Definition of Responsible Charge
Responsible Charge is a situation that you have taken the field data and done everything from research, computations and creating a drawing and property descriptions and whatever reports necessary to complete the survey product by yourself.
In other words, you are in complete control of what is done to finalize the survey and have it ready for the client, short of signing and stamping the document.
Responsible charge is the guy who stamps things. Because if shite goes sideways nobody is coming after your cad tech or party chief or equipment dealer or anyone else.
"472.000(6), Florida Statutes The term "responsible charge" means direct control and personal supervision of surveying and mapping work, but does not include experience as chainperson, rodperson, instrument person, draftsperson, digitizer, scriber, photo lab technician, ordinary stereo plotter operator, aerial photo pilot, photo interpretor or or other positions of routine work."
Paul in PA
You don't have to be that specific on the FL. surveyors application to sit for the test. For example if you become a CAD tech you are in responsible charge of whatever you are working on. Topo, boundary, etc. Florida Statutes are inconclusive with respect to "responsible charge". Although a senior tech may check your work, technically you are in responsible charge of what was produced. Hope this helps. 😎
Person in Responsible Charge is the licensed professional who receives the letters from the state board and signs and seals all documents to be issued.
As regards an applicant: you need to log your time which is necessary to fill out your "Report of Professional Experience."
The definition for what you need as a person looking to be licensed is outlined on the application.
Some states start the timer from when you get a job. Some states start the timer after your LSIT. Some states do the latter but will consider the former depending on experience.
Bottom line: a state will not issue a license to someone heavy on CAD documentation, but no field work. Balance your time, keep track of your time. Document any major project you worked on and your duties within it. I used a standard field book.