July 27, 2020  —  August 23, 2020


Online - Course

Contact Hours



The study of professional ethics is more than simply a hypothetical exercise, it is the very foundation of engineering practice.   Many practicing engineers in the United States swear an oath to uphold the “Obligation of an Engineer” upon completion of their degree.  Among other things, the Obligation pledges integrity, respect, and honesty for the good of the public.  This course will explore the history of professional ethics; the ethical canons upheld by national engineering societies; and the narrow line that separates legal and professional responsibilities.

Continue your personal and professional development with this course, which addresses the importance of holding paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public in the performance of your professional duties.

Modules will be released on Mondays on a weekly basis beginning with a 30-minute live zoom session from 4:30pm to 5:00pm.  Independent online work will include a recorded lecture, quiz, and homework assignment. You will have 7 days to review the lecture and complete the weekly assignments. The instructor will be available by email and phone for questions and comments during the class and will be interacting with students as needed. The 4-week class will take approximately 6-8 hours to complete over the 4-week period.



What is Professional Ethics, and why should you care?

  • 15-minute lecture
  • 10 question quiz
  • Homework Assignment (case study?)
  • Discussion Forum

The Canons of Engineering Ethics

  • 15-minute lecture
  • 10 question quiz
  • Homework Assignment (case study?)
  • Discussion Forum


Liability Versus Professional Accountability

  • 15-minute lecture
  • 10 question quiz
  • Homework Assignment (case study?)
  • Discussion Forum


A Study of Current Events

  • 15-minute lecture
  • 10 question quiz
  • Homework Assignment


Trygve Hoff

Trygve Hoff, PE, is the Northeast Region Engineer for the American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA). Tryg graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University and his professional experience ranges from environmental consulting in Ohio, to architectural engineering in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California. Tryg has been promoting resilient infrastructure with the ACPA since 2012.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for professionals within the engineering and construction industry with an interest in discussions on ethical responsibilities and decision-making for designers, inspectors, and contractors. It is also designed to provide 1 Professional Development Hour for Professional Engineers whose out-of-state licensure (i.e. MD, DE, NJ, etc) requires professional ethics training.

Registration and Payment

The following registration fees cover the session, all course materials and meals:

Tribes: Free
Local Government: $50.00
State/Federal: $85.00
Private Industry: $200.00

Click here for UVA TTA's general registration information, cancellation policy, and refund policy. UVA TTA accepts the following credit cards: American Express, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover. Credit card information cannot be taken over the phone. Alternatively, after registering you can print out a voucher to send in with your payment. After you have completed the transaction you will receive an automatically generated email confirming registration and payment if applicable. Final confirmation and instructions will be sent out during the week prior to the class date.

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