MDSPE has been committed to providing top quality continuing education for professional engineers. The Society typically holds 5 continuing education programs each year on a wide variety of technical, management, and regulatory topics. These programs are held in convenient locations throughout Maryland to accomodate our members and the PE community.
MDSPE offers Continuing Education Units to assist MDSPE members and other professional engineers in meeting state registration board requirements for P.E. license renewal.
CPC Requirements for PE License Renewal - The Condensed Version
You asked for it... so here it is! MDSPE has received several requests for a brief outline of the CPC requirements published in the Maryland Register. The language in this publication can be quite confusing, so MDSPE has done our best to interpret and summarize the information for you.
What is the purpose of the CPC requirements? The Board for Professional Engineers proposed the CPC requirements as a condition for PE license renewal because continuing education is imperative in achieving the enhanced and contemporary knowledge level of those individuals who offer professional engineering services and serves a vital role in assuring the protection of health and safety of the members and general public who utilize the services of Maryland professional engineers.
What are the effective dates? If your license will expire on or after 10/01/2013, you are required to fulfill the full CPC requirements.
If your license will expire between 10/01/2012 and 09/30/2013, you are required to fulfill 50% of the CPC requirements.
If your license will expire before 09/30/2012, you are not required to fulfill the CPC requirements.
How many hours of continuing education are required per licensing term? 24 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) per 2-year licensing term
A maximum of 12 PDHs earned in excess of the 24 PDHs that are required for license renewal during the licensing term, may be carried forward to apply as credit toward the next licensing term.
A minimum of 18 PDHs must be earned under category A, including a minimum of 1 PDH in content areas related to the standards of practice or care, laws and regulations applicable to the practice of engineering in Maryland, or professional engineering ethics.
Category A programs have content that focuses on:
Technical, research, analytical or design aspects of engineering;
Laws and regulations applicable to the practice of engineering in Maryland;
Engineering-related computer hardware and software topics;
Standards of practice or care;
Professional engineering ethics;
Project management, risk assessment and management, or emergency and disaster management; or
Similar topics aimed to maintain, expand, or improve the skills and knowledge relevant to the licensee's field of practice
A maximum of 6 PDHs may be earned under category B. Category B programs have content that focuses on:
Business or government administration; or
Development of traits, skills or behavioral patterns geared towards improved communication skills, oral and written skills, personal management skills, or other similar programs which contain a clear purpose of improving a licensee's methods of practice or operations or advanced professionally related skills and practices as applicable to the practice of engineering
What is the difference between a PDH and a CEU as a unit of measure? 1 professional development hour (PDH) = 1 contact hour of instruction or presentation
For example, a 2 hour seminar counts as 2 PDHs.
1 continuing education unit (CEU) = 10 hours of class time
This unit of credit is customarily used for continuing education courses.
Who is an authorized provider?
National, state, or regional engineering professional or technical societies or organizations (ie. The Maryland Society of Professional Engineers - MDSPE);
National (ABET/EAC), regional, or state accredited academic institutions;
National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying;
American Council of Engineering Companies;
International Association for Continuing Education and Training; and
Other entities that may from time to time become pre-approved by the Board for Professional Engineers
What counts as a qualifying program?
University, college, and community college courses
Self-directed or technical presentations
What are the accepted methods of presentation?
Through other appropriate formats approved by the Board for Professional Engineers
What are some other sources of credit (besides seminars, workshops, etc...)?
Publishing a paper, article, or book on an engineering subject
Active participation in an engineering professional or technical society
Obtaining a patent
Teaching an engineering subject
Developing examination questions for use on NCEES examinations
What is NOT a source of credit?
Regular employment as a PE
Marketing or business development or sales
Equipment demonstrations or trade show displays
Time management techniques and strategies
Repetitive attendance of the same course without substantial modifications or updates
Attending committee meetings or general business meetings
Conversational language courses for personal use
Basic computer software
Who is responsible for maintaing the records that support the CPC credit claim? You are! This is the responsibility of each licensee. He/she shall maintain their records for a period of at least 4 years from the date of completion of the qualifying program. You will be asked to attest to meeting the requirements when you renew your license, and you may be audited by the Board; in the case of an audit, you will be asked to produce your records to verify compliance with the CPC requirements.
What type of documentation is needed for record keeping?
Certificates of completion
Transcripts (if appropriate)
Reprints of publications (if applicable)
Proof of presentations
Title and description of the activity
Other appropriate information, such as a narrative describing the knowledge gained