CPD Requirements for Engineers in Texas-USA

CPD requirements for Engineers in Texas are regulated by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. The Board protects the health, safety, and welfare of the people in Texas by licensing qualified engineers and by regulating the practice of engineering.

The Board’s role in the protection of the public is to license qualified engineers, enforce the Texas Engineering Practice Act and Rules, and to regulate the practice of professional engineering in Texas. Currently, more than 49,000 licensed engineers offer engineering services in 27 engineering disciplines. The Board handles over 750 enforcement cases per year, and provides a system of rules and regulations for the ethical and acceptable practice of professional engineering.

CPD Requirements for Licensed Professional Engineers in Texas

Each license holder is entitled to use the term “Licensed Professional Engineer” or “Registered Professional Engineer.”  License holders are required to meet the Continuing Education Program (CEP) requirements for professional development as a condition for license renewal.

CPD HoursA mandatory Continuing Education Program requires 15 PDH (Professional Development Hours) per year.

At least one PDH must be in the area of professional ethics, roles and responsibilities of professional engineering, or review of the Texas Engineering Practice Act and Board Rules.
Types of CPDPDH units may be earned as follows:
  1. Successful completion or auditing of college credit courses.
  2. Successful completion of continuing education courses, either offered by a professional or trade organization, university or college, or offered in-house by a corporation, other business entity, professional or technical societies, associations, agencies, or organizations, or other group.
  3. Successful completion of correspondence, on-line, televised, videotaped, and other short courses/tutorials.
  4. Presenting or attending qualifying seminars, in-house courses, workshops, or professional or technical presentations made at meetings, conventions, or conferences sponsored by a corporation, other business entity, professional or technical societies, associations, agencies, or organizations, or other group.
  5. Teaching or instructing as listed in paragraphs (1) through (4) above.
  6. Authoring published papers, articles, books, or accepted licensing examination items.
  7. Active participation in professional or technical societies, associations, agencies, or organizations, including:
    (A) Serving as an elected or appointed official;
    (B) Serving on a committee of the organization;
    (C) Serving in other official positions.
  8. Patents Issued.
  9. Engaging in self-directed study.
CPD Subject MatterWhat courses, presentations, or activities count?
The intent is for the continuing education program to be self-administered.The Board does not pre-approve any courses, seminars, presentations, or other activities to meet the CEP requirement, and the Board does not require that a Professional Engineer take a course approved by RCEPP. The board does not have a list of approved courses or activities. It would be very difficult to include every possible course, seminar, or activity available to a P.E. nationwide. There are two basic criteria for an activity to count:
  1. Is the specific activity on the list of activities in the CEP Rule 137.17?
  2. Is the activity relevant to the practice of a technical profession and does it include technical, ethical, or managerial content?
If the activity is related to engineering in a technical, managerial, or ethical manner, then it will count.

CPD must be in accordance with the CEP Rule for Professional Engineers

Continuing Professional Development offers courses that are relevant to the Continuing Education Program for Professional Engineers. As described in the Texas Engineering Practice Act and Rules, §137.17 (b.4) this includes “Any qualifying course or activity with a clear purpose and objective which will maintain, improve, or expand the skills and knowledge relevant to the license holder’s field of practice.” and “All activities described in §137.17(f) of CEP shall be relevant to the practice of a technical profession and may include technical, ethical, or managerial content.”

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What proof/documentation is needed?
The Board has made the reporting process as straightforward as possible. There are only two things that a license holder needs to do:

  1. Certify on the renewal statement that the CEP requirement have been completed.  This is the main document that the board reviews and keeps as a record of completing the CEP requirement.
  2. Keep some sort of paper proof of your activity. This includes a certificate of completion or attendance.

 

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