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Illinois Board Laws & Rules for Professional Engineers

Course Outline

Besides meeting specific requirements, such as education, experience, and examination, a licensee must get familiar with the Board Rules in order to practice engineering in any state. While the Rules do vary from state to state, the basic requirements for the qualifications and the professional conduct are very similar throughout the United States. In this course, the student is required to study the Engineering Practice Act and the Rules contained in Civil Administrative Code of Illinois, which covers the rules of professional conduct, licensee qualifications, continuing education requirements and other regulatory provisions. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will be familiar with:

Course Content

All state boards for PE require that the licensed professional engineers get familiar with the board rules (the Rules). Many state boards periodically disclose in their newsletters the disciplinary actions taken by the boards against the licensees who violated the Rules. The most common types of violations are:

1.           Performed services outside his/her area of competence.

2.           Practiced engineering without being licensed in the state of the project.

3.           Practiced or offered to practice engineering while not properly licensed.

4.           Failed to properly sign, seal and date documents.

5.           Affixed his/her seal to work not done under his/her direct supervision or responsible charge.

6.           Affixed his/her seal to inadequate design documents, failing to protect the public.

Other types of violations include:

1.           Produced a deficient, substandard or inaccurate report, failing to protect the public.

2.           Contracted with non-licensed individual to provide certain professional services.

3.           Failed to avoid conflicts of interests.

To avoid the above violations, it is highly recommended for all licensees to periodically review the Rules. As a professional engineer, the licensee shall at all times recognize the primary obligation to protect the safety, health, property and welfare of the public. If a licensee's professional judgment is overruled under circumstances where the safety, health or welfare of the public are endangered, he/she shall inform the proper authorities and his/her employer of the situation as may be appropriate.

In this course you are required to study the following document:

Illinois Professional Engineering Practice Act of 1989
Illinois Administrative Code Title 68 Chapter VII Part 1380 (the Board Rules)

Please click on the above underlined hypertext to view, save or print the document for your study.

Course Summary

To safeguard the safety, health, property and welfare of the public, licensed professional land surveyors must fully understand the requirements contained in the Illinois Professional Land Surveyor Act of 1989 and the Illinois Administrative Code (the Rules). A licensee who violates the Rules may be subject to disciplinary action, such as a fine, reprimand, suspension or revocation of his/her license.

Related Links

For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation: Engineering Board


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 PDH Center 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 his/her own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.