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The Proper Use of North Carolina Professional Seals

Randall W. Whitesides, P.E.

Course Outline

To seal or not to seal, is that the question? The sealing and certification of technical documents can be deceptively complex. For example, certain work products of the professions may require qualifying statements; a given seal form acceptable to one professional Board can be unlawful to another; and professional practice overlap can produce uncertainty with regards to certifying ability. These examples are just a few of the many sealing and certifying specifics for which the North Carolina licensed professional is required to be knowledgeable. This course assembles the various rules and regulations related to this subject.

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

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this two-hour course, the student will learn that

Intended Audience

The focus of this course deals primarily with Architects and Engineers, and to a lesser extent with Land Surveyors and Landscape Architects as their professions relate to Architecture and Engineering. The course material is limited to North Carolina laws and practices. However, there is remarkable similarity in the laws among the various States. This is because most States closely adhere to model laws and model rules adopted by the national affiliations. Therefore, professional practitioners licensed in other States may find this course content informative and useful.

Benefits for Attendees

This course will review the various aspects of the sealing and certification process for technical documents. Students of this course will find, in a single presentation, an integration of this subject, which is normally jointly covered in numerous State rules and regulations. The course is presumed to qualify for continuing professional competency training credit specified in the North Carolina Architecture Rules, 21 NCAC 02, and the Engineering and Surveying Rules, 21 NCAC 56.

Course Content

The course content is in a PDF file (680 KB) NCSEALS.pdf.

Additional Resources

A comprehensive list of North Carolina regulatory agencies and national non-profit consensus organizations, including their websites, is offered in the main course content under the heading Additional Resources. These are the resources the student should use to obtain excellent supplemental information on the legally correct methods of sealing and certification of technical documents. These resources should be continually consulted to insure up-to-date information.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered professional engineer. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.