PROFESSIONS, VOCATIONS, AND BUSINESSES
ENGINEERS AND SURVEYORS
54-1223. Saving clause — Exemptions. (1) This chapter shall not be construed to affect:
(a) The practice of any other profession or trade for which a license is required under any law of this state or the United States.
(b) The work of an employee or a subordinate of a person holding a license under this chapter, provided such work does not include final engineering design or land surveying decisions and is done under the direct responsibility, checking, and supervision of, and verified by, a person holding a license under this chapter.
(c) Any individual teaching upper division engineering subjects that are classified as engineering design for any college or university in this state as of July 1, 1988, and any such individual employed after July 1, 1988, for a period of five (5) years from the date of employment with any college or university in this state.
(d) An individual doing surveying work for himself, or through a business entity, on property owned or leased by the individual or business entity, or in which the individual or business entity has an interest, estate or possessory right and which affects exclusively the property or interests of the individual or business entity; provided, that all land surveying maps, plats or plans filed with any county recorder’s office in the state of Idaho for the purpose of illustrating or defining boundaries of property ownership, shall be made by a licensed professional land surveyor as provided in this chapter.
(e) An individual doing survey work for himself, or through a business entity with respect to the location, amendment, or relocation of a mining claim.
(f) The practice of engineering by employees of a business entity as long as the services provided by them are for internal business entity use only.
(2) The board, at its discretion, may exempt an exceptional individual who has twelve (12) or more years of appropriate experience in engineering from the requirement for satisfactory completion of an examination in the fundamentals of engineering.
(3) An applicant for licensure as a professional engineer either by examination or by comity who has earned a bachelor degree in engineering from an approved engineering program and has, in addition, earned a doctorate degree in engineering from a college or university which offers an approved undergraduate program in the same discipline as the doctorate degree earned, shall be exempt from the requirement for satisfactory completion of an examination in the fundamentals of engineering. Honorary doctorate degrees are not considered earned degrees for purposes of this subsection.
(4) In addition to, and notwithstanding other provisions of this chapter, in circumstances of emergency creating conditions of imminent and substantial danger to the public health, safety or environment through the provision of engineering services, the prosecuting attorney or the attorney general may institute a civil action for an immediate injunction to halt the provision of engineering services.
(5) A professional engineer licensed in Idaho may review the work of a professional engineer who is licensed in another jurisdiction of the United States or a foreign country on a project that is a site adaptation of a standard design plan to determine that the standard design plan meets the standard of care and is applicable to the intended circumstance, with or without modification. The Idaho professional engineer shall demonstrate responsible charge, as defined in this chapter, by performing professional services related to his assignment including developing or obtaining a complete design record with design criteria and calculations, performing necessary code research and developing any necessary and appropriate changes to the standard design plan necessary to properly apply the standard design to the intended circumstance. The nonprofessional services, such as drafting, need not be redone by the Idaho professional engineer, but must clearly and accurately reflect the Idaho professional engineer’s work. The burden is on the Idaho professional engineer to show such compliance. The Idaho professional engineer shall have control of and responsibility for the entire work product, shall seal, sign and date it as required in this chapter, and shall be in possession of all original documents or certified copies of documents related to the professional engineer’s work for the project.
(6) In the event a licensee in responsible charge of a project leaves employment, is transferred, is promoted, becomes incapacitated, dies or is otherwise not available to seal, sign and date final documents, the duty of responsible charge of the project shall be accomplished by the successor licensee by becoming familiar with and reviewing, in detail, and retaining the project documents to date. Subsequent work on the project must clearly and accurately reflect the successor licensee’s responsible charge. The successor licensee shall seal, sign and date all work product in conformance with section 54-1215, Idaho Code.
[54-1223, added 1939, ch. 231, sec. 23, p. 516; am. 1957, ch. 234, sec. 15, p. 547; am. 1970, ch. 95, sec. 5, p. 238; am. 1978, ch. 170, sec. 18, p. 386; am. 1984, ch. 254, sec. 5, p. 608; am. 1986, ch. 140, sec. 21, p. 393; am. 1990, ch. 192, sec. 9, p. 432; am. 1994, ch. 356, sec. 1, p. 1116; am. 1996, ch. 357, sec. 17, p. 1200; am. 1999, ch. 273, sec. 2, p. 686; am. 2000, ch. 289, sec. 14, p. 1003; am. 2001, ch. 247, sec. 9, p. 897; am. 2002, ch. 6, sec. 3, p. 9; am. 2006, ch. 137, sec. 1, p. 392; am. 2007, ch. 219, sec. 5, p. 659; am. 2008, ch. 378, sec. 20, p. 1042; am. 2010, ch. 111, sec. 6, p. 228.]