CPESC Code of Ethics

Article I. General Principles

  1. The privilege of practice imposes obligations of morality and responsibility as well as professional knowledge.
  2. Each Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (hereafter called Registrant) agrees to be guided by the highest standards of ethics, personal honour, and professional conduct.

Article II. Relation of Registrant to the Public

  1. A Registrant shall avoid and discourage sensational, exaggerated, and/or unwarranted statements that might induce participation in unsound enterprises.
  2. A Registrant shall not knowingly permit the publication of his or her reports or other documents for any unsound or illegitimate undertaking.
  3. A Registrant shall not give professional opinion or make a recommendation without being as thoroughly informed as might reasonably be expected considering the purpose for which the opinion or recommendation is desired, and the degree of completeness of information upon which it is based should be made clear.
  4. A Registrant may publish dignified business, professional, or announcement cards, but shall not advertise his or her work or accomplishments in a self laudatory, exaggerated, or unduly conspicuous manner.
  5. A Registrant shall not issue a false statement or false information even though directed to do so by employer or client.

Article III. Relation of Professional to Employer and Client

  1. A Registrant shall protect, to the fullest extent possible, the interest of their employer or client insofar as such interest is consistent with the law and his or her professional obligations and ethics.
  2. A Registrant who finds that his or her obligations to their employer or client conflict with his or her professional obligation or ethics should have such objectionable conditions corrected or resign.
  3. A Registrant shall not use, directly or indirectly, any employer’s or client’s information in any way that would violate the confidence of the employer or client.
  4. A Registrant retained by one client shall not accept, without client’s written consent, an engagement by another if the interests of the two are in any manner conflicting.
  5. A Registrant who has made an investigation for any employer or client shall not seek to profit economically from the information gained, unless written permission to do so is granted, or until it is clear that there can no longer be a conflict of interest with the original employer or client.
  6. A Registrant shall not divulge information given in confidence.
  7. A Registrant shall engage, or advise his employer or client to engage, and cooperate with other experts and specialists whenever the employer’s or client’s interests would be best served by such service.
  8. A Registrant shall not accept a concealed fee for referring a client or employer to a specialist or for recommending professional service other than one’s own.
  9. A registrant will apply recognised best-practice in an objective manner when providing advice, preparing documents or plans, or reviewing the practices of others.

Article IV. Relation of Registrant to Each Other

  1. A Registrant shall not falsely or maliciously attempt to injure the reputation of another.
  2. A Registrant shall freely give credit for work done by others to whom the credit is due, shall refrain from plagiarism in oral and written communications, and not knowingly accept credit rightfully due another person.
  3. A Registrant shall endeavor to cooperate with others in the profession and encourage the ethical dissemination of technical knowledge.
  4. A Registrant having knowledge of unethical practices of another Registrant shall avoid association with that Registrant in professional work.

Article V. Duty to the Profession

  1. A Registrant shall aid in exclusion from certification those who lack moral character, who have not followed this Code of Ethics, or who do not have the required education and experience.
  2. A Registrant shall uphold this Code of Ethics by precept and example and encourage, by counsel and advice, other Registrants to do the same.
  3. A Registrant having positive knowledge of deviation from this Code by another Registrant shall bring such deviation to the attention of the CPESC, Inc. Executive Director.