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Continuing Education Self Study Educational Activity for Land Surveyors


As a licensed professional in New York State, it is your professional responsibility to know the legal and ethical requirements governing the practice of your profession and to be alert to changes in those requirements. The New York State Board for Engineering, Land Surveying and Geology, in an effort to help you stay abreast of your professional responsibilities, has developed this short, self-study educational activity in ethics.

This educational activity is based on the New York State Education Law Articles 130 and 145, the Rules of the Board of Regents Parts 1, 3, 17, 18, 28, 29, 31, and the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Parts 59 and 68. It is strongly recommended that, prior to taking the self test, you review these foundational materials on the Office of the Professions' web site.

Once you have reviewed the foundational materials, proceed to complete the self test below. When you have completed the self test, click the "Get your score" button at the bottom of the page. You should print this screen and save it as evidence of satisfactory completion of this educational activity. A score of 90% or greater will allow you to claim 1 Professional Development Hour (PDH) of educational activity credit in ethics ONCE in each three-year registration period. Retain your printed screen for no less than 6 years from the date of completion.

For any questions or concerns, please contact the New York State Board for Engineering, Land Surveying, and Geology Office at for assistance.


Select the appropriate answer for each of the following questions

  1. To qualify for a license as a professional engineer, land surveyor or professional geologist in New York State, an applicant must fulfill all of the following criteria except:

  2. Unprofessional conduct in professional practice includes:

Please read the following advertisements for professional engineering, land surveying and geology services. Please select the responses that indicate whether the use of the advertisement could be construed as "unprofessional conduct" and the appropriate reason for the determination.

  1. "Smith Engineering, Land Surveying and Geology PC employs the brightest and most innovative professional engineers, land surveyors and professional geologists in New York State"

  2. "If you select Brown Engineering, Land Surveying and Geology, PLLC for your transmission tower project, we’ll guarantee your project will be approved by your county public utilities commission"

As a licensed professional engineer, land surveyor or professional geologist in New York State, would you be considered as having committed unprofessional conduct for:

  1. Being in arrears on child or spousal support payments?

  2. Not returning or providing copies of records to the client upon request?

  3. Retention of all project records for a period of at least 6 years in a CAD file or other electronic version and providing only the electronic version to the client who has requested a paper copy of the file?

  4. Unprofessional conduct in the profession of engineering, land surveying or geology includes all of the following except:

  5. Which of the following scenarios may support an exemption for the continuing education requirement for New York State licensed engineers, land surveyors or geologists?

  6. Is a New York State licensed professional engineer, land surveyor or professional geologist who provides evidence to the Board that he/she is in active military service to the United States required to complete continuing education?

  7. Which of the following categories of licensees is NOT required to complete continuing education under New York State Education Law?

  8. At the end of your current registration period, you realize that you are 6 credits short of meeting the continuing education requirement for your professional engineering, land surveying or professional geology registration. Which action(s) can you legally take in order to re-register your license?
    1. Cease practicing and upon completing the 6 credits needed, re-register
    2. While continuing to practice, schedule a course for 6 credits in the near future and complete your re-registration documents as though you have already earned the credits
    3. Contact the Board Office to request a conditional registration so that you may continue to practice while completing additional continuing education credits
    4. Count extra credits you earned in your last registration period toward the current one, continue to practice, and work diligently to earn all credits required within the next registration period

  9. Except for businesses owned by individual practitioners, all businesses performing engineering, land surveying and/or geology services in New York State must obtain and maintain a Certificate of Authorization from the NY State Education Department (NYSED).

  10. Courses acceptable for continuing education credit must be taken from which of the following providers?

  11. Documentation of accrued acceptable continuing education credit must be in the form of certificates of completion or transcripts and must be submitted at the time of registration renewal.

  12. Fee splitting consisting of directly contracting with a contractor to perform professional services for a third party on a project that is not authorized under the Infrastructure Investment Act or special legislation is an acceptable business practice relationship, and not subject to professional misconduct .

  13. A professional engineer land surveyor or professional geologist charged with misconduct is entitled to a hearing with a panel consisting solely of practitioners from their individual profession.

  14. A "delegatee" in the design delegation process need not be licensed in New York State to perform engineering, land surveying or geology services.

  15. Professional engineer, land surveyor and/or professional geologist licensees returning to the practice of their profession in New York State after a lapse in their registration must provide evidence of continuing education credits earned during the lapsed registration period(s).

  16. Affixing an electronic signature and seal to an engineering, land surveying or geology document is an acceptable form of certification in New York State if permitted by the municipality or New York State agency that has review and approval authority over the project.