PART 3. STANDARDS OF PRACTICE AND PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
R 339.16031 Professional conduct; requirements; restrictions.
Rule 31. (1) A licensee shall comply with all of the rules of conduct under this part.
(2) A licensee shall do all of the following:
(a) If he or she is the person in responsible charge, he or she shall notify his or her
employer or client, and any other appropriate authority when his or her judgment is
overruled under circumstances that endanger life or property.
(b) If he or she is not the person in responsible charge, he or she shall notify the
person in responsible charge when his or her judgment is overruled under circumstances
that endanger life or property.
(c) Participate in phases of a project in which he or she is competent.
(d) Undertake assignments in which he or she is qualified by education or
experience in the specific technical field involved.
(e) Complete, sign, seal, or approve engineering documents that conform with the
law and applicable professional standards.
(f) Be objective and truthful in professional reports, statements, or testimony and
include all relevant and pertinent information in these reports, statements, or testimony.
(g) Disclose to an employer, client, or public body on which he or she serves all
known or potential conflicts of interest that could influence or appear to influence his or
her judgment or the quality of his or her services.
(3) A licensee shall not do any of the following:
(a) Disclose confidential information obtained in a professional capacity without
the prior consent of the client or employer, unless authorized or required by law or these
(b) Partner, practice, or offer to practice with any person or firm or assist any
person or firm that he or she knows is engaged in fraudulent or dishonest business or
professional practices or the unlawful practice of professional engineering.
(c) Falsify his or her qualifications or the qualifications of his or her associates or
permit misrepresentations of his or her qualifications or the qualifications of his or her
(d) Misrepresent or exaggerate his or her experience or qualifications.
(e) Knowingly make statements containing a material misrepresentation of fact or
omitting a material fact or knowingly make statements that deceive the public.
(f) Attempt to injure, maliciously or falsely, directly or indirectly, the professional
reputation, prospects, practice, or employment of other licensed professional engineers.
(g) Give or offer to give, directly or indirectly, to a client, potential client, the
agent of a client, or the agent of a potential client, a commission, contribution, gift, or
other valuable consideration to secure or retain engineering work. This restriction does
not include payments to an employment agency for securing employment or employees
for salaried positions.
(h) Solicit or accept a compensation, contribution, gift, or other valuable
consideration, directly or indirectly, from more than 1 party for services on the same