Professional Development Hours

About PDHs
You can earn PDHs by participating in SAE Professional Development courses.

Licensed engineers, on a voluntary or mandated basis, participate in continuing professional education for licensure renewal to ensure competency. Continuing professional education for licensed engineers is measured in Professional Development Hours (PDH). A PDH is one contact hour of instruction or presentation. The licensee is responsible for maintaining records to be used to support credits claimed. Currently over 50% of states mandate continuing education competency for licensed engineers.

According to the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), one acceptable activity to earn PDHs is satisfactory completion of continuing education courses. Any SAE Professional Development seminar, web seminar, and most on demand courses qualify as an acceptable activity.

SAE Professional Development courses grant participants a measure of credit called Continuing Education Units (CEU) upon meeting all course requirements. View the individual course description for the number of CEUs that may be earned. SAE Professional Development is approved as an Authorized Provider of the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and grants IACET CEUs for its continuing education courses.

1 Continuing Education Unit = 10 PDHs

Licensees should look into their state's requirements. For example, four states (Florida, Louisiana, New York, and North Carolina) require pre-approval of PDH sponsors. In the instances of New York and Indiana, SAE is an approved PDH sponsor by virtue of its IACET Authorized Provider status.

For more information:
NSPE Licensure