The State Board of Technical Registration was established in 1921 by Laws 1921, Chapter 135. Current statutory authority is found at A.R.S. §§32-101 through 32-152.
The Board was originally established to regulate the professions of architects, assayers, engineers and land surveyors. Since its creation, Board authority expanded to include regulation of alarm businesses and agents; geologists; home inspectors; landscape architects; and drug laboratory site remediation firms.
The Board establishes and enforces standards of qualification for engineers, architects, assayers, geologists, land surveyors, landscape architects, home inspectors, alarm agents and remediation specialists and determines if applicants are qualified to be registered or certified by the Board. The board also conducts exams, investigates complaints and issues policy statements for public guidance. (www.btr.az.gov) Effective August 6, 2016, the Board no longer regulates assayers, drug laboratory site remediation firms, architects–in-training, assayers-in-training, home inspectors-in-training, or landscape architects-in-training.
The State Board of Registration, created in 1921, consisted of seven members. Six were appointed by the Governor to three-year terms and the Dean of the College of Mines and Engineering at the University of Arizona served as the seventh member. In order to serve as a Board member, a person had to be a state resident, be in good standing in his profession, and at least 35 years of age. The purpose of the Board was to “safeguard life, health and property” and to require anyone practicing as an architect, professional engineer, land surveyor or assayer to submit evidence of their qualifications to the Board. The Board was authorized to issue certifications to qualified applicants, based on experience and education. The measure outlined the certification process, and included language regarding violations, penalties, exemptions and reasons for revocation of a certificate. An annual report was required to be sent to the Governor, the Secretary of State and the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors of each county. The Board was required to keep a list of applicants and to include a list of registrants in the Board’s annual report. See Laws 1921, Chapter 135.
Laws 1923, Chapter 75 modified penalties for violating the law regarding registration requirements for a person practicing as an architect, engineer, land surveyor or assayer in Arizona. The measure also provided certain exemptions from registration.
Laws 1935, Chapter 32 repealed and rewrote previous law, changed the name of the Board to the State Board of Technical Registration, and modified the qualifications to serve as a Board member. The measure established the position of the Secretary of the Board and required the Secretary to serve as custodian of the Board records, to accept applications and assist in prosecution of cases against violators of technical registration laws. The measure also modified age and experience requirements for applicants, modified registration fees, established the Technical Registration Fund and required ten percent of fees and other revenues received by the Board to be placed in the state general fund. The remaining amount was retained in the Fund for use by the Board. Monies did not revert to the state general fund at the end of the fiscal year.
Laws 1947, Chapter 53 modified Board responsibilities and changed the status of the Dean of the U of A College of Engineering to ex-officio.
Laws 1952, Chapter 144 expanded the Board to nine members, including three architects and five engineers; authorized the Board to rent office space using monies in the Technical Registration Fund and increased application fees.
Laws 1956, Chapter 161 modified laws related to revocation of certificates, investigations, notice of findings, exemptions and limitations; added geologists to the professions regulated by the Board; and established a fee for a temporary permit held by an architect, engineer, geologist, assayer or land surveyor licensed in another state or territory of the U.S.
Laws 1970, Chapter 88 added landscape architects to the professions regulated by the Board; modified membership of the Board by replacing the ex-officio member with an assayer, landscape architect, geologist or surveyor; established a cap of $100 for fees; and modified language regarding exemptions and limitations.
Laws 1980, Chapter 250 modified distribution of professions on the Board; changed the age and years of professional experience required to be eligible for appointment to the Board; allowed the Board to employ an executive director rather than a secretary; modified application requirements; increased the cap for fees collected by the Board from $100 to $200; and established confidentiality requirements for certain Board records. The measure continued the Board for two years and listed specific factors for consideration in 1982.
Laws 1982, Chapter 136 established qualifications for in-training registration and professional registration for architects, engineers, geologists and landscape architects; modified fees; authorized the Board to hire hearing officers; and modified exemptions. The measure also continued the Board until 1986.
Laws 1994, Chapter 137 allowed the Board to contract with a third party to administer the registration exam.
Laws 1995, Chapter 154 limited Board members to two consecutive terms, gave the Board investigative authority and established civil penalties.
Laws 1998, Chapter 296 was an omnibus measure which made numerous changes to Board statutes and also modified confidentiality provisions.
Two measures pertaining to the Board were enacted in 2000. Laws 2000, Chapter 86 added home inspectors to the professions regulated by the Board; established the Home Inspector Rules and Standards Committee; and outlined certification and insurance requirements. Laws 2000, Chapter 124 allowed the Board to issue a letter of concern and authorized the Board to contract with a national council to administer registration exams.
Laws 2002, Chapter 297 required the Board to regulate drug laboratory site remediation firms that clean up property contaminated by the manufacture of methamphetamine, ecstasy or LSD. The measure established the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Residual Contamination of Drug Properties and established a five-member Environmental Remediation Rules and Standards Committee within the Board.
Laws 2012, Chapter 341 authorized the Board to regulate alarm businesses and associated alarm agents and required a person to be certified in order to operate an alarm business.
Several measures pertaining to the Board were enacted in 2016 modifying professions subject to Board oversight. The Board no longer regulates assayers or drug laboratory site remediation specialists, nor does it register architects-in-training, assayers-in-training, home inspectors-in-training or landscape architects-in-training. In addition, the Environmental Remediation Rules and Standards Committee was repealed. See Laws 2016, Chapter 167, Chapter 352 and Chapter 371.
Arizona Revised Statutes
Laws 1921, Chapter 135
Laws 1923, Chapter 75
Laws 1935, Chapter 32
Laws 1947, Chapter 53
Laws 1952, Chapter 144
Laws 1956, Chapter 161
Laws 1970, Chapter 88
Laws 1980, Chapter 250
Laws 1982, Chapter 136
Laws 1994, Chapter 137
Laws 1995, Chapter 154
Laws 1998, Chapter 296
Laws 2000, Chapter 86 and Chapter 124
Laws 2002, Chapter 297
Laws 2012, Chapter 341
Laws 2016, Chapter 167, Chapter 352 and Chapter 371
Arizona State Board of Technical Registration website: www.btr.az.gov
Master List of State Programs: www.azospb.gov