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CHAPTER 1805, RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

BOARD OF ARCHITECTURE, ENGINEERING, LAND SURVEYING, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, GEOSCIENCE, AND INTERIOR DESIGN

Table of Parts
Part Title
1805.0100 PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT.
1805.0200 PERSONAL CONDUCT.
1805.0300 CONFLICT OF INTEREST.
1805.0400 IMPROPER SOLICITATION OF EMPLOYMENT.
1805.0500 FALSE OR MALICIOUS STATEMENTS.
1805.0600 KNOWLEDGE OF IMPROPER CONDUCT BY OTHERS.
1805.0700 ACTION BY OTHER JURISDICTION.
1805.0800 EMPLOYMENT ON THE BASIS OF MERIT.
1805.0900 MISCONDUCT.
1805.1500 REGISTRATION.
1805.1600 RESPONSIBLE CHARGE AND DIRECT SUPERVISION.

1805.0100 PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT.

Subpart 1.

Purpose.

This rule of professional conduct is adopted for the purpose of implementing the laws and rules governing the practice of architecture, engineering, land surveying, landscape architecture, and geoscience including Minnesota Statutes, section 326.11.

Subp. 2.

Scope.

This rule is applicable to and binding upon each person, corporation, or partnership subject to the regulatory jurisdiction of the board and each person subject to the control of the licensee.

Subp. 3.

Imputed knowledge of professional responsibility.

Each licensee who holds a certificate of licensure issued by the board is charged with knowledge of this rule. In the exercise of the privileges and rights granted by the certificate of licensure, the licensee shall conform professional conduct to the public and to the board in accordance with the provisions of this rule, and shall, as a condition of licensure, subscribe to and agree to conduct the practice in accordance with the provisions of this rule.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 326.06

History:

17 SR 1279; 22 SR 90

Published Electronically:

May 14, 2004

1805.0200 PERSONAL CONDUCT.

Subpart 1.

Public confidence and personal integrity.

A licensee shall avoid any act which may diminish public confidence in the profession and shall, at all times, conduct himself or herself, in all relations with clients and the public, so as to maintain its reputation for professional integrity.

Subp. 2.

False statements and nondisclosure.

A licensee shall not submit a materially false statement or fail to disclose a material fact requested in connection with the application for certification or licensure in this state or any other state.

Subp. 3.

Knowledge of unqualified applicants.

A licensee shall not further the application for certification or licensure of another person known by the licensee to be unqualified in respect to character, education, or other relevant factor.

Subp. 4.

General prohibitions.

A licensee shall not:

A.

circumvent a rule of professional conduct through actions of another;

B.

engage in illegal conduct involving moral turpitude;

C.

engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation;

D.

engage in conduct that adversely reflects on the licensee's fitness to practice the profession; or

E.

permit the licensee's name or seal to be affixed to plans, specifications, or other documents which were not prepared by or under the direct supervision of the licensee.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 326.06

History:

17 SR 1279

Published Electronically:

May 14, 2004

1805.0300 CONFLICT OF INTEREST.

Subpart 1.

Employment.

A licensee shall avoid accepting a commission where duty to the client or the public would conflict with the personal interest of the licensee or the interest of another client. Prior to accepting such employment the licensee shall disclose to a prospective client such facts as may give rise to a conflict of interest.

Subp. 2.

Compensation.

A licensee shall not accept compensation for services relating or pertaining to the same project from more than one party unless there is a unity of interest between or among the parties to the project and unless the licensee makes full disclosure and obtains the express consent of all parties from whom compensation will be received.

Subp. 3.

Gifts.

A licensee shall not, directly or indirectly, solicit or accept any compensation, gratuity, or item of value from contractors, their agents, or other persons dealing with the client or employer in connection with the work for which the licensee has been retained without the knowledge and approval of the client or the employer.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 326.06

Published Electronically:

May 14, 2004

1805.0400 IMPROPER SOLICITATION OF EMPLOYMENT.

A licensee shall seek and engage in only the professional work or employment the professional is competent and qualified to perform by reason of education, training, or experience.

A licensee shall not falsify or misrepresent the extent of the licensee's education, training, experience, or qualifications to any person or to the public; nor misrepresent the extent of the licensee's responsibility in connection with any prior employment.

A licensee shall not transmit, distribute, or publish or allow to be transmitted, distributed, or published, any false or misleading information regarding the licensee's own qualifications, training, or experience or that of his or her employer, employees, associates, or joint venturers.

A licensee shall not tender any gift, pay, or offer to pay, directly or indirectly, anything of substantial value, whether in the form of a commission or otherwise, as an inducement to secure employment. A licensee is not prohibited from paying a commission to a licensed employment agency for securing a salaried position.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 326.06

History:

17 SR 1279

Published Electronically:

May 14, 2004

1805.0500 FALSE OR MALICIOUS STATEMENTS.

A licensee shall make no false or malicious statements which may have the effect, directly or indirectly, or by implication, of injuring the personal or professional reputation or business of another member of the profession.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 326.06

History:

17 SR 1279

Published Electronically:

May 14, 2004

1805.0600 KNOWLEDGE OF IMPROPER CONDUCT BY OTHERS.

A licensee who has knowledge or reasonable grounds for believing that another member of the profession has violated any statute or rule regulating the practice of the profession shall have the duty of presenting such information to the board.

A licensee, when questioned concerning any alleged violation on the part of another person by any member or authorized representative of the board commissioned or delegated to conduct an official inquiry, shall neither fail nor refuse to divulge such information as the licensee may have relative thereto.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 326.06

History:

17 SR 1279

Published Electronically:

May 14, 2004

1805.0700 ACTION BY OTHER JURISDICTION.

Convictions of a felony without restoration of civil rights, or the revocation or suspension of the certificate of licensure of a licensee by another jurisdiction, if for cause which in the state of Minnesota would constitute a violation of law or of these rules, shall be deemed to be a violation of these rules of professional conduct. Any licensee adjudged mentally incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction shall, until restored to mental competency, be deemed to be incompetent to practice the profession within the meaning of Minnesota Statutes, section 326.11, subdivision 2.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 326.06

History:

17 SR 1279

Published Electronically:

May 14, 2004

1805.0800 EMPLOYMENT ON THE BASIS OF MERIT.

A licensee as an employer, shall refrain from engaging in any discriminatory practice prohibited by law and shall, in the conduct of the business, employ professional personnel solely upon the basis of merit.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 326.06

History:

17 SR 1279

Published Electronically:

May 14, 2004

1805.0900 MISCONDUCT.

Misconduct within the meaning of Minnesota Statutes, section 326.11, subdivision 1 shall include any act or practice in violation of the rules of professional conduct as set forth in parts 1805.0100 to 1805.0800.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 326.06

Published Electronically:

May 14, 2004

1805.1500 REGISTRATION.

No corporation, partnership, or other firm engaged in the practice of architecture, engineering, land surveying, landscape architecture, or geoscience, or two or more of these professions, shall contract with or accept employment for professional services of an architectural, engineering, land surveying, landscape architectural, or geoscience character as defined in Minnesota Statutes, sections 326.02 to 326.15 unless a member or employee of the corporation, partnership, or other firm in responsible charge of the work is registered and licensed under the provisions of Minnesota Statutes, sections 326.02 to 326.15 to practice the profession called for by the employment.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 326.06

History:

22 SR 90

Published Electronically:

May 14, 2004

1805.1600 RESPONSIBLE CHARGE AND DIRECT SUPERVISION.

Subpart 1.

Responsible charge; defined.

A person in responsible charge of architectural, engineering, land surveying, landscape architectural, geoscience, or certified interior design work as used in Minnesota Statutes, section 326.14 means the person who determines design policy, including technical aspects, advises with the client, superintends subordinates during the course of the work and, in general, the person whose professional skill and judgment are embodied in the plans, designs, and advice involved in the work. Plans and specifications for buildings, structures, or projects of standard design which have been designed outside the state shall bear the certification of the design professional licensed in another United States licensing jurisdiction. In addition, a Minnesota licensed architect, professional engineer, land surveyor, landscape architect, professional geologist, professional soil scientist, or certified interior designer shall review the design and certify that it is appropriate to the site on which construction is proposed and is in compliance with the State Building Code adopted by the Department of Administration where the building code is in effect.

Subp. 2.

Direct supervision; defined.

A person in direct supervision of work as referred to in Minnesota Statutes, section 326.12, subdivision 3, means that person who is the employer, an employee of the same firm, or who is under contract to or from another firm and who is in responsible charge of the technical aspects of the architectural, engineering, land surveying, landscape architectural, geoscience, or certified interior design work in progress, and whose professional skill and judgment are embodied in the plans, specifications, reports, plats, or other documents required to be certified pursuant to that subdivision. A person in direct supervision of work directs the work of other licensees, interns, draftspersons, technicians, and clerical persons assigned to that work and is in responsible charge of the project comprising the work being supervised.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 326.06

History:

38 SR 59

Published Electronically:

July 22, 2013