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 and Land Surveying, 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 engineering 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 and Land Surveying Office at or for assistance.


Select the appropriate answer for each of the following questions

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

    a. File an application with the New York State Education Department (NYSED), Office of the Professions

    b. Obtain an education that fulfills the Commissioner’s requirements and gain the required years of work experience acceptable to the Board

    c. Pay the appropriate fee to the NYSED, including all fees applicable for admission to a Department required examination(s)

    d. Be of good moral character

    e. Be a New York State resident

  2. Unprofessional conduct in professional practice includes:

    a. Willful or grossly negligent failure to comply with substantial provisions of Federal, State or local laws, rules and regulations governing practice of the profession

    b. Exercising undue influence on the client, including promoting the sale of services/goods for financial gain

    c. Permitting any person to share in fees for professional services other than a partner, employee, associate in a professional firm or corporation, subcontractor or consultant.

    d. Delegating professional responsibilities to a person when the licensee delegating the responsibilities knows or has reason to know that such person is not qualified

    e. All of the above

Please read the following advertisements for professional engineering and land surveying 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 and Land Surveying PC employs the brightest and most innovative professional engineers and land surveyors in New York State"

    a. Yes , it is unprofessional conduct because it is misleading

    b. No, it is not unprofessional conduct because their engineers and land surveyors hold New York State professional engineering and land surveying licenses

    c. Yes, it is unprofessional conduct because it claims superiority which cannot be substantiated

    d. No, it is not unprofessional conduct because it does not guarantee an outcome

    e. Yes, it is professional misconduct because it offers a bonus other than a discount or price reduction for professional services

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

    a. No, it is not unprofessional conduct because their engineers and land surveyors hold New York State professional engineering and land surveying licenses

    b. Yes, it is unprofessional conduct because it guarantees an outcome

    c. No, it is not professional misconduct because it does not offer a bonus other than a discount or price reduction for professional services

    d. Yes , it is unprofessional conduct because it is misleading

    e. Yes, it is unprofessional conduct because it claims superiority which cannot be substantiated

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

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

    a. Yes

    b. No

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

    a. No

    b. Yes

  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?

    a. Yes

    b. No

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

    a. Being associated, in a professional capacity, with a project or practice known by the licensee to be fraudulent

    b. Having a substantial financial interest in a product or supplier on work for which the professional has responsibility with the consent of the client

    c. Failure of a licensee to maintain all preliminary and final plans, documents, computations, records and professional evaluations (s)he has signed and sealed for a period of at least 6 years

    d. Signing and sealing documents for professional services which the licensee has not personally created or reviewed

    e. Receiving compensation from more than one party for services on the same project, without disclosing the arrangement and seeking approval from all parties

  5. A land surveyor may enter or cross lands necessary to perform a survey when:

    a. "Reasonable efforts" have been made, preferably in writing, to notify the landowner and/or lessee that they have an intention to enter the land to make a survey

    b. Surveying operations are being performed during reasonable hours and within a reasonable distance from the property line of the land being surveyed

    c. The land surveyor carries and displays proper identification as a validly licensed and registered land surveyor or employee of a duly licensed land surveyor

    d. All of the above

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

    a. Yes

    b. No

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

    a. New licensees in their first registration period

    b. Licensees who have filed a document to make their registration status inactive in New York State

    c. Both of the above

    d. Neither of the above

  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 or land surveying 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

    a. i or ii

    b. i or iii

    c. i or iv

    d. ii or iii

    e. ii or iv

    f. iii or iv

    g. i only

    h. ii only

    i. iii only

    j. iv only

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

    a. True

    b. False

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

    a. a New York State approved sponsor

    b. Entities recognized by the New York State Education Department

    c. Colleges and universities that have ABET accredited programs

    d. All of the above

    e. None of the above

  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.

    a. True

    b. False

  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 .

    a. True

    b. False

  13. A professional land surveyor charged with misconduct is entitled to a hearing with a panel consisting solely of land surveyors.

    a. True

    b. False

  14. The maximum number of continuing education credits that a duly licensed land surveyor may earn in a given three-year registration period, as educational activities credits, such as on-line self-study courses or making a technical presentation on an approved topic at a conference sponsored by a NYS approved continuing education sponsor is:

    a. 8 hours

    b. 16 hours

    c. 24 hours

    d. 36 hours

  15. Professional engineer and/or land surveyor 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).

    a. True

    b. False

  16. Affixing an electronic signature and seal to an engineering or land surveying 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.

    a. True

    b. False

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Last Updated: November 26, 2018