Continuing Professional Competency Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Professional Engineers
- Is continuing education required to renew a license?
Yes, you must report 24 hours of continuing professional competency hours. You do not have to report the hours on the first renewal of your license.
- What precisely do I have to do and when?
In the two years prior to the biennial renewal date of your license, you must complete 24 hours of acceptable professional development hours (PDHs).
- What are acceptable PDHs?
Acceptable topics are those that maintain and enhance professional competency and foster improvement, advancement, and extension of professional skills and knowledge related to the practice of engineering. You can take all your PDHs in Category A topics or you could substitute up to six PDHs in Category B topics.
- What are Category A and B topics?
Category A topics focus on technical, research, analytical or design aspects of engineering; laws and regulations related to the practice of engineering in Maryland; engineering-related computer hardware or software; standards of practice or care; professional engineering ethics; project management, risk assessment and management, or emergency and disaster management or similar topics intended to maintain and enhance the knowledge and skills related to the practice of engineering. Category B topics relate to business or government administration or the development of traits, skills or behavioral patterns geared towards improved communications 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 advancing professionally related skills and practices as applicable to the practice of engineering.
- What are PDHs?
One PDH equals one hour of contact time. A one hour lecture equals one PDH.
- Do I have to attend a college course to gain credit?
No, qualifying programs shall be formally organized and classified as: university, college, and community college courses; professional workshops; seminars; self-directed or technical presentations.
- Do the PDHs have to be in a classroom-like setting?
No, qualifying programs may be presented live, televised, videotaped, audio-taped, online or through other appropriate formats approved by the Board.
- Do courses have to be approved by the Board?
- Do providers have to be approved by the Board?
Yes, but there is an exception. ABET or regionally accredited academic learning institutions, national/local professional engineering societies, ACEC, NCEES and other organizations are pre-approved. For profit companies can apply and become approved. These will be listed on the Board's website. A licensee may also take a presentation from other organizations, such as manufacturers, technical organization, their own employer (brown bag lunches), and others and count as acceptable, provided the presentation maintains or enhances professional competency and fosters improvement, advancement, and extension of professional skills and knowledge related to the practice of engineering. The licensee will also be required to complete the form(s) on the Board's website and maintain the records in accordance with the regulations.
- What do I have to turn in at renewal time?
At the time of renewal you have to certify that you have completed the 24 PDHs. You need to keep records as described in the regulations, and two forms have been provided on the Board's website to assist in that effort. These records must be kept for four years after the completing the course, technical presentation, etc. Each year a portion of the licensees will be audited. At that time the licensee will have to produce the appropriate records.
- Where can I find additional and more detailed information?
The Board website has the complete regulations and forms.