A licensee shall complete at least 24 PDH units during each reporting period with:
(1) a minimum of 18 PDH units in Category A programs, including a minimum of 1 PDH unit in content areas related to the standards of practice
or care, laws and regulations applicable to the practice of engineering in Maryland, or professional engineering ethics; and (2) a maximum of
6 PDH units in Category B programs.
A maximum of 12 PDH units earned in excess of 24 PDH units that are required for a license renewal during the licensing term can be carried
forward to apply as credit toward the next individual licensing term.
Programs shall meet at least the following criteria in order to be considered qualifying programs:
(1) Maintain and enhance professional competency of professional engineers; and
(2) Foster improvement, advancement, and extension of professional skills and knowledge related to the practice of engineering.
Qualifying programs may fall into one or more of the following categories:
(1) Category A programs shall have content areas that focus on the following issues:
(a) Technical, research, analytical, or design aspects of engineering;
(b) Laws and regulations applicable to the practice of engineering in Maryland;
(c) Engineering-related computer hardware and software topics;
(d) Standards of practice or care;
(e) Professional engineering ethics;
(f) Project management, risk assessment and management, or emergency and disaster management; or
(g) Similar topics aimed to maintain, improve, or expand the skills and knowledge relevant to the licensee's field
of practice; or
(2) Category B programs shall have content areas that focus on the following issues:
(a) Business or government administration; or
(b) Development of traits, skills, or behavioral patterns geared towards improved communications skills, oral and written
skills, personal management skills, or other similar programs which contain a clear purpose of improving a licensee's methods of practice or
operations or advancing professionally related skills and practices as applicable to the practice of engineering.
Qualifying programs shall be formally organized and classified as:
(1) University, college, and community college courses;
(2) Professional workshops;
(4) Self-directed; or
(5) Technical presentations.
Qualifying programs may be presented by the following methods:
(5) Online; or
(6) Through other appropriate formats approved by the Board.
Sources of Credit
A. A licensee may earn PDH units by the following methods:
(1) Attendance and successful completion of structured educational programs in which the teaching methodology consists primarily of
systematic presentation of subjects related to the practice of engineering, and which programs are:
(a) Offered by pre-approved or other authorized providers;
(b) Have a stated purpose and defined content areas; and
(c) Have a clearly stated duration.
(2) Serving as a single or first author of an original paper on engineering subject matters published in magazines, journals, professional
proceedings, or other similar publications intended for professional use and distribution;
(3) Serving as a single or first author of an original published book on engineering subject matters that exhibits excellence in
scholarship and has a significant impact and influence on the direction of engineering;
(4) Subject to limitations set forth in Regulation .07 of this chapter, active participation in an engineering professional or
(5) Obtaining a patent;
(6) Teaching of an engineering subject as identified in Regulation .04B(1) of this chapter;
(7) Developing examination questions accepted for use on NCEES examinations; or
(8) Other appropriate methods.
B. A licensee may not earn credits for such activities as:
(1) Regular employment as a professional engineer or expert witness;
(2) Marketing or business development or sales;
(3) Equipment demonstrations or trade show displays;
(4) Time management techniques and strategies;
(5) Computer-aided drafting;
(6) Repetitive attendance of the same course or activity without substantial modifications or updates;
(7) Attending committee meetings or general business meetings of any
(8) Conversational language courses for personal use;
(9) Executive coaching;
(10) Basic computer software, including, but not limited to, Excel, Word, Outlook, and similar basic computer software; or
(11) Any other topics not relevant to the practice of engineering.
Determination of the Value of a Unit.
The conversion of other units of credit to PDH units is as follows:
A. 1 college or unit semester hour-45 PDH units;
B. 1 college or unit quarter hour-30 PDH units; and
C. 1 continuing education unit-10 PDH units
Determination of Credits
A. A licensee is eligible to earn PDH units only upon attendance and successful completion of the appropriate program. The number of
PDH units earned is per each individual licensing term.
B. Credit for university, college, or community college courses shall be given when taken for credit and will be based upon the course
credit value established by the institution of higher education. An audited class is not acceptable for purposes of receiving a credit.
C. Each published paper or article on an engineering subject as identified in Regulation .04 of this chapter is equal to 5 PDH units.
D. Each published book on an engineering subject is equal to 24 PDH units.
E. Except for full-time faculty, teaching of engineering and related subjects is subject to the following limitations:
(1) For the first-time presentation, a presenter may claim credit for the program that is equivalent to two times the number
of PDH units awarded by the Board for the program; and
(2) Unless a presentation has been substantially modified and updated for a subsequent presentation, a presenter may not
claim credit for repeat presentations of the same material.
F. Credit for participation in engineering, professional, or technical societies as an officer or an active participant in a committee
of the organization is equal to 1 PDH unit in Category B program. The credit is not considered earned until the end of each year of service
is completed and is limited to 1 PDH unit regardless of the number of engineering, professional, or technical societies that a licensee may
be serving at one time.
G. Work related to the development and submission of examination questions subject to the following limitations:
(1) Questions accepted for use on NCEES examinations-2 PHD units per accepted question, up to 6 PDH units per year.
(2) Attendance and participation in exam development committee meetings-up to 8 PDH units per year.
H. Obtaining a patent is equal to 10 PDH units.
I. The final determinations of value, appropriate category, and other matters related to the PDH units are the responsibility of the
licensee, subject to review and approval by the Board.
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The licensee is required to maintain records and documentation of the PHD units earned. To
assist the licensee, two forms have been created. The
Reporting Form (Word document, 72KB,
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units earned over the renewal period. The
Assessment Form (Word document, 57KB,
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or a record of an outcome measure, or (2) an activity is offered by a provider described in
.08 B(2) of the Regulations. The records must be maintained for at least 4 years from the date of
the completion of the qualifying program.
Licensees will be subject to a random audit of continuing professional competency courses. If you are audited, you will be required to submit
proof of the hours claimed as more fully described in Section .09 of the regulations.
You may qualify for a retired license if you are currently licensed in Maryland;
have been licensed as a Professional Engineer for at least 25 years - 5 years of which were in Maryland; and are not the subject of a pending
disciplinary action related to the practice of engineering in this or another state.
The fee for a retired license is $50. If granted, this
license does not have to be renewed. Download the application
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The following providers are considered to be pre-authorized providers:
- National (ABET/EAC), regional, or State accredited academic institutions;
- National, State or regional engineering professional or technical societies or organizations;
- National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES);
- American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC);
- International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET); and
- Entities currently certified as approved providers by the pre-authorized providers listed
- Other entities that have been approved by the
HOW TO BECOME AN APPROVED CPC PROVIDER
Individuals or entities that are not pre-authorized providers, may be approved by the Board upon
application and approval Download an application (Word
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What are acceptable PDHs?
Acceptable topics are those that maintain and enhance professional competency and foster improvement, advancement, and extension of professional
skills and knowledge related to the practice of engineering. You can take all your PDHs in Category A topics or you could substitute up to 6
PDHs in Category B topics. Regardless, one of the PDHs in Category must be in an ethics topic.
2. What are Category A and B topics?
Category A topics focus on technical, research, analytical or design aspects of engineering; laws and regulations related to the practice of
engineering in Maryland; engineering-related computer hardware or software; standards of practice or care; professional engineering ethics;
project management, risk assessment and management; or emergency and disaster management or similar topics intended to maintain and enhance
the knowledge and skills related to the practice of engineering. Category B topics relate to business or government administration or the
development of traits, skills or behavioral patterns geared towards improved communications skills; oral and written skills; personal management
skills or other similar programs which contain a clear purpose of improving a licensee's methods of practice or operations or advancing
professionally related skills and practices as applicable to the practice of engineering.
3. What are PDHs?
One PDH equals one hour of contact time. A one-hour lecture equals one PDH.
4. Do I have to attend a college course to gain credit?
No, qualifying programs shall be formally organized and classified as: university, college, and community college courses; professional
workshops; seminars; self-directed or technical presentations.
5. Do the PDHs have to be in a classroom-like setting?
No, qualifying programs may be presented live, televised, videotaped, audio-taped, online or through other appropriate formats approved by
6. Do courses have to be approved by the Board?
7. Do providers have to be approved by the Board?
Yes, but there is an exception. ABET or regionally accredited academic learning institutions, national/local professional engineering societies,
ACEC, NCEES and other organizations are pre-approved. For-profit companies can apply and become approved.
A licensee may also take a presentation from other organizations, such as manufacturers, technical organizations, their own employer (brown
bag lunches), and others and count as acceptable, provided the presentation maintains or enhances professional competency and fosters
improvement, advancement, and extension of professional skills and knowledge related to the practice of engineering. The licensee will also
be required to complete the form(s) on the Board's website and maintain the records in accordance with the regulations.
8. What do I have to turn in at renewal time?
At the time of renewal you have to certify that you have completed the 24 PDHs. You need to keep records as described in the regulations, and
two forms have been provided on the Board's website to assist in that effort. These records must be kept for 4 years after the completing the
course, technical presentation, etc. Each year a portion of the licensees will be audited. At that time the licensee will have to produce the
9. Where can I find additional and more detailed information?
The Board website has the complete regulations and forms.