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Become a Continuing Education Instructor: Step-by-Step Guide

Engineering Continuing Education Course Authors

Engineering Course AuthorHave you ever thought of becoming an instructor as a way to supplement your income?

If you’re an experienced professional engineer who is considered to be a subject matter expert, you may be able to make substantial side income writing continuing education classes for other engineers. You can be your own boss, make your own hours, and use all the extra knowledge you’ve accumulated over the years to make engineering a safer and more productive profession.

Continuing education courses are a requirement all professional engineers have to deal with. The laws are different within every state, but we all have to take them. It’s just a fact of our profession.

But have you ever thought about writing them?

These courses have to come from somewhere, right? The sites you take them from all started somewhere, sometimes even with just a single engineer who began with one continuing education course. Someone just like you.

How to Become A Course Author

The first step to becoming a course author for continuing education is to do your research. The rules and requirements for engineering education are many and varied, and depending on the state you live in, the laws may be different. Nearly all require you to you to be a licensed professional engineer, but there are some that may require approval or certification by third parties that you need to be aware of.

Know what the requirements are and got them covered? Great! Now there’s a second decision you need to think about.

There are several different ways to become a course author. The first, and simplest, of course, is to simply write your own course, and sell it from your own website. This route can be a bit trickier than it looks, however, because selling your own course requires a modicum of social proof, which is just a fancy term for saying evidence that you’re qualified to be a teacher.

Assess Your Credentials

If you’ve got the right credentials, then you’ve got a start, but even if you’ve met all the requirements, there are startup costs that come with building a website, generating traffic, and hosting your course. Still, if done right, this can be a rewarding avenue to take, because, in the end, you’ll be the one keeping all of the profits your courses generate.

Deciding to go this route? Great! You’ll need to research web hosting, building a business website, software to host your course, and marketing your product.

Teach for PDH-Pro

The second option at your disposal is to freelance for a reputable company that offers