Here is a list of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) from PDHengineer users about PDH acceptance by state engineering boards. If you are unable to locate the answer to your questions on this page, please contact us using the Live Support Chat link at the bottom right side of the page, email us at support@PDHengineer.com, or call toll-free 1-877-PDHengineer (1-877-734-3644).

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Webinars earn PDH credits for engineers in all states. For PEs licensed in Wisconsin, and Iowa, webinar credits are counted as live contact hours and will fulfill your state board requirements. In states that limit the number of online courses that can be taken, such as Iowa, Nebraska, and Ohio, webinars can be used to fulfill your entire PDH requirement. Remember that you are protected by the PDHengineer Triple Guarantee. Each of our webinar overview pages includes a full list of states for which the webinar can be used as continuing education credits. You can find a recap of your state’s specific requirements on our state information pages.

Attention Wisconsin Engineers: PDHengineer’s webinars are designed to meet the Wisconsin Board’s “live training” requirement.

Attention Iowa Engineers: PDHengineer’s webinars are designed to meet the Iowa Board’s “live training” requirement and are not subject to the rules as a “self-study course.”

Attention Ohio Engineers: The Ohio Board requires that you pass a short quiz after webinar attendance. Please contact our Customer Service Team at 1-877-PDHengineer (1-877-734-3644) for details.

Attention Nebraska Engineers: Webinars are not subject to the limits imposed for online courses. Webinars can be used to fulfill you entire PDH requirement.

The licensing boards do not typically require you to submit course completion certificates when renewing your license. However, you may be required to list continuing education activities and you will need to provide a course certificate of completion if you are audited by your licensing board. Check with your board for your state requirements.

PDHengineer.com guarantees that every course* we offer will be accepted by your board when the course content is relevant to your professional development such that it will “maintain, improve or expand the skill and knowledge of the licensee’s field of practice.”

It is ultimately your responsibility to review the content of a course to determine whether it meets this requirement. Nevertheless, the PDHengineer Triple Guarantee applies to every course or webinar sold by PDHengineer.

If your state licensing board does not accept any PDHengineer course or webinar for any reason:

  • We will give you a full refund
  • We will pay for a replacement course or webinar
  • We will pay your license renewal fee

*State Boards in certain states may have limitations on acceptable course areas. Each course overview page clearly indicates in which state(s) the course is accepted. Specific state criteria can be found on state information pages. The PDHengineer Triple Guarantee applies to courses shown as acceptable in that state.

You may access a copy of your certificates 24 hours a day, seven days a week by clicking My Account at the top right of any page on our website. Certificate copies can be accessed by clicking the My Courses link.

Upon successfully completing a course or webinar, you will be able to print a certificate of completion for your records. This certificate has been designed to meet the requirements of the various state engineering boards. If you are selected for audit by your board, PDHengineer is happy to provide additional copies of your certificates.

The number of PDH units required for license renewal varies by jurisdiction. For U.S. states that require continuing professional competency activities, it is typically between 12 to 15 hours if renewed annually or 24 to 30 hours if renewed biennially. Some states, have significantly different requirements. PDHengineer maintains a list of continuing education requirements for all states.

These are all generic terms used to describe one hour of engineering continuing education credit for various states.

PDH means Professional Development Hours and is used by most states.

CPD, used in Florida, Ohio, Louisiana, and other states, means Continuing Professional Development credits.

The term CPC or Continuing Professional Competency credits is used in New Jersey, Maryland, and other states.

Other states may have different terminology. Although the terminology changes from state to state, the meaning is the same. Each PDH, CPD, or CPC credit is equivalent to one hour of training time.

The rules vary between states, but state boards typically accept a continuing education activity that meets the following criteria: “A course or activity whose purpose and objective are clear with a content that will maintain, improve or expand the skills and knowledge of the licensee’s field of practice.”

  • Online Courses
    • Internet courses are accepted by all states that require engineering continuing education provided that the student passes a quiz to successfully complete the course, the quiz is graded, and the results are kept on file by the course provider for a prescribed length of time (the number of years varies for each state).
  • Webinars
    • Webinars are accepted for PDH credit by all states that require engineering continuing education (except Illinois Structural Engineers). Engineers licensed in Ohio are required to complete a quiz for PDH credit; otherwise, webinar participants are not required to complete a quiz.

You are ultimately responsible for maintaining a record of your PDH activities. Upon successfully completing a course or webinar on PDHengineer.com, you should print the certificate of completion and save it for your records in the event that you are audited by your licensing board. For your convenience, we provide free, unlimited access to additional copies of your certificate through your login account.

Courses from PDHengineer.com have been accepted by every state with a continuing education requirement for engineers. We are an approved sponsor of continuing education for licensed professional engineers in the states of Florida (Florida Continuing Education Provider #0003610), North Carolina, Maryland, and New York (NYSED Approved Sponsor #25)* which are the only states that pre-approve sponsors. Courses have been pre-approved by New Jersey and Indiana, which are the only states to pre-approve specific courses.

In all other U.S. states that mandate continuing education to maintain licensure, it is the individual engineer’s responsibility to ensure that activities meet board requirements. All PDHengineer courses and webinars have been designed to meet the requirements of these states that do not have formal approval processes. In fact, all PDHengineer courses and webinars comply with the guidelines set forth by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), which is the model used by most states to design their continuing education requirements.

With PDHengineer, you can rest comfortably knowing your credits will be accepted. We are the leading provider of continuing education exclusively for engineers. We don’t offer training for any other profession. Our focus is to provide the most relevant content for engineers.

Our compliance staff invests countless hours each year studying rule changes and corresponding with the state engineering licensing boards. Our PDH compliance expertise is unmatched in the industry!

In fact, more than 780,000 hours of PDHengineer courses and webinars have been accepted by every state board in the U.S. that mandates continuing education and no PDHengineer course has EVER been rejected by a state licensing board.

*Online courses provided by PDHengineer.com are classified as Continuing Educational Activities by the New York State Board. A maximum of 18 hours of the 36 hours required by the state of New York for license renewal may be earned in Continuing Educational Activities. This rule applies only to licensees in the state of New York. Other than New York (which limits online courses to 18 PDH) and Iowa (which limits online courses to 10 PDH), there are no constraints placed by other states on the number of hours that can be earned through online courses. All states, with the exception of Illinois (Structural Engineers), accept webinars for PDH credit. Note that New York and Wisconsin accept webinars as “live contact hours” to meet the specific state requirements for “live credits.” The New York board requires a minimum of 18 PDH of “live contact hours” and Wisconsin’s Board requires 13 PDH of “live, interactive” credits. There is no restriction in either state on the maximum number of hours that can be earned through webinars.