Preparing for the 2020 Virtual Professional Engineers Conference

Registration is open for this year’s professional engineers conference held from August 3 to August 7! To ensure the health and safety of all attendants and speakers, PECon will be presented virtually. Professional engineers will be able to earn PDHs as usual and will even be able to join networking roundtable discussions! Each day of the conference kicks off with a daily coffee talk session to connect with fellow professional engineers from across the country and to discuss the topics important to you.

This year there are three registration options available:

  1. Purchase an individual session. Buy a single session or two, each session gives you access to 1 PDH. $39 ($99 for non-members.)
  2. Purchase a track. Buy a full-day track, gives you access to 3 PDH sessions, networking morning “coffee talk” roundtables of your choice each day, and evening post-session discussions. $99 ($279 for non-members.)
  3. All-access. Gives you access to 15 PDH sessions, access to your choice networking morning “coffee talk” roundtables each day, and evening post-session discussions. $249 ($1,149 for non-members; Join now for $299 and receive member pricing.)

      * Student memberships gain FREE access to PECon

Each day features a different educational track:

If you’re interested in a certain track but are unable to attend that day, don’t worry! A recording of the sessions will be available for viewing immediately following the conclusion of the session. For this reason, there are NO refunds.

Featured sessions:

Day 1:

Day 2:

Day 3 (PE Day!):

Day 4: 

Day 5:

Click here to register for the conference!

Take advantage of member rates by becoming an NJSPE member today.

Earn 4 PDH Credits from the Comfort of Your Own Home

Many facets of our lives have been moved online; work, school, and our continuing education events. Our last virtual conference on April 30th was a huge success! NJSPE members and professional engineer licensees were able to earn the same amount of PDH credits, from the comfort of their own home, as they would have if they attended an in-person event! In the spirit of safety and health, we will be offering another opportunity for continuing education for engineers on June 30th from 8:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. This continuing education event will be presented via Zoom. The deadline to register is June 27th at 5:00 p.m.! During this webinar, you can earn up to four PDH credits! These PDHs will count for New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania engineers. 

The webinar will feature 2 sessions: 

  • Morning session: Construction Quality Assurance and Construction Engineering and Inspection Services for the Goethals Bridge Replacement (2 PDH)
  • Afternoon session: Ethics for Professional Engineers (2 PDH) 

The good news is that if you’ve already completed your ethics requirements, you have the option to purchase access to just the morning session!

The prices for members and nonmembers are as follows:

  • NJSPE Member Rate – 2 classes: $145
  • NJSPE Member Rate – 1 class: $80
  • Non-Member Rate – 2 classes: $195
  • Non-Member Rate – 1 class: $110

Session information:

Construction Quality Assurance and Construction Engineering and Inspection Services for the Goethals Bridge Replacement

The Goethals Bridge Replacement Project required innovations in monitoring permitting, quality assurance (QA), resource tracking, and Construction Engineering and Inspection (CEI) scheduling. KSE performed Construction QA and CEI Services, and developed testing procedures for construction materials. Document control procedures ensured that current documents were available and obsolete documents were identified/removed. Controlled Inspection checklists ascertained that design and construction requirements for work elements were fully documented before acceptance. Nonconformance and Daily Work Reports documented project quality. The CEI services were iteratively reviewed/ improved, allowing the development of innovative practices to manage large, complex projects. These practices can be applied to other projects.

Ethics for Professional Engineers

“Engineering is an important and learned profession. As members of this profession, engineers are expected to exhibit the highest standards of honesty and integrity. Engineering has a direct and vital impact on the quality of life for all people. Accordingly, the services provided by engineers require honesty, impartiality, fairness, and equity, and must be dedicated to the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare. Engineers must perform under a standard of professional behavior that requires adherence to the highest principles of ethical conduct.” NSPE Code of Ethics Preamble. The presentation will provide an overview of the need for ethics in professional engineering; what the NSPE Code of Ethics, through the Fundamental Canons, Rules of Practice, and Professional Obligations, requires of professional engineers; and what steps can be taken to practice ethical decision making. This will be compared to legal obligations as promulgated in New Jersey regulations, with a comparison to the NCEES Model Rules. Discussion of some example cases from the NSPE Board of Ethical Review will be included.

Make sure you register before the June 27th deadline! Click here to register now.

Resources for Learning New Skills

Being stuck at home, many of us have a lot of extra time on our hands. Don’t let that time go to waste! We’ll likely never get time like this again, we might as well use it productively! If you’re in between jobs or fortunate enough to be working throughout quarantine, we suggest that you use this time to learn a new skill. The more you can add to your resume the better! Check out these online engineering educational resources for growing your skills:

1. Udemy offers thousands of online courses teaching every subject under the sun. Yes, you can learn dog training and industrial robotics all in one place! The best part is the courses are usually between $10 to $20 and you’ll have lifetime access. Take a look at some popular engineering-related courses here.

2. edX

edX is similar to Udemy except their courses come from over a hundred different institutions and universities. You find courses on different subjects like computer science, language, data science, business and management, engineering, and more! Because these courses come from reputable institutions, the price point is higher. Most courses are a couple hundred dollars. However, you will receive a verified certificate, and some of the courses even fulfill actual certificate programs. Check out your course options here.

3. Coursera

Coursera is another platform that offers online courses, certificates, and degrees online from a variety of universities and companies. According to their website, 87 percent of people learning on Coursera report career benefits like getting a promotion, a raise, or starting a new career. See what you can learn on Coursera here

4. Future Learn

Future Learn offers an extensive selection of STEM-related courses. If you want to brush up on basic science or master more advanced topics like robotics and forensics, Future Learn is a great place to start. Again, these courses are coming from universities and institutions from all over the world so you can be sure you’re getting good material. Check out the STEM courses on Future Learn here.

Bonus: Continuing education opportunities

Don’t miss out on opportunities to earn PDH credits! NJSPE is always offering both online and in-person courses to fulfill your requirements as a professional engineer. The next event is a six-credit webinar on April 30! Register and see more continuing education courses here: 

We hope you take advantage of these affordable, engineering educational resources to grow your resume and see new opportunities come your way!

What You’ll Need for Upcoming Online PE Courses

Just like you, NJSPE and the industry as a whole has had to adapt to these uncertain times. With that being said, we have rescheduled the March 18 Six Credit Seminar to be on April 30  presented as a live webinar! 

This full-day live webinar will be presented on Zoom and offer 6 PDHs within 3 lecture sessions. These credits can be used toward this year’s PE license renewal requirements. The deadline to renew your license has been extended until May 30, so you have more time to fulfill your credit requirements!

View the full program information here >>

Register today >>

A full-day online continuing education event is something that is new to everyone. We’d like to make this as simple as possible to access and engage with so you can get the most out of the event and the information being provided to you. Below you’ll find the items you need and what you need to know for the event before beginning the webinar.

Items you’ll need

  • A computer with a working microphone and camera 
  • Zoom desktop/tablet application (strongly recommended but not required)
  • Your webinar access link (emailed to you 1-2 days before the event)
  • Paper/pen to take notes

What you need to know for the upcoming PE course

With Zoom webinars, attendees have a similar experience of attending a seminar in person. You’ll be able to virtually raise your hand to ask questions using controls within Zoom and you’ll have the opportunity to engage with other attendees and speakers using the chat feature. 

Once you receive your access link, we encourage you to click on the link to ensure that you can log on and access the webinar. You do not need to create a Zoom account to join the webinar! You will be able to log on using just the link provided in the email. This will open the website where you will likely be prompted to download the Zoom app. Downloading the Zoom app for the webinar is highly recommended and preferred for the best viewing experience! 

In the Zoom app, you’ll have access to the full range of controls: Audio Settings*, Mute/Unmute, Chat, Raise Hand, Question & Answer, and Leave Meeting.

*audio settings may or may not be visible for attendees based on whether or not the host has granted permission for attendees to contribute feedback/questions. 

If you have any questions about the event, please contact

While the future is still uncertain and new developments with COVID-19 are happening every day, NJSPE will continue to keep members and licensees informed with important updates and information about upcoming PE courses. We hope you are all staying home and staying safe and healthy!

COVID-19 PE License Updates

As Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout the country, updates have been made to this year’s professional engineering license renewal process. Due to the COVID-19 emergency, renewal applications and CEU’s have been extended until June 30, 2020.

The following is updated information for renewal:

  • Renewals were mailed to your address of record in February, 2020 and are not available online.
  • Licenses will remain active beginning April 1, 2020 for a two year period.
  • Renewal fee  –  $80.00
  • July 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020 Renewal Grace (Late) Period
  • Renewal fee  –  $80.00 + $50.00 late fee   =  $130.00
  • August 1, 2020  –  August 31, 2020  –  Reinstatement Period
  • Renewal fee  –  $80.00 + $125.00 Reinstatement Fee  =  $205.00

Application Deadlines

The date to submit the PE Application has changed from April 19, 2020 to May 11, 2020.
PE documentation has also changed from June 14,  2020 to July 6, 2020.

In order to curb the spread of COVID-19, we encourage you to communicate with the Department of Law and Public Safety via telephone, email, and other forms of remote communication should you have any questions about these renewal updates. 

Earning PDHs at home

All of NJSPE’s upcoming continuing education events have been postponed until further notice. We know that many of you were planning on attending these events to fulfill your remaining credits. While this COVID-19 process is changing day-to-day, you can still be proactive and earn CE credits from home! 

Professional Engineering Ethics 101
$35 for members / $50 for nonmembers
Learn more and purchase course >>

Free CE Courses from NSPE
See a list of free courses courtesy of NSPE
Learn more >>

Available Online Courses from NSPE
See all that NSPE has to offer from their selection of on-demand courses
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A reminder to PEs

Regulations on digital signatures as well as practice “social distancing”
N.J. Admin. Code § 13:27-6.5
Section 13:27-6.5 – Digital signatures and seals

(a) A digital signature and seal shall possess the same weight, authority, and effect as a handwritten signature and pressure seal when the following criteria are met:

The digital signing and sealing process satisfies the requirements of the Digital Signature Standard (DSS) established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, FIPS PUB 186-4 (2013), which is incorporated herein by reference, as amended and supplemented.

. The digital signature and seal must be:

i. Unique to the licensee;

ii. Verifiable by a trusted third party or some other approved process as belonging to the licensee;

iii. Under the licensee’s direct and exclusive control;

iv. Linked to a document in such a manner that the digital signature and seal is invalidated if any data in the document is changed. Once the digital signature and seal are applied to the document, the document shall be available in read-only format if the document is to be digitally transmitted.

(b) A licensee who digitally signs and seals a document shall maintain a digital copy of the electronically transmitted document that has also been digitally signed and sealed for future verification purposes.

(c) The pictorial representation of the digital signature and seal shall be readily available to the Board upon request and shall be produced in a manner acceptable to the Board. It shall contain the same words and shall have substantially the same graphic appearance and size as when the image of the digitally transmitted document is viewed at the same size as the document in its original form.

(d) Licensees are responsible for the use of their private digital keys. A lost or compromised key shall not be used and the licensee shall cause a new key pair to be generated in accordance with the criteria set forth in (a) above. A licensee shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that a compromised key is invalidated, and shall inform all affected clients that the digital key has been compromised.

Keep an eye on our website and social media for more information regarding any changes due to COVID-19. 

Free CE Courses Just in Time for PE License Renewal

The professional engineering license renewal deadline is quickly approaching on April 30, 2020. If you’re still working on fulfilling your PDHs, have no fear! NSPE offers a select number of free CEs for members to enjoy from the comfort of their own home. Upon completion of the webinar, you must take a session quiz and score a 70 percent or higher to earn your credits. Each of these courses will earn you one professional development hour. Check out the featured free CEs below and have your NSPE membership login on hand to register for free!

Clients are from Venus, Consultants from Mars: A Guide to Effective Management of Consultants

This webinar will showcase the differences between the systems and workflows of clients and consultants so that they can better understand each other’s operating environment. This improved understanding will result in better communications and better mutual expectations.  

Learn more and register >>

How Engineers Create Added Value

This course will take a look at the value gap between engineering services and other professional services like attorneys, accountants, etc. Lecturer Mel Lester will explain the reasons why creating added value has become an issue for engineers and what you can do to creatively add value and deliver results.

Learn more and register >> 

Drones: The Sky’s the Limit

This webinar provides a high-level overview of how drones are being integrated into engineering and surveying projects. The course will also cover the workflow of a project and deliverables while highlighting the accuracies and limitations of drones. You’ll learn the best types of projects for the use of drones, how to weigh the pros and cons of using a drone on a project, and the FAA rules surrounding drone use for commercial applications

Learn more and register >>

Professional Engineer’s Role on Application of Artificial Intelligence and Technology

In a world of rapidly changing technology, professional engineers have to be Future Ready professionals and adapt to the new changes. This course describes the disruption professional engineers face and the patterns that are surfacing with the changes in technology. This course will cover some of the primary skills that professional engineers are finding most critical in their own work and the systems they are working with.

Learn more and register >> 

Winds of Changes – Electric Transmission

This course will focus on Xcel Energy – one of the fastest-growing, investor-owned utilities. Xcel Energy’s position as the industry leader in wind generation for over 12 years has impacted the way we plan and operate our transmission system. It will discuss renewable resources’ impact on the electric grid, review ways utilities are helping enable technology while keeping prices low and reliability high, look at policy changes facing the integration of renewable energy and identify best practices to engage the public on challenges with renewable energy.

Learn more and register >>

To see more of NSPE’s 15 free CEs, visit their website >>

See more upcoming CE events and paid courses with NJSPE here >>

The Best Resources for Continuing Education

As a professional engineer, you’re probably already aware of the continuing education requirements  to maintain your professional engineering license. Fulfilling your requirements is simple as long as you stay on top of upcoming opportunities and plan well so you’re not scrambling to get credits as your license renewal date gets closer. Over the years, we’ve written a lot about continuing education, so we’ve compiled all of our best resources to help you earn those CE credits!

Importance of Continuing Education for Professional Engineers

We know continuing education is important for maintaining your professional engineering license, but you can get so much more out of your continuing education sessions. An ever-changing industry like engineering means if you want to stay on top, you’re going to have to be up-to-date on industry trends. Not to mention, the more skills you have, the more valuable you are to potential employers.

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

If you’re a professional engineer practicing in multiple states, you might have different requirements for continuing education and maintaining licensure. Check out our state-by-state list of requirements for continuing education credits for professional engineers. 

Ways for Continuing Education Engineers to Earn Professional Development Hours

There are so many ways to earn PDHs! You might think it’s all conferences and full-day events, but there are ways you can fulfill your requirements without leaving your home or office. Learn more about all the ways you can earn your CE credits and which opportunities can complete the largest amount of your requirements.

How to Earn PDHs in 2020

Have you made plans to participate in any continuing education opportunities in 2020? There are a handful of upcoming webinars and in-person events to be a part of and earn! See what’s coming up in February and March. Be sure to register before it’s too late.

Have any questions about earning continuing education credits for professional engineers? Reach out to us on social media or send us a message to!

How to Earn PDHs in 2020

As a professional engineer, there’s a certain number of professional development hours (PDHs) you must fulfill to maintain your license. Luckily, there are tons of continuing education opportunities for professional engineers, from in-person events to live webinars and online courses. Renew your professional engineering license in 2020 by planning out your next few courses:

February 5, 2020: Licensing for Profitability, Agility and Growth for Small and Mid-Sized Engineering Firms
This hour-long live webinar starts at 2:00 p.m. and provides tactics and resources to help small- and mid-sized firms manage licensing effectively to serve their business goals. 

Learn more and register today >>

March 18, 2020: Engineering Ethics – Disclosure, Payment, Expert Testimony and Conflicts of Interest
This live webinar will begin at 2:00 p.m. and will discuss engineering ethics principles and key ethical issues relating to disclosure, payment, expert testimony and conflicts of interest.

Learn more and register today >>

March 23, 2020: Common Mistakes in Design of Coastal & Marine Projects
8 PDHs
This in-person all day event will be held in Iselin, New Jersey. The classroom-seminar style lecture will discuss common mistakes in the design of coastal and marine projects. Throughout the day, attendees will discuss case studies of damages referring to underlying design mistakes. Examples of design tools and practical rules of thumb will also be discussed. 

Learn more and register today >>

Available anytime: Professional Engineering Ethics 101
2 PDHs
This two part online seminar is taught by Lawrence P. Powers, Esq. with the objective of exposing seminar participants to various engineering related professional and statutory codes of ethics.

Buy now >>

See more opportunities for engineering continuing education on NSPE’s website. You may even find some courses that are free for NSPE members!

8 PDHs in ONE DAY at our next CE Event!

On March 23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers, in conjunction with the New York State Society of Professional Engineers will hold Common Mistakes in Design of Coastal and Marine Projects. This event, worth 8 PDHs, will be held at Mott MacDonald in Iselin, New Jersey. The best part? These credits will all be eligible for your professional engineering renewal requirements for 2020.

This participatory classroom-seminar, led by staff consultant at Bergmann Associates Saied Saiedi, PhD, PEng,
will discuss common mistakes in the design of coastal & marine projects with the following objectives:

  • To provide for a list of significant design mistakes
  • To discuss case studies of damages referring to underlying design mistakes
  • To introduce design tools and practical rules of thumb
  • To perform class exercises

There will also be several special features, including real-life case studies, class exercises, computational aids and design tools, and a collection of technical literature and educational video clips.

If you’re looking for a complete course outline, you can expect:

  • Examples of major damages and failures
  • Introduction to coastal & marine hydraulics (waves, currents, etc.)
  • Introduction to coastal sediment transport
  • COMMON MISTAKES related to:
    • Design wave height
    • Design water level
    • Field data vs. theoretical guides
    • Sediment transport (capacity vs. actual transport, etc.)
    • Beach morphology
    • Nature-based (green) solutions vs. gray structures
    • Forces on structures (pipes, piles, sea walls, vessels, etc.)
    • Breakwaters and revetments
    • Static and dynamic stability of vessels
  • Software and design tools
  • Five take-away messages

If you’re a NSPE member, you can attend this event for $225. Sustaining members cost $275 and non-members cost $325. All ticket prices include the cost of breakfast and lunch.

If you’re looking for more information, please check out our event summary page. But if you’re ready to secure your seat for this great event, you can click here to register now! We hope to see you there.

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.

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