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Pennsylvania Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists Rules, Laws and Ethics


Quiz Questions

1.How many hours of continuing education is required for a licensed Engineer, Land surveyor or Geologist in Pennsylvania to renew his/her license every 2 years;
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2. "Practice of Engineering" shall mean the application of the mathematical and physical sciences for the design of public or private buildings, structures, machines, equipment, processes, works or engineering systems, and the consultation, investigation, evaluation, engineering surveys, construction management, planning and inspection in connection therewith, the performance of the foregoing acts and services being prohibited to persons who are not licensed under this act as professional engineers unless exempt under other provisions of this act.

The term "Practice of Engineering" shall also mean and include related acts and services that may be performed by other qualified persons, including but not limited to, municipal planning, incidental landscape architecture, teaching, construction, maintenance and research but licensure under this act to engage in or perform any such related acts and services shall not be required.

The foregoing shall not be deemed to include the practice of architecture as such, for which separate registration is required under the provisions of the act of July 12, 1919 (P.L.933, No.369), entitled "An act to regulate the practice of architecture in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by providing for the examination and registration of architects by a State Board of Examiners; defining the power and duties of said board of examiners; and providing penalties for the violation of this act," excepting only architectural work incidental to the "practice of engineering."

The "Practice of Engineering" shall not preclude the practice of the sciences which shall include but not be limited to: soil science, geology, physics and chemistry.

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3."Practice of Land Surveying" means the practice of that branch of the profession of engineering which involves the location, relocation, establishment, reestablishment or retracement of any property line or boundary of any parcel of land or any road right-of-way, easement or alignment; the use of principles of land surveying, determination of the position of any monument or reference point which marks a property line boundary, or corner setting, resetting or replacing any such monument or individual point including the writing of deed descriptions; procuring or offering to procure land surveying work for himself or others; managing or conducting as managers, proprietors or agent any place of business from which land surveying work is solicited, performed, or practiced; the performance of the foregoing acts and services being prohibited to persons who are not granted certificates of registration under this act as a professional land surveyor unless exempt under other provisions of this act. ((d) amended Dec. 13, 1979, P.L.534,No.120)
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4."Professional Engineer" means an individual licensed and registered under the laws of this Commonwealth to engage in the practice of engineering. A professional engineer may not practice land surveying unless licensed and registered as a professional land surveyor as defined and set forth in this act; however, a professional engineer may perform engineering land surveys. ((e) amended Dec. 13, 1979, P.L.534, No.120)
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5."Professional Land Surveyor" means an individual licensed and registered under the laws of this Commonwealth to engage in the practice of land surveying. A professional land surveyor may perform engineering land surveys but may not practice any other branch of engineering. ((f) amended Dec. 13, 1979, P.L.534, No.120)
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6.What is the minimum age to be a Land surveyor?
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7.In order for one to become a land surveyor he/ she has to be graduated in civil engineering or surveying from an approved institution or college having an engineering course of not less than four years, and including at least ten credit hours of surveying, or has graduated in an approved two-year course in surveying and related areas of engineering design leading to an associate degree in surveying, and if licensing occurs before 1983 has had two or more years’ progressive experience or if licensing occurs in 1983 or thereafter has had four or more years’ progressive experience in land surveying, under the supervision of a professional land surveyor or a similarly qualified surveyor, of a character indicating that the applicant is competent to assume responsible charge of the practice of land surveying, and who successfully passes a written examination prescribed by the board in surveying and related design subjects; or
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8."Responsible Charge" means a position that requires initiative, skill and independent judgment, and implies such degree of competence and accountability gained by technical education and experience of a grade and character as is sufficient to qualify an individual to personally and independently engage in and be entrusted with the work involved in the practice of engineering or land surveying. This term does not include positions which require routine performance of subprofessional work such as auxiliary survey personnel (unless acting as chief of party) and drafting personnel. ((i) amended Dec. 13, 1979, P.L.534, No.120)
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9."Engineering Land Surveys" means surveys for: (i) the development of any tract of land including the incidental design of related improvements, such as line and grade extension of roads, sewers and grading but not requiring independent engineering judgment: Provided, however, That tract perimeter surveys shall be the function of the Professional Land Surveyor; (ii) the determination of the configuration or contour of the earth’s surface, or the position of fixed objects thereon or related thereto by means of measuring lines and angles and applying the principles of mathematics, photogrammetry or other measurement methods; (iii) geodetic survey, underground survey and hydrographic survey; (iv) storm water management surveys and sedimentation and erosion control surveys; (v) the determination of the quantities of materials; (vi) tests for water percolation in soils; and (vii) the preparation of plans and specifications and estimates of proposed work and attendant costs as described in this subsection. ((j) amended Dec. 19, 1990, P.L.782, No.192)
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10."Geology" means the science which treats the Earth in general, the study of the physical Earth, the investigation of the Earth’s crust and the rocks and other minerals which compose it and the applied science of utilizing knowledge of the Earth and its constituent rocks, minerals, liquids, gases and other materials for the benefit of mankind. ((m) added Dec. 16, 1992, P.L.1151, No.151)
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11."Practice of geology" means the practice or the offer to practice geology for others for a fee, including, but not limited to, describing the natural processes acting on earth materials, gases or fluids, predicting the probable occurrence of natural resources, predicting and locating natural or man-induced phenomena which may be useful or hazardous to mankind and recognizing, determining and evaluating geologic factors. The term shall also include the performance of geological service or work, consultation, investigation, evaluation, planning, mapping and inspection of geological work required in implementing the provisions of any Federal or State law or regulation or the provisions of any ordinance, code, rule or permit required by any local political subdivision. The term shall not include the practice of engineering, land surveying or landscape architecture for which separate licensure is required. ((n) added Dec. 16, 1992, P.L.1151, No.151) (2 amended Nov. 24, 1967, P.L.548, No.270)
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12.Section 3. Practice of Engineering, Land Surveying or Geology Without Licensure and Registration Prohibited.

(a) In order to safeguard life, health or property and to promote the general welfare, it is unlawful for any person to practice or to offer to practice engineering in this Commonwealth, unless he is licensed and registered under the laws of this Commonwealth as a professional engineer, for any person to practice or to offer to practice land surveying, unless he is licensed and registered under the laws of this Commonwealth as a professional land surveyor or for any person to practice or to offer to practice geology unless he is licensed and registered under the laws of this Commonwealth as a professional geologist. Individuals licensed as professional engineers, professional land surveyors or registered landscape architects may perform geological work which is incidental to their engineering, surveying or landscape architecture without being licensed as a professional geologist.

(b) A person shall be construed to practice or offer to practice engineering, land surveying or geology who practices any branch of the profession of engineering, land surveying or geology; or who, by verbal claim, sign, advertisement, letterhead, card, or in any other way represents himself to be an engineer, land surveyor or geologist, or through the use of some other title implies that he is an engineer, land surveyor or geologist or that he is registered under this act; or who holds himself out as able to perform, or who does perform any engineering, land surveying or geological service or work or any other service designated by the practitioner or recognized as engineering, land surveying or geology. (3 amended Dec. 16, 1992, P.L.1151, No.151)

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13.In order to obtain another copy of your license:
You have to take the exam again
You can obtain a duplicate of your license by submitting a $5.00 check or money order payable to the Commonwealth of Pa. to the Engineering licensing board. You would have to include your full name, license number and current address.
14.Why someone who were just licensed would receive a renewal notice like everyone else.
Obviously it is  a mistake
All licenses for a particular profession expire on the same date. The first license issued may be valid for more or less than the normal renewal period, usually 24 months. Thereafter, your renewed license will be valid for the entire renewal cycle.