§5-8-21  Exemptions. –

Link to law: http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE5/5-8/5-8-21.HTM
Published: 2015

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TITLE 5

Businesses and Professions

CHAPTER 5-8

Engineers

SECTION 5-8-21



   § 5-8-21  Exemptions. –

This chapter shall not be construed to prevent or to affect:



   (1) Temporary certificates of registration.



   (i) Nonresidents. The practice or offer to practice of

engineering by a person not a resident of or having no established place of

business in this state, when that practice does not exceed in the aggregate

more than thirty (30) days in any calendar year; provided, the person is

legally qualified by registration to practice engineering, as defined in §

5-8-2(f), in his or her own state or country. The person shall make application

to the board, in writing, and after payment of a fee set by the board in an

amount not to exceed two hundred dollars ($200) may be granted a written

temporary certificate of registration for a definite period of time to do a

specific job; provided, no right to practice engineering accrues to an

applicant as to any work not prescribed in the temporary certificate.



   (ii) Recent arrivals in state. The practice of a

person not a resident of and having no established place of business in this

state, or who has recently become a resident of the state, practicing or

offering to practice engineering in the state for more than thirty (30) days in

any calendar year, if he or she has filed with the board an application for a

certificate of registration and has paid the fee required by this chapter;

provided, that the person is legally qualified by registration to practice

engineering in his or her own state or country. That practice shall continue

only for the time that the board requires for the consideration of the

application for registration.



   (2) Employees and subordinates. The work of an

employee or a subordinate of a person holding a certificate of registration

under this chapter, or an employee of a person practicing lawfully under

paragraph (1)(ii) of this section; provided, that work does not include final

engineering designs or decisions and is done under the direct supervision of or

checked by a person holding a certificate of registration under this chapter or

a person practicing lawfully under subdivision (1) of this section.



   (3) Partnership, limited liability partnership, corporate

and limited liability company practice. The practice or offer to practice

of engineering as defined by this chapter by individual registered professional

engineers through a partnership, limited liability partnership, corporation,

joint stock company, or limited liability company, or by a partnership, limited

liability partnership, corporation, limited liability company, or joint stock

company, through individual registered professional engineers as agents,

employees, officers, or partners or members or managers, provided, that they

are jointly and severally liable for their professional acts; and provided,

that all personnel of that partnership, limited liability partnership, joint

stock company, corporation or limited liability company who act in its behalf

as engineers in the state are registered under this chapter or are persons

practicing lawfully or are exempt under subdivision (2) or (3) of this section.

Each partnership, limited liability partnership, joint stock company,

corporation or limited liability company providing engineering services is

jointly and severally liable with the individually registered professional

engineers, and all final plans, designs, drawings, specifications, and reports

involving engineering judgment and discretion, when issued, shall be dated and

bear the seals and signatures of the engineers who prepared them.



   (4) Federal employees. The practice by officers and

employees of the government of the United States while engaged within this

state in the practice of engineering for that government; provided, that no

right to practice engineering accrues to those persons as to any other

engineering work. The rights to registration after leaving government

employment shall not be granted except under the provisions established under

§ 5-8-11.



   (5) Railroad, telephone, telegraph, and other public

utility companies. The practice of engineering, as prescribed in this

chapter, by railroad, telephone, telegraph, and other public utility companies,

and their officers and employees while engaged in the work of those companies

in this state; provided, that the practice is carried on under the responsible

charge of an engineer or engineers in this state, or in any other state under

requirements equivalent to those prescribed in this chapter; and provided, that

no right to practice engineering accrues to any unregistered person as to any

other engineering work.



   (6) Manufacturing corporations. The practice of

engineering, as prescribed in this chapter, by manufacturing corporations, and

their officers and employees while engaged in manufacturing, research and

development activities for those corporations.



   (7) Research and development corporations. The

practice of engineering, as prescribed in this chapter, by research and

development corporations, and their officers and employees while engaged in

research and development activities for that corporation.



   (8) Other professions. The practice of architecture,

landscape architecture, or land surveying.



History of Section.

(P.L. 1990, ch. 330, § 2; P.L. 1991, ch. 304, § 1; P.L. 2004, ch. 56,

§ 2; P.L. 2004, ch. 63, § 2; P.L. 2007, ch. 420, § 1.)