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About PDO

Professional Development Options (PDO) has been providing Continuing Education to Professional Engineers since 1995.

We offer a convenient, inexpensive option for obtaining the Professional Development Hours (PDHs) you need to maintain your license. Our DVD, audiotape, CD, USB flash drive, and text-based courses, produced by various engineering organizations, provide high quality continuing education at a fraction of the cost of attending live seminars or classes.

These organizations include:

PDO is an approved provider of continuing education for engineers.

Professional Development Options is an Approved Sponsor of continuing education activities in New York (NYSED Approved Sponsor #73), Florida (Florida CEP# 0003547), New Jersey (Provider 24GP00013600), North Carolina (Approval #S-0101), Indiana, and Maryland, as designated by the State Boards in those states. PDH credits awarded by Professional Development Options have been accepted by all other states.

Special notice for New York licensed engineers: In New York, our courses are classified as "educational activities," in which a maximum of 18 PDH`s may be earned per three-year renewal cycle. Certain courses listed on include subject matter that is not accepted by the New York Board for continuing education credit. To be acceptable in New York, educational activities must contribute to the professional practice of professional engineers and land surveyors. The subject matter of the educational activities must be related to the professional practice, not the business aspects or profitability of a firm. For example, courses in management, accounting, finance, and marketing are not acceptable in New York. Also, educational activities that address rules, laws and regulations must relate specifically to federal or New York State rules, laws and regulations. Courses designed to prepare an engineer to take the PE exam are not acceptable in New York. In general, if you are registered in New York, choose a course that is technical in nature and relates to your professional practice. Based on the New York guidelines, we have indicated in our course overviews which courses are not acceptable for New York-licensed engineers.

Special note for New Jersey licensed engineers: In New Jersey, courses that are required for initial licensure or that primarily involve practice building, practice management, or practice marketing are not allowed. Based on the New Jersey guidelines, we have indicated in our course overviews which courses are not acceptable for New Jersey-licensed engineers.

Special note for Florida licensed engineers: In Florida, courses that cover practice marketing are not allowed. Based on the Florida guidelines, we have indicated in our course overviews which courses are not acceptable for Florida-licensed engineers.

In other states which currently have mandatory Continuing Professional Competency requirements (AL, AR, GA, IA, ID, IL, KS, KY, ME, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NM, ND, OK, OH, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WV, WY), it is generally the responsibility of the engineer to select a course that meets the state guidelines. In these states, taped courses are acceptable if the content is deemed appropriate by the engineer, if there is some mechanism for verifying that the course was completed (as our quiz does), and if a Certificate of Completion is provided (which we do provide). Iowa allows a maximum of 10 PDH`s per biennium in "Independent Study," and structural engineers registered in Illinois are allowed to take a maximum of 10 PDH`s in correspondence type courses. Wisconsin requires that at least 13 PDH`s per biennium be in live training. Nebraska has limited the number of correspondence-type courses to 25% of the requirement (7.5 PDH).

We recommend that you review the specific requirements of the states in which you are registered.

How the PDO program works