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South Carolina Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors Rules, Laws and Ethics


Quiz Questions

1.Any degreed engineer who has graduated from a credited engineering school can call himself an “engineer” and offer “engineering services” to the public.
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2. Anyone who has worked in a Land surveying company for a while and have learned the craft from a registered land surveyor can start calling himself/herself a “Land surveyor” and start offering services as a land surveyor to the public.
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3.It is unlawful for an individual or firm to engage in the practice of TIER A surveying or the practice of TIER B surveying in this State, to use the title "surveyor", or to use or display any title, verbal claim, sign, advertisement, letterhead, card, or other device or method to indicate that the individual or firm engages in or offers to engage in the practice of TIER A or TIER B surveying without being registered as a surveyor or firm.
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4.It is unlawful for an individual or firm to engage in the practice of engineering in this State, to use the title "engineer", or to use or display any title, verbal claim, sign, advertisement, letterhead, card, or other device or method to indicate that the individual or firm engages in or offers to engage in the practice of engineering without being registered as an engineer or firm.
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Please select if the answer to the following questions are True or False.

5.Q. Does the Board require Continuing Education for renewal?

A. Yes. Each licensee is required to obtain at least 30 hours each biennial renewal period or meet one of the exemptions for continuing education.

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6.Q. What if I exceed the 30-hour requirement for continuing education in this period of time?

A. A maximum of 15 hours may be carried forward into the subsequent renewal period.

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7.Q. Is the XYZ class that I took from XYZ Continuing Education Company approved by the Board?

A. The Board does not pre-approve courses or sponsoring organizations. Licensees should use their judgment to choose courses or activities that benefit them and their practice. Continuing education which enhances the professional attributes of the licensee and is beneficial in an area of practice will be considered by the Board. Any qualifying course or activity with a clear purpose and objective which will maintain, improve or expand the skills and knowledge relevant to the licensee’s field of practice will be considered by the Board. Courses accepted by other states that meet the criteria of the SC Board will be generally accepted for credit. Should a course credit be denied, the licensee will be allowed a twelve month period to make up deficiencies

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8.Q. Do I have to mail any Continuing Education documentation to the Board?

A. No, do not send certificates/documentation unless the Board notify you that you have been selected for audit after a renewal period.

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9.Q. Can I contact the Board to find out how many continuing education credits or carry-over credits I have on record?

A. No. The responsibility for maintaining records used to support credits claimed is that of the licensee.

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10.Q. I have been continuously licensed in South Carolina since January 1, 1969. Am I exempt from the continuing education requirement?

A. Licensees continuously licensed by the SC Board since January 1, 1969 are exempt from the continuing education requirements. If you think you may qualify for this exemption but you are not sure of the original issue date of your SC license, visit you can look up your license on the Board’s website License Lookup

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11.Q. I qualify for the continuing education exemption because I have been continuously licensed in South Carolina since January 1, 1969. Do I still owe the renewal fee?

A. Yes. You must still renew and pay the renewal fee.

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12.Q. How can I change my individual registration from lapsed status back to active status?

A. A reinstatement packet may be requested by contacting engls@llr.sc.gov in the subject line please state “reinstatement of license” include your full name and license number. A reinstatement packet of information will be emailed to you within twenty-four hours.

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13.Q. I noticed on the long form reinstatement application that I have the option of reapplying instead of reinstating. What is the difference?

A. With the reinstatement: (1) you will be re-issued your old registration number upon approval, (2) you only have to update from your original registration date with the South Carolina Board to the present date, (3) you must pay all back renewal fees and penalties and (4) you must provide proof of continuing education credits. If you reapply, you will be issued a different number upon approval.

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14.Q. I am a South Carolina registered PE and was recently told that when signing & sealing documents, electronic signatures and dates are now acceptable. Is this information true?

A. Yes. Effective 07/16/2004 under the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (Section 26-6-50B) and (Section 26-6-70(A)(D)), electronic signatures are acceptable between parties who agree to conduct transactions by electronic means. Electronic seals are authorized in Reg. 49-207(A)(2).

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15.Q. I was just approved for a Certificate of Authorization (COA). Can the corporate seal be a rubber stamp or does it have to be an embossed seal?

A. The Certificate of Authorization (COA) seal can be a rubber stamp, an embossed seal, or may be computer generated.

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16.Q. I am a registered South Carolina PE and recently applied for and was issued a Certificate of Authorization (COA). When do I need to put the corporate seal on my drawings?

A. The COA seal should be affixed to all documents which would otherwise require the individual seal.

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17.Q. I have a change of address, how can I notify the Board?

A. You may email the change to ENGLS@llr.sc.gov or via fax to (803) 896-4427. You may also access Online Services. We cannot take address changes over the phone.

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18.Q. I need to hire an engineer/surveyor. Can the Board refer me to an engineer or a surveyor?

A. You may visit our Licensee Look-Up to get general information on those licensed by this Board, but the Board cannot recommend anyone.

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19.Q. Does your state have a temporary permit for surveyors?

A. South Carolina does not have a temporary permit for surveyors; only engineers are eligible for a temporary permit.

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20.Q. Is there a statute of limitations applicable to professional engineers and surveyors in South Carolina?

A. Yes, S.C. Code of Laws Sections 15-3-640, 15-3-660, and 15-3-670 state that no actions against engineers and surveyors based upon or arising out of the defective or unsafe condition of an improvement to real property may be brought more than 8 years after substantial completion of the improvement. See the Statute for more information in Chapter 3. Also see Section 40-22-270(8).

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21.Q. What do I need to do if I need my South Carolina Professional Engineer’s or Surveyor’s license verified for another state? What is the fee for this verification?

A. Please send the state’s verification form along with a check in the amount of $5.00 (made payable to LLR-Engineering Board) to the SC State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors, Post Office Box 11597, Columbia, SC 29211.

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