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E – 1155 Ethics, Professionalism, and Disciplinary Actions: Case Studies

Intended Audience: any engineers seeking to deepen their understanding of what constitutes ethical and professional engineering behavior and how su



Codes of ethics for engineers typically describe standards for professional behavior—the enforcement of which lies with state licensing boards.

In this course, 10 case studies of actual law enforcement actions by a state licensing board are presented. The cases have been selected to be representative of situations likely to exist in your P.E. licensing state(s)

Board procedures and the types of enforcement action available are illustrated through the lens of a variety of casesranging 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—as well as the significance of putting the initials “P.E.” after your name on a document.

The course was submitted to and approved by the FBPE.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, you’ll be able to identify and discuss:
  • Format of enforcement decrees issued by a state licensing board
  • 10 different types of licensing violations
  • Processes of state boards in terms of determining the validity of complaints
  • Types of enforcement actions available to state boards

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