Maryland CPC or PDH for Professional Engineers
Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) Requirements
Continuing Education or PDH is known as CPC in Maryland

PDHengineer is approved by the Maryland State Board for Professional Engineers as a provider of continuing education for professional engineers. Click on the thumbnail to the right to view the approval letter.

Here is a summary of the engineering continuing education requirements mandated by the Maryland State Board for Professional Engineers.

Subject Requirement
Hours Required 24 PDH biennially
Renewal Dates Based on the licensee’s date of birth
Board Approval Maryland requires that courses be taken from a pre-approved sponsor. PDHengineer has been approved as an approved provider of continuing education for Maryland PEs listed under our parent company name, Decatur Professional Development, LLC.
Approved Content Courses must maintain and enhance the professional competency of professional engineers and foster improvement, advancement, and extension of professional skills and knowledge related to the practice of engineering. Maryland has separated acceptable content into two areas:

Category A
Category A courses must have content in areas that focus on the following issues:

  • 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
  • Similar topics aimed to maintain, improve, or expand the skills and knowledge relevant to the licensee’s field of practice

A minimum of 18 PDH must be earned with Category A courses. At least 1 PDH must be in the area of standards of practice or care, Maryland laws and regulations, or professional engineering ethics.

Category B
Category B courses must have content in areas that focus on the following issues:

  • Business or government administration
  • Development of traits, skills, or behavioral patterns geared towards improved communication skills, oral and written skills, personal management skills, or other similar programs which contain a clear purpose of improving a licensee’s methods of practice or operations or advancing professionally related skills and practices as applicable to the practice of engineering

A maximum of 6 PDH may be earned with Category B courses. The PE is not required to earn credits using Category B courses, but if you decide to do so, you may not apply more than 6 credits from this category.

Approved Activities Online continuing education from approved providers is specifically accepted under Maryland’s rules. There is no limit on the number of hours that can be earned using online courses.
PDH Carryover A maximum of 12 PDH can be carried forward into the next renewal period.
  1. A dual-licensed engineer/surveyor shall comply with the CPC requirements set forth in COMAR 09.13.08 applicable to licensed professional land or property line surveyors, except that a minimum of one-third of the units earned shall be gained from the qualifying programs on engineering-related topics.
  2. PDH completion records must be maintained for a minimum of 4 years. PDHengineer helps you meet this requirement by providing you with the ability to instantly access and print a certificate upon successful completion of a course or webinar. Additionally, your certificates of completion are securely maintained by PDHengineer for a minimum of ten years and can be accessed online at any time through your login account.

Last updated on September 17, 2012

PDHengineer credits have been accepted by the Maryland State Board for Professional Engineers, as well as all other U.S. state boards that mandate continuing education for engineers. In fact, no PDHengineer course or webinar has ever been rejected by a state licensing board. We’re so confident about the acceptability of our PDH credits that every PDHengineer course and webinar comes with the PDHengineer Iron-Clad Money-Back Guarantee:

Disclaimer: The information listed above represents a summary of the Board’s requirements and is provided solely for the convenience of’s users. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, Decatur Professional Development, LLC and its affiliate make no guarantee regarding the accuracy or completeness of the data listed above. It is the responsibility of each engineer to investigate the Board’s rules to ensure his/her own compliance. You are strongly encouraged to contact the Board directly for a complete listing of the Board’s current requirements.