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The Proper Use of Illinois Professional Seals

Randall W. Whitesides, PE

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

Disciplinary Case: (Name withheld) of Chicago, Land Surveyor license no. (withheld), fined $250 for sealing a Surveyor’s certificate on a sheet of paper that was not a survey.

Disciplinary Case: (Name withheld) of Frankfort, Professional Engineer license no. (withheld), licensed revoked and fined $5,000 for submitting sealed structural engineering plans without a structural engineering license.

Disciplinary Case: (Name withheld) of Skokie, Architect license no. (withheld), placed on probation for one year and fined $1,000 for applying his architect seal to a change in architectural plans that were not originally prepared under his direct supervision and control.

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, and (4) the avoidance of sealing improprieties due to practice overlap.

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

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