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ALJ Releases Report on Rule Package R-04449

The report from the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) and the Chief ALJ, is now available. The Board will review the recommendations and follow the administrative rule procedures for adopting the final language.


Governor Makes Board Appointments

On June 27, Governor Walz announced his appointments to the Board. Terms began July 2, 2019, and will expire January 2, 2023, for:

  • Daniel Baar, Land Surveyor
    Cambridge, MN (Reappointment)
  • Scott Holm, Public Member
    Biwabik, MN
  • Jami Neiber, Public Member
    Maple Grove, MN
  • Keith Rapp, Professional Geologist
    Woodbury, MN (Reappointment)
  • Tari Rayala, Architect
    Duluth, MN
  • Melisa Rodriguez, Professional Engineer
    Minneapolis, MN

The Board gratefully acknowledges the service of these individuals who are stepping off the Board: William Kuretsky, Public Member; Jody Rooney, Public Member; Terry Groshong, Architect and a former Board Vice Chair; Dennis Martenson, Professional Engineer and a former Board Chair.

2018 CE Carryover List for 2020 Renewal Now Posted

Those wanting to know whether they have any carryover continuing education (CE) hours from 2018 (good towards meeting 2020 CE renewal requirements) on record with the Board can view the list in the Continuing Education section of the website. If you aren't on the list; you have no recorded carryover. Please see the page for more information.

A reminder: Renewals do not open until spring 2020. Sign up for the Board's email communications to receive first notice.

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Board Elects New Executive Committee

2019 Executive Committee photo

As Board elections took place at the May Board meeting to choose new officers for the Executive Committee. The following were elected:

  • Chair: Meg Parsons, AR
  • Vice Chair: Paul Vogel, LS
  • Secretary: Dave Blume, PE
  • Treasurer: Keith Rapp, PG

Nirmal Jain, PE, will serve as Immediate Past Chair.

Congratulations on your election.

Board Members

Rules Adopted, Effective May 13, 2019

ARE and FE Direct Registration Option Now Available

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 education 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

Hearing on Rules of Professional Conduct Package R‑04449 Canceled

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 Board will continue the rule adoption process.

For more on this rule package and the rulemaking process, see the Board's rulemaking page.


Parsons Elected FY20 NCARB Region 4 Vice Chair

Meg Parsons, ARAt the recent Regional Summit of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), Meg Parsons, Architect and Vice Chair of the Minnesota Board, was elected to the position of Vice Chair for NCARB’s Region 4. Her one-year term begins in July.

“I am very excited,” said Parsons, “to work on key issues related to the health, safety, and welfare of the public by serving on the NCARB Region 4 leadership team.”

Prior to her election, Parsons served on various NCARB committees, most recently the Interior Architecture Work Group. In the coming year she will also serve on the NCARB Diversity Collaborative that was formed at the Regional Summit.

On the Minnesota Board, in addition to her position as Board Vice Chair, Parson is also Chair of the ALACID (Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Certified Interior Design) Section.

Rapp to Be Honored by AIPG

Keith Rapp, PGThe American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) has announced that Board member and Complaint Committee Chair Keith Rapp, PG, is being honored with an AIPG Section Leadership Award at the AIPG Annual Meeting to be held in September.

The AIPG is the professional society for geologists in the United States. The AIPG Section Leadership Award is to recognize one or more of the members who have demonstrated a long-term commitment and been long-term contributors to AIPG at the section level. The work of these section-level leaders is not always known on the nation level. Conferring this award at the national meeting elevates their recognition.

Apply to Serve as a Public or Licensed Member of the Board

Serve on the Board

Public (non-licensee/unaffiliated with the professions) members serve a vital role in public protection through their service on professional Boards. The AELSLAGID Board has vacancies for two such members.  Apply through the Secretary of State website. The Governor makes the appointments.

Certain Professional (licensed/certified) Member seats are also open to applications for 2019-2023.

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Proposed Rule Package Regarding PE Experience, Geoscience Education and More

The Board is considering rule amendments that affect the professional engineering experience and geoscience education and experience requirements and that also remove obsolete language.

See the rulemaking page for full details on the package and how to comment.


Renew for 2018-2020

Online Renewal Services have closed. Use the PDF paper form to renew. Payment must be by check or money order and must include the current $60 late fee.

NOTE: There is no grace period with license/certificate expiration. If you need to practice/hold out in Minnesota, you need to renew.

Renewal Overview PDH Requirements 2018-2020 PDF Renewal Form

Gunderson Elected CLARB Secretary

Robert Gunderson, LARobert Gunderson, LA, current Minnesota Board Secretary, has been elected to a two-year term (2018–2020) as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB). The Minnesota Board is a member of CLARB.

Gunderson has previously served CLARB on its Nominations Committee (2015-2017) and as an invited speaker at the 2013 and 2016 CLARB Annual Meetings. He has previously served the Minnesota Board as Vice Chair.

U of M CEGE Department, Students Receive NCEES Award

Each year, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), of which the Board is a member, names Engineering Education Award winners. This October, Board Chair Nirmal Jain, PE, and Immediate Past Chair Dennis Martensen, PE, were please to present on behalf of NCEES an award to the Department of Civil, Environment, and Geo-Engineering (CEGE) at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

The students and their university advisors and professional mentors won for their project, a multistage drip irrigation system. The group designed and installed the system for the 500-person community of Filakit Geregera, Ethiopia. Prior to the building of the irrigation system, multiple farm fields went uncultivated due to the inability to supply them with water during the dry season.

Presentation photos are courtesy of Merry Rendahl, Ph.D., Teaching Specialist and Publications Editor for CEGE.

Student Project Design Team

The student design team from the UMN-TC CEGE Department

Project Advisors and Presenters

Left-right: Matt Simcik, UMN-TC Project Advisor; Dennis Martenson, Immediate Past Chair, Board; Joseph Labuz, UMN-TC CEGE Dept. Head; Nirmal Jain, Board Chair; Paul Capel, UMN-TC Project Advisor

Project Demo

Working model of the award-winning irrigation project

More About the Project

Rule Package R-04374 Adopted, Effective August 13

The rule changes to MN Rule 1800 contained in Rule Package R-04374 were published in the State Register on August 6 and became effective on August 13, 2018.

MN Rule 1800

Governor Dayton Makes Appointments to the Board

The Governor recently made his appointments to the Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design. Terms are effective July 23, 2018, and expire January 3, 2022, with the exception of the vacated land surveyor seat, which has a term ending January 7, 2019.

Nirmal Jain, PE – Maple Grove

Nirmal Jain

Daniel Baar, LS – Cambridge

Dan Baar


Denise Kazmierczak, PE – Woodbury

Denise Kazmierczak

Scott Robinson, LA – St. Paul

Scott Robinson

Congratulations and welcome.

NCEES Releases New PS Exam Specifications

New examination specifications for the Principles and Practice of Surveying go into effect with the January 2019 administration.

2019 PS Exam Specs

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