PDH Requirements

PDH Activity Log (DOC)

PDH requirements in Maine are based on NCEES Model Rules. Maine PE Statutes (32 M.R.S.A. Ch. 19) and Board Rules 02-322 C.M.R. are the defining documents regarding professional engineering in Maine, and should be familiar to each licensee.

What Counts

We license professional engineers to protect the public. Professional development helps PEs stay current with technology and professional, managerial and ethical standards.

  • All Maine PEs must complete 30 hours of professional development (PDH) in each two-year licensure period.
  • Licensees must keep records of PDHs and documentation to prove attendance if audited.
  • Licensees must keep records for three years.
  • PDH activity must be reported on the PDH Activity Log when required.
  • Maine does not pre-approve PDH courses.
  • PDH courses should be relevant to the practice of engineering and may include technical, management and ethics topics.A good guideline for choosing acceptable courses is: "Any qualifying course or activity with a clear purpose and objective which will maintain, improve, or expand the skills and knowledge relevant to the licensee's field of practice."

Typical Qualifying PDHs

  • Courses, seminars, instruction, in-house programs, or training with engineering content that relates to the licensee’s field of practice
  • Technical or professional society meetings when an engineering topic is presented as a principle part of the program
  • Teaching an engineering course for the first time
  • Teaching a previously taught course if substantial time was spent in updating material
  • Satellite or online video courses where attendance is verified and program material meets requirements
  • Computer-based courses which relate to the improvement of one’s business or profession
  • Language courses related to one’s business or profession
  • Management or ethics courses related to one’s business or profession
  • Correspondence courses on an engineering topic where lessons are prepared and returned for correction and/or grading and where testing at the end of the course is required

Typical Non-Qualifying PDHs

  • Employment or job-related functions
  • Real estate licensing courses
  • Personal, estate, or financial planning
  • Self-study
  • Personal self-improvement
  • Service club meetings or activities
  • Equipment demonstrations or trade show displays
  • Topics not relevant to engineering profession
  • Enrollment without attendance at courses, seminars, etc.
  • Repetitive attendance or teaching of the same course
  • Attending committee meetings or general business meetings of organizations not directly related to engineering
  • Language courses for personal use

Terms Defined

Professional Development Hours (PDH): A PDH is one contact hour of instruction or presentation. For example, a seminar that runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. could have a maximum of 8 PDH units. If there were a one hour lunch, the seminar would need to have at least 50 minutes of presentation/participation per hour for the seminar to provide 8 PDH units. PDH units cannot exceed actual contact clock hours.

PDH units are reported to the nearest half hour. No activity lasting less than one half hour will be accepted. Example: 50 minutes = 1 PDH but 40 minutes = .5 PDH.

PDH Credit Requirements: A licensee must obtain 30 PDHs within the two-year licensure period.

PDH Carryover: If a licensee exceeds 30 PDHs during the two-year licensure period, up to 15 PDHs may be carried over into the next license period. The licensee must retain documentation sufficient to establish all of the PDH credits to prove the carryover.

Continuing Education Unit (CEU): The CEU is a nationally recognized and uniform unit of measure for continuing education and training. One CEU is awarded for each 10 hours of contact instruction, therefore 1 CEU is equal to 10 PDHs. Providers offering CEUs must comply with IACET requirements for PDH credit.

College/Unit Semester/Quarter Hour Credit for Engineering courses: To qualify for PDH credit, a course must be accredited, offered on the class schedule, have a final exam, and a passing grade is required.

One quarter hour consists of 10 class meetings of 50-55 minutes. Because study time takes twice as much time as class time, one quarter hour is equal to 30 PDHs.

Other Courses and PDH Activities: Other qualifying courses, seminars, corporate-sponsored educational activities, programs and activities provide one PDH credit for each contact hour. Participation in professional technical presentations made at meetings, conventions or conferences also earns a credit for each hour of attendance. It is not intended that these courses/activities be undertaken in private, such as a videotaped program in one's home, but rather be conducted in a group. A correspondence course should require the participant to show evidence of achievement and completion and/or a final graded test.

Teaching Credits: Teaching of qualifying courses, seminars, or tutorials earns PDH credits for the instructor 2:1 to students. Teaching the same course more than once does not earn additional credit. Full-time faculty members do not qualify for teaching credit. Credit for a Published Paper, Article, or Book: A published paper should be a serious effort. A "news" article in a technical or professional bulletin is not considered a published paper. The PDH credit for published work is 10 PDHs.

Participation in Professional and Technical Societies: Licensees may earn two PDHs per licensure period by serving as an officer or active committee member in a professional or technical society.

For all members of professional and technical societies: Attendance at qualifying programs presented at professional and/or technical society meetings will earn one PDH for each hour of attendance.

Patents: 10 PDHs can be earned for filing a patent application relevant to the engineering profession.

Keep Your Records

The licensee must maintain documentation of all PDHs for three years. The Board will conduct random audits to verify compliance with PDH requirements.

Required records should include, but are not limited to:

  1. A PDH Activity Log (DOC 38KB) showing the type of activity claimed, sponsoring organization, location, duration, instructor or speaker’s name, and PDH credits earned. An accurate log makes it easier to complete renewal.
  2. Attendance verification records in the form of completion certificates or other documents supporting evidence of attendance.

HOW TO FILL OUT THE PDH Activity Log (DOC 38KB)

The licensee should complete the activity log with sufficient information as shown below:

Type Date(s) Sponsoring Organization's Name Title/Description PDH
Incorrect 2/15/12 to 6/30/12 Local Engineering Society 6 Presentations during meetings 4.3
Correct 2/15/13 Local Engineering Society
Hometown Jurisdiction
"Earthquake-Proof Buildings"
Dr. Blake Blakeman, PE
Acme Construction Co.
1.5

The incorrect sample shows undefined activities grouped together and inadequately described, and the Professional Development Hours are not rounded correctly. This will delay renewal and could result in sanctions against their license.

If you ever have any questions related to PDHs, please contact the Board Office.

Prorated PDH Table for first-time licensees

PDHs required for licensees with less than two years of licensure at time of first renewal.

Download Table (DOC)

Even-numbered year PDHs Required(s) Odd numbered year PDHs Required
January 29 January 14
February 28 February 13
March 26 March 11
April 25 April 10
May 24 May 9
June 23 June 8
July 21 July 6
August 20 August 5
September 19 September 4
October 18 October 3
November 16 November 0
December 15 December 0