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Rules Relating to Exam Registration (R-4547)

Rule package R-4547, which allows applicants for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) and the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination to apply directly to their respective national councils to take the examination, was published in the State Register on May 6, 2019. It became effective May 13, 2019.

Direct registration is now available to ARE exam applicants and to FE applicants who meet the educations requirements. Please follow the links below to the appropriate profession/exam page for details.

The updated and official version of the Board's rules can found on the Board's "Statutes and Rules" page.

FE Exam ARE Exam Board Statutes & Rules


Rules of Professional Conduct (R-04449)

The Board published in the April 1, 2019, State Register, a Dual Notice of Intent to Adopt Rules Without a Public Hearing Unless 25 or More Persons Request a Hearing, and Notice of Hearing if 25 or More Requests for a Hearing Are Received.

As the Board did not receive 25 or more requests for a hearing on Rule Package R‑04449, the hearing previously scheduled for June 25, 2019, has been canceled.

The proposed rule modifications update and clarify Chapter 1805 (known as the Rules of Professional Conduct), including adding the terms “certified interior designer” and “certificate holder” to make it clear that individuals certified as Certified Interior Designers are subject to these rules in the same manner as all other individuals licensed by the Board.

Administrative Law Judge Report. The Administrative Law Judge and, as required in this instance, the Chief Administrative Law Judge, have issued their report on the proposed rules. The Board will review the recommendations and follow the administrative rule procedures for adopting the final language.


Rules Governing Engineering Experience and Geoscience Education and Experience (R-04579)

The Board is considering rule amendments that:

  • allow individuals to take the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) examination before completion of the experience requirement if the applicant so chooses;
  • define “one year” of experience for licensure as a professional engineer;
  • clarify the requirements for waiver of the fundamentals of geology and fundamentals of soil science examination;
  • clarify the number of credits that must be completed if an applicant would like to take the fundamentals of geology or fundamentals of soil science examination before completing the education requirement;
  • remove obsolete language regarding non-board-approved curricula;
  • reduce the experience requirement for licensure as a professional geologist or professional soil scientist from five years to four years;
  • remove the requirement for a degree with a major in geology for individuals seeking licensure as a professional geologist and replace with the requirement to obtain 40 semester credits in geology subjects; and
  • clarify the subject areas for coursework required to meet the education requirement for licensure as a professional soil scientist.
Documents Pertinent to This Rulemaking
Request for Comments

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What Are Rules?

Rulemaking Flowchart

An administrative rule is a general statement adopted by an agency or board to make the law it enforces or administers more specific or to govern the agency's organization or procedure.

An agency or board may adopt a rule only after the legislature has enacted a law granting this authority to the agency. An agency rule adopted under the rulemaking provisions of Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 14, has the force and effect of law. Rulemaking in Minnesota: A Guide explains each step of the rulemaking process in Minnesota.

Administrative rulemaking follows a very specific and transparent process, which the Rulemaking Progress Chart outlines.


Rulemaking Docket

A Rulemaking Docket is a summary document showing active (current), past recent, and potential future rulemaking packages and their status.

Rulemaking Docket


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