All engineers certified in the practice of structural engineering through the SECB will be required to renew their certification annually, through a recertification process. The recertification process will include documenting that the individual has remained active in the practice of structural engineering and has fulfilled the continuing education requirement. In addition, a recertification fee must be filed to cover the costs associated with verifying the currency requirements and updating and maintaining the individual’s records.
The following lettered paragraphs correspond to the PDH Categories in the SECB Online Recertification System. Please use these requirements when recording your professional development activities over the past 12 months. A minimum of 15 acceptable PDHs is required annually for renewal of your certification.
A. 15 Hours combined maximum: Seminar, Course and Lecture.
This category includes seminars, courses, and lectures covering technical topics on or related to structural engineering. Nontechnical topics are addressed in Category F. For Category A, PDHs are earned at the rate of 1 PDH for each 1 Hour of seminar or lecture attendance. For university courses, PDHs are earned as follows: 15 PDHs per credit hour for a semester-long course and 10 PDHs per credit hour for a quarter-long course.
B. 5 Hours Maximum: Professional Meeting.
This category includes attendance at professional meetings of recognized structural engineering professional organizations. If the meeting includes a seminar or lecture, that time is addressed in Categories A or F, depending on the topic. If the meeting involves participation in a professional committee, that time is addressed in Category E. For Category B, PDHs are earned at the rate of 1 PDH for every 2 Hours of meeting attendance.
C. 10 Hours Maximum: University Lecture, Structural Engineering Consulting, Professional Presentations and Papers.
University Lectures (only for Practicing Engineers): PDHs may be earned through preparation and presentation of university lectures for a full course. PDHs are earned at the rate of 4 PDHs for every 1 Hour of course credit. Credit is limited to the preparation and presentation of university lectures for the first time each course is offered.
Structural Engineering Consulting (only for Full-time professors): PDHs may be earned by providing structural engineering consulting services. PDHs are earned at the rate of 1 PDH for every 4 Hours of time spent consulting.
Professional Presentations and Papers: PDHs may be earned by preparing and presenting a paper or seminar covering a technical topic on or related to structural engineering. PDHs are earned at the rate of 3 PDHs for each paper or seminar. Credit is limited to one paper or seminar per topic.
D. 5 Hours Maximum: In-House Product-Based or Employer-Given Seminars.
This category includes attendance at in-house product-based or employer-given seminars on topics that would otherwise qualify for credit under Categories A or F, excluding web-based seminars. For Category D, PDHs are earned at the rate of 1 PDH for each 1 Hour of seminar attendance.
E. 5 Hours Maximum: Professional Committees.
This category includes time spent actively participating in a professional committee. For Category E, PDHs are earned at the rate of 1 PDH for each 1 Hour spent on committee participation. Annual credit is limited to 2 PDHs per committee.
F. 5 Hours Maximum: Professional Practice, Business Management, BIM, and Risk Management Seminar.
This category includes seminars covering certain nontechnical topics: professional practice, business management, building information modeling (BIM), and risk management. Technical topics are addressed in Category A. For Category F, PDHs are earned at the rate of 1 PDH for each 1 Hour of seminar or lecture attendance.
Examples of hours that will not be accepted
- Software training not directly related to structural engineering.
- OSHA Safety Training.
- FEMA USAR Structural Specialist Training.
- Realtor training.
- Home schooling, reading, researching online.
- Self-study for professional license exams.
- Work on business or personal projects.
- Other non-professional development activities.
Carry Forward Hours
Up to 15 PDHs may be carried forward each year, but no PDHs may be carried forward more than one year. PDHs retain their category type when carried forward.