By: Ryan Malone
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19 AND NEBRASKA PE PDH REQUIREMENTS
The Nebraska Professional Engineering Board has issued the following statement: Regarding Rule 9.2.1 and 9.2.2, the required number of actual CE hours is 20 (in lieu of 30) for professional engineers. Regarding Rule 9.3.1 (5), the limit on restricted online, non-live CE activities is raised to no more than one-half (in lieu of one-fourth). Regarding Rule 9.3.2, the minimum number of required engineering ethics hours is unchanged at 1 hour. Regarding Rule 9.3.5, self-guided activities may constitute no more than six hours for professional engineers.
Regarding Rule 9.4.3, the maximum number of carryover hours is unchanged and remains at half the biennial requirement (15 for professional engineers and 12 for architects).
We urge all professional engineers to check your state board website for the most recent information, but please don't hesitate to call PDHNow with any questions.
Professional Development Hours (PDH) Requirements
Continuing education for licensed Professional Engineers in Nebraska
A summary of the professional engineering continuing education requirements mandated by the State of Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects can be found here.
PDH Topic Areas not Accepted:
1. Business Skills
2. Firm Management
3. Personal Development
One PDH must be earned in the subject of Engineering Ethics.
Although Board Rule 9.2.3 limits hours earned using online self-study courses and other self-study continuing education to 25% of the required hours (7.5 PDH per renewal cycle), this requirement is updated for 2020 Covid-19 exemption.
Other non-restricted options include courses offered by professional or architectural societies, national technical societies and associations, government agencies, accredited universities and colleges, and courses offered by IACET-approved providers.
While the Board does not specifically approve courses or providers, they do advise that certain subjects are not acceptable for continuing education credits. Ineligible subject areas include: risk management; limiting the design professional’s liability; project management related to profitability and maximizing fees; marketing / public relations; insurance; laws related to arbitration, mediation, or liens unless related to safeguarding the health, safety and welfare of the public; real estate; real estate development; expanding a design professional’s business; basic AutoCAD; personal development; general office management; accounting / financial planning; succession planning; and zoning as it relates to increasing a developer or architect’s profitability.
1. Self-study courses (limited to 7.5 hours per renewal cycle) (see updated Covid-19 exemption for 2020)
Contact PDHNow with any questions regarding your Nebraska PE license renewal requirements or 2020 Covid-19 updated requirements.