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On September 1, 2011 at 10:41 PM Scott Maxwell <smaxwell(--nospam--at)umich.edu> wrote:

> As Matthew said, your friend is basically right.  Many states require a COA/"firm registration" of any engineering company (i.e. LLC, Inc, etc) "practicing engineering" (aka "sealing drawings") for projects in their state.

 

FOLLOW-UP:

 

The rules for the few states I've looked at say something like " Disciplinary action against a business organization shall be administered in the same manner and on the same grounds as disciplinary action against a licensed engineer."

 

So...what about the engineer employed by the company doing the sealing? If my friend were to obtain a license in Bophututswana, and the company declines to obtain a Bophututswanan Certificate of Authority and are caught and dinged for it, what is the potential liability for my friend here?

 

I can see them saying "you knew or should have known that the company at which you are employed and for whom you were sealing and signing documents, did not have a Bophututswanan Certificate of Authority, so you're fined and your license is suspended," etc.

 

More thoughts?