Missouri professional engineers (PE) must earn 30 professional development hours (PDH) hours every biennial period. Licensed professional engineers practicing in Missouri must renew their licenses by December 31st every two years based on the year of initial licensure. Ethics courses are accepted but aren’t required. Missouri allows up to 15 professional development hours to be carried forward.
PDH Pro has continuing education courses that are suitable for Missouri engineers. We offer a popular series of packages for Missouri Engineers based on your discipline.
Refer to our Missouri Engineering License renewal page for more information.
Missouri Required PDH Credits
The Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects (APEPLSPLA) requires professional engineers in the state to renew their licenses every two years. Thirty hours of PDH credits are required biennially. Engineers can roll over as much as 15 credit hours to the next renewal cycle. The board accepts engineering ethics courses, but they do not require PE’s to complete ethics training. The board does not pre-approve course providers or specific courses. They allow the individual engineer to determine what is suitable based on their continuing education goals.
Missouri License Renewal Dates
Professional engineers in Missouri are required to renew their licenses every two years. The renewal date is December 31st and is based on the engineer’s initial licensing year. The license renewal fee for Missouri engineers is $35. The board requires each engineer to maintain records of continuing education in a suitable form. This includes the title of the course, the course provider, the date completed, the number of development hours, and the location where the course was completed.
Engineering Ethics and Professional Conduct
The Missouri engineering board does not require ethics courses as part of their continuing education program. Ethics courses are allowed, but they are not required. As such, the individual engineer can determine whether to include engineering ethics and professional conduct training in their courses.
Records Keeping Requirements for Missouri Engineers
PEs are responsible for keeping all records of completed required PDH.
It is the responsibility of a licensed professional engineer to keep records that must be maintained for a minimum period of 4 years for auditing purposes. Examples of records you should keep include the summary log of your PDH and attendance verification records.
Continuing Education Activities Accepted by the MO Board
Continuing Education is a universal and uniform unit of measuring continuing education and training. Normally, 1 CEU credit is allotted to 10 hours of study. Thus, the State of Missouri allots 10 PDH to 1 CEU credit since 10 PDH represents 10 hours of study.
- Online course: The board allows for a Continuing Education Unit (CEU) acquired from other states provided that the contents meet the requirement of Missouri. More so, the board approves attending satellite downlink video courses where attendance is verified and material meets requirements.
- Live Webinars: The board also approves attending technical or professional society meetings when a topic related to the licensee’s professional practice is presented as a principal part of the program of which live webinars may include.
- Self-Study Courses: Unfortunately, self-study does not count towards CEU credits as it cannot be measured nor quantified. However, this can help you improve your Engineering practices.
- Other activities: Other recognized activities by the board include relevant computer software courses, related professional service to the public, active participation and successful completion of seminars, webinars, workshops, video courses, and so on. Activities like regular employment, real estate licensing courses, non-technical computer software courses, service club meetings, enrollment without attendance, etc, do not count.
Acceptable Courses and Activities for Missouri Engineers
Some of the activities and courses the board accepts for PDH include:
- Online Courses
- Live Webinars
- Self-Study or Self-Directed Courses
- College Courses
- Continuing Education Courses
- Correspondence, Electronic, Televised, Videotaped and Other Qualifying Short Courses
- Attending or Presenting Qualifying In-House Courses, Seminars or Workshops
- Professional or Technical Presentations at Conferences, Conventions or Meetings
- Teaching College, Continuing Education, Electronic or In-House Courses, Seminars and Workshops
- Authoring Published Articles, Books or Papers
- Actively Participating In Technical or Professional Societies, or Being Actively Involved In Educational Outreach Activities
Unacceptable PDH Activities
While the board doesn’t pre-approve activities or courses for CPC, some of the activities they don’t accept include:
- College Courses Not Specifically for Engineers
- Business Training Programs Dealing With Company Policy and Procedures
- Refresher Courses or On-The-Job Training
- Taking a Course or Teaching a Class Already Submitted for PDH Credit
- Non-Technical, Self-Improvement Activities
- General Safety or First Aid Courses
- Trade Show or Conference Attendance
- Memberships in Professional Clubs Or Societies
Missouri Pre-Approval of Continuing Education Activities
The board does not pre-approve any continuing education provider or course. The board maintains flexibility of choice but upholds that the courses must be relevant to the engineer’s field and board’s requirements.
Sources Of Free Continuing Education Courses
There are many CEU online courses out there but most are paid. It will be very hard to get a free course with the required quality and standard. Sources of free continuing education course include:
Missouri Engineering Licensing Requirements
To become a licensed engineer in the State of Missouri, you have to complete 30 Professional Development Hours (PDH) in relevant courses and activities. Activities that count toward credits include participation in professional and technical societies, attending relevant seminars, webinars, and workshops, running computer software programs and courses related to your field, and so on. Issuance of licenses takes place every Dec 31st while renewal of licenses takes place the same date but every two years.
Missouri Engineering Discipline Restrictions For Continuing Education Courses
The board provides exceptions for those who are serving in the US armed force. These set of people may be considered even without completing the required PDH. Meanwhile too, no activity less than half an hour will be accepted for credits.
Complete Engineering Packages for Missouri PEs
PDH Pro has a series of continuing education packages for Missouri engineers. Our Missouri Engineering Packages were developed to meet all of the Engineering board’s requirements. We developed packages based on your discipline: chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, geotechnical, mechanical, or structural. Each year, we review the license requirements to ensure our Missouri packages meet all of the board’s guidelines.
Protecting the Public’s Safety and Well-Being
APEPLSPLA is the agency responsible for developing and enforcing the rules and requirements for professional engineers in the State of Missouri. Their focus is to ensure PEs protect the safety and well-being of people in Missouri. To work in Missouri, you should protect public health and welfare and not discredit the engineering profession.