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JOINT BOARD OF LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION
310-A:1 Joint Board Established. There shall be a joint board of licensure and certification for professional engineers, architects, land surveyors, foresters, professional geologists, natural scientists, landscape architects, court reporters, home inspectors, accountants, manufactured housing installers, and real estate appraisers, and electricians, and the board of manufactured housing, consisting of each of the members of the board of professional engineers, board of architects, state board of licensure for land surveyors, forestersí board, board of professional geologists, the board of natural scientists, the board of landscape architects, the board of court reporters, the board of home inspectors, the board of accountancy, the real estate appraiser board, the electriciansí board, the manufactured housing installation standards board, and the board of manufactured housing.
310-A:1-a Administration of the Joint Board. The administrator of the joint
board shall be responsible for:
I. The performance of the administrative, clerical, and business processing responsibilities of the boards.
II. Employment of personnel needed to carry out the functions of the boards.
III. Issuance of a license or certification to any applicant who has met the requirements for licensure and denying
a license or certification to applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications for licensure.
IV. Maintenance of the official record of all applicants and licensees.
310-A:2 Definitions. As used in this subdivision:
I. Board means the board of professional engineers.
I-a. Business organization means any enterprise, whether corporation, partnership,
limited liability company, proprietorship, association, business trust, real estate trust, or other
form of organization; organized for gain or profit, carrying on any business activity within the
II. Professional engineer means a person who by reason of advanced knowledge of
mathematics and the physical sciences, acquired by professional education and practical
experience, is technically and legally qualified to practice engineering, and who is licensed by
the board or otherwise authorized by this subdivision to engage in the practice of engineering.
III. Practice of engineering means any professional service or creative work requiring
education, training, experience, and the application of advanced knowledge of mathematics and
physical sciences, involving the constant exercise of discretion and judgment, to such services or
work as consultation, investigation, evaluation, planning, design, responsible oversight of
construction, and responsible oversight of operation, in connection with any public or private
utilities, structure, buildings, machines, equipment, processes, works, or projects, wherein the
public welfare, or the safeguarding of life, health or property is concerned.
IV. Engineering surveys means any surveying activities required to support the sound
conception, planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of engineering projects by
persons licensed under this subdivision, but shall exclude the surveying of real property for the
establishment or re-establishment of land boundaries, rights-of-way, easements, and the
dependent or independent surveys or resurveys of the public land survey system.
V. Engineer of record means a professional engineer who seals drawings, reports, or
documents for a project. The seal shall acknowledge that the professional engineer prepared,
coordinated, or had subordinates prepare under the direct supervision of the professional
engineer, drawings, reports, or documents for a project. The engineer of record shall not be
responsible for engineering work performed and sealed by other professional engineers,
including independent consulting engineers who work under the coordination of the engineer of
310-A:2-a Purpose. To safeguard life, health, and property, and to promote public
welfare, the practice of engineering in this state shall be regulated by the board of professional
engineers, except as provided in RSA 485-A:4 and RSA 485-A:35.
310-A:2-b Jurisdiction of the Board of Professional Engineers; Regulation of Scope
of Practice. No agency or subdivision of the state shall adopt any rule, regulation, standard,
code, ordinance, or policy that restricts or limits the scope of practice of any licensed
professional engineer, whose practice shall be within the sole jurisdiction of the board of
310-A:3 Board of Engineers; Establishment; Criteria; Terms; Compensation and
Expenses; Meetings; Records and Reports; Roster.
I. A board of professional engineers is established to administer the provisions of this
subdivision. The board shall consist of 5 persons appointed by the governor and council, 4 of
whom shall be professional engineers, and one public member. The public member of the board
shall be a person who is not, and never was, a member of the engineering profession or the
spouse of any such person, and who does not have and never has had a material financial interest
in either the provision of engineering services or an activity directly related to engineering,
including the representation of the board or profession for a fee at any time during the 5 years
II. Each member of the board shall be a citizen of the United States and a resident of this
state. Each professional engineer member shall have actively practiced professional engineering
for the chief means of livelihood for at least 10 years prior to appointment and shall have held a
responsible position in charge of such work for at least 5 years prior to appointment, which may
include the teaching of engineering.
III. Members shall be appointed for 5-year terms, except that no more than one appointed
member's term may expire in any one calendar year. Appointments for terms of less than 5 years
may be made in order to comply with this limitation. No appointed member shall be eligible to
serve more than 2 full consecutive terms, provided that for this purpose only a period actually
served which exceeds 1/2 of the 5-year term shall be deemed a full term. Upon expiration of a
member's term, the member shall serve until a successor is qualified and appointed. The
successor's term shall be 5 years from the date of expiration of the predecessor's appointment,
regardless of the date of the successor's appointment. Vacancies occurring prior to the expiration
of a specific term shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired term. A board member may
be removed for cause by the governor and council under RSA 4:1.
IV. Members of the board shall receive $25 for each day actually engaged in the duties of their office
and shall be reimbursed for all actual travel, incidental, and clerical expenses necessarily incurred in
carrying out the provisions of this chapter.
V. The board shall hold at least 3 regular meetings each year and special meetings at
such times as it may deem necessary. Notice of all meetings shall be given in such a manner as
rules adopted by the board may provide. The board shall biennially elect a chairperson, vice-
chairperson, and secretary. Three members shall constitute a quorum.
VI. (a) The board shall keep a record of its proceedings and a register of all applications
for licensure, which shall show:
(1) The name, age, and residence of each applicant.
(2) The date of application.
(3) The place of business of such applicant.
(4) The applicant's educational and other qualifications.
(5) Whether or not an examination was required.
(6) Whether the applicant was rejected and the reasons for such rejection.
(7) Whether a license or permit was granted.
(8) The date of the action of the board.
(9) Such other information as may be deemed necessary by the board.
(b) The records of the board shall be prima facie evidence of the proceedings of the
board, and a transcript of such records certified by the secretary of the board under seal shall be
admissible in evidence with the same force and effect as if the original were produced.
Biennially, as of December 31, the board shall submit to the governor a report of the transactions
of the preceding biennium, and a complete statement of the receipts and expenditures of the
VII. The secretary of the board shall publish a roster listing the names and places of
business of all professional engineers licensed under this subdivision by the board during
February of each even-numbered year. Copies of this roster shall be mailed to each person so
licensed, placed on file with the secretary of state, and furnished to the public upon request at a
fee to be established by the board. The board may include in such roster any other information it
310-A:4. Compensation; Expenses. Repealed Effective 1/96
310-A:5. Organization and Meetings. Repealed Effective 1/96.
310-A:5-a Notice of Rulemaking Proceedings. The board shall solicit from each license
holder, at the time of application or renewal, whether the license holder wishes to be
categorized as an interested party for the purpose of RSA 541-A:6, III. The board is
authorized to assess license holders who ask to be counted as interested parties a nominal
fee, not to exceed the increased costs of this section.
310-A:6. Rulemaking Authority.
I. The board shall adopt rules, pursuant to RSA 541-A, relative to:
(a) The application procedure for a license to practice under this subdivision;
(b) The qualifications of applicants in addition to those requirements set by
statute, and including the qualifications for satisfactory evidence of good professional
(c) How an applicant shall be examined, including the time and place of the
(d) How a license to practice under this subdivision shall be renewed, including
the requirements for continuing education;
(e) The establishment of all fees required under this subdivision;
(f) Ethical and professional standards required to be met by each holder of a
license under this subdivision and how disciplinary actions by the board shall be
implemented for violations of these standards;
(g) Matters related to the proper administration of this subdivision;
(h) Procedures for the conduct of hearings consistent with the requirements of
(i) The design of an official seal;
(j) The salary of the board secretary;
(k) Application procedures for and issuance of engineering certificates for
(l) What constitutes engineering experience for the purposes of RSA 310-A:12;
(m) Procedures for a waiver of the fundamentals of engineering examination
under RSA 310-A:12, II;
(n) The circumstances under which an applicant may be required to take an
examination under RSA 310-A:12, IV;
(o) Interstate licensure and temporary permits under RSA 310-A:19;
(p) Waiver of renewal fees for professional engineers 70 years of age or older
under RSA 310-A:21;
(q) Procedural and substantive requirements for assessing, compromising, and
collecting civil penalties against licensees as authorized by RSA 310-A:23, V (f);
(r) The requirements for retired status.
II. Repealed Effective 1/96
III. At least 40 days prior to any hearing to be held pursuant to RSA 541-A:3, I(b), the
board shall furnish a copy of any proposed rules of professional conduct, or amendments thereto,
to all affected professionals licensed by the board.
310-A:6-a. Immunity from Civil Liability. No action or other legal proceedings for
damages shall be instituted against the board or any member or employee of the board for any act
done in good faith or for any neglect or default in the performance or exercise in good faith of
any such duty or power.
I. The board shall adopt rules under RSA 541-A which establish fees for the following:
(b) Application for licensure upon passing the examination.
(c) Application for a certificate, temporary permit, or license under RSA 310-A:19 and
(d) Biennial renewal for licensed professional engineers.
(e) Late reinstatement for a late renewal of license.
(f) Replacement of a lost or mutilated license.
(g) Transcribing and transferring records and other services.
II. The fees established by the board shall be sufficient to produce estimated revenues
equal to 125 percent of the direct operating expenses of the board budgeted for the biennium in
which they apply.
310-A:8 Receipts and Disbursements. The board may employ such investigators, clerical, and
other assistants as are necessary for the proper performance of its work and may make expenditures
for any purpose which is reasonably necessary for the proper performance of its duties under this
subdivision, including the reasonable expenses of the board's delegate to meetings of, and membership
dues to, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). The board may,
with the approval of the attorney general, hire counsel and investigators and pay the reasonable
expenses of such counsel and investigators for the investigation and prosecution of any violation
of this subdivision.
310-A:9 Records and Reports. Repealed Effective 1/96
310-A:10 Roster. Repealed Effective 1/96
310-A:11 Licensure Required. No person shall practice engineering in this state,
except as permitted in RSA 310-A:19, III or RSA 310-A:27, without a professional engineer's
license issued under this subdivision.
310-A:12 General Requirements for Licensure as a Professional Engineer.
I. Applicants who have the minimum of a bachelor of science degree, or the equivalent,
from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or other accredited 4-year
institution in an engineering curriculum, certification as an engineer-in-training as a result of
a NCEES fundamentals of engineering proctored examination and 4 years of accumulated
engineering experience under the direction of a licensed professional engineer and satisfactory to
the board may apply to sit for the professional engineers examination.
II. Applicants who have the minimum of a bachelor of science degree, or the equivalent,
from an ABET or other accredited 4-year institution in an engineering curriculum and more than
10 years of accumulated engineering experience under the direction of a licensed professional
engineer and satisfactory to the board may apply to sit for the professional engineers
examination. Such an applicant may request a waiver of the fundamentals of engineering
III. Applicants with a minimum of 25 years of engineering experience of which at least
10 years shall have been in responsible charge of engineering work satisfactory to the board may
apply for licensure under this section on the basis of education and experience, provided that they
have successfully passed the professional engineers examination required by RSA 310-A:17.
IV. Whenever the evidence presented in an application under paragraph I, II, or III does
not appear to the board conclusive and warranting the issuance of a license, the applicant shall be
required to pass a proctored examination, as the board may determine.
310-A:13 Character. No person shall be eligible for licensure as a professional
engineer who is not of good professional character.
310-A:14 Teaching Credits. In considering the qualification of applicants, engineering
teaching may be construed as engineering experience.
310-A:15 Education Credits. The satisfactory completion of each year of an approved
curriculum in engineering in a school or college approved by the board as of satisfactory
standing, without graduation, shall be considered as equivalent to a year of experience under
RSA 310-A:12, II and III. Graduation in a curriculum other than engineering, but in a related
field, from a college or university of recognized standing may be considered as equivalent to 2
years of experience under RSA 310-A:12, II and III; provided, however that no applicant shall
receive credit for more than 4 years of experience because of undergraduate educational
qualifications. In counting years of experience, the board, at its discretion, may give credit not in
excess of one year for satisfactory graduate study in engineering.
310-A:16 Applications. Applications for licensure or for a temporary permit shall be on
forms prescribed and furnished by the board, shall contain statements made under oath, showing
the applicant's education and a detailed summary of the applicant's technical work, and shall
contain not less than 5 references, of whom at least 3 shall be licensed professional engineers
having personal knowledge of the applicant's professional experience. The board shall establish
fees for application and any examination required under this subdivision. If the board denies the
issuance of a license or a temporary permit to any applicant, any initial fee deposited shall be
retained as an application fee.
310-A:17 Examinations. Proctored technical examinations in engineering shall be held at
least annually at such times and places as the board shall determine. If examinations are required
on fundamental subjects, the applicant shall be permitted to take this part of the examination
upon completion of the requisite years of professional experience. The board may issue to each
applicant, upon successfully passing the examination in fundamental subjects, a certificate
stating that the applicant has passed the examination. The scope of the technical and professional
examination and the methods of procedure shall be prescribed by the board. A candidate failing
an examination may apply for reexamination upon payment of an additional fee determined by
the board and shall be reexamined on the next regularly scheduled examination date. A candi-
date failing the examination 3 consecutive times shall be required to furnish evidence of
additional experience, study, or education credits acceptable to the board before being allowed to
proceed with the examination.
310-A:18 Certificates; Seals. The board shall issue a license, upon payment of the
registration fee established by the board, to any applicant who, in the opinion of the board, has
satisfactorily met all the requirements of this subdivision. Licenses shall show the full name of
the licensee, have a serial number, and be signed by the chairperson and the secretary of the
under seal of the board. The issuance of a license by the board shall be prima facie evidence that
the person named in the license is entitled to all the rights and privileges of a licensed
professional engineer while the license remains valid. Each licensee shall upon licensure obtain
a seal of the design authorized by the board, bearing the registrant's name and the legend,
Licensed Professional Engineer. All papers or documents involving the practice of engineer-
ing under this subdivision, when issued or filed for public record, shall be dated and bear the
signature and seal of the licensed professional engineer who prepared or had responsibility for
and approved them. It shall be a class B misdemeanor for the licensee to stamp or seal any
documents with such seal after the license of the licensee has expired or has been revoked, unless
such license shall have been renewed or reissued.
310-A:18-a Seals for Temporary Permits. All documents and papers issued under a
temporary permit to practice engineering shall be stamped or otherwise noted to indicate the
professional engineer's temporary permit number, the beginning and ending date of the
temporary permit period, and the project name or identifying title. All such documents and
papers shall be signed by the temporary permit holder.
310-A:19 Interstate Licensure; Temporary Permit.
I. Applicants who are licensed or registered in another state, provided the other state's
licensing requirements are substantially equivalent to or higher than those of this state, may
apply to the board for licensure.
II. Applicants who are certified by the National Council of Engineering Examiners
(NCEE) may apply for licensure by having their NCEE record sent to the board and by
furnishing such other information on a standard application form as the board may direct.
III. A person not a resident of and having no established place of business in this state
who wishes to practice or to offer to practice engineering in this state may make application to
the board for a temporary permit. A temporary permit shall be limited to practice on a specific
project in this state for a period not to exceed 6 months in any one calendar year, provided such
person is a licensed professional engineer in a state or country where the requirements and
qualifications for obtaining a certificate of licensure are substantially equivalent to or higher than
those specified in this subdivision.
310-A:20 Engineering Certificates for Business Organizations.
I. The practice of or offer to practice professional engineering for others by individual
engineers licensed under this subdivision through a business organization as officers, partners,
associates, employees, or agents is permitted, subject to the provisions of this subdivision;
(a) One or more of the corporate officers, of a corporation or one or more general
partners, or associates is designated as being responsible for the engineering activities and
engineering decisions of the business organization, and is a licensed engineer under this subdivi-
(b) All personnel of the business organization who act in its behalf as profes-
sional engineers are licensed under this subdivision.
(c) The business organization has been issued a certificate of authorization by the
board, as provided in this section.
II. The requirements of this subdivision shall not affect a business organization or its
employees in performing services for such business organization or its subsidiary or affiliated
business organizations. All final drawings, specifications, plans, reports, or other engineering
papers or documents involving the practice of engineering, when issued or filed for public
record, shall be dated, and bear the signature and seal of the professional engineer who prepared
them or under whose direct supervisory control they were prepared.
III. A business organization desiring a certificate of authorization shall file with the
board an application, using a form provided by the board, listing the names and addresses of all
officers and board members, general and limited partners, associates, and any individuals duly
licensed to practice engineering in this state who shall be in responsible charge of the practice of
engineering in this state through the business organization, and any other information required by
the board. The same form, giving the same information, must accompany the annual renewal
fee. If there is a change in any of these persons during the year, such change shall be designated
on the same form and filed with the board within 30 days after the effective date of such change.
If all requirements of this section are met, the board shall issue a certificate of authorization to
such business organization, and such business organization shall be authorized to contract for and
to collect fees for furnishing engineering services.
IV. No business organization shall be relieved of responsibility for the conduct or acts of
its agents, employees, officers, or partners, by reason of its compliance with the provisions of
this section, nor shall any individual practicing engineering be relieved of responsibility for
engineering services performed by reason of such individual's employment by or relationship
with such business organization.
V. The secretary of state shall not issue a certificate of incorporation to an applicant for
incorporation or for registration as a foreign business organization which includes the words
Engineer or Engineering or any modification or derivative thereof in its corporate or
business name or which includes the practice of engineering among the objects for which it is
established unless the board shall have issued, with respect to such applicant, a certificate of
authorization or eligibility for authorization, a copy of which shall have been presented to the
secretary of state. Similarly, the secretary of state, after a reasonable transition period, shall
decline to register any trade name or service mark which includes such words or modifications or
derivatives thereof in its firm or business name except to partnerships, sole proprietorships and
associations holding certificates of registration or authorization issued under the provisions of
this subdivision, a copy of which shall likewise have been presented to the secretary of state.
However, the requirements of this subdivision shall not apply to any business formed and registered
with the secretary of state prior to January 1, 1999, which uses the words "Engineer" or "Engineering"
or any modification or derivative thereof in its corporate or business name, and which does not perform
or require the services of a professional engineer.
VI. A professional engineer who renders occasional, part-time or consulting engineering
services to or for a business organization may not, for the purposes of this subdivision, be
designated as being responsible for the engineering activities and decisions of such business
310-A:21 License Expiration and Renewals. All licenses issued by the board shall
expire on the last day of the month of the licensee's birth in the year 2 years following the year of
issuance. The board shall cause notification of the impending license expiration to be sent to
each licensee at least one month prior to the expiration of the license. If the renewal fee is not
submitted within 12 months after the expiration date, the licensee's name shall be removed from
current status, and application for reinstatement shall be required to return to current status. The
board shall charge a 20 percent reinstatement fee for each month or fraction of a month the
renewal is late, up to 12 months, in addition to the renewal fee. If a professional engineer is 70
years or older at time of renewal, and the professional engineer has held an engineering license
continuously for the 10-year period immediately preceding the renewal, the board may waive the
renewal fee in accordance with rules adopted by the board.
310-A:22 Investigations and Disciplinary Proceedings.
I. The board may undertake investigations or disciplinary proceedings:
(a) Upon its own initiative; or
(b) Upon complaint of any person which charges that a person licensed by the by
the board has committed misconduct under paragraph II and which specifies the grounds
II. Misconduct sufficient to support disciplinary proceedings under this section shall
(a) The practice of fraud or deceit in procuring or attempting to procure or renew
a certificate to practice under this subdivision.
(b) Conviction of a felony or any offense involving moral turpitude.
(c) Unprofessional, unethical, or dishonorable conduct unworthy of, and affecting
the practice of engineering.
(d) Unfitness or incompetency by reason of negligent habits or other causes, or
negligent or willful acts performed in a manner inconsistent with the interests of persons relying
on the expertise of the licensee.
(e) Addiction to the use of alcohol or other habit-forming drugs to a degree which
renders the licensee unfit to practice under this subdivision.
(f) Mental or physical incompetency to practice under this subdivision.
(g) Willful or repeated violation of the provisions of this subdivision.
(h) Suspension or revocation of a license, similar to one issued under this
subdivision, in another jurisdiction and not reinstated.
(i) Violations of the rules of professional conduct for professional engineers, or
any other rule adopted by the board.
(j) Providing false testimony before the board.
(k) Failure to provide, within 30 calendar days of receipt of notice by certified
mail, return receipt requested, information requested by the board as a result of any formal
complaint to the board alleging a violation of this subdivision.
(l) Knowingly making or signing any false statement, certificate, or affidavit in
connection with the practice of engineering.
310-A:22-a Investigations; Enforcement.
I. Any employee of the board engaged in making any investigation shall have the power
to administer oaths to, and take depositions of, persons pertaining to any investigation. All files
of an investigation in progress shall be confidential and exempt from the provisions of RSA 91-
II. Any person who fails to appear in response to any subpoena or to answer any question
or produce any books, papers, or documents pertinent to any such investigation or hearing or
who shall knowingly give false testimony in connection with an investigation or hearing shall be
guilty of a class B misdemeanor.
III. Any district court within the jurisdiction of which the inquiry is carried on or within
which said person resides or conducts business, upon application by the board, shall have
jurisdiction to issue such person an order requiring such person to appear before the board, its
members or agents, and to produce evidence, if so ordered, or to give testimony. Any failure to
obey such order of the court may be punishable by the court as contempt.
IV. The board is hereby authorized to apply in its own name for relief by injunction to
the superior court, to enforce the provisions of this subdivision or to restrain any violation of the
provisions of this subdivision. In such proceedings, it shall be unnecessary to allege or to prove
that either an adequate remedy at law does not exist or that substantial or irreparable damage
would result from any continued violation. The members of the board shall not be personally
liable under these proceedings.
V. The actions by the board shall be binding upon applicants for licensure, engineers-in-
training, and all persons licensed under this subdivision, and shall be applicable to any business
organization which shall hold a certificate or registration under this subdivision.
VI. Following an investigation of any complaint relating to a violation of any provision
of this subdivision by a nonregistrant, and dependent on the result of such investigation, the
board may present its findings to the county attorney in whose county such violation has
occurred, and shall aid in the prosecution of the violation.
310-A:23 Hearings; Appeals; Penalties.
I. The board shall take no disciplinary action without a hearing. At least 14 days prior to
hearing, both parties to a disciplinary proceeding shall be served, either personally or by certified
mail, return receipt requested, with a written copy of the complaint filed and notice of the time
and place for hearing. All complaints shall be objectively received and appropriately pursued by
the board. Written complaints received by the board shall be acknowledged within 3 months of
the date of notice to the board. Written notice of all disciplinary decisions made by the board
shall be given to both parties to the proceeding upon their issuance.
II. (a) The Board shall have the power to administer oaths or affirmations, preserve testimony,
subpoena witnesses, and to compel, by subpoena duces tecum, the production of all books,
records, files and documents, whether originals, copies, or in electronic or other form, and
other materials, relevant to its investigation of any grievance, complaint, or disciplinary
proceeding before the board.
(b) The board may issue subpoenas with the approval of the office of the attorney general.
(c) A minimum of 10 business days' notice shall be given for compliance with a
III. At any hearing, the named person or licensee shall have the right to:
(a) Appear in person, by counsel, or both.
(b) Produce evidence and witnesses.
(c) Cross-examine witnesses.
IV. If the named person fails or refuses to appear, the board may proceed to hear and
determine the validity of the charges.
V. The board, upon making an affirmative finding under RSA 310-A:22, II, may take
disciplinary action in any one or more of the following ways:
(a) By written reprimand.
(b) By suspension, refusal to renew, limitation or restriction of a license, or probation for
a period of time determined to be reasonable by the board.
(c) By revocation of a license.
(d) By requiring the person to participate in a program of continuing education in the
area or areas in which the person has been found deficient.
(e) By requiring the person to practice under the direct supervision of a licensed
professional engineer for a period of time specified by the board.
(f) By assessing civil penalties, after notification and due process, in amounts established by
the board which shall not exceed $2,000 per offense or, in the case of continuing offenses,
$200 for each day the violation continues, whichever is greater.
VI. Any applicant or licensee aggrieved by an action of the board denying, suspending,
refusing to renew, or revoking its license may appeal the decision in accordance with RSA 541.
VII. In addition to any other action, the board may assess all reasonable costs incurred in
connection with any disciplinary proceeding, including investigations and stenographer's and
attorney's fees as a condition of probation or reinstatement.
VIII. Any disciplinary action by the board shall be published in the report of the board
and shall be a public record in accordance with RSA 91-A.
310-A:24 Reissuance of Licenses. The board, for reasons it deems sufficient, may
reissue a license to any person whose license has been suspended or revoked, provided 3 or more
members of the board vote in favor of such reissuance. A new license may be issued, subject to
the rules of the board, and a charge shall be made for such issuance.
I. (a) It shall be a class B misdemeanor for any unlicensed natural person or a felony for
any unauthorized business organization to:
(1) Practice, or offer to practice, engineering in this state.
(2) Represent by any verbal statement, sign, letterhead, card, or in any other way
that they are professional engineers or able to perform engineering services.
(3) Use or otherwise assume in conjunction with the personal name, or advertise
any title or description tending to convey the impression that such person is a professional
engineer licensed under this subdivision.
(b) It shall be a class B misdemeanor for any natural person or a felony for any
unauthorized business organization to:
(1) Present or attempt to use the license or seal of another as one's own.
(2) Give any false or forged evidence of any kind to the board or to any member
of the board in obtaining a license.
(3) Falsely impersonate any other licensee of like or different name.
(4) Attempt to use an expired or revoked license.
II. The attorney general, or a designee, shall act as legal advisor to the board if the board
so requests, and render such legal assistance as deemed necessary by the board in carrying out
the provisions of this subdivision, provided that this responsibility shall not relieve the local
prosecuting officers of any of their duties under the law. With the approval of the attorney
general, the board may employ counsel and necessary assistance in carrying out the provisions of
this subdivision. Reasonable compensation and expenses for counsel and legal assistance shall
be paid from the funds of the board allocated for such purpose.
310-A:26 Restraint of Violations. The superior court shall have jurisdiction in equity
to restrain violations of RSA 310-A:25 on proceedings brought by the attorney general, the board
or any society of licensed professional engineers duly incorporated under the laws of this state.
310-A:27 Exemptions. Nothing in this subdivision shall be construed to prevent or
II. The work of an employee or a subordinate of a person holding an engineering license
under this subdivision, provided such work does not include final designs or decisions and is
done under the direct responsibility, checking, and supervision of a person holding an
engineering license under this subdivision;
III. The practice of officers and employees of the government of the United States while
engaged within this state in the practice of engineering for the federal government; or
IV. The practice of architecture by a duly licensed architect.
These laws are made available to the public by the:
JOINT BOARD OF LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION
121 South Fruit Street
Concord, NH 03301
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