2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
April 4, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Kooyenga, Marklein and Jacque,
cosponsored by Representatives
Kulp, Tusler, Anderson, Thiesfeldt, Spiros,
Skowronski and Brooks. Referred to Committee on Public Benefits,
Licensing and State-Federal Relations.
1An Act to amend
443.02 (3) and 443.02 (4); and to create
443.015 (1m) of the 2
statutes; relating to: retired credential status for certain professionals
3holding credentials granted by the Examining Board of Architects, Landscape
4Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers, and Professional Land
5Surveyors; extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures; providing
6an exemption from emergency rule procedures; and requiring the exercise of
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under this bill, the Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects,
Professional Engineers, Designers, and Professional Land Surveyors must
promulgate rules to allow a credential holder who is at least 65 years of age or has
actively maintained that credential for a minimum of 30 consecutive years and who
has retired from professional practice and no longer engages in that practice to apply
to the board to classify his or her credential as retired. Such a credential holder is
exempt from continuing education requirements and may maintain his or her
professional title but may not engage in the relevant practice. Also, under the bill,
such a credential holder must pay only one-half of the applicable renewal fee to
maintain his or her professional credential.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
443.015 (1m) of the statutes is created to read:
(a) Each section of the examining board shall promulgate rules 3
to allow the holder of a credential under this chapter who is at least 65 years of age 4
or has actively maintained that credential for at least 30 consecutive years and who 5
certifies that he or she has retired from and no longer engages in the practice for 6
which he or she holds the credential to apply to the board to classify that credential 7
as retired status. The rules shall also allow the holder of a credential so classified 8
to apply to the appropriate section of the examining board to remove the retired 9
status classification if he or she satisfies reinstatement requirements established by 10
the appropriate section of the examining board by rule.
(b) Any rules a section of the examining board promulgates under sub. (1) shall 12
exempt a credential holder whose credential is classified as retired status under par. 13
(a) from continuing education requirements.
(c) 1. A credential holder whose credential is classified as retired status under 15
par. (a) may not engage in the practice for which he or she holds that credential.
2. A credential holder whose credential is classified as retired status under par. 17
(a) may continue to use a title in connection with that credential if he or she clearly 18
indicates to the public that he or she is retired, including by placing the abbreviation 19
“Ret." or similar appellation after his or her title.
(d) The renewal fee for a credential holder whose credential is classified as 2
retired status under par. (a) shall be one-half of the usual renewal fee that otherwise 3
443.02 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
443.02 (3) No Except as provided under s. 443.015 (1m) (c), no
person may offer 6
to practice architecture, landscape architecture, or professional engineering or use 7
in connection with the person's name or otherwise assume, use or advertise any title 8
or description tending to convey the impression that he or she is an architect, 9
landscape architect, or professional engineer or advertise to furnish architectural, 10
landscape architectural, or professional engineering services unless the person has 11
been duly registered or has in effect a permit under s. 443.10 (1) (d).
443.02 (4) of the statutes is amended to read:
443.02 (4) No Except as provided under s. 443.015 (1m) (c), no
person may 14
engage in or offer to engage in the practice of professional land surveying in this state 15
or use or advertise any title or description tending to convey the impression that the 16
person is a professional land surveyor unless the person has been granted a license 17
under this chapter to engage in the practice of professional land surveying.
(1) The examining board of architects, landscape architects, professional 20
engineers, designers, and professional land surveyors may promulgate emergency 21
rules under s. 227.24 necessary to implement this act. Notwithstanding s. 227.24 (1) 22
(c) and (2), emergency rules promulgated under this subsection remain in effect until 23
May 1, 2021, or the date on which permanent rules take effect, whichever is sooner. 24
Notwithstanding s. 227.24 (1) (a) and (3), the examining board is not required to 25
provide evidence that promulgating a rule under this subsection as an emergency
rule is necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health, safety, or welfare 2
and is not required to provide a finding of emergency for a rule promulgated under 3
This act takes effect on the first day of the 10th 5
month beginning after publication, except as follows:
) of this act takes effect on the day after publication.