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Ethics, Professionalism and Disciplinary Actions: Case Studies

Ethics, Professionalism and Disciplinary Actions: Case Studies
Course Highlights

In this online engineering PDH course, ten case studies of actual enforcement actions taken by a state licensing board are presented. The cases have been selected to be representative of situations likely to exist in many states.  Board procedures and the types of enforcement actions available are shown by a variety of cases ranging from a geotechnical engineer who produced (within one hour and without visiting the site) a soils report, to an engineer who was unable to document his PDH's during a board audit.  The importance of being very careful about when to put "P.E." after one's name on a document also will become apparent.


Codes of ethics for engineers typically describe standards for professional behavior. The enforcement of those ethical standards that are inscribed into law lies with the licensing boards of state governments.


This 1 PDH online course is intended primarily for all engineers seeking to deepen their understanding of what constitutes ethical and professional engineering behavior and how such behavior is enforced by the licensing board.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Familiarizing with the format of enforcement decrees issued by a state licensing board
  • Knowing the ten different types of licensing violations
  • Understanding the investigative process of the board, as it attempts to determine the validity of complaints brought before it
  • Learning about the types of enforcement actions available to the board
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "Ethics, Professionalism and Disciplinary Actions: Case Studies".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Ethics, Professionalism and Disciplinary Actions: Case Studies (1.8 MB)
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 the entire document.


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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