No one wants a complaint against their license. It’s not something that anyone plans to have to address a complaint, and we understand that you may be confused about what caused a complaint against you.
Some common complaints against an Engineering license include:
- Filing a False Report or Record
- Fraud, Negligence, Incompetence, or Misconduct in your Engineering Practice
- Having your Engineering License revoked in another State
- Being convicted of a crime that relates to your Engineering Practice
- Attempting to obtain your Engineering License through bribery or fraud
When a complaint filed is against you as an engineer, it will go to the Florida Board of Professional Engineeers (FBPE.) Usually these complaints will come from a client or consumer who engaged the service of an engineer. They may also come to the Board from other professionals in the engineering or related field, like a contractor, architect, or surveyor
From there the complaint is forwarded to the Florida Engineers Management Corporation (FEMC) for review. They will look over the situation and see if it is indeed a violation, is in need of further investigation, or isn’t a cause for concern. If it isn’t an issue, then the party who filed the complaint will be notified and they may follow up with the engineer or another entity.
If there is need for further investigation, or there is the belief that a violation of the engineering laws or rules then the engineer will be notified and an investigation will begin. Following that it will go to the FBPE Probable Cause Panel. This group acts in a similar fashion to a Grand Jury and will determine if there should be a recommendation for disciplinary action. The FBPE will act as the jury and will decide the level of punishment if found guilty.