ELR-048 Free Speech vs. Regulation of Professional Engineers: 1 PDH

ELR-048 Freedom of Speech

Description of the Free Speech vs. Regulation of Professional Engineers course

The Free Speech vs. Regulation of Professional Engineers online PDH course is a part of the Ethics, Laws and Rules category of courses.

This online engineering PDH course discusses the relationship between the actions of a licensing board for professional engineers and the Constitutional right of free speech. The course considers the background and findings of a legal case arising when a state licensing board attempted to restrict the right of an engineer from speaking about a public safety issue. Actual legal documents and associated correspondence are discussed and their implications analyzed.

This course is intended for all engineers and architects and other construction professionals interested in learning about freedom of speech related to highlighting public safety issues.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the value of free speech in discovering the best solution to technical problems;
  • Explain the difference between protected and unprotected speech;
  • Describe an example in which the actions of a PE licensing board was limited by the Constitutional right of free speech;
  • Define the meaning of a board letter announcing the opening of an investigation;
  • Describe the meaning and use of a Notice to Impose a Civil Penalty; and
  • Explain the significance of working outside the context of an employment or contractual relationship.
  • Define informed consent
  • Define ownership of company records
  • Describe how the public perceives that an engineering decision involves an ethical violation

Refunds and Cancellation Policies

The course is accepted by the Professional Engineering boards in states listed on this page. In an unlikely case the course is not accepted by the board listed on this page, we will refund the full payment and will pay for you to take another course of equivalent monetary and PDH / CEU value. For complete list of courses related to Ethics, Laws and Rules category of courses please click here.

Length of the Course / Activity

This course is intended to be studied at self-pace and it should take on average of 1 hour to read and be able to comprehend the material to successfully past the online quiz

Course Quiz

To receive the certificate of completion for the above 1 PDH online course, you will need to take a 10 question multiple choice quiz based on the reference material supplied and pass with minimum score of 70%. There is no time limit for the quiz and it can be taken multiple times until a passing score of 70% is achieved

Certificate of Completion

Once you achieve a passing score of 70% on the quiz you will receive and be able to print your Certificate of Completion as a record of your continuing education. PDH Star will keep a record of your certificate for the duration as required by your state of licensure. You will be able to log on to your account and view and print your past Certificate of Completion

State Acceptance

AK, AL, AR, DE, GA, IA, ID, IL, KS, KY, LA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV, and WY

For detailed state by state requirements click here

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