I am looking to find some online/self study courses that I can take to meet
the Continuing Education requirements for my PE license. I would prefer to
find some courses in Finite Element Analysis, Wind Loading, or Composites.
I have not been able to find much of anything that is reasonably priced
outside of the ASME and ASCE web sites. Any help would be appreciated.
Many CAD resellers offer "after hours" classes to introduce you to their
products. These classes may be free. The VAR I work with offers free
classes about once a month, including Cosmos (FEA). www.goengineer.com
Depends on the state probably, but CAD can count if job-related. Its an
engineering skill like many others. Cosmos has different versions--I was
not thinking of the pushbutton variety you refer to (Cosmosworks Express).
FWIW, to fulfill continuing education requirements for PE I have taken
project management courses, FEA (Algor), and risk analysis training, as well
as CAD training (Solidworks & ProE).
Maybe another source of online training for the original poster could be
National Instruments or Matlab courses. Kinda depends on your engineering
The free after hours courses probably wouldn't count because of the
requirements for the training. The training has to have the following:
1. A clear objective
2. Be related to the practice of engineering
3. Have an exam (that is retained) that is graded to show that some
learning has happened.
One college semester hour................................. 45 PDH
One college quarter hour................................... 30 PDH
One continuing education unit (CEU)................... 10 PDH
One contact hour of teaching for first time ............ 2 PDH
Each published paper, article or book................... 10 PDH
Each patent.................................................... 10 PDH
The continuing education requirement depends on the state. Here is the
requirement for Utah, as a reference. By the way, it says nothing about
requiring an exam except for Internet and home study programs.
R156-22-304. Continuing Education for Professional Engineers, Professional
Structural Engineers and
Professional Land Surveyors.
In accordance with Subsection 58-22-303(2) and Section 58-22-304, the
qualifying continuing professional
education standards for professional engineers, professional structural
engineers and professional land surveyors are established as follows:
(1) During each two year period ending on December 31 of each even numbered
year, a licensed professional engineer, professional structural engineer and
professional land surveyor shall be required to complete not less than 24
hours of qualified professional education directly related to the licensee's
(2) The required number of hours of professional education for an individual
who first becomes licensed during the two year period shall be decreased in
a pro-rata amount equal to any part of that two year period preceding the
date on which that individual first became licensed.
(3) Qualified continuing professional education under this section shall:
(a) have an identifiable clear statement of purpose and defined objective
for the educational program directly related to the practice of a
professional engineer, professional structural engineer, or professional
(b) be relevant to the licensee's professional practice;
(c) be presented in a competent, well organized and sequential manner
consistent with the stated purpose and objective of the program;
(d) be prepared and presented by individuals who are qualified by education,
training and experience; and
(e) have associated with it a competent method of registration of
individuals who actually completed the professional education program and
records of that registration and completion are available for review.
(4) Credit for qualified continuing professional education shall be
recognized in accordance with the following:
(a) unlimited hours shall be recognized for professional education completed
in blocks of time of not less than one hour in formally established
classroom courses, seminars, or conferences;
(b) a maximum of 12 hours per two year period may be recognized for teaching
in a college or university or for teaching qualified continuing professional
education courses in the field of professional engineering, professional
structural engineering or professional land surveying, provided it is the
first time the material has been taught during the preceding 12 months;
(c) a maximum of four hours per two year period may be recognized for
preparation of papers, articles, or books directly related to the practice
of professional engineering, professional structural engineering or
professional land surveying and submitted for publication; and
(d) a maximum of eight hours per two year period may be recognized at the
rate of one hour for each hour served on committees or in leadership roles
in any state, national or international organization for the development and
improvement of the profession of professional engineering, professional
structural engineering or professional land surveying but no more than four
of the eight hours may be obtained from such activity in any one
(e) unlimited hours may be recognized for continuing education that is
provided via Internet or through home study courses provided the course
verifies registration and participation in the course by means of a test
which demonstrates that the participant has learned the material presented.
(5) A licensee shall be responsible for maintaining records of completed
qualified continuing professional education for a period of four years after
close of the two year period to which the records pertain. It is the
responsibility of the licensee to maintain information with respect to
qualified continuing professional education to demonstrate it meets the
requirements under this section.
(6) If a licensee exceeds the 24 hours of qualified continuing professional
education during the two year period, the licensee may carry forward a
maximum of 12 hours of qualified continuing professional education into the
next two year period.
(7) A licensee who documents they are engaged in full time activities or is
subjected to circumstances which prevent that licensee from meeting the
continuing professional education requirements established under this
section may be excused from the requirement for a period of up to three
years. However, it is the responsibility of the licensee to document the
reasons and justify why the requirement could not be met.
(8) Any licensee who fails to timely complete the continuing education
required by this rule shall be required to complete double the number of
hours missed to be eligible for renewal or reinstatement of licensure.
(9) Any applicant for reinstatement who was not in compliance with the
continuing education requirement at the time of the expiration of licensure
shall be required to complete 24 hours of continuing education complying
with these rules within two years prior to the date of application for
reinstatement of licensure.
Hope that helps
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