New York

New York CPC or PDH for Professional Engineers
Professional Development Hours (PDH) Requirements
Continuing education for licensed Professional Engineers in New York

PDHengineer is approved by the New York State Education Department as a provider of continuing education for professional engineers (NYSED Sponsor #25). Click on the thumbnail to the right to view the approval letter. Our online courses meet the state’s requirement for “educational activities” and our webinars meet the requirement as “live courses.”

Here is a summary of the engineering continuing education requirements mandated by the New York Board of Professional Engineering and Land Surveying.

Subject Requirement
Hours Required 36 PDH every 3 years

  • A minimum of 18 PDH of live, interactive “courses” is required
  • The balance of hours can be earned from self-study “educational activities”
Renewal Dates Based on the licensee’s date of birth
Board Approval New York pre-approves providers/sponsors of continuing education courses and educational activities, but not specific courses or activities. A course or educational activity must be presented by a board-approved provider/sponsor in order for the activity to be accepted. PDHengineer is Board-approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED Approved Sponsor #25) to provide continuing education for engineers through October 31, 2016 and can be found in the list of approved sponsors under the name of its parent company, “Decatur Professional Development, LLC.”
Approved Content Not all courses and educational activities offered by an approved sponsor are acceptable for continuing education credit in New York State. Courses and educational activities must contribute to the professional practice of professional engineering. The subject matter of the course or educational activity must be related to professional practice and contribute to the development or maintenance of professional knowledge.

Acceptable subjects may include: aerospace engineering, agricultural engineering, architectural engineering, bioengineering, ceramic engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, construction engineering, control systems engineering, electrical/computer engineering, environmental engineering, fire protection engineering, geological engineering, industrial engineering, manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering, materials/metallurgical engineering, mining/mineral engineering, naval architecture/marine engineering, nuclear/radiological engineering, ocean engineering, petroleum engineering, structural engineering, systems engineering, architecture, land surveying; or other matters of law and/or ethics which contribute to the professional practice in engineering and the health, safety, and/or welfare of the public; and other topics which contribute to the professional practice of engineering.

Non-acceptable subjects: subject areas that are not related to professional practice and the development or maintenance of professional knowledge, such as project management related to improving/maximizing profitability and professional fees; marketing and public relations; expanding a design professional’s business; laws related to arbitration, mediation, liens and limiting the design professional’s liability (unless they are related to safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of the public); real estate licensing; basic Auto CAD; personal, estate or financial planning; zoning as it relates to increasing a developer or engineer/land surveyor’s profitability; design build and/or alternative delivery methods (unless it includes information on the laws related to design build and its limitations in New York State).

Due to the limited course areas accepted by New York, some courses that are accepted by other states are not accepted by the New York State Board. Please check the Board Acceptance tab on the Course Overview pages to verify New York Board acceptance.

Effective August 1, 2011, the Board requires one PDH in professional ethics in each renewal cycle. This credit can be earned using either an online course (“educational activity”) or a live webinar (“course”).

Approved Activities Online courses, telecourses, and other distance learning tools are specifically listed as approved activities. The category of the training is dependent on whether the activity incorporates instructor-led training:

An “Educational Activity” is a self-study activity that doesn’t require immediate interaction with the instructor.

Up to 18 PDH of the 36 PDH may be earned through “Educational Activities.”

PDHengineer’s online courses meet the requirements for “Educational Activities.”

A “Course” is an activity that allows immediate interaction between the student and the instructor.

At least 18 PDH of the 36 PDH must be earned through “Courses.”

PDHengineer webinars meet the requirements for “Courses.”

PDH Carryover Hours cannot be carried forward into the next renewal period.
  1. An educational activity must have a testing instrument, which is completed by the licensee and returned to the sponsor for scoring. A passing grade is required before a sponsor may award continuing education credit. PDHengineer online courses meet this requirement by requiring successful completion of an online quiz prior to allowing PDH credits.
  2. Sponsors must provide a Certificate of Completion to licensees who completed courses or educational activities. The information on each course or educational activity should be retained in your records for six years from the date of completion. PDHengineer meets 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 April 7, 2014

PDHengineer credits have been accepted by the New York Board of Professional Engineering and Land Surveying, 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.