Continuing Education Requirements (Professional Development Hours)

Continuing Education

A detailed list of continuing education requirements for all states can be found at Redvector.com

See bottom of this page for other ways of completing your PDH requirements

Professional Engineers in the State of Texas and elsewhere must now obtain 15 Professional Development Hours (Continuing Education) each year as a requirement for license renewal. A Professional Development Hour (PDH) is defined as a contact hour (clock hour) of Continuing Education activity. The definition reads: "Course/Activity - Any qualifying course or activity with a clear purpose and objective which will maintain, improve, or expand the skills and knowledge relevant to the license holder's field of practice." Click here for their FAQ.

We have contacted the Board for a ruling on whether or not the review videos listed on the main sheet will count as PDH hours for the new engineering registration requirements, and they replied as follows:

          "Since they are on the topic of engineering, they seem to fit the requirements for CEP. If the training, class, seminar, etc. pertains to engineering in a technical, managerial, or ethics sense, then it will count for continuing education."

Also from How do you earn PDH's?: "Successful completion of correspondence, on-line, {emphasis mine} televised, videotaped and other short courses/tutorials. 1 hour of contact time = 1 PDH."

Note that although the Board restricts PDH self-study, such as reading a book, to 5 hours, these on-line modules are not self-study.  They are professional engineering review presentations and thus have no limit.

The obvious advantage of these modules over attending a paid seminar is that you can view them at your leisure, and their costs are covered by the original sponsor, Fort Hood Military, and the Civil Engineering Department at Texas A&M University. The materials cover basic engineering, so if you would like a refresher course in concrete design, engineering economics, ethics, or whatever, and feel that the material would indeed help you maintain or improve your existing engineering skills, then viewing those modules meets the letter and spirit of PDH requirements. We would remind you to carefully note the dates, clock times, and module names viewed on your logs in case you are audited. (See sample log below.) There are also full course presentations available on the home page which can be used for PDH. Believe me, if you learned chemistry 20 years ago, you will find that material brand new, fascinating, and likely useful. Need a steel review? Pick a topic of interest.

Note also that "A minimum of 1 PDH per renewal period must be in the area of professional ethics, roles and responsibilities of professional engineering, or review of the Texas Engineering Practice Act and Board Rules." This one hour requirement can be satisfied by any of the following:

Other places where you can find extremely interesting free presentations and pick up PHD hours:

Additional information regarding PDH can be found at:

Are you a professor? The rules state:

ďPDH units may be earned as follows:
(1) Successful completion or auditing of college credit courses.
(2) Successful completion of continuing education courses, either offered by a professional or trade organization, university or college, or offered in-house by a corporation, other business entity, professional or technical societies, associations, agencies, or organizations, or other group.
(3) Successful completion of correspondence, on-line, televised, videotaped, and other short courses/tutorials.
(4) Presenting or attending qualifying seminars, in-house courses, workshops, or professional or technical presentations made at meetings, conventions, or conferences sponsored by a corporation, other business entity, professional or technical societies, associations, agencies, or organizations, or other group.
(5) Teaching or instructing as listed in paragraphs (1) through (4) above.

So yes, you can use your teaching of courses as PDH hours. However, we think that somewhere else it limits you to PDF credits for any class one time only. I.E. if you teach the same class year after year you only can count it once. However, your courses probably count for 35 hours, and you can carry over 14 of those to next year. Also, don't forget that even professors have to have 1 hour of ethics.

Interactive Continuing Education Program Activity Log - Fill out this log as proof of your continuing education hours and submit it to the Board of Registration only if you are audited.   Once you fill out the information, simply print it out or save it to your hard drive for future reference.  If you view the above videos, you should enter the following typical information :

  • Activity
  • Sponsoring Organization
                TAMU Engineering Short Course
                Dept of Civil Engineering
                College Station, TX 77843-3136
     
  • Example Activity Log

    How long must you keep your CEP activity records?

    From: David Howell [mailto:david.howell@tbpe.state.tx.us]
    Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 7:49 AM
    To: Lowery, Lee
    Subject: RE: Years to maintain CEP records

    Dr. Lowery,

    Board rules require that you keep CEP records for three years.

    David Howell, P.E.
    Director of Licensing

    Texas
    Board of Professional Engineers
    512 440 3054

    Other possible sources of CEP hours:

    A summary of continuing education requirements for Texas is listed below. This and requirements for other states can be found at Redvector.com

    Requirements Website  http://www.tbpe.state.tx.us/CEP_Info.htm
    Completion Requirements 
    15 hours every year. 

    1 hour must be in ethics.
     
    Renewal is staggered quarterly:
    March 31 
    June 30 
    September 30 
    December 31
    You may complete all of your hours in online courses. You may not carryover your ethics hour. The renewal date is based on the date of licensure. The first renewal period is due 9 months from the date of licensure; after that, they are annually.
    Course of Study  PDH units may be earned as follows:
    (1) Successful completion or auditing of college credit courses.
    (2) Successful completion of continuing education courses, either offered by a professional or trade organization, university or college, or offered in-house by a corporation, other business entity, professional or technical societies, associations, agencies, or organizations, or other group.
    (3) Successful completion of correspondence, on-line, televised, videotaped, and other short courses/tutorials.
    (4) Presenting or attending seminars, in-house courses, workshops, or professional or technical presentations made at meetings, conventions, or conferences sponsored by a corporation, other business entity, professional or technical societies, associations, agencies, or organizations, or other group.
    (5) Teaching or instructing (1) through (4) above.
    (6) Authoring published papers, articles, books, or accepted licensing examination items.
    (7) Active participation in professional or technical societies, associations, agencies, or organizations, including:
    (A) Serving as an elected or appointed official;
    (B) Serving on a committee of the organization;
    (C) Serving in other official positions.
    (8) Patents Issued.
    (9) Engaging in self-directed study.
     
    5 PDH max may be obtained from self-directed study.  Online courses are NOT considered self-directed study.
    Proof of Completion  The responsibility of maintaining records to be used to support credits claimed is the registrantís.

    Acceptable records may include, but are not limited to: 
    (1) A log showing identifying information such as the type of activity claimed, sponsoring organization, location, duration, instructorís or speakerís name, specifics of self-study, and PDH credits earned; 
    (2) Attendance verification records in the form of completion certificates or other documents supporting evidence of attendance; or 
    (3) Records as maintained by the National Professional Development Registry for Engineers (NPDRE) or similar repositories.

    The registrant should maintain these records for a period of 3 years and copies may be requested by the board for verification purposes.

    Reporting of CPC activities will be made during the license renewal process. Verification of a registrantís CPC records will not be required for the license renewal process, but the board of registration may ask to review such verification.

     

    Updated 11-11-11 - Lee L. Lowery, Jr.