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The Proper Use of North Carolina Professional Seals

Randall W. Whitesides, P.E.

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

Professional Engineer Case No. V99-028: Signed and sealed architectural drawings beyond the licensee’s legal capability.

Professional Land Surveyor Case No. V98-262: Failed to include the address of the professional firm on the document.

Registered Architect Case No. 380: Incorrectly designated plans not prepared by him or under his direct supervision, as Standard Design Plans; sealed such plans.

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.

The course material is limited to North Carolina laws and practices. However, there is remarkable similarity among the various States because of their adherence to model laws and model rules adopted by both the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. Therefore, professional practitioners licensed in other States may find the content informative. They may be inspired to examine the substance of their native jurisdiction’s rules and regulations, if for no other reason than to contrast it to that of North Carolina’s.

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

* This course is acceptable to all the state PE boards except the New York State PE & PLS Board.

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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.