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PDFWAC 196-12-065

Retired status.

A professional engineer having reached the age of 65 and having discontinued active practice as a professional engineer may be eligible for retired status. "Active practice" is defined as exercising direct supervision and control over any professional engineering activity as defined in RCW 18.43.020(5).
(1) Request for retired status. Upon approval, a request for retired status will be granted effective the next scheduled renewal date.
(2) A licensee on retired status may:
(a) Retain the board issued wall certificate of registration;
(b) Use the title "retired professional engineer" or "PE-retired" or "SE-retired" as appropriate;
(c) Work as an engineer in a volunteer capacity, provided that the retired licensee does not create an engineering document or use their seal;
(d) Provide experience verifications and references for persons seeking registration;
(e) Serve as an instructor for engineering related courses;
(f) Provide services as a technical expert before a court, or in preparation for pending litigation, on matters directly related to engineering work performed by the licensee;
(g) Serve in a function that supports the principles of registration and/or promotes the profession of engineering, such as members of commissions, boards or committees;
(h) Serve in an engineering capacity as a "good samaritan." The state laws governing such activity are RCW 38.52.195 and 38.52.1951 and chapter 18.43 RCW.
(3) A licensee on retired status must not:
(a) Perform any engineering activity, as provided for in RCW 18.43.020(5), unless the activity is under the direct supervision of a licensed professional engineer with an active registration in Washington;
(b) Act as the designated engineer for a corporation or limited liability company;
(c) Apply their professional engineers seal to any plan, specification, or report.
(4) Certificate of registration reinstatement. A retired licensee may resume active engineering practice with payment of the current renewal fee.
(5) Exemptions. A licensee is not eligible for retired status if their license to practice is under board ordered sanction. This exemption exists until the sanctions have been lifted or satisfied by the board.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.43.035. WSR 22-17-121, § 196-12-065, filed 8/23/22, effective 9/23/22; WSR 08-11-100, § 196-12-065, filed 5/20/08, effective 7/1/08. Statutory Authority: Chapters 18.43 and 18.235 RCW. WSR 04-04-001, § 196-12-065, filed 1/21/04, effective 2/21/04.]
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