WVC 30 - 13 - 17
§30-13-17. Certificates of authorization required; naming of
(a) No person or firm is authorized to practice or offer to
practice engineering in this state until the person or firm has
been issued a certificate of authorization by the board.
(b) A person or firm desiring a certificate of authorization
must file all the required information with the board on an
application form specified by the board. The required information
shall include the sworn statement of the engineer in responsible
charge who is a professional engineer registered in this state.
The board shall issue a certificate of authorization to an
applicant who has met all the requirements and paid the fees set
forth in board rules.
(c) No person or firm is relieved of responsibility for the
conduct or acts of its agents, employees, officers or partners due
to compliance with the provisions of this article. No individual
practicing engineering under the provisions of this article is
relieved of responsibility for engineering services performed due
to his or her employment or other relationship with a person or
firm holding a certificate of authorization.
(d) An engineer who renders occasional, part-time or contract
engineering services to or for a firm may not be designated as
being in responsible charge for the professional activities of the
firm unless that engineer is an owner or principal of the firm.
(e) The Secretary of State shall not issue a certificate of authority or business registration or license to an applicant whose
business includes, among the objectives for which it is
established, the words engineer, engineering or any modification or
derivation thereof unless the board of registration for this
profession has issued to the applicant a certificate of
authorization or a letter indicating eligibility to receive the
certificate. The certificate or letter from the board shall be
filed with the application filed with the Secretary of State to do
business in West Virginia.
(f) The Secretary of State shall decline to register a trade
name or service mark which includes the words engineer, engineering
or modifications or derivatives thereof in its business name or
logotype except those businesses holding a certificate of
authorization issued under the provisions of this article.
(g) The certificate of authorization may be renewed or
reinstated in accordance with board rule and upon payment of the
(h) Every holder of a certificate of authorization has a duty
to notify the board promptly of any change in information
previously submitted to the board in an application for a
certificate of authorization.
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