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BIENNIAL LICENSE RENEWAL: WHERE ARE YOU GETTING YOUR CE CREDITS, AND WHAT IS IT COSTING YOU?

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The State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists  has the duty and authority to suspend, revoke or otherwise discipline under the Engineer, Land Surveyor and Geologist Registration Law (Section 4(g)), which is the professional licensing Law (63 P.S. §§148 et seq.). Although there are a variety of professional situations for which the Board may take formal action, one such circumstance is the failure of a licensee to earn the requisite number of continuing education credits or Professional Development Hours (“PDH”) as outlined in the Law at Section 4.5 (Continuing Professional Competency Requirements, 63 P.S. §151.5) and Board regulations at Section 37.111, 49 Pa. Code §37.111). Section 4.5(b) of the Law, 63 P.S. §151.5(b), specifically provides for PDH-CPC as a condition of licensure. Each licensee is required to obtain twenty-four (24) PDH units during the biennial renewal period.

The purpose of continuing education is to maintain, improve, or expand skills and knowledge of licensees and is necessary to develop new and relevant skills and knowledge applicable to an ever changing profession. It is imperative that acceptable professional development be completed in order to safeguard life, health, or property, and to promote the general welfare of consumers of professional services.

A licensee may be censured or reprimanded, have the current professional certificate and license revoked, suspended, or otherwise restricted for failure to comply with the Board’s statutory and regulatory Laws.

Under Section 11, 63 P.S. §158, a violating licensee is subject to being assessed a civil penalty in accord with the Act 48 schedule of civil penalties (49 Pa. Code §43b.13a.), and further, as part of any disciplinary sanction to pay the costs of investigation in the matter. In determining a sanction, the Board weighs the seriousness of the violation and any mitigating facts.

A licensee who fails to recognize a deficiency in obtaining the necessary PDH/CPC may result in being issued a license for a period for which a licensee is not eligible. The Board considers it essential that any licensee immediately cure the continuing education deficiency. The Board also may consider it appropriate to assess a civil penalty as a means of impressing upon a licensee and other credentialed professionals the importance of strictly adhering to the PDH/CPC requirements that are a condition of maintaining current licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The maintenance of a current license is the most basic requirement under the Registration Law to engage in professional practice, and it is the responsibility and duty of professional licensees to follow all statutory and regulatory Laws for the protection of our citizen consumers.

The 15 courses for 2015 are:

  1. A Detailed Look at EJCDC's Newly Released P3-508 Form for Public-Private Partnerships

  2. Career Transitions

  3. Designing for High Wind

  4. Emerging Trends: Seismic Shifts

  5. Engineering Ethics: Business Issues

  6. Engineering Ethics: Technical Issues

  7. Engineering Ethics: Professional Issues

  8. Ethics & Risk Management: When Trust Me Isn't Enough

  9. Ethics and Sustainable Development

  10. How Effective Leaders Manage Conflict

  11. Leading as an Engineering Responsibility

  12. Seven Secrets to Successful Negotiation

  13. Team Building Skills for Engineers

  14. The Pros and Cons of Using a Consultant

  15. Today's Three Greatest Risks in Green Design & Construction

DID YOU KNOW?

NSPE (PSPE) membership now includes 15 FREE ONLINE seminars that you can conveniently view from the comfort of your home or office. At the end of each seminar, the user will be presented a quiz meeting the state's continuing education requirements. These courses are available for free to all NSPE (PSPE) MEMBERS.

If you consider the price per individual PDH ($40 - $50/PDH) this amounts to a savings of over $500. Just think of the savings for a typical engineering company if ALL of their employees were Pittsburgh Chapter PSPE/NSPE members!