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The Proper Use of Virginia Professional Seals

Randall W. Whitesides, PE

Take a look at a collection of acts of misconduct by Virginia licensees, taken randomly from public records:

File No. 2008-00846: Mr. (name withheld) placed his seal on the work of a regulant from another jurisdiction without permission. He failed to affix the date to his stamped plans.

File No. 2007-04714: Mr. (name withheld) submitted sketches for review which were not marked as incomplete, advance, or preliminary copies.

File No. 93-01961: Mr. (name withheld) submitted a sealed set of group “A” building plans without being licensed as an architect.

File No. 98-02205: Mr. (name withheld)'s Architect Seal included the words “certified” and “certificate no.” These words are not in conformity with the Board's seal design requirements.

This course gets to the source of these and other sealing and certification mistakes; it does so in a clear, concise, and straightforward presentation. Just a few of the topics covered are: (1) The dos and don’ts of sealing, signing, and dating certifications, (2) the acceptable and unacceptable types of seals, (3) the exemptions, exceptions, and special situations to sealing, (4) the avoidance of sealing improprieties due to practice overlap, (5) the performance of minor, out-of-discipline work, incidental to primary licensed practice.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

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NY PE & PLS: You must choose courses that are technical in nature or related to matters of laws and ethics contributing to the health and welfare of the public. NY Board does not accept courses related to office management, risk management, leadership, marketing, accounting, financial planning, real estate, and basic CAD. Specific course topics that are on the borderline and are not acceptable by the NY Board have been noted under the course description on our website.