on h...
06/12/2019

On the final day of the MS/AL Engineering conference, retired Brigadier General Roger Shields leads the discussion on how to create a culture of safety.

Special investigator Bob Herbert discusses the intricacies of the Roddy Fitzgerald / Commodore Steel case as part of the...
06/10/2019

Special investigator Bob Herbert discusses the intricacies of the Roddy Fitzgerald / Commodore Steel case as part of the ASPE / MES conference in Mississippi.

On Tuesday BELS hosted an hour-long webinar focusing on changes to the law and code. Griffin Pritchard served as the pre...
05/23/2019

On Tuesday BELS hosted an hour-long webinar focusing on changes to the law and code. Griffin Pritchard served as the presenter and Special Investigator Bob Herbert served as the moderator and also pitched in and added to the discussion by answering a multitude of chat questions during the event. It was also the largest audience to have sat for a webinar with more than 950 members of our licensee community in attendance.
We will be placing a new law and code presentation on our website in coming weeks that will be viewable in an on-demand format, similar to what was done with the ethics presentation last year.
That brings us to our next point. Our next learning opportunity / webinar is scheduled for July 24 and will focus on ethics. Please mark your calendars.

BELS Special Investigator Bob Herbert, along with help from Special Investigator Bruce Thornell, led a Wednesday morning...
05/15/2019

BELS Special Investigator Bob Herbert, along with help from Special Investigator Bruce Thornell, led a Wednesday morning discussion into the different cases they've investigated throughout the years. The presentation - to a group of around 40 - generated several questions and additional conversations and served as another opportunity reach out and connect with the greater BELS community.

05/14/2019

Just a quick update:
Special Investigators Bob Herbert, Bruce Thornell and Public Info Specialist Griffin Pritchard are all at Orange Beach taking part in the Code Officials Association of Alabama annual meeting. Bob and Bruce are scheduled to speak at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

Registration is also ongoing for the May 22 webinar focusing on changes to the Law and Code. Additional information regarding that can be found on our website (bels.alabama.gov) under the Continuing Education tab.

Members of BELS are sharing a meal and ideas with members of the Board of Architects during their May meeting.
05/07/2019

Members of BELS are sharing a meal and ideas with members of the Board of Architects during their May meeting.

Discussing different ways BELS can be of service as part of the Alabama League of Municipalities event in Mobile.
05/05/2019

Discussing different ways BELS can be of service as part of the Alabama League of Municipalities event in Mobile.

Happening this morning: The Public Member Nominating Committee holds its inaugural meeting. The group was formed as part...
04/30/2019

Happening this morning: The Public Member Nominating Committee holds its inaugural meeting. The group was formed as part of the July 2018 law change and will ultimately lead to the appointment of two new public members by the Governor.

04/24/2019

Great News - Gov. Ivey has renewed BELS through 2023. Our Sunset Bill is now Act 2019-061.

For our licensees who work as building officials, here is the link to our new handbook referenced in the most recent new...
04/19/2019
bels.alabama.gov

For our licensees who work as building officials, here is the link to our new handbook referenced in the most recent newsletter:

http://bels.alabama.gov/pdf/publications/BuildingHandbook.pdf

We have published our Second Quarter BELS Bulletin, follow the link to find stories featuring The Engineering Hall of Fa...
04/17/2019
bels.alabama.gov

We have published our Second Quarter BELS Bulletin, follow the link to find stories featuring The Engineering Hall of Fame, UAB's Material Science program and Troy's GEODay.

http://bels.alabama.gov/pdf/publications/2Q_2019_BELSNewsletter_PUBLISH.pdf

On the last day of the IEEE Southeast Con things took a turn to the virtual as people were able to experience a rocket l...
04/13/2019

On the last day of the IEEE Southeast Con things took a turn to the virtual as people were able to experience a rocket launch in virtual reality. Colleges from throughout the southeast also put their programming skills to the test as part of the two-day robotics competition.

Scenes from the 2019 IEEE Southeast Con in Huntsville. Professionals network with their contemporaries while students fr...
04/12/2019

Scenes from the 2019 IEEE Southeast Con in Huntsville. Professionals network with their contemporaries while students from different colleges and universities work on their robots in preparation for Saturday's competition.

04/11/2019

The Senate voted unanimously to pass HB 122, which renews BELS for another four years.

For the first time, BELS will be a part of the IEEE Southeastern Conference. Below is a link to the different topics cov...
04/10/2019
Technical Program | IEEE SoutheastCon 2019

For the first time, BELS will be a part of the IEEE Southeastern Conference. Below is a link to the different topics covered over the course of the weekend.

http://sites.ieee.org/southeastcon2019/program/technical-program/

Technical Program TECHNICAL PAPER TRACK: COMING SOON – Our Call for Papers is closed and details for the technical tracks will be updated as soon as paper reviews are completed and assigned to specific tracks. TECHNICAL WORKSHOPS & TUTORIALS: In addition to technical paper tracks, the following wo...

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