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Code of Ethics for Engineers

Code of Ethics for Engineers
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course introduces engineers to the National Society of Professional Engineers Code of Ethics. The Code provides ethical guidance to engineers in their various and often simultaneously held roles as 1) guardians of public health, safety, and welfare 2) employees, 3) employers, and 4) providers of technical service to clients.


Engineers practicing their profession encounter not only technical issues but also ethical issues. Sometimes the latter issues are easy to resolve: applying everyday, common-sense notions of honesty, openness, responsibility, and lawfulness is sufficient to guide the engineer to the appropriate decision. At other times, however, matters are more complicated. In particular, knowing what to do when two or more duties or obligations conflict can be difficult. For example, an engineer's duty to his client or employer may conflict with the engineer's duty to the general public. Codes of ethics have been formulated to help engineers address these conflicts.


This 1 PDH online course is intended for all engineers who are interested in gaining a better understanding about how to protect and respect their engineering profession in the utmost manner.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning the six Fundamental Canons of the Code
  • Learning the five Rules of Practice
  • Learning the nine Professional Obligations
  • Understanding the definition of "Sustainable Development"
  • Understanding the scope of the Supreme Court decision regarding NSPE, competitive bidding, and antitrust law
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document "Code of Ethics for Engineers" published by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) on July 2007. This course document is reprinted by permission of the NSPE ( and may be downloaded from the NSPE's website by clicking on Code of Ethics for Engineers, or by clicking on the link below.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Code of Ethics for Engineers (178 KB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of ten (10) questions to earn 1 PDH credit. The quiz will be based on this NSPE publication.

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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