Continuing Professional Development Information/Resources
The Administrative Rules relating to Continuing Professional Development for licensees of the Board are at IDAPA 10, Title 01 Chapter 04. Rule 007 of that chapter states, in pertinent part, ". . . the Board will not pre-approve activities as qualifying for continuing professional development, but has final authority to judge the PDH value for all activities submitted to fulfill continuing professional development requirements." An "Activity" in that chapter is defined as "Any qualifying action with a clear purpose and objective which will maintain, improve, or expand the skills and knowledge relevant to the licensee's field of practice or practices." What might qualify as an "activity" for one licensee may not qualify as an "activity" for another licensee because of the word "relevant" in the definition.
If the courses meet the definition of an "activity" for you, then you may claim them as continuing professional development, but you need to be able to defend them in the event you are selected for a continuing professional development audit. Rule 005 sets the minium number of PDHs to comply which is currently thirty (30) PDHs per biennium in two or more activity areas. The types are listed #01-11 immediately below paragraph 005
When submitting logs or attendance records to the Board, upon their request, electronic submittals by email (to:firstname.lastname@example.org) of scanned or other electronic records are preferred.
- Administrative Rules for Continuing Professional Development for both Engineers and Surveyors
- Sample CPD Log in Spreadsheet format
- PDH Audit Checklist
- CPD for Engineers-A Condition of License Renewal 4-29-09 PPT PPS
You may see a presentation on CPD requirements by the slide show below.
Frequently-Asked CPD Questions (CPD-FAQs)
Rules of Continuing Professional Development table 006 Units, the requirements for patents appears to be incomplete. "Each patent not to exceed per year" is assigned 5 PDH units. This does not tell me if I can count one (1) patent or multiple patents per year. And, do I count the PDH units when the patent is filed or when the patent is issued?
I prepare extensive and detailed survey reports which require many hours of additional research including case law, which are not required to be prepared by law or my clients, can I get PDHs for that?
- How can I be assured that CPD I take will be accepted by the Board?
- Are Idaho licensed engineers now subject to the Rules of Continuing Professional Development I see on your website?
- Do Idaho licensed engineers now submit their log and records of Continuing Professional Development on renewal?
- Rules of Continuing Professional Development table 006 Units, the requirements for patents appears to be incomplete. "Each patent not to exceed per year" is assigned 5 PDH units. This does not tell me if I can count one (1) patent or multiple patents per year. And, do I count the PDH units when the patent is filed or when the patent is issued?
- I'm an evaluator on an ABET visit, can I get PDH credit for this volunteer work?
- I've taken the Certified Federal Surveyor (CFedS) program, can I get PDHs for that?
- I prepare extensive and detailed survey reports which require many hours of additional research including case law, which are not required to be prepared by law or my clients, can I get PDHs for that?
- I just studied for, took and passed an additional PE exam. Is any of that creditable towards my PDH requirements?
- I'm required to take CFeds Continuing Education for maintenance of my CFeds status - does it count toward my Idaho requirement? How much?
The Board has agreed to accept any appropriate CPD that is on the registered provider list at http://www.rcep.net/.
What counts? Review the definition of "Activity" in the CPD Rule and if you can assure yourself that the CPD your taking meets this definition, you're on safe ground (subject to the category maximum hour limitations).top
Short answer - Yes.
Long answer - The changes in the Idaho Code as a result of the passage of HB 380 last legislative session (2008) and which went into effect on 1 July 2008, enables the Board to require CPD for both engineers and land surveyors. Implementation of that authority is in IDAPA 10.01.04 Rules of Continuing Professional Development for Land Surveyors which places the requirement on both land surveyors and engineers as of May 08, 2009. The engineers are exempt, though, from the date of implementation (May 8, 2009) until their first biennial renewal after that date. At that renewal they must start collecting CPD hours to comply with the requirements (30 PDHs per Biennium per profession). If you collect any PDHs in the current renewal period while you are exempt from the requirement, you may carry forward up to 30 PDHs into the next period. top
Short answer - No, effective with renewals in Jul 2013, the log is no longer required to be submitted with all PE, PLS, and PE/LS renewals. There will still be random log checks and audits. The audits will be a request for your log submission and your attendance records. The log checks will ask for only your log. If problems are found in your log or you fail to provide one, then you will also be audited.
Long answer - If you look at the Rule, which is available on our website and always at http://adminrules.idaho.gov/rules/current/10/0104.pdf you will note you are only required to produce your attendance records when audited. You will be notified by the Board office should you be the subject of an audit. top
The intent of the Patent line in 006 Units is to indicate that we would allow 5 PDHs for obtaining a Patent, but only allow 5 PDHs per year credit for the activity of obtaining Patents. So, in a two year renewal period (biennium), you could claim credit of up to 10 PDHs if you had obtained two patents within that two year period. If you obtained more than that, and that credit at 5 PDHs per Patent allowed you to exceed the 30 PDHs requirement in a biennium, you could carry the excess credit forward. If that situation occurs, please review the Rule on carrying forward credit and the record keeping requirements for carrying forward credit. The credit should be claimed when the Patent is issued. top
The Board ruled on 4/8/11 that this does count toward CPD Credit. Visit hours with the team and while evaluating the university are hour for hour credit. Pre-visit review of self-evaluation materials from the university are credited 5 PDHs. top
The Board reviewed the Certified Federal Surveyors (CFedS) Program, which is jointly administered by the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM). The program has seven courses and a final examination. The Board voted to allow ten (10) Professional Development Hours (PDH's) for each of the seven courses, and an additional 50 PDH's for passing the examination. Information about the program is available on the internet at http://www.cfeds.org. top
The Board reviewed the survey reports and noted their completeness and thoroughness. The Board directed staff that they should be credited as self-study for CPD. top
The Board said during their September 2012 meeting, that they would allow the maximum self-study hours for studying for an additional PE examination and also allow the actual number of exam hours to be credited, as well, for taking the exam. So, if in a renewal biennium, you spent forty-eight (48) hours studying to take an additional PE exam and then took an eight hour PE exam and passed for an additional practice discipline area, you would be allowed to claim the maximum allowed self-study in a two year biennium of six (6) PDHs for the maximum of twelve (12) hours of study plus an additional eight (8) PDHs for taking and passing the additional examination.
The Board said during their February 2013 meeting, that they would allow the hours shown in the CFeds program for continuing education for credit as a workshop (activity area 04). So if you took a CFeds CE Course length that said it was eight (8) hours (in length) and passed the quizzes and final exam for it - you would log it as eight (8) hours of PDHs.