Professional engineers are expected to continuously update their skills, acquire new expertise and broaden their knowledge base to renew their license. One of the most frequent questions we are asked by Maryland PEs is – What are the continuing education requirement for Maryland professional engineers?
In Maryland, professional engineers are required to complete 16 professional development hours every two years. At least 1 PDH must be from an ethics related topic. The board allows a maximum of 8 hours of credit to be carried forward to the next licensing term. Engineering licenses are renewed every two years on the last day of the month from the date of issue. Maryland pre-approves continuing education providers.
Professional engineers renewing their license for the first time are exempted from having to earn continuing education credits. Licensees must earn all PDH credits during the first renewal cycle. No credits may be applied if they were completed prior to being licensed in Maryland.
PDH-Pro offers packages that allow engineers to earn PDH credits. These packages include all 16 PDH credits and are guaranteed to be accepted by the Maryland board.
For a complete list of all license renewal requirements check out our Maryland PE renewal page.
Maryland PDH Credits
The Maryland Board for Professional Engineers regulates engineering in Maryland.The licensee is required to earn 16 PDH credits every 24 months (biennially). Courses must be completed from qualified programs and must improve the professional competency and foster improvement, enhance and extend the professional skills and knowledge related to the practice of engineering.
Acceptable engineering continuing education courses are:
- Technical, research, analytical, or design aspects of engineering;
- Laws and regulations applicable to the practice of engineering in Maryland;
- Engineering-related computer hardware and software topics;
- Standards of practice or care;
- Professional engineering ethics;
- Project management, risk assessment and management, or emergency and disaster management; or
- Similar topics aimed to maintain, improve, or expand the skills and knowledge relevant to the licensees field of practice.
During each renewal period, at least one of the PDH credits must be related to ethics. The content of the ethics course must meet the Maryland board requirements which are outlined below.
Maryland pre-approves course providers. All continuing education courses must be completed with one of these CPC sponsors. PDH-Pro is an approved Maryland provider of