About the Board


Board Mission

The Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design regulates the professions and enforces the statutes and rules in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.

We ensure that individuals meet the education, examination and experience standards for licensure or certification, and maintain their records in good standing.

We take disciplinary action against those who violate the statutes, rules and standards governing the practice of the professions.



IntegrityThe Board demonstrates integrity. It is ethical, honest and open to opinions and differing perspectives as it reaches decisions.
ObjectivityThe Board is objective. Its actions are consistent and non-discriminatory. It enforces its governing statutes and rules in a fair and equitable manner.
AccountabilityThe Board is accountable to the general public and to those it licenses and certifies.
ProgressivenessThe Board is evolutionary and progressive. It adapts as required to meet changing needs. It is reflective; it listens well.



Strategic Initiatives

  1. Leverage education, outreach, and technology to encourage licensure and improve the path to and through licensure.

  2. Increase understanding and utilization of the enforcement program by licensees and the public.

  3. Increase Board proactivity and preparedness through education, technology and diversity efforts.


Board Structure

The Board has 21 members appointed by the Governor for four-year terms. The regulated professions are represented by 16 individuals, complemented by 5 members of the general public.

Each member serves on one of three committees: Complaint, Rules, or Credentialing. Each member also serves on one of two Sections: ALACID (Architects, Landscape Architects and Certified Interior Designers) and ELSGEO (Engineers, Land Surveyors, Geologists and Soil Scientists). Anything acted upon in a Committee or Section meeting must come to the full Board for approval.


The Complaint Committee is charged with reviewing all enforcement issues as a result of complaints filed at the Board office. The types of complaint files reviewed include, but are not limited to, the following: unlicensed practice, violations of the professional code of conduct, negligence and holding one’s self out as a licensed or certified design professional.


The Credentialing Committee acts on all examination, licensing and certification issues such as applications for licensure, renewals, certification and examination. The Committee reviews and recommends rule, policy and procedural changes related to licensure, certification and examination. The Committee also implements continuing education procedures and ensures that the Board’s newsletter, The Communicator, is published at the direction of the Board.


The Rules Committee acts on issues involving Minnesota Statutes and Minnesota Rules and amendments thereto. This includes any updating or “housekeeping” changes that are necessary, statute changes that are needed to clarify the intent and limits of the law, rule packages that must be generated to further explain statutes. The Committee implements the outreach activities of the Board to increase familiarization with Board statutes and rules.


The Board is divided into two sections: the Engineering, Land Surveying and Geoscience (ELSGEO) and the Architect, Landscape Architect, Certified Interior Designer (ALACID). Public members are divided between the two Sections. The purpose of the Section meetings is to have more in-depth discussions regarding issues surrounding the specific professions. The Section then summarizes the discussion at the full Board meeting. Additionally, any decisions (motions) that are made during the Section meetings are actually recommendations that are then voted on by the full Board.

Mission / Values / Board Member Responsibilities (PDF)

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Biennial Report to the Governor

Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes section 214.07, Subd. 1, the Board must submit a biennial report to the Governor. Click below to download the report.

2014-2016 Report

2012-2014 Report

2010-2012 Report

2008-2010 Report


Affirmative Action Plan

2016-2018 Plan

Sexual Harassment Prohibition Policy

Revised February 2016