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Codes of ethics for engineers typically describe standards for professional behavior. The enforcement of those ethical standards that are inscribed into law lies with licensing boards of state governments.

In this course, ten case studies of actual enforcement actions by a state licensing board are presented. The cases have been selected to be representative of situations likely to exist in many states.

Board procedures and the types of enforcement action available are shown by a variety of cases ranging from a geotechnical engineer who produced (within one hour and without visiting the site) a soils report, to an engineer who was unable to document his PDH’s during a board audit. The importance of being very careful about when to put “P.E.” after one’s name on a document also will become apparent.

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
format of enforcement decrees issued by a state licensing board.
ten different types of licensing violations.
investigative process of the board, as it attempts to determine the validity of complaints brought before it.
types of enforcement actions available to the board.

Intended Audience: for any engineers seeking to deepen their understanding of what constitutes ethical and professional engineering behavior and how such behavior is enforced by a licensing board.

Publication Source: Mark Rossow, PhD, PE

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Beginner level
No prerequisites
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1 year access


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Cadistics is an engineering content development company offering quality courseware in a wide variety of engineering disciplines. With a library of over 400 course titles available, topics include: civil, mechanical, environmental, powergen and renewables, structural, transportation, geotechnical and earth sciences, biological, land development, ethics, HSW, water resources, and more. Cadistics offers a Board of highly qualified Instructors, available anytime to interact with the student on all subject matter offered. Instructors come from a variety of backgrounds in public, and private sectors of engineering academia and practice. Visit us at: to view our credentials.

Mark Rossow, PhD, PE (retired) / AUTHOR

Dr. Rossow is a graduate of the University of Michigan with B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois. He taught civil engineering for over 35 years, including six years at Washington University in St. Louis and 29 years at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he was the Chair of the Civil Engineering Department for ten years. His areas of expertise are in civil engineering and mechanics. He has consulted for various organizations, including government agencies and an international offshore drilling company. He has published numerous technical journal articles and technical reports for a variety of governmental agencies and private sector organizations.