Can I receive continuing education for the same course during a different renewal period?

It depends on each state's policies. Some states allow this while others prohibit receiving credit for the same course. We have tried to provide guidance for each state in this area, but many states don’t specifically “allow” or “prohibit” taking the same course. In these states, if you want to retake a course, you should contact your state to find out their position on the issue.

What documentation is provided to prove to my board that I completed a online course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to print out or save electronically a completion certificate that carries your name and PE number, the name of the course, and the PDH value.

Does a record of my course completion need to be sent to my licensing board?

No. All boards use a form of audit system and the board will contact you if you are selected for audit. Upon being selected for audit, you will be asked to provide evidence that you completed the continuing education for the period of the audit.

What type of activity is accepted for PDH credit by the state engineering licensing boards?

States attempt to adhere to the NCEES standard which is an activity that will maintain, improve, or expand the skills and knowledge obtained prior to initial licensure and develop new and relevant skills and knowledge.

Will my engineering board accept PDH credits awarded by

Not in all cases.

  • New York professional engineers are required to complete 36 PDHs per 3 year licensure period.

    • A minimum of 18 PDH of "live", interactive courses are required.
    • The balance of hours can be earned from self-study educational activities. PDHNow NYS approved courses meet this category.

  • Wisconsin requires 30 PDHs biennially but also requires 13 of the 30 be in real time instructor contact or in the traditional site classroom.

  • Nebraska also requires 30 PDHs biennially but limits web offerings, except those offered by universities and selected professional societies, to 25%.

Currently, those are the only 3 states that limit the opportunity to obtain continuing education via online learning.

Am I limited to only 3 hours of PDH Now coursework for renewal in the state of Ohio?

You are limited to 3 hours per year but 6 hours per biannual renewal period. You may take all 6 hours at once if you’d like but are limited to 6 hours for each 2-year renewal period.

See our Ohio Renewal Licensing page for more information.

Courses and Exams

How do I take a PDH course on the site?

Taking continuing education courses on is easy. We provide detailed step-by-step instructions of how to take a PDH course.

Can I retake the quiz if I do not pass it on the first attempt?

Yes, you can take a quiz up to 3 times. Failing to achieve the necessary 70% of correct answers on the third attempt will block further attempts and your fee will be returned to you.

What is the passing grade for an online exam?

The passing grade is 70%.

How long is the exam, and is the exam timed?

The number of question vary based on the number of PDHs awarded. A 1 PDH course exam, for example, will have 10 questions, and a typical 4 PDH course exam will have 20 questions.

There is no time limit to take the exam, nor is there a time limit imposed when taking a exam.

4 PDH course exams on the Florida Building Code, however, have 40 questions so as to conform to the requirements for approval by the Florida Building Commission.

How much time do I have to take an online course?

The time limit is set by you and by when you need to complete the continuing education in order to renew your license. PDH Now imposes no time limit.

Have more questions?

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