ELR-055 Ethical Issues in Design-Build: 3 PDH

ELR-055 Ethical Issues in Design-Build

Description of the Ethical Issues in Design-Build

The Ethical Issues in Design-Build online PDH course is a part of the Ethics, Laws and Rules category of courses. This course discusses the fundamentals of design-build, the difference between construction delivery and construction procurement processes, the difference between subjective and objective criteria as a basis for design-build contract award, and the ethical issues engineers and architects are faced with when a design-build process is employed.

The widespread growth of “design-build” presents ethical issues for engineers and architects.  If these issues are not addressed it is likely public reaction to abuses the process invites will result in the loss of design-build as a construction delivery process.  The dilemma for the engineer or architect posed by the conflict between the owner’s and general contractor’s interests in the design-build process is discussed, as are the ethical issues that arise when subjective criteria are used to award design-build contracts.  This course offers steps that can be taken by individual engineers and engineering societies to resolve these ethical issues while retaining design-build as a construction delivery option.

This course will illuminate ethical issues for engineers and architects arising from the design-build process, and will offer proposals for how the design and construction community can resolve these issues while retaining the positive aspects of the design-build process.

This course is intended for engineers and architects employed by public agencies and private companies as well as those who are self-employed.  It will also be valuable for construction professionals who are concerned with the long-term health of their industry.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will:

  • Learn the elements of design-build.
  • Learn the difference between a construction delivery and a construction procurement process.
  • Learn to distinguish subjective criteria for award of design-build contracts from objective criteria.
  • Learn the fundamental elements of a construction delivery process.
  • Learn the fundamental elements of a construction procurement process.
  • Learn how “best value” and “point systems” can be inappropriately manipulated.
  • Learn the two serious ethical issues engineers are faced with in design-build.
  • Learn the steps individual engineers and engineering societies can take to rationalize these ethical issues.
  • Learn what the engineer needs to do to protect himself when interest of the owner and general contractor conflict.
  • Learn the importance of integrity in public agency and private company procurement.

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 3 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 3 PDH online course, you will need to take a 15 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

This course is accepted in all states mandating continuing education:

AK, AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, 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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