Ways for Continuing Education Engineers to Earn Professional Development Hours

Professional development hours are a key part of maintaining licensure. They are essential to keeping engineers at the top of their game through continuing education. Requirements vary by state, but there are opportunities to achieve these hours that are applicable nationwide.

In the State of New Jersey, 24 professional development hours, or PDHs, are required. At least two must be in professional practice ethics.

Web Seminars

NSPE offers 15 free courses as a membership benefit to assist in the process of meeting the professional development requirements. Viewers are required to view the content and pass the quiz at the end with a score of 70 percent or higher. If successful, the viewer earns an attendance certificate along with the designated number of credits or professional development hours.

Examples from the selection of available courses include, but are not limited to:

As long as the viewer has access to a computer with audio and Internet access, they can complete the seminar anywhere. New courses are added annually.

Independent Study

Independent study opportunities are available, whether they are taken as print, DVD, or online.

Conferences and Events

Events are an excellent way to meet others in the engineering field, expand networking opportunities, and complete professional development hours.

Learning and networking are key components of the process for continuing education for engineers. Contact NJSPE for more information on becoming a member and gaining access to all the benefits, such as the free online courses.

Understanding New Jersey Continuing Education for Engineers

In the State of New Jersey, continuing education for engineers requires 24 professional development hours biennially. Professional engineers may employ various methods of completing continuing professional competency requirements, or CPC credits, every two years.

Professional Practice Ethics

Applicants must complete two to eight hours in professional practice ethics. As part of the National Society of Professional Engineers’ membership benefits, members gain access to 15 free online courses. Six of these include topics in engineering ethics.

Continuing Professional Competency Credits

Each credit shall consist of one 60-minute clock hour. These can be in the form of workshops, events, seminars, teaching, and courses. Courses may be taken online or at physical universities, colleges, or schools.

  • Online Courses

The 15 free online courses included with membership consist of a video that is followed by a quiz. To successfully complete each course, viewers must pass the quiz with a score of 70 percent or higher. Each course equals one professional development hour. They can be completed anywhere and on any computer with Internet access and working audio.

  • Independent Study

These can be completed with print copies, with DVDs, or online.

  • Conferences and Events

Members can attend state and local events, as well as nationwide conferences to complete hours. The Professional Engineers Conference will be held on July 19 to 23 in 2017. Attendees of the full conference can complete up to 12 credit hours.


The Board requires pre-approval for equivalent educational programs.

Credit Hours

There are no limits to how many online courses may be taken for credit hours. NSPE members receive 15 free online courses that count for one CPC credit, or one hour, each. Attendees of the Professional Engineers Conference can receive up to 12 hours for full attendance. These two programs combined total 27 hours, exceeding the required 24 hours.

Carrying Hours to Renewal Period

Up to 12 professional development hours may “rollover” to the next biennial renewal period.

Completion Records

Professional development hour completion records are required to be maintained for five years.

For any other questions regarding New Jersey continuing education for engineers, please contact NJSPE at info@njspe.com or give us a call at 609-393-0099. We look forward to providing more information and welcoming you as members.

How NJSPE Can Help You Reach Your PDH Requirements

Completing biennial professional engineering requirements in New Jersey is a major task, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. In the State of New Jersey, 24 professional development hours are required every two years, including two to eight of those hours completed in professional practice ethics. NJSPE is here to help you reach the required amount of continued education with ease.

When you become a member of NJSPE, one of the many benefits is receiving assistance in completing your continuing education requirements.

Free Online Courses

Members receive access to 15 free online seminars. Six of these training courses fall under the topic of engineering ethics, which will assist in the completion of the professional practice ethics requirements.

These courses count as one professional development hour each. In the State of New Jersey, there are no limits to how many online courses count as PDHs. The courses offer a wide-range of topics in engineering, such as:

  • Defining Roles and Risks for Professional Engineers and Construction Managers
  • Engineers Ethics: Conflicts of Interest and Confidentiality Questions
  • Future Trends in Engineering: Rail and Manufacturing
  • When Ethics Are Ignored: Lessons from Forensic Engineers

To earn the credit hours, the videos will be followed by a brief quiz. With a passing score of 70 percent or higher, members will receive one PDH per course.

Conferences and Events

Whether they are nationwide or local, events are an excellent way to make connections with others in the field of professional engineering. But networking is just one perk of attending conferences or seminars – they also provide opportunities for receiving PDHs. NJSPE offers multiple opportunities each year, including NSPE’s major annual conference.

  • Professional Engineers Conference

The conference is held each year for professional engineers and those working toward licensure. Attendees can earn continuing education credits with their attendance. In 2017, the conference will be held from July 19 to 23 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Attendees have the option to attend the full conference and receive up to 12 professional development hours, or attend a single day and earn up to six professional development hours.

  • Continuing Education Events

Throughout the year, NJSPE offers continuing education events around the state. In May, one of the day-long events offered attendees seven PDHs.

Other Educational Opportunities

NJSPE is in the process of creating a catalogue full of educational opportunities for members. These methods may be online, in the office, or in person.

Engineering PDH requirements in New Jersey are easier to complete with the help of NJSPE. Please contact us at info@njspe.com or give us a call at 609-393-0099 for more information on becoming a member.

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