(A) As used in this section, "institution of higher education" means a state university or college, as defined in section 3345.12 of the Revised Code, or a state community college.
(B) The Ohio facilities construction commission shall establish a local administration competency certification program to certify institutions of higher education to administer capital facilities projects pursuant to section 3345.51 of the Revised Code without the supervision, control, or approval of the commission. The program shall offer instruction in the administration of capital facilities projects for employees of institutions of higher education who are responsible for such administration and who are selected by their employing institutions to participate in the program.
(C) The program shall provide instruction about the provisions of Chapters 9., 123., and 153. of the Revised Code and any rules or policies adopted by the commission regarding the planning, design, and construction of capital facilities, including all of the following:
(1) The planning, design, and construction process;
(2) Contract requirements;
(3) Construction management;
(4) Project management.
(D) The commission shall award local administration competency certification to any institution of higher education if all of the following apply:
(1) The institution applied for certification on a form and in a manner prescribed by the commission.
(2) The commission determines that a sufficient number of the institution's employees, representing a sufficient number of employee classifications, responsible for the administration of capital facilities projects have successfully completed the certification program to ensure that any capital facilities project undertaken by the institution will be administered successfully and in accordance with all provisions of the Revised Code, and the board of trustees of the institution provides written assurance to the commission that the institution will select new employees to participate in the certification program as necessary to compensate for employee turnover.
(3) The commission determines that the employees of the institution enrolled in the program demonstrate successful completion of the competency certification training and a satisfactory level of knowledge of and competency in the requirements for administering capital facilities projects.
(4) The institution pays the fee prescribed by division (F) of this section.
(5) The board of trustees of the institution provides written assurance to the commission that the institution will conduct biennial audits of the institution's administration of capital facilities projects in accordance with division (C) of section 3345.51 of the Revised Code.
(6) The board of trustees of the institution agrees in writing to indemnify and hold harmless the state and the commission for any claim of injury, loss, or damage that results from the institution's administration of a capital facilities project.
(E) Local administration competency certification granted under this section shall remain in effect for as long as the commission determines that both of the following apply:
(1) The institution of higher education maintains a sufficient number of employees responsible for the administration of capital facilities projects who have successfully completed the certification program and have demonstrated a satisfactory level of knowledge of and competency in the requirements for administering capital facilities projects;
(2) The institution is performing the biennial audits prescribed in division (C) of section 3345.51 of the Revised Code.
If the commission determines that an institution of higher education has failed to comply with the conditions of division (E)(1) or (2) of this section, the commission shall revoke the institution's certification and shall notify the board of trustees of the institution in writing of the revocation.
(F) The commission shall establish, subject to the approval of the director of budget and management, the amount of the fee required to be paid by any institution of higher education that seeks certification under this section. The amount of the fees shall be set to cover the costs to implement this section, including the costs for materials and the competency certification training sessions. Any fees received under this section shall be paid into the state treasury to the credit of the commission's fund established under section 123.201 of the Revised Code.
(G) Nothing in this section shall prohibit an institution that administers a capital facilities project under section 3345.51 of the Revised Code from requesting guidance or other services from the commission.
Renumbered from § 123.17 and amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127,HB 487, §101.01, eff. 9/10/2012.
Effective Date: 05-06-2005; 06-30-2005