According to the Texas Board of Professional Engineers (TBPE), 15 professional development hours (PDHs) are required each year for license renewal. A PDH is defined as a contact/clock hour on any qualifying course or activity with a clear purpose and objective to maintain, improve or expand the skills and knowledge relevant to the license holder’s engineering field. Courses, presentations, or activities related to engineering in a technical, managerial, or ethical manner count toward PDHs.
There are two basic criteria for an activity to count:
- Is the specific activity on the list of activities in the rule? (see the TBPE website for an excerpt from the rule)
- Is the activity relevant to the practice of a technical profession and does it include technical, ethical, or managerial content?
The board wants the reporting process to be as simple as possible and as such, there are only two things that a license holder needs to do:
- Certify on the renewal statement that you have completed the CEP requirement and return it with your renewal payment. This is the main document that the board reviews and keeps as a record of completing the CEP requirement.
- Keep some sort of paper proof of your activity. We recommend that you retain a copy of the program along with any presentations you attended.
For additional information, access the TBPE website at http://engineers.texas.gov/cep_faq.htm