As many of you know, in early 2020 the Board initiated the development of a new application/licensing system designed to facilitate the submittal of applications and management of license(s) through an online portal, known as BPELSG Connect. The first release resulting from this development launched in September 2020 with online Engineer-in-Training (EIT) and Land Surveyor-in-Training (LSIT) applications in addition to online complaint submittals.
The Board anticipates that renewal of existing licenses will be included in the next release which is scheduled to occur in early 2021. Traditionally, license holders have become accustomed to receiving a renewal notification in the mail around 30-60 days prior to their license renewal date, on a biennial basis. These notices are printed and mailed by a state agency, through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) on behalf of the Board. Due to circumstances outside of the Board’s or DCA’s control, this other agency will discontinue production and distribution of the printed renewal notices sometime during 2021.
Once renewal functionality in the next release of BPELSG Connect becomes publicly available, it will be imperative for each individual license holder to register a new profile in the system as soon as possible to ensure that future renewal notices are received by each license holder in a timely and efficient manner.
It is anticipated that during registration, the license holder will:
• Confirm contact information including address of record
• Link their profile to their existing license(s)
• Verify receipt of a confirmation email
The Board believes that this initial process should only require approximately 10 minutes of the license holder’s time to complete and will be well worth that time to ensure that each license holder is properly served in an effective manner during this transition.
Please share this message with your professional licensed colleagues and spread the word. The Board will continue to provide updates on this effort in the near future and throughout 2021.