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CPD requirement can't be fulfilled merely by correspondence course, registration board warns

Professional engineers and surveyors shouldn't be misled into thinking they can meet their biennial continuing professional development requirement just by completing a correspondence course, warns the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers & Surveyors.

State law requires engineers and surveyors to obtain 30 continuing professional development hours (PDH) during each two-year licensing period.  The current licensing period ends December 31, 2015.

Recently the board staff has fielded many inquiries as to whether the board accepts correspondence courses as part of the continuing education requirement.  One online provider has claimed that simply by completing the company's workbook, the licensee can fulfill his or her entire 30 PDH requirement.

To dispel that misconception, the board issued this statement:  "Registrants are reminded that board policy allows up to a maximum of three (3) hours continuing professional development per year for the completion of correspondence courses (paper, online or other format) provided the course and the course provider meet the requirements of R.C. 4733.151."

A board representative said this is not a new policy, noting that it was adopted in January 2014. The board issued this warning now so that registrants have ample time to earn the required 30 PDH prior to the December 31, 2015 deadline.

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