May 2007

Board Policies

In response to inquiries, we take this opportunity to reprint a policy jointly adopted in July 1962 by the Board of Registration for Engineers and Surveyors and the Board of Architecture regarding "overlap” or "incidental” practice.

Policy

In order to clarify the necessary overlap of the practice of Architecture and the practice of Engineering, the S.C. State Board of Architectural Examiners and the S.C. State Board of Engineering Examiners held a joint conference in Columbia, S.C., on July 25, 1962, at which they agreed upon and adopted the following resolution covering rules of procedure in connection with the interpretation and enforcement of the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, Chapter 3, Sections 40-3-05 to 40-3-310, governing the practice of Architecture; and Chapter 22, Sections 40-22-10 to 40-22-470, as amended, governing the practice of Engineering in the State of South Carolina.

Resolution

No Registered Engineer shall undertake a project which is primarily architectural and no Registered Architect shall undertake a project which is primarily engineering; however, no provision of the State Laws referred to above shall be so construed as to prevent any Registered Architect from doing such engineering work, for which he is qualified, as may be incidental and necessary to the completion of any architectural work lawfully undertaken by such Architect; nor so construed as to prevent any Registered Engineer from doing such architectural work, for which he is qualified, as may be incidental and necessary to the completion of any engineering work lawfully undertaken by such Engineer, as defined in the Code of Laws of South Carolina listed above.

The two Boards must be guided and controlled by the definitions contained in their respective registration laws but may use discretion in interpreting them.

If engineering or architectural work is performed by persons who are not full-time employees of the Registered Engineer or Registered Architect employed by the client for the project, those persons shall be registered in the profession concerned and the registered person's name shall appear on all documents, plans, etc., prepared by them, when issued for that particular project.

Guidelines for Licensure Applicants Submitting Work Experience

One of the areas of greatest inconsistency in applications to the Board for licensure by either comity or by examination is the description of qualifying experience. The following guidelines should help applicants provide appropriate documentation to enable an expedited review and are provided as a supplement to the statutes and regulations.