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  1. How do I convert a CEU to a PDH or an LU?
  2. What are the definitions of PDH, LU and CEU?
  3. What is the PDH or CPC requirement in each state?
  4. What kinds of activities are qualified as PDH activities?
  5. Do I need to submit a copy of the certificate of completion to my state board?
  6. Do you offer live seminars?
  7. Which states have mandatory Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) requirements?
  8. Is one PDH unit equal to one hour of continuing education (one contact hour)?
  9. Where can I get answers for other questions about continuing education?
  10. Why can't I find my PDH records at myfloridalicense.com?

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1. How do I convert a CEU to a PDH or an LU?

1.0 CEU (Continuing Education Unit) = 10 PDHs or 10 LUs.

1.0 PDH (Professional Development Hour) = 1.0 Clock Hour (minimum 50 minutes).

1.0 LU (Learning Unit) for architects = 1.0 PDH for engineers.

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2. What are the definitions of PDH, LU and CEU?

A Professional Development Hour (PDH) is defined as one contact hour of instruction, presentation or study. The term PDH is commonly used in the engineering community. The maximum PDH credit for a seminar that starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. with an hour lunch is eight (8). Short breaks are permissible as long as a minimum of 50 minutes of presentation/participation/study per hour is undertaken. If there are no breaks, or there are breaks of less than 10 minutes per hour, no additional time may be claimed. PDH credit cannot exceed the actual contact clock hours. PDH credit is rounded off to the nearest half hour. No activity under a half hour is accepted for credit. For example, a qualifying activity of 30 to 49 minutes would be reported as 0.5 PDH and an activity of 50 to 70 minutes would be reported as 1.0 PDH. A PDH is sometimes called a PDU (Professional Development Unit).

The Learning Unit (LU) is used by the American Institute of Architects' Continuing Education Systems (AIA/CES) and is based on a 60-minute hour. Time beyond 60 minutes is recorded in quarter hour increments (e.g., 1 hour 45 minutes = 1.75 LUs). Credit should be stated as an AIA/CES Learning Unit hour (AIA/CES LU). In order for programs to qualify for Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) credit, providers must demonstrate that 75% of the content specifically addresses one or more HSW-related issues. Programs that qualify for HSW credit are identified as "AIA/CES Learning Unit (HSW)" or "AIA/CES LU (HSW)."

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a nationally recognized and uniform unit of measure for continuing education and training. One CEU is awarded for each 10 contact hours of instruction or study. When a provider of CE activities fully follows the requirements of the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) in awarding CEUs, 10 PDHs will be credited for 1 CEU. However, one should be aware that some organizations may advertise CEU credit without having met the requirements of the IACET.

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3. What is the PDH or CPC requirement in each state?

Typically, each licensee is required to obtain a total of 15 (30 if biennial) PDH units during a renewal period year. In Louisiana and Texas, 1 PDH unit must be earned in Engineering Ethics during the renewal period. Mississippi requires 2 PDH units of Ethics training during three renewal periods. In the state of Florida, each licensee must obtain 8 PDH units during each license renewal biennium; four (4) hours must relate to the licensee’s area(s) of practice and 4 hours must relate to the Board’s Laws and Rules (Florida Statute Chapter 471 and Florida Administrative Code Chapter 61G15). For more information regarding specific PDH or CPC requirements in your state, please contact your board by phone or visit your board website.

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4. What kinds of activities are qualified as PDH activities?

Determination of qualifying activities must be made by the licensee in states that do not pre-approve courses or activities. With the broad range of opportunities to earn PDH credit, it is up to the licensee to determine whether the activity qualifies under the Board's requirements. The following activities are usually acceptable to the state boards:
  • Completing online courses or correspondence courses on topics related to the licensee's professional practice (a test is required at the end of the course).
  • Completing or attending seminars or in-house training programs which relate to the licensee's professional practice.
  • Attending technical or professional society meetings when a topic related to the licensee's professional practice is presented as a principal part of the program.
  • Teaching a course for the first time or expending substantial time updating material previously taught.
  • Completing management or ethics courses which improve one's business or profession.

For additional information on typical qualifying and non-qualifying PDH activities, please study "NCEES: Continuing Professional Competency Guidelines ".

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5. Do I need to submit a copy of the certificate of completion to my state board?

Usually you do not need to mail your certificates of completion to your board unless you are asked to do so on the renewal form or when you are audited. However, you should keep a copy of the certificate of completion for your own record.

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6. Do you offer live seminars?

Yes, we offer live web seminars (webinars) through the Internet for certain topics. You can attend our webinars from your home or office using a computer and/or telephone.

Our live webinar program has been approved by the New York State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying. Please click "Live Courses & Web Seminars" for the upcoming webinar schedule.
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7. Which states have mandatory Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) requirements?

Currently, thirty-three states require evidence of Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) or Mandatory Continuing Education (MCE) as a condition for renewal of the individual's professional license. Most other states are expected to follow suit in the near future. The web sites of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Institute of Architects contain a summary of CPC and MCE status in each state. To learn more about the CPC or MCE requirement of each state, you may visit these two websites or go to the website of a particular state board of registration for professional engineers, land surveyors or architects.

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8. Is one PDH unit equal to one hour of continuing education (one contact hour)?

Yes, one PDH (Processional Development Hour) is equal to one hour of continuing education or one contact hour. See the table below for typical conversion from other continuing education activities to PDH:

CONVERSION TABLE

One college semester hour.................................. 45 PDH
One college quarter hour..................................... 30 PDH
One continuing education unit (CEU)..................... 10 PDH
One contact hour of teaching for the first time ........ 2 PDH
Each published paper, article or book.................... 10 PDH
Each patent..................................................... 10 PDH

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9. Where can I get answers for other questions about continuing education?

The following state boards of registration for PE and PLS provide answers to FAQ or supply detailed information regarding continuing education on their websites:

Florida Board of Professional Engineers
Georgia Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
Kansas State Board of Technical Professions
Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board
Minnesota Board of AELSLAGID
Mississippi State Board of Registration for PE and PLS
Montana Board of PE and LS
New Hampshire Board Of Licensure For Professional Engineers
Oregon State Board of Examiners
South Dakota Board of Technical Professions

The following Canadian provincial boards of registration for PEng also provide detailed information regarding continuing education on their websites:

The Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta
Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Newfoundland
The Association of Professional Engineers of Prince Edward Island
Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick

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10. Why can't I find my PDH records at myfloridalicense.com?

As a Florida Board approved continuing education provider, PDHonline.org/PDHcenter.com submits a monthly PDH report to the Florida Board of Professional Engineers. However, the board currently does not have the capability to enter the PDH records into the Florida DBPR LicensEase database of myfloridalicense.com. That is why your account at myfloridalicense.com does not show PDH records for the courses you took with us. However, you may manually enter your PDH credits through myfloridalicense.com starting September, 2006. Here is a detailed step-by-step guide to self-report your PDH through Florida DBPR's website:

  1. Go to http://www.myfloridalicense.com.
  2. On the home page of myfloridalicense.com, click on "Renew a License" under User Services.
  3. On the next screen, choose Path 1 for the first time users or Path 2 for the return users (the following steps are for Path 2 only).
  4. On the Online Services Log On screen, enter User ID (a numerical number assigned to you by FL DBPR) and PIN. Then click on "Log On" button.
  5. The next screen shows your Account Summary. On this screen, click on the blue link "Report Continuing Education" (near the middle of the screen, below "Pay Fines").
  6. On the Reporting Summary screen, click on the link "Add/Update Continuing Education Course".
  7. On the Add/Update Continuing Education Course screen, click on the link "Search for Approved Providers". A pop-up box will open.
  8. On the Provider Search pop-up screen, choose "Laws and Rules" or "Areas of Practice" from the drop down menu, and enter PDH for Provider Name before clicking on the "Search" button.
  9. On the Provider Search pop-up screen, choose "PDHonline.org, Inc. / PDH Center"
  10. On the Add/Update Continuing Education Course screen, enter Continuing Education Course Name, Date of Completion and Hours, and then click on "Submit" button.
  11. The next CE Reporting Summary screen will show the reported course and hours. This screen also provides the editing or deleting function.
  12. Repeat the above Steps 6 through 11 to enter additional courses you have completed.
Once you complete the self-reporting process, you should be able to see your PDH record when you click on "View Continuing Ed" on the left menu bar of your account webpage, and you may renew your Florida PE license online using your credit card. If you prefer to renew your license by mail, you should send your renewal form along with the evidence of your PDH credits to the Florida Board of Professional Engineers.

For additional information, please visit the Board website below:

Florida Board of Professional Engineers
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