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The Proper Use of Ohio Professional Seals

Randall W. Whitesides, PE

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

Disciplinary Case File No. 96-11: Mr. (Name withheld), Architect Certificate of Qualification No. (withheld), was found to have not been the author of plans which he sealed, nor was in responsible charge of their preparation and did not have direct professional knowledge and direct supervisory control of such plans.

Disciplinary Case File No. (not provided): Mr. (Name withheld), a registered professional engineer, was found to be in violation of the practice Chapters and Rules through the unlicensed practice of surveying and affixing a professional surveyor seal to plats without the surveyor’s knowledge.

Disciplinary Case File No. 04-069: (Name withheld), registered professional surveyor, sealed survey plats that were not prepared with his personal professional knowledge and under his direct supervisory control and responsibility.

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.

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

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