Section 1270.65  Professional Development


The professional development required as a condition for license renewal under the Illinois Professional Land Surveyor Act is set forth in this Section.  All land surveyors shall meet these requirements.


a)         Professional Development Hours Requirements


1)         Beginning with the November 30, 2006, renewal and every renewal thereafter, in order to renew a license as a land surveyor, a licensee shall be required to complete 20 professional development hours (PDH) relevant to the practice of land surveying.  All 20 professional development hours (PDH) may be earned through online programs or courses.  Failure to comply with these requirements may result in non-renewal of the land surveyor's license or other disciplinary action, or both.  The professional development hours shall be in the following categories:


A)        A minimum of 4 hours of programs, courses or activities in the area of State of Illinois statutes and rules that regulate professional land surveyors and surveys.


B)        A minimum of 2 hours of programs, courses or activities in the area of professional conduct.


C)        A minimum of 14 hours of programs, courses or activities in the area of land surveying or related sciences.


2)         A pre-renewal period is the 24 months preceding November of each even-numbered year.


3)         One professional development hour shall equal 50 minutes of instruction or participation.  If a program is taken that awards continuing education units (CEU) rather than professional development hours, one continuing education unit equals 10 professional development hours of class in an approved continuing education course.


4)         A renewal applicant shall not be required to comply with CE requirements for the first renewal of an Illinois license.


5)         Land surveyors licensed in Illinois but residing and practicing in other states shall comply with the CE requirements set forth in this Section.


6)         Professional development units used to satisfy the CE requirements of another jurisdiction may be applied to fulfill the CE requirements of the State of Illinois if they are substantially equivalent.


b)         Professional development activities shall include, but not be limited to:


1)         Successful completion of a college or university course in the area of land surveying, related sciences and surveying ethics.  One semester credit hour of course work is equivalent to 15 PDHs and one quarter credit hour of course work is equivalent to 10 PDHs;


2)         Successful completion of land surveying courses or programs offering professional development hours, including those offered online.  Credit will be given for self-study courses only if an examination has been completed by the licensee and graded by the sponsor;


3)         Active participation and successful completion of land surveying programs, seminars, tutorials, workshops, short courses or in-house courses;


4)         Attending program presentations at related technical or professional meetings;


5)         Teaching or Instructing.  Teaching credit is valid for teaching a course or seminar for the first time only and does not apply to faculty in the performance of their regularly assigned duties.  Two PDHs will be awarded for every hour of teaching or presentation;


6)         Authoring papers or articles that appear in nationally circulated journals or trade magazines.  Credit is earned in the biennium of publication.  A maximum of 5 PDHs per renewal are allowed for this activity.


c)         All programs or courses shall:


1)         Contribute to the advancement, extension and enhancement of the professional skills and scientific knowledge of the licensee in the practice of  land surveying;


2)         Foster the enhancement of general or specialized practices and values of land surveying;


3)         Be developed and presented by persons with education and/or experience in the subject matter of the program; and


4)         Specify the course objectives and course content.


d)         It shall be the responsibility of a licensee to maintain a record of PDHs for 5 years that:


1)         Includes:


A)        The name and address of the sponsor or provider;


B)        A brief statement of the subject matter, printed program schedules, registration receipts or other proof of participation;


C)        Certificate of attendance;


D)        The number of hours attended in each program; and


E)        The date and place of the program; or


2)         Includes transcripts or records of professional development hours maintained by an acceptable provider as set forth in subsection (e).


e)         Acceptable providers for structured educational activities shall include, but not be limited to:


1)         Illinois Professional Land Surveyor Association;


2)         National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES);


3)         National Society of Professional Land Surveyors;


4)         American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM);


5)         American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE);


6)         Colleges, universities or other educational institutions;


7)         Other technical or professional societies or organizations.


f)         The Division shall not pre-approve individual courses or programs.


g)         Certification of Compliance with CE Requirements


1)         Each renewal applicant shall certify, on the renewal application, full compliance with the professional development requirements set forth in this Section.


2)         The Division may require additional evidence demonstrating compliance with the CE requirements (e.g., certificate of attendance).  This additional evidence shall be required in the context of the Division's random audit.  It is the responsibility of each renewal applicant to retain or otherwise produce evidence of compliance.


3)         When there appears to be a lack of compliance with CE requirements, an applicant shall be notified in writing and may request an interview with the Board.  At that time the Board may recommend that steps be taken to begin formal disciplinary proceedings as required by Section 10-65 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act [5 ILCS 100].


h)         Restoration of Nonrenewed License.  Upon satisfactory evidence of compliance with PDH requirements, the Division shall restore the license upon payment of the required fee as provided in Section 1247.75.


i)          Waiver of PDH Requirements


1)         Any renewal applicant seeking renewal of a license without having fully complied with the PDH requirements shall file with the Division a renewal application along with the required fee set forth in Section 1247.75, a statement setting forth the facts concerning non-compliance and request for waiver of the PDH requirements on the basis of these facts.  A request for waiver shall be made prior to the renewal date.  If the Division, upon the written recommendation of the Board, finds from such affidavit or any other evidence submitted that extreme hardship has been shown for granting a waiver, the Division shall waive enforcement of PDH requirements for the renewal period for which the applicant has applied.


2)         Extreme hardship shall be determined on an individual basis by the Board and be defined as an inability to devote sufficient hours to fulfilling the PDH requirements during the applicable pre-renewal period because of:


A)        Full-time service in the armed forces of the United States of America during a substantial part of the pre-renewal period;


B)        An incapacitating illness documented by a statement from a currently licensed physician;


C)        A physical inability to travel to the sites of approved programs documented by a currently licensed physician; or


D)        Any other similar extenuating circumstances.


3)         Any renewal applicant who, prior to the expiration date of the license, submits a request for a waiver, in whole or in part, pursuant to the provisions of this Section, shall be deemed to be in good standing until the final decision on the application is made by the Division.


(Source:  Amended at 45 Ill. Reg. 4481, effective March 25, 2021)