Strategies to Comply with Engineering Continuing Education Requirements

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As a professional engineer, it is your responsibility to determine whether or not a continuing education course meets your state engineering board continuing ed requirements. If you are one of the thousands of PEs registered in more than on states, it can be very difficult and time consuming to comply with every rule. The CEU requirements in Texas are different than those the Wisconsin Engineering Board promulgated recently.

On way to save time and maintain CEU compliance is to lean on your friends and colleagues. Your peers, state engineering board staff, and online continuing education providers have valuable experience and expertise that can help you know and understand what the competency requirements are. Another source of information is engineering forums – many engineers post valuable tips and lessons learned related to continuing professional competency and license renewal. If you are a member of an engineering organization or club, read their newsletters. Most state licensing boards have updates and rules and regulations about CEU on their websites.

You can earn continuing education credits by taking online courses, live engineering webinars, or by attending conferences. The courses should be technical and related to engineering activities.

Having a professional engineering license is extremely valuable and represents a significant investment of time and money. It is well worth a little bit of your time to understand what the license renewal requirement are, especially related to the number of professional development hours you need. Make certain to earn enough PDH hours for engineering credits each year to maintain and protect your Professional Engineer registration.


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