If you are just beginning your journey as a professional engineer, you may be surprised to learn you are required to obtain continuing education credits to maintain your license. Some people may see this as a nuisance and wonder why they need to continue educating themselves after going through the formal education system. Why is this continuing education process necessary?
The answer is simple. The engineering industry is always changing. Therefore, engineering professionals must adapt to new technologies, developments, skills, and regulations within their fields in real-time. Staying current on your industry is a must. You would not hire a lawyer that wasn’t up to speed on the newest legislature and laws. As an engineer, it is crucial to be aware of the ever changing landscape of your job. That is why continuing education is mandated across the field.
In the State of New Jersey, licensed engineers are required to complete 24 hours of continuing professional education every two years. The renewal years are all even numbered years. For example, 2020 is a renewal year. Professional organizations and associations, such as NJSPE, understand the value and importance of earning these credits. These organizations often offer many opportunities for engineers to fulfill this requirement at their convenience. The point of continuing education is not to be burdensome. It is meant to enhance the skills and knowledge of each engineer, which helps to advance the entire industry as a result. This is an ideal that rests at the core of NJSPE.
Luckily for New Jersey engineers, we can provide most of your CE credits in just a few sessions. We currently have a November in-person class, March in-person class, and online ethics class. NJSPE also offers its members discounts on webinars and courses we offer. As a member, you also get access to the continuing education credits available through our national chapter.
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