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IDFPR Enforcement of Engineering Practice Laws and Regulations

The primary statute that applies to engineers is the Illinois Professional Engineering Practice Act. There are also extensive administrative regulations. The law and regulations include:

  • Licensing standards and requirements
  • Scope and standards of practice
  • Education requirements and standards
  • Disciplinary action for violations of laws and regulations

Government regulation of engineering protects the health, safety, and welfare of the public and promotes public confidence. Only qualified persons who meet specific requirements are permitted to practice as engineers in Illinois. IDFPR offers several engineering licenses:

  • Professional Engineer, Licensed
  • Engineer Intern
  • Design Firm, Registered

When Can an Engineer Lose His or Her License — or Face Professional Discipline — in Illinois?

The Illinois Professional Engineering Practice Act contains numerous types of conduct that can warrant disciplinary action. Examples of issues that are regulated by Act and the corresponding administrative rules include:

  • Misrepresentations in licensing matters or in providing information to IDFPR;
  • Conviction of a felony, certain misdemeanors, or a crime directly related to engineering;
  • Willfully signing or making a false statement to secure payment;
  • Negligence, incompetence, or misconduct;
  • Unprofessional, unethical, or dishonorable conduct that harms the public;
  • Physical or mental illness that causes an inability to practice the profession;
  • Discipline by any government that is substantially similar to a ground for discipline under the Act;
  • Giving or receiving fees for services that have not been rendered;
  • Affixing the professional engineer’s seal, or permitting it to be affixed, to a submission that has not properly been reviewed;
  • Making a false statement about compliance of a public facility or multi-story housing with the Environmental Barriers Act.

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