Qualifying for the PE Exam

License Renewal and Continuing Education Requirements

Do I have take a requalification exam?

No states require you to take written examinations to renew your engineering PE license.

Are there any continuing education requirements once you have a PE license?
Approximately 24 states and territories have continuing education requirements. For more information, look up your state on the state board page, and then contact your board for details.

How much does it cost to renew your license?
The cost varies from state to state, running from $25 to several hundred dollars per year.

Requirements by State as of 2017

State Number of Hours Needed Renewal Preapproval Needed Self-Study Allowed Notes
Alabama 15 Annual - December 31st No Self-study and Internet courses:
must show evidence of
achievement and completion or
a final graded test.
Must be relevant to the profession of
engineering and may include technical,
ethical, or managerial content. Management
courses must be sponsored by a recognized
technical society.
Alabama - Dual
PE/PLS
20        
Alaska 24 December 31 - odd years      
Arizona No Triennial -Based on original
date of licensure
     
Arkansas 15 Annual - December 31st No Yes Must be relevant to the profession of
engineering and may include technical,
ethical, or managerial content.
Arkansas Dual
PE/PLS
20 Annual - September 30      
California No Biennial - from assigned
renewal date
     
Colorado No Biennial - from original date
of licensure
     
Connecticut No Annual      
Delaware 24 Biennial - June 30      No less than 3 PDH and no more than 6 PDH
shall be related to professional ethics, and no
more than 9 PDH shall be related to business
or project mannagement
DC No        
Florida 8 (Annual) Biennial - February 28/Odd
years
Yes No Four hours shall relate to areas of practice
and four hours shall relate to rules of the
board. No personal improvement courses
accepted.
Georgia 30 Biennial - December
31/Even years
No Yes Must be relevant to the profession of
engineering and may include technical,
ethical, or managerial content.
Georgia Dual
PE/PLS
30        
Hawaii No Biennial - April 30/Even
years
     
Idaho 30 Biennial-begin on day
following birthdate
No Yes PDH units must come from two or more
activities listed on state board Web site.
Idaho/PE 30 Biennial - Last day of birth
month
No    
Idaho/PLS 30 Biennial-begin on day
following birthdate
No Must document self-study - not
to exceed five PDHs per
renewal period
PDHs units must improve/expand knowledge
and skills in licensee's field of practice and
must be earned from two or more activities.
Illinois 30 Biennial - November
30/Odd years
No Self-study with proof of a final
exam
Must be relevant to the profession of
engineering and may include technical,
ethical, or managerial content.
Illinois - Structural 30 Biennial - November
30/Odd years
  No Only ten PDHs from self-administered
courses. Applications are audited for
verification of compliance.
Indiana 30 Biennial- July 31   Yes One PDH must be Ethics related. One PDH
must be in Indiana statutes and laws. 
Iowa 30  Biennial - December 31 -
depending on original date
of licensure 
No No Only six PDHs may be from distance learning.
Must be relevant to the profession of
engineering and may include technical,
ethical, or managerial content.
Iowa Dual PE/PLS 20 for engineering
and
20 for land surveying
 Biennial - December 31 -
depending on original date
of licensure 
     
Kansas 30 Biennial - April 30/Last names beginning with the initials A-L renew in even numbered years.
 Last names beginning with the initials M-Z renew in odd numbered years
No Self-study on a case-by-case
basis. Must expand/improve
technical professional skills or
learn new.
Must be relevant to the profession of
engineering and may include technical,
ethical, or managerial content.
Kansas Dual
PE/PLS
40: 20 PDHs each in technical and professional areas Biennial - April 30/Last names beginning with the initials A-L renew in even numbered years.
 Last names beginning with the initials M-Z renew in odd numbered years
Yes   Continuing education credit for surveyors for the KANSAS MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR BOUNDARY SURVEYS AND MORTGAGE TITLE INSPECTIONS STANDARDS OF PRACTICE be preapproved by the Board
Kentucky 30 Biennial - June 30      
Louisiana 30 Biennial - according to alpha listing of last name No preapproval for materials. Will pre-approve sponsors No Self-study One PDH in ethics and at least eight PDHs in life safety, building codes, or ADA guidelines.
Maine 30 Biennial - December 30/Odd years No No Continuing education requirements mandatory beginning with the December 31,2005 renewal. Engineering related learning and activities.
Maryland 24 biennial Biennial depending on date of original registration No    
Massachusetts No Biennial - June 30/Even
years
     
Michigan 15 or 30 - See special requrement Biennial October 31     A licensee who holds a license for more than 12 months, but less than 24 months shall obtain 15 PDHshours for the first renewal period. A licensee who holds a license for 24 months or more shall obtain 30 PDHs for the renewal period.
Minnesota 24 Biennial - June 30/Even years No No Must be related to public health, safety, and welfare. Enhance and expand skills and knowledge and abilities of practicing professional. Effective August 1, 2014,Minnesota now requires 2 of the PDHs of the 24 PDHs required to be earned in the
biennium to be in engineering ethics.
Mississippi 15 Annual - December 31 No No One PDHs ethics training every two years
Missouri 30 Biennial - December 31/Even years No No Must be relevant to the profession of engineering and may include technical, ethical, or managerial content.
Montana 30 Biennial - June 30/Even years No Self-study limited to 1/3 of requirement per cycle. Must be relevant to the profession of engineering and may include technical, ethical, or managerial content. These activities should advance the professional or technical competence of the licensee.
Montana Dual PE/PLS 36: at least 10 PDHs in each field of practice Biennial - June 30/Even years   Yes self-study is limited to 1/3 total PDH required  
Nebraska 30 Biennial - December 31/Odd or even years depending on alpha listing of last name No No Must be training relevant to practice of engineering.
Nevada 30 Biennial No No Must be relevant to the profession of engineering and may include technical, ethical, or managerial content
Nevada Dual PE/PLS 30: 10 in engineering and 10 in surveying Biennial      
New Hampshire 30: 10 in engineering and 10 in surveying Biennial No No Comply with administrative rules and enhance professional competency. Must be relevant to the profession of engineering and may include technical, ethical, or managerial content.
New Jersey 24 Biennial No   2 hours must focus on professional practice ethics.
New Mexico 30 Biennial - December 31 No No 4 hours must be in ethics during the two-year reporting period. Must be relevant to the profession of engineering and may include technical, ethical, or managerial content.
New Mexico Dual
PE/PLS
30        
New York 36 Triennial - Birth date Yes-PIE, AIA and others as approved. All courses from pre-approved sponsors are not necessarily approved. Must meet content criteria  Self-study accepted from an approved provider in an acceptable subject area based on audio, audio/visual, written, online, or other media and does not meet criteria established for live instruction, i.e. immediate interaction with an instructor/presenter. A self study program must have a testing instrument. Not accepted: independent study or informal "study group." Max. of 18 hours of CE may be educational activities: teaching, authoring, presenting, obtaining a patent, self-study. Min. 18 CE hours in courses for professional engineers. One hour of ethics training (which includes engineering laws and regs) is required during each registration period. Refer to NYSED Education Law Article 145.
North Carolina 15 Annual - December 31 Yes, preapproved sponsors No Must be relevant to the profession of engineering and may include technical, ethical, or managerial content.
North Carolina Dual PE/PLS 15 Annual - December 31   No  
North Dakota 30 Biennial - December 31 No Self-study with proof of final exam Begin renewal period December 31, 2006. Any activity to expand, improve skills and knowledge relevant to the field of practice.
North Dakota dual PE/PLS 30: 10 each in engineering and surveying Biennial - December 31      
Ohio 15 annually. May roll credits into the next year. Annual December 31 No Self-study courses are not mentioned in the regulation. The continuing professional development requirement may be satisfied by coursework or activities dealing with technical, ethical, or managerial topics relevant to the practice of engineering or surveying.
Oklahoma 30 Biennial - by date of licensure Yes Self-study: max three PDHs per period documented with proof of final exam Must be relevant to the profession of engineering and may include technical, ethical, or managerial content.
Oregon  30 Biennial - depending on last name No Self-study: six PDHs maximum per renewal Must be relevant to the profession of engineering and may include technical, ethical, or managerial content. Management courses must be sponsored by a recognized technical society.
Oregon dual PE/PLS 30: 10 engineering and 10 surveying Biennial - depending on last name      
Puerto Rico No        
Pennsylvania 24 Biennial - September
30/Odd years
No Yes Continuing professional competency obtained by a licensee should maintain, improve or expand skills and knowledge obtained prior to initial licensure or develop new and relevant skills and knowledge.
Rhode Island No Annual - June 30      
South Carolina 30 Biennial - June 30/Even years No Self-study if documented Must be relevant to the profession of engineering and may include technical, ethical, or managerial content.
South Carolina dual PE/PLS 15 annual: at least 5 for each profession Biennial - June 30/Even years      
South Dakota 30 Biennial/Odd or even years depending on original date of licensure No Self-study if documented with final exam At least 20 PDH must be in technical subjects that lead to further professional development in the licensee’s field of practiceand no more than 10 hours in professional management subjects.
South Dakota dual PE/PLS 30 :at least one-third in each profession. Biennial/Odd or even years depending on original date of licensure      
Tennessee 24 Biennial/Odd or even years depending on date of original licensure No No At least 13 PDHs must address public health, safety and welfare issues. Remainder must be relevant to the profession of engineering and may include technical, ethical, or managerial content.
Texas 15 Annual - quarterly renewals depending on original date of licensure  No A maximum of five PDHs selfstudy/self-directed. Online courses are not self-directed  At least one PDH must be in professional ethics, roles and responsibilities of professional engineering, or review of the Texas Engineering Practice Act and board rules.
Utah 24 Biennial - March 31 of each odd numbered year No A maximum of four hours per two year period may be recognized for preparation of papers, articles, or books directly related to practice and submitted for publication Relevant to licensee's professional practice.
Utah - Structural 24 Biennial - March 31 of each odd numbered year      
Vermont No Biennial - July 1/Even years      
Virginia 16 Biennial Biennial depending on original date of licensure   For self-directed continuing education activity, there must be an assessment by the sponsor at the conclusion of the activity to verify that the individual has achieved the purpose and objective of the continuing education activity Law enacted as of July 1, 2006. Requirements and start date will be decided following recommendation from the VA Society of Professional Engineers to be presented to VA Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation. VA society estimates it may take until 2008 for the law to go into effect.
Washington No Biennial depending on date of birth      
West Virginia 15 Annual - September 30 No No Must be relevant to the profession of engineering and may include technical, ethical, or managerial content
Wisconsin 30 Biennial Biennial - July 31/Even years     At least two professional development hours must be in the area of professional conduct and ethics. A minimum of 13 hours must be filled through courses in a classroom or computer conferencing where participants can directly interact with each other and the
instructor. 
Wyoming 30 Biennial - depending on original date of licensure No   Must be relevant to the profession of engineering and may include technical, ethical, or managerial content.
Wyoming dual PE/PLS 30: at least 10 PDHs in each area of practice  Biennial - depending on original date of licensure   Self-study accepted Must be relevant to the profession of engineering and may include technical, ethical, or managerial content.

 

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