12:00 - 13:30
30 October 2020

CE Ethics in Professional Practice and Conduct

Professional Development

This session will earn 1.5 PDHs

Abstract: The provision of professional engineering services is governed by state licensing laws and rules of professional conduct and ethics. Professional licensure is granted by states only to those who have demonstrated their knowledge and judgment by meeting the established criteria of education, examination, and experience. Holding such a license means accepting the technical and ethical obligations of the profession and being registered requires an engineer to take personal responsibility for the engineering work performed under his/her supervisory control.

This presentation will provide convention participants from students to seasoned professionals with best-practice requirements and guidelines for professional engineering. Leading with an overview of the fundamental canons, rules of practice and professional obligations of the licensure code of ethics, participants will learn how the legal concept, “fiduciary duty,” applies to the practice of engineering and be introduced to the basic tenets of an exemplary code of conduct used successfully by major U.S. A/E firms. The presentation will address qualifications to perform engineering work in terms of the business licensing/registration, professional performance and compliance, and scope of work and contracts. A section on the delivery of contractual obligations addresses best-practice steps related to the organization, qualified personnel, subconsultants, quality control and scope changes, summarizing with key takeaways.

Learning Objectives:

  • Name five fundamental canons of the Code of Ethics that engineers and architects should follow in the fulfillment of their professional duties, as defined by one of the professional engineering societies to which the professional belongs, such as ASCE, NSPE, etc.
  • Identify six rules of practice for engineers, as defined by the Professional Engineering Board for the individual’s home state AND name five business licensing/registration requirements for a professional service firm to be qualified to perform work within any US jurisdiction, in accordance with state laws.
  • Identify four key criteria that all subconsultants must meet in order to be considered for the work.