Earn Engineering Continuing Education Credits in New Jersey

On April 29, NJSPE will be holding a full-day of engineering continuing education at The Palace at Somerset Park. Each course is designed to keep you up-to-date on the latest information all professional engineers need to know and provide you credits to maintain your license. All 10 credits are eligible for New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania engineers. Here are the courses you will take:

If you’re interested in learning about these topics and earning engineering continuing education credits, register before it’s too late. Seats are going fast and they will sell out. If you’d like to learn more about the NJSPE Code of Engineering Ethics, please click here.

Earn Professional Development Hours from Home for Free!

All professional engineers are required to meet a number of professional development hours, with two of those hours being in ethics, to maintain their license. One of the biggest reasons many people join a society for professional engineers is to have access to a wide-range of continuing education opportunities. While full-day classes and multi-day conferences offer a large number of credits, we understand carving time out of your life isn’t always possible. That’s why 15 free webinars are available, all offering professional development hours, via the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Most of these webinars change every year, so they focus on the most current topics in engineering. They are pre-approved for one continuing education credit each, allowing engineers to knock out a large chunk of their credits from their computers! While these courses are anywhere from $25 to $149, they are free if you belong to the National Society for Professional Engineers. This year’s webinars are:

  • 10 Strategies to Motivate, Inspire, and Engage your Team for Results – this course gives tips on motivating and engagement followers, team members, and customers. By the end, you will learn the importance and benefits of working together, how to get more from the people you work with, and how to develop your own strategy for success on your team.
  • Best Practices to Communicate Clearly Through Writing – even in engineering, writing effectively is an extremely vital skill. This course provides an overview of sentence structure, correct grammar, writing for your audience, organization, and how to write clearly and concisely.
  • Closing the Soft Skills Gap in Engineering Practice Webinar – learning objectives in this course include learning the history of the soft skills gap in engineering, defining important soft skills keywords, reviewing the Engineering Competency Model, and identifying how to develop soft skills.
  • Critically Thinking for Engineers – engineers use critical thinking every day. This webinar helps identify complex problems, effectively utilize inspection and questioning, control bias, and leverage these skills across your entire team to solve problems.
  • Engineering Ethics: Objectivity and Truthfulnessthis webinar offers ethics credits. It highlights several Board of Ethical Review Cases, including previously encountered site conditions; reassignment to another job; public health, safety, and welfare; and confidentiality.
  • Ethics and Engineering – here’s another one that offers ethics credits. This course explains why ethics are so important to engineering, how to deeply understand ethics, and discusses several Board of Ethical Review cases.
  • Going Digital: Digital Signatures and Digital Document Delivery – we are well into the digital age, so papers are no longer being signed and being replaced with documents signed digitally on the computer. This webinar explains the legalities of digital signatures, the pros and cons of them, and identifies best practices.
  • Growing Into a Strategic Role within Your Company – you can always add new value to your firm, and it will benefit you if you do. This course explains how to think and work strategically, teaches how to communicate in a way that executes ideas and strategy, develops plans for career development, and identifies strategic drivers.
  • How to Develop the Engineering Leader Inside of You – don’t just be an engineer; be a leader. Learn how to create a leadership mindset, define the characteristics of a leader, delegate tasks efficiently, and understand the important of trust and respect.
  • Introduction to MicroGrids for Commercial and Humanitarian Needs – In this course, you will learn what a microgrid is, how it differs from the grid, the factors driving the microgrid market, how they are controlled, and how it is applied in developing countries.
  • Engineering Ethics: Signing and Sealing of Documents – this course also offers ethics credits. Signing and sealing documents is a perk of being a professional engineer. Review several Board of Ethical Review cases, including fire sprinkler layout drawings, conflicts of interest, driverless vehicles, and doing a favor for a public official.
  • Licensure Under Attack – the professional engineering license is always under attack. That’s why advocacy is a huge reason for joining a society for professional engineers. Learn about protecting the license.
  • New Approach to Engineering Marketing: How to Future-Proof Your Firm – marketing is more than just mailing flyers. Learn about the trends and expectations of potential buyers, where engineers are investing marketing money, and the role research will play in future growth.
  • Engineering Ethics: Public Health, Safety, and Welfare Another ethics course. This webinar reviews Board of Ethical Review cases, such as water testing equipment, receiving submissions past deadlines, omitting address on advertising, and leveraging expert witness testimony.
  • Self-Driving Cars: An Examination of Ethical Issues at the Micro and Macro Scale – this is an engineering hot topic. Autonomous vehicles are very close to hitting the highways. This webinar explains how driverless cars will change our roads and how to effectively create systems that are safe for the public.

We don’t know why you’re still here! Log into your membership account and get started taking one of these webinars to earn continuing education credits now. If you have any questions regarding engineering license requirements or any of these webinars, let us know at info@njspe.org.

Importance of Continuing Education for Professional Engineers

Engineering continuing education courses are required among many societies for professional engineers. In the State of New Jersey, professional engineers are required to complete 24 professional development hours (PDH) and two of those must be in professional practice ethics. NJSPE is committed to providing courses that are pre-approved in and around the tri-state area, so engineers with multiple licenses will be afforded the opportunity to complete and meet the requirements in those states.

Continuing education courses are the best way to meet your requirements and learn something new. The next opportunity for a full-day of continuing education is coming up on April 23, 2018. The day of courses and speakers offers 6.5 PDH credits for professional engineers in New Jersey, and 4.5 PDH for New York, Pennsylvania, and other states that accept New Jersey credits.

Why continue education?

Continuing education goes beyond just meeting PDH requirements. It involves business development, career development, ethics education, and technical skills. Many of these courses come in the form of online seminars, live seminars, conferences, and online courses. As engineering disciplines become more specialized, continuing education becomes more crucial to managing a rising career. Throughout much of our educational lives, it was enough to simply get good grades and get a degree, but in a field like engineering, it’s essential to get ahead. Continuing education courses are available, free and paid, to all New Jersey Society for Professional Engineer members. A list of courses and events can be found on the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) website.

You already have a bachelor degree and maybe even a masters, so why is continuing education important?

  • The industry is ever changing.

You would never go to a doctor who isn’t up-to-date on the latest medical practices. The same should go for engineers. Engineering professionals must adapt to new technologies and skills in their fields. As a member of a society for professional engineers, you have available to you the knowledge and skills needed to advance in your career.

  • More skills = increased career opportunities and higher pay.

Your skills and knowledge are what will set you apart from another engineer applying to the same job or trying to score a promotion. Additionally, the more you know in the industry, the more you’re worth.

  • Meet requirements.

To maintain your professional engineering license, you must earn 24 PDH credits. Two PDH credits must be on professional practice ethics. Continuing education is the only way to help you meet those requirements, but you can choose to receive them from conferences, webinars, or in-person courses.

  • More education means more solutions.

Continuing education courses can bring fresh insight and new creative ideas to your engineering projects. Of course, it’s nice to learn a new skill, but you may realize that when combined with other skills, you can achieve greater things. Linking a variety of skills can create unique ideas and solutions.

If you’re still short on PDH credits or you want expand your knowledge and skills, join us for a full day of continuing education on April 23, 2018. Register now before the event fills up: https://goo.gl/ydQFJT

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:

  • Building Your Pipeline of Success (1 PDH)
  • Engineering Ethics: Licensure and Professional Practice Concerns (1 PDH)
  • Real and Perceived Concerns About Hydraulic Fracturing (1 PDH)

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.

  • Professional Engineers Conference: NSPE hosts its annual conference at the end of July. In 2017, it will be held from July 19 to 23 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. The full conference provides up to 12 PDHs, completing half the requirements in the State of New Jersey.
  • State and Local: While the Professional Engineers Conference gathers attendees nationwide, state and local events provide the opportunity to engage with members of the engineering field from the same area.
  • Online Forums: Attending events from home eliminates worries of travel time and expenses. Attendees can chat and network with other online users to gain tips and knowledge from anywhere in the country.

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.

Pre-Approval

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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Why Continuing Professional Education Matters

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What Is Continuing Professional Education?

If you are just beginning your journey into an engineering profession, you may be surprised to learn that you are required to obtain continuing professional competency (CPC) credits, otherwise known as continuing professional education credits, throughout your career.  You may be even more surprised to learn that many industries, not just engineering, have similar CPC requirements.  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.  Industries are 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.   You also wouldn’t go to a surgeon that didn’t know about the newest advancements in medicine and surgical equipment.   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 CPC Requirements

In the state of New Jersey, licensed engineers are required to complete 24 hours of continuing professional education every 2 years.  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 CPC hours is not to be burdensome.  Rather, CPC hours 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 CPC Credits?

Luckily for New Jersey engineers, the entirety of your CPC credits may be fulfilled online.  NJSPE offers its members discounts on webinars and courses that fulfill required credits.  NJSPE also provides many other resources to help you fulfill your CPC credits in ways that are valuable and rewarding.

Additionally, if you attend a NJSPE sponsored continuing education seminar, NJSPE will keep track of your accumulated CPC credits and provide you with a record at your request.  This is valuable once it is time to renew your license to prove compliance with the CPC requirements.

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