Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Requirements
Continuing Education or PDH is known as CPD in Ohio
Here is a summary of the engineering continuing education requirements mandated by the Ohio Professional Engineers and Surveyors Board.
||30 PDH biennially
||December 31 in odd-numbered years for all engineers
||The Board does not pre-approve providers or specific courses. Each engineer must determine whether an activity meets the Board’s requirements.
||Courses must cover material which is technical, ethical, or managerial content relevant to the practice of engineering. Business skills, personal development skills, computer skills unrelated to the practice of engineering, and subjects that are considered elementary or entry-level and normally expected to have been completed by a PE prior to registration are not accepted. The Board may require additional information to prove that courses covering managerial skills are relevent to the engineer’s practice.
||The Ohio Board recognizes several different activities that will fulfill the CPD requirements. The Board accepts online courses and webinars, as well as technical articles found in publications, trade journals, or trade magazines.
For an online course to qualify for credit, it must meet the requirements specified in Ohio R.C. section 4733.151. You must be able to track hours and certify completion. The online course provider must submit to you a certificate of completion or other proof of attendance. All thirty (30) of the PDH required each biennial renewal cycle can be earned through online courses.
Technical Articles and Correspondence Courses
Technical articles found in publications, trade journals, or trade magazines require successful completion of a test. Subsequent to the start of the current renewal cycle, the Board introduced a new term called “correspondence courses.” The Board states that correspondence courses are courses that involve reading articles or other text and can be received by mail or online. Correspondence courses are typically self-paced and participation is not monitored by the provider. Only 3 hours per year (6 PDH per biennial cycle) can be earned through technical articles and correspondence courses.
For a webinar to qualify for credit, the provider must be able to verify and confirm attendance and participation. All thirty (30) of the PDH required each biennial renewal cycle can be earned through webinars.
PDHengineer provides two categories of PDH for Ohio engineers. The “State Acceptance” tab on our course overview pages lists the category each individual course or webinar falls into.
- “Self-paced” courses allow users to view the course material at their own pace and require the user to pass a quiz at the end of the course. It is important to note that “self-paced” does not automatically relegate a course to the Board’s correspondence course category. Per the Board “correspondence courses are typically self-paced.” But, a course can be “paced” by the provider without a formal timing mechanism, and yet not be considered a correspondence course. PDHengineer has a rigid process for determining credit hours for online courses that includes, among other factors, the incorporation of well-established standards for reading comprehension rates. Based on our correspondence with the Board, we are confident that our self-paced courses will be accepted by the Board without limitation on the number of PDH credits. Nonetheless, PDHengineer strongly encourages Ohio engineers to earn any credits in excess of 6 PDH through our “timed and monitored” courses.
- “Timed and monitored” courses include live webinars and certain online courses that include an automatic timing mechanism. The automatic timer prevents the user from accessing the quiz and earning a certificate of completion until the minimum amount of study time has been met. This achieves the Board’s intent that an online course should be “paced” by the provider. Regarding webinars, the Board states that it “will not allow credit for live web seminars unless the provider is able to verify and confirm attendance and participation.” PDHengineer worked with the Board to develop a special procedure for Ohio engineers completing PDHengineer webinars. As a result, PDHengineer’s webinars are accepted by the Board where indicated on the “State Acceptance” tab on the webinar overview page.
PDHengineer has set up a special email address for Ohio engineers: ohioPDH@PDHengineer.com. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about PDHengineer courses and webinars and their applicability to the Board’s requirements.
||A maximum of 15 PDH may be carried forward into the next renewal period.
- For dual licensees, the number of PDH remains 30 biennially; however, one-third of the required credits must pertain to each profession.
- PDH completion records must be maintained for a minimum of 4 years. PDHengineer helps you meet this requirement by providing you with the ability to instantly access and print a certificate upon successful completion of a course or webinar. Additionally, your certificates of completion are securely maintained by PDHengineer for a minimum of ten years and can be accessed online at any time through your login account.
Last updated on November 9, 2015
PDHengineer credits have been accepted by the Ohio Professional Engineers and Surveyors Board, as well as all other U.S. state boards that mandate continuing education for engineers. In fact, no PDHengineer course or webinar has ever been rejected by a state licensing board. We’re so confident about the acceptability of our PDH credits that every PDHengineer course and webinar comes with the PDHengineer Triple Guarantee:
If your state licensing board does not accept any PDHengineer course or webinar:
- We will give you a full refund
- We will pay for a replacement course or webinar
- We will pay any associated license renewal penalties or late fees
Disclaimer: The information listed above represents a summary of the Board’s requirements and is provided solely for the convenience of PDHengineer.com’s users. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, Decatur Professional Development, LLC and its affiliate PDHengineer.com make no guarantee regarding the accuracy or completeness of the data listed above. It is the responsibility of each engineer to investigate the Board’s rules to ensure his/her own compliance. You are strongly encouraged to contact the Board directly for a complete listing of the Board’s current requirements.