Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0120-02-.03 - SERVICE IN AREAS OF COMPETENCE

(1) The registrant shall perform services only in areas of the registrant's competence. The registrant shall undertake to perform professional assignments only when qualified by education or experience in the specific technical field involved.
(2) The registrant may accept an assignment requiring education or experience outside of the registrant's own field of competence, but only to the extent that such services are restricted to those phases of the project in which the registrant is qualified. All other phases of such project shall be performed by qualified associates, consultants or employees.
(3) The registrant shall not affix the registrant's signature and/or seal to any plan or document dealing with subject matter in which the registrant lacks competence acquired through education or experience, nor to any plan or document not prepared by the registrant or under the registrant's responsibility.
(4) In the event a question as to the competence of a registrant to perform a professional assignment in a specific technical field arises and cannot be otherwise resolved to the satisfaction of the Board of Examiners for Architects and Engineers, the Board, upon request of the registrant or by its own volition, may require the registrant to submit to whatever examination it deems appropriate.
(5) In providing services, the registrant shall take into account all applicable Federal, State and Local building Laws and Regulations. The registrant shall not knowingly provide services resulting in violation of such laws and regulations.
(6) Incompetence. The following acts or omissions, among others, may be deemed to be "incompetence" pursuant to T.C.A. § 62-2-308(a)(1)(B), and to be cause for denial, suspension or revocation of a certificate of registration to practice architecture, engineering or landscape architecture and/or the imposition of any other lawful discipline:
(a) Malpractice. Incompetence includes, but is not limited to, recklessness, or excessive errors, omissions or building failures in the registrant's record of professional practice.
(b) Disability. Incompetence includes, but is not limited to, mental or physical disability or addiction to alcohol or drugs which leads to the impairment of the registrant's ability to exercise due skill and care in providing professional services so as to endanger the health, safety and welfare of the public.


Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0120-02-.03
Original rule certified May 3, 1974. Amendment filed July 27, 1977; effective August 26, 1977. Amendment filed April 15, 1980; effective May 30, 1980. Amendment filed January 29, 1987; effective March 15, 1987. Amendment filed February 26, 1999; May 12, 1999. Amendment filed September 15, 2015; effective 12/14/2015.

Authority: T.C.A. §§ 62-2-203(c), 62-204, 62-2-308, and Public Acts of 1979, Chapter 263.

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