Why YOU Should Care about Continuing Education

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.

NEW JERSEY REQUIREMENTS

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.

HOW CAN NJSPE HELP ME OBTAIN CE CREDITS?

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.

Interested in becoming a member? Click here to get started.

Earn Seven PDHs and Learn About the new Firestopping Requirements

On November 1, the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers and New York State Society of Professional Engineers will be holding a continuing education event called Firestopping Requirements of the New ASTM Firestop Inspection Standards, & the International Building Code. This course has been approved for seven PDHs in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware as well as .7 CEUs from the International Code Council.

Firestopping is a critical area of fire protection in commercial buildings to limit the spread of building fires. This is the reason NYC Department of Buildings changed their new 2014 code to require firestop special inspections utilizing the ASTM firestop inspection standards for all buildings. According to these standards, the inspector shall provide visual and/or destructive testing for a percentage of the firestop systems. The New ASTM firestop inspection standards have proven to be an excellent standard to protect the liability of the special inspection agency and general contractors. To reduce your liability these standards need to be adhered to, so NYSSPE has supported firestop special inspection training for its membership.

With the new firestop inspection standards now being required by the 2014 NYB Building Code, this class will focus on understanding the requirements of sections 714 and 715 of the 2015 IBC along with the ASTM firestop inspection standards. Focusing on joint systems, perimeter containment, through and membrane-penetrations. This program will provide helpful hints for firestop inspection and plan review and we will be reviewing the proper way to inspect per the ASTM inspection standards along with the proper paperwork required.

Seating for this course is extremely limited, so be sure to secure your seat. The cost is $320 for members, $370 for NYSSPE sustaining members, and $420 for nonmembers. To learn more about the Firestopping Requirements of the New ASTM Firestop Inspection Standards, & the International Building Code, click here. If you’d like to register, click here.

NJSPE Continuing Education Class Schedule has been Released!

On November 14, 2019, NJSPE will be holding a full-day of continuing education, offering six PDH credits for professional engineers in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and other states that accept New Jersey or NJSPE accreditedg education programs. The program, being held at WSP, USA/Louis Berger Morristown offices, is $275 for NJSPE members and $325 for non-members until November 8. Below is the full schedule for the day. Check it out and then register to attend!

Introduction to Connected and Automated Vehicles

Accreditation: 1 PDH credit, NJ, PA, & NY
Speakers: K.R. Marshall, PE, Vice President and Senior ITS Manager, WSP USA, Inc.; Kathleen Swindler, PE, PTOE, Senior Traffic/ITS Engineer, WSP USA, Inc.; Jeff Randall, PE, PTOE, ITS Engineering Manager – Northeast Region, WSP USA, Inc.; Brian Reed, MCSE, CCNA, CCNP, CISSP, Manager of Geospatial & Applied Technology and Technical Principal, WSP USA, Inc.
This course will provide an overview of the engineering and design history of connected and automated vehicles (CAV,) the CAV industry and the various technologies being utilized and/or developed. Current pilots and trials ongoing around the world, increasing on-board automation in new vehicles, and some operational systems already in place, will be reviewed.

CAV’s – What’s Hot? Keeping up with the Rapid Evolution of New Mobility and its Infrastructure needs

Accreditation: 2 PDH credits NJ, PA, & NY
Speakers: K.R. Marshall, PE, Vice President and Senior ITS Manager, WSP USA, Inc.; Kathleen Swindler, PE, PTOE, Senior Traffic/ITS Engineer, WSP USA, Inc.; Jeff Randall, PE, PTOE, ITS Engineering Manager – Northeast Region, WSP USA, Inc.; Brian Reed, MCSE, CCNA, CCNP, CISSP, Manager of Geospatial & Applied Technology and Technical Principal, WSP USA, Inc.
This course will provide an in-depth look at the breakthroughs in connected and automated vehicles technologies that are poised to revolutionize local and national transportation systems for decades to come, potentially bringing significant changes to the built environment and how residents live, work and move around their communities. As technology manufacturers, software developers, auto companies, universities and many other professionals continue to imagine and test
these technologies and methods to optimize the nation’s transportation system, agency officials, engineers and planners should have a working knowledge of them to make decisions about future local transportation needs and investments.

How NJ, NY and PA agencies are preparing for connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Accreditation: 1 PDH credit, NJ, PA & NY
Speakers: K.R. Marshall, PE, Vice President and Senior ITS Manager, WSP USA, Inc. – Facilitator; NJDOT (Invited); PANYNJ – (Invited); NJTA – (Invited)
This course will provide an open discussion with the NJ, NY and PA agencies on the policy and technical issues their agencies are facing with the advent of CAV technology. Current policies and specific initiatives of each agency will be discussed, as well as their respective view of the agency on how their facilities will be impacted.

Professional Engineering Ethics 101

Accreditation: 2 PDH credits, NJ, PA, & NY
Speakers: Lawrence P. Powers, Esq, Partner, Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas, LLP
The overall learning objective is to expose the seminar participants to various engineering related professional and statutory codes of ethics in order to inculcate ethics awareness and an understanding of ethical standards common to all jurisdictions, including those of the participants, so that the participants understand the boundaries of ethical engineering behavior.
Part I – This will be an introduction to common statutory and regulatory ethics rules, wherein the participants will be taught why they exist, how they govern their practice and what the practical implications of unethical behavior can be. Participants will be given examples of common ethics rules and some illustrative case studies to consider, followed by instruction on how violations of such ethics rules are commonly dealt with by the administrative agencies which have jurisdiction over their practice locales.
Part II – This will be an introduction to the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Code of Ethics, wherein the participants will be taught why they exist, how they were developed, how professional codes of ethics can affect their practice and what the practical implications of unethical behavior can be to members of professional engineering societies.  Participants will be given examples of common ethics rules and some illustrative case studies to consider, followed by instruction on how violations of such ethics rules are commonly dealt with by NSPE and state engineering societies which have jurisdiction over their practice locales, with a particular emphasis on the similarities and differences between governmental and professional society sanctions.
Part III – This will be a discussion of the practical reasons for ethical practice, with examples of how unethical practice can present professional liability and legal issues, licensure issues and moral issues based upon case studies where unethical practice has resulted in the impairment of the public health, safety and welfare. Participants will be challenged with using their new knowledge to suggest resolutions for hypothetical ethics problems posed by the instructor.

How Professional Engineers can Give Back to Their Communities

As professional engineers, our work impacts our society in very direct ways. The decisions we make impact the very infrastructure of thousands of people’s everyday life, and that is just through our day job. There are less obvious but equally important ways that we can, and should, be giving back to our communities. 

The Engineers of Tomorrow

The NSPE Education foundation works with a number of organizations to help provide education and opportunities to students interested in pursuing engineering. These organizations include the MathCounts Foundation, DiscoverE , Real-World Career Experience Exploring® and Project Lead the Way. These programs are all great way for students to learn more about STEM and engineering. The NSPE Education Foundations also offers scholarships to students studying engineering. By supporting them financially, you are supporting the future of professional engineering by making sure kids have exposure to engineering as well as opportunities to pursue it. If you are interested in supporting their work, you can contact your local chapter or one of the organizations the NSPE Education Foundation works with directly. 

Outside Your Comfort Zone

Engineers Without Borders is an organization that goes to communities in need from around the world and help to meet their basic needs and improve their quality of life. This organization offers a number of different volunteering options, including boots on the ground work as well as consultations on projects and pro bono engineering services to communities that cannot afford to hire engineers.They also offer education to their members and hands on experience to students.They offer a great opportunity to help on a global scale while growing your own skill set. 

Become a Mentor

One of the best ways you can give back to the engineering community is through mentoring. You can reach out to local schools, universities or even to STEM competitions in your area to find out if there are projects or teams you could spend time with and advise. You could also contact local after-school programs to arrange to come in and speak to the students about what it means to be an engineer. By donating your time in this way, you can provide practical examples to students of what engineers can do as well as help to guide their careers. 

These are just some examples of how professional engineers can give back to their communities. If you are interested in more opportunities, consider becoming a member of NJSPE. By becoming a member, you help to support the future of professional engineering as well as have the opportunity to participate in one of the NSPE partner programs. Join today!

NJSPE Membership Benefits

Interested in what NJSPE membership benefits are available and whether joining is worth it? Here are some of our favorite benefits for all NJSPE members.

Protect the license

Since the start of 2016, 26 states have introduced legislation and/or regulations that would erode and even destroy PE licensure as we know it today, all in the name of job creation.

  • Learn more about states that have had legislation and/or regulations introduced and NSPE’s action on those threats at nspe.org/advocacymap.
  • Qualifications-based selection is a procedure whereby service providers are retained on the basis of qualifications, rather than price factors. In 2018 two bills were introduced at the state level to challenge how the QBS process functions. NSPE and NJSPE have and will continue to work together in order to ensure QBS is maintained in New Jersey.

Promote the importance of the PE

Earn CE Credits

  • Meet your licensure continuing education requirements by taking advantage of 15 free online seminars
  • Network with PEs from all disciplines while learning latest trends in the profession and earning PDH at the NSPE Conference and State Conference. 
  • NJSPE has teamed up with leading online education provider RedVector to bring you a training experience designed just for our network.
  • Need additional hours? NSPE members receive a 50% discount for on-demand courses through the PE Institute.

Keep up-to-date on industry news

Stay informed on the latest state events and news of the profession via NSPE publications. 

  • PE MagazineBimonthly print and digital editions of NSPE’s flagship magazine
  • NSPE UpdateMonthly newsletter about the Society’s activities. View back issues of NSPE Update
  • PE ScopeBimonthly e-news for PEs on topics including licensure, education, government, and ethics
  • Daily Designs – Summaries of the latest news on engineering topics e-mailed to members daily
  • State Newsletter

Get ethical guidance

  • Track evolving ethical issues and benefit from the guidance of experienced professional engineers with Board of Ethical Review cases;
  • Do you have questions about licensure, ethics, or law? NSPE members have exclusive access to the Ethics Hotline at 888-384-4295 or e-mail legal@nspe.org

Enhance your professional knowledge

  • Reduce the potential for errors, omissions, redundancies, or conflicts in construction by using EJCDC contract documents. As an NSPE member, you save 50% on all EJCDC documents.
  • Understand the laws and regulations that define issues that affect the professional engineer. NSPE has compiled six reports on state PE laws and rules.

Connect with fellow PEs

  • Crowd source your questions and collaborate with professional engineers from all disciplines and all career stages across the county in NSPE’s online Communities.
  • Learn about the latest events in your state/local chapter at the NJSPE Event Calendar.

Get member discounts

Save money with deep discounts on a wide variety of publications, standard contract documents, and other services offered by NSPE’s benefit partners.

NSPE members receive discounts on: 

  • Office Depot
  • UPS
  • Citrix 
  • Lenovo
  • Avitru (products include MasterSpec® and SpecText®)

Support future engineers

  • Inspire and shape future engineers by participating in one of the NSPE partner programs. NSPE is a founder of both Engineers Week and MATHCOUNTS.
  • The NSPE Educational Foundation is committed to the future of the engineering profession and offers several scholarship opportunities.

There are so many NJSPE membership benefits – join today!

We Want to Help you Meet your PDH Requirements!

April 2020 is the next deadline for the biennial PE license renewal. In the State of New Jersey, 24 professional development hours are required every two years, including two to eight of those hours completed in ethics. While completing the PDH requirements for the PE license can be a huge task if you wait until the last minute, there are ways to make the process a little easier.

To assist our members with the final push of credit completion, we have compiled some current and upcoming opportunities NJSPE will be offering that can earn you credits!

Online Opportunities 

We have received numerous requests by our members and nonmembers to offer low-cost, online webinars that count toward your PDH requirements for the PE license. You’ve asked, and we’ve listened.

We currently offer Professional Engineering Ethics 101 online, which has been approved by 2 PDH credits in New Jersey. Taught by Larry Powers, Esq., this course is broken into several parts, including introduction to common statutory and regulatory ethics rules; review of the NSPE’s Code of Ethics with examples/case studies and an emphasis on the similarities and difference between governmental and professional society sanctions; and practical reasons for ethical practice.

Professional Engineering Ethics 101 is $35 for members and $50 for nonmembers. Once you pay securely via PayPal, you will be directed to a page where you must submit the full name to appear on your certificate of completion as well as an email where we can email you the link. It is important to note that your $35 or $50 payment is only good for ONE person’s PDH credits. Sharing the link to people will not result in free credits for those people.

After completing 100% of the video, you will submit a short survey, and your certificate of completion will be emailed to you within 14 days.

We are hoping to have additional online opportunities to earn your PDH credits prior to the end of the April 2020 deadline, so stay tuned!

In-person

In-person events are a great way to knock out most of your credits in one or two days! This year, we will be offering two full-day continuing education opportunities. The first one will be held in November 2019, and the second one will be held in March 2020.

Like previous years, these in-person events will be held in different parts of the state and will offer around six PDH credits. There will be an ethics course offered as well as additional courses on popular engineering topics. We hope to receive credit approval for New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. Information will be posted in the next week or two, so stay tuned!

Meeting the PDH requirements for the PE license is easier 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.

Current New Jersey Engineering Jobs Available

Maybe you need more room to grow, were recently let go, or just need a change of pace. Regardless of the reason or level of experience you have, it’s perfectly normal to start looking for a new job.  

Searching for jobs can be a huge time sink – with thousands of jobs that kind of fit what you are looking for but aren’t quite right. To hopefully make your search a little easier, we pulled together some current openings for New Jersey engineering jobs in a variety of locations:

To stay up-to-date on open New Jersey engineering jobs, check out our job board! New engineering positions are constantly being added.

What Does Fellowship Status Really Mean?

Becoming a member of the NSPE Fellow Program is one of the most coveted titles in engineering. This exclusive group has proven themselves to be active members of NSPE for a considerable time at the chapter, state, and national levels. These driven engineers are not only advocates at the national level but also great leaders in their local communities.

Being recognized at such a high level lends an incredible opportunity to those with the title. New members are recognized yearly and added to the complete list on NSPE’s website. This national recognition can yield new career opportunities, boosted awareness in your community, as well as further credentials to shape the young engineering minds of the future.

Given that this title represents a remarkable career, it should be no surprise that the nomination and application process to be recognized is a rigorous feat. Qualified individuals are considered by actively serving for at least 10 years at all three levels (chapter, state, and national). Nominees are also required to provide at least three and no more than four letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a current Fellow. If being nominated through the state society, one letter must also come from the president or appropriate officer of that chapter.

The board has identified three areas where the nominee must show prominent accomplishments: the engineering profession, the Society, and the community. It is important that the application provides great details of these achievements because the reviewing committee will not be familiar with every applicant. These accomplishments are often through NSPE. However, activity in other engineering societies should also be included.

Applications are reviewed yearly with a hard deadline of February 1 each year. The Fellow membership status is a great honor and even compiling the necessary steps for the application should be applauded. If not selected for this exclusive list, members may re-apply the next year. There will always be room for the dedicated engineering professionals who are leading our society forward.

To learn more about the nomination and application process, visit the fellow membership guide here.

State-by-State Requirements for Continuing Education Credits for Professional Engineers

Requiring continuing education credits for professional engineers helps ensure licensed engineers are staying up-to-date on new technology, changes in ethics rulings, and new legal requirements.  This, in turn, helps maintain the safety and welfare of the general public. 

In the State of New Jersey, professional engineers are required to complete a minimum of 24 professional development hours. Out of those, at least two and no more than eight should be related to ethics. You are free to complete as many of these as you would like online and if you happen to have more than 24, you can carry them over to the next renewal period. You can read more about renewing your NJ PE license here

Each state has their own requirements about what types of courses count toward PDH, what topics need to be covered, and how many CEs you need to have to renew your license. If you hold multiple licenses or are interested in getting licensed in a different state, here is what you need to know about PDH requirements and renewals. 

 

State PDH/Continuing Education License Renewal Special Requirements
Alabama 15 Annual – Dec. 31
Alaska  24 Biennial Odd Years – Dec. 31
Arizona  None Triennial – Date of Issue
Arkansas  15 Annual – Dec. 31
California  None Biennial – Assigned Date
Colorado  None Biennial – Date of Issue
Connecticut  None Annual
Delaware  24 Biennial – June 30 3 – 6  PDH required related to ethics

Max 9 PDH related to business/management

Florida  18 Biennial Odd Years – Feb. 28 1 PDH required related to laws & rules

1 PDH required related to ethics

4 PDH required related to are of practice

Georgia 30 Biennial Even Years – Dec. 31
Hawaii None Biennial Even Years – Apr. 30
Idaho  30 Biennial – Last day of birth month
Illinois 30 Biennial Odd Years – Nov. 30
Indiana  30 Biennial Even Years – Jul. 31 1 PDH required related to ethics

1 PDH required Indiana statutes & laws

Iowa  30 Biennial – Dec. 31 2 PDH required related to ethics
Kansas  30 Biennial – April 30
Kentucky  30 Biennial depending on last name – Jun. 30
Louisiana  30 Biennial depending on last name – Mar 31 or Sep. 30 1 PDH required related to ethics

8 PDH required related to life safety code, building codes, or ADA guidelines

Maine  30 Biennial Odd Years – Dec. 31
Maryland  16 Biennial – Date of issue 1 PDH required related to ethics
Massachusetts  None Biennial Even Years – June 30
Michigan  Held license < 24 months – 15

Held license > 24 months – 30

Biennial Even Years – Oct. 31
Minnesota  24 Biennial Even Years – Jun. 30 2 PDH required related to ethics
Mississippi  15 Annual – Dec. 31 1 PDH every 2 years required related to ethics
Missouri  30 Biennial Even Years – Dec. 31
Montana 30 Biennial Even Years – Jun. 30
Nebraska  30 Biennial depending on last name – Dec. 31
Nevada  30 Biennial depending on last name – Jan. 1 or Jul. 1
New Hampshire  30 Biennial Year of Issue – Birth month 
New Jersey  24 Biennial  2 PDH required related to ethics
New Mexico  30 Biennial – Dec. 31 2 PDH required related to ethics/business
New York  36 Triennial – Birth Date 18 PDH required to have direct contact with instructor

Remaining 18 PDH must be provided by board approved sponsors

1 PDH required related to ethics

North Carolina  15 Annual – Dec. 31
North Dakota  30 Biennial – Dec. 31
Ohio  30 Biennial Odd Years – Dec. 31 Max 3 PDH via correspondence courses
Oklahoma  30 Biennial – Date of license
Oregon  30 Biennial depending on last name 
Pennsylvania 24 Biennial Odd Years – Sep. 30
Rhode Island  None Annual – Jun. 30
South Carolina  30 Biennial Even Years – Jun. 30
South Dakota  30 Biennial – Date of license
Tennessee  24 Biennial – Date of license 13 PDH required related to health, safety and welfare, and technical competency
Texas  15 Annual – quarterly depending on date of license 1 PDH required related to ethics
Utah  30 Biennial Odd Years – Mar. 31
Vermont  15 Biennial Even Years – Jul. 1
Virginia  16 Biennial – Date of license
Washington  None Biennial – Date of license
West Virginia  60 Biennial Even Years – Dec.
Wisconsin  30 Biennial Even Years – Jul. 31 12 PDH required related to ethics

13 PDH required to have direct contact with instructor

Wyoming 30 Biennial  – Date of license

As you can see, PDH requirements and continuing education for professional engineers varies greatly state-by-state. Even if you live in or are moving to a state that doesn’t require CE’s, it is important to stay up to date with advancements and changes in the industry. If you have any questions about continuing education in New Jersey, contact us today! We would love to hear from you. 

Professional Engineering Ethics 101

Connect With Us