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Indiana Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors Rules, Laws and Ethics


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1."Professional engineer" means an individual who, by reason of that individual’s special knowledge of the mathematical and physical sciences and the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design which are acquired by education and practical experience, is qualified to engage in the practice of engineering as attested by that individual’s registration as a professional engineer.
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2. "Practice of engineering" means any service or creative work that the adequate performance of requires engineering education, training, and experience in the application of special knowledge of the mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences to services or creative work that includes the following:

  1. Consultation.
  2. Investigation.
  3. Evaluation.
  4. Planning, including planning the use of land and water.
  5. The design of or the supervision of the design of engineering works and systems.
  6. Engineering surveys and studies or the supervision of engineering surveys and studies, including all surveying activities required to support the sound conception, planning, design, construction, maintenance, and operation of engineered projects, but not including the surveying of real property for the establishment of land boundaries, subdivisions, rights-of-way, easements, and the dependent or independent surveys or resurveys of the public land survey system.
  7. Evaluation of construction for the purpose of assuring compliance with specifications, plans, and designs, in connection with any public or private utilities, structures, buildings, machines, equipment, processes, work systems, or projects. The term "practice of engineering" does not include the work ordinarily performed by persons who operate or maintain machinery or equipment.
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3.The engineer shall at all times recognize the primary obligation to protect the safety, health, and welfare of the public in the performance of professional duties. If the engineer’s professional judgment is overruled under circumstances where the safety, health, and welfare of the public are endangered, the engineer shall inform the engineer’s employer of the possible consequences and notify such other proper authority of the situation, as may be appropriate.
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4.The engineer shall undertake to perform engineering assignments only when qualified by education and experience in the specific technical field of professional engineering involved.
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5.The engineer may accept an assignment requiring education or experience outside of the engineer’s field of competence, but only to the extent that services are restricted to those phases of the project in which the engineer is qualified. All other phases of such project shall be performed by qualified associates, consultants, or employees.
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6.The engineer shall not affix the engineer’s signature and/or seal to any engineering plan or document dealing with subject matter in which the engineer lacks competence by virtue of insufficient education or experience, or to any such plan or document not prepared as described in 864 IAC 1.1-7-4.
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7.The engineer shall be completely objective and truthful in all professional reports, statements, or testimony. The engineer shall include all relevant and pertinent information in such reports, statements, or testimony.
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8.The engineer, when serving as an expert or technical witness before any court, commission, or other tribunal, shall express an opinion only when it is founded upon adequate knowledge of the facts in issue, upon a background of technical competence in the subject matter, and upon honest conviction of the accuracy and propriety of the engineer’s testimony.
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9.The engineer will issue no statement, criticisms, or arguments on engineering matters connected with public policy which are inspired or paid for by an interested party, or parties, unless the engineer has prefaced the comment by:

  1. Explicitly identifying himself or herself;
  2. Disclosing the identities of the party, or parties, on whose behalf the engineer is speaking; and
  3. revealing the existence of any pecuniary interest the engineer may have in the instant matters.
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10.The engineer shall conscientiously avoid conflicts of interest with the engineer’s employer or client, but, when unavoidable, the engineer shall forthwith disclose the circumstances to the engineer’s employer or client.
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11.The engineer shall not accept compensation, financial or otherwise, from more than one (1) party for services on the same project, unless the circumstances are fully disclosed to and agreed to by all interested parties.
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12.The engineer shall not solicit or accept gratuities, directly or indirectly, from contractors, their agents, or other parties dealing with the engineer’s client or employer in connection with work for which the engineer is responsible.
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13.A limited liability company doing business in Indiana may practice or offer to practice engineering only if that practice is carried on under the responsible direction and supervision of a registered professional engineer who is a full-time employee or member of the company. All plans, sheets of designs, specifications, reports, studies, or other engineering documents that require certification and are prepared by the personnel of a business must carry the signature and seal of the registered professional engineer who is in responsible charge of the professional engineering work.
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14.To reactivate an inactive license, a professional engineer must do the following:

  1. Apply to the board for reactivation on the application form supplied by the board.
  2. Pay the same fee required to renew an active license.
  3. Show proof of having completed thirty (30) hours of continuing education that meet the requirements of this rule within the two (2) year period immediately prior to the date the reactivation application is filed.
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15. A licensee must sign the renewal form provided by the Indiana professional licensing agency that verifies that all continuing education requirements according to section 3 of this rule will have been met by the time of license renewal. (b) The professional engineer shall maintain copies of certificates of completion of continuing education courses for a period of three (3) years following the end of the biennium.
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Please choose if the respond to the following questions are true or false.

16.How can an engineer obtain a verification of his/her license?

The engineer will have to purchase a digital verification from the following website, http://www.in.gov/pla/verify.htm. Once he/ she has purchased the digital verification he/she will need to email the verification to pla10@pla.in.gov and inform the board as to which board the verification needs to receive the information.

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17.What is a supplemental form?

A supplemental form is used for applicants that may have a technology degree, graduated from a non ABET accredited program, or is a foreign degree applicant. If you fall into one of the above categories a supplemental form is needed to complete your application.

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18.How do you apply for a license by comity?

You must submit an application, including five references. Three must be from professional engineers. You must also submit certification from the state in which you received your license, showing proof of EI and PE, along with college transcripts and also complete part three of the examination (a written test on Indiana license law).

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19.How does one become licensed as a professional corporation?

If your corporation is an LLC or INC you will need to register with the Secretary of State. If your corporation is a PC or PA you must complete the application for licensure and pay the twenty-five ($25.00) dollar fee.

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20.How do I get my seal?

Seals are sold at stationery stores, or where they make rubber stamps. See 864 IAC 1.1-7-2, for rules of design and content.

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