North Carolina Engineer Requirements

 Current State Requirements for an Engineer in the State of North Carolina:

 15 PDH minimum annually

Dual License: The number of PDH units required shall remain the same for persons who hold a second registration as engineer or land surveyor. Holders of second registrations must obtain a minimum of 1/3 of the total PDH requirements in each field. The remaining 1/3 requirement may be obtained in either field at the sole discretion of the registrant.

Renewal Date: December 31 annually

Statute: 21-56.1700


A registrant may bring an inactive license to active status by obtaining all delinquent PDH units. However, if the total number required to become current exceeds 30, then 30 shall be the maximum number required.

Applicable Course of Study

Any course or activity with a clear purpose and objective which will maintain, improve, or expand the skills and knowledge relevant to the licensee's field of practice.

Continuing education activities for which PDH units may be earned are as follows: 
(1) Completion of college courses. 
(2) Completion of continuing education courses. 
(3) Completion of correspondence, televised, videotaped, audio taped, and other short courses/tutorials. 
(4) Presenting or attending seminars, in-house courses, workshops, or professional or technical presentations made at meetings, conventions or conferences. 
(5) Teaching or instructing in items (1) through (4) of this Rule. 
(6) Authoring published papers, articles, or books. 
(7) Active participation in professional or technical societies. 
(8) Patents.
(9) Authoring exam questions accepted for use in the national engineering exam.

Credit for college or community college courses will be based upon course credit established by the college. Credit for seminars and workshops will be based on 1 PDH for each hour of attendance. Attendance at programs presented at professional and technical society meetings will earn PDH units for the actual time of each program. Credit determination for published papers, articles and books and obtaining patents is the responsibility of the registrant. Credit for active participation in professional and technical societies (limited to 2 PDH per organization), requires that a licensee serve as an officer or actively participate in a committee of the organization.

Conversion from other units of continuing education to PDH units is as follows: 
(a) 1 College or unit semester hour 45 PDH 
(b) 1 College or unit quarter hour 30 PDH
(c) 1 Continuing Education Unit 10 PDH
(d) 1 Hour of professional development in course work, seminars, or professional or technical presentations made at meetings, conventions or conferences. 1 PDH
(e) For teaching in Items (1) - (4) of this Rule, PDH credits are doubled. Teaching credit is valid for teaching a course or seminar for the first time only. Teaching credit does not apply to full-time faculty, as defined by the institution where a registrant is teaching.
(f) Each published paper, article or book. 10 PDH
(g) Active participation in professional and technical society. (Each organization.) 2 PDH
(h) Each patent 10 PDH
(i) Each question used. 5 PDH


Proof of Compliance

The responsibility of maintaining records to be used to support credits claimed is the responsibility of the registrant.

Records required include, but are not limited to: 
(1) a log showing the type of activity claimed, sponsoring organization, location, duration, instructor's or speaker's name, and PDH credits earned; 
(2) attendance verification records in the form of completion certificates, or other documents supporting evidence of attendance; or 
(3) records as maintained by the National Professional Development Registry for Engineers and Surveyors (NPDRES).

These records must be maintained for a period of three years and copies may be requested by the board for audit verification purposes.

Individuals selected for auditing shall provide the board with documentation of the CPC activities claimed for the renewal period, including but not limited to: 
(1) Attendance verification records in the form of transcripts, completion certificates, other documents supporting evidence of attendance, or a log as defined in Rule .1706 of the Section. 
(2) Information regarding course content, instructors and sponsoring organization, for activities presented by other than approved sponsors as defined in Rule .1713 of this Section.

Attendance records shall be maintained by individual registrants for a period of three years for audit verification purposes. Renewal applications may require the completion of a continuing education form specified by the board outlining PDH credit claimed. The registrant must supply sufficient detail on the form to permit audit verification, must certify and sign the continuing education form, and submit the form with the renewal application and fee.


After January 31st, a penalty fee of $100.00 must be submitted with the renewal application. Licensees whose renewals have not been received by February 1st of each year cannot be guaranteed that their name will be included in the Register for the following year. Compliance with annual Continuing professional Competency (CPC) requirements shall be determined through an audit process conducted by the Board. Determination of individuals to be audited shall be accomplished through a random selection process or as the result of information available to the Board. Failure to comply with annual CPC requirements shall result in non- renewal.

Disallowed Credits

The board of examiners has final authority with respect to approval of courses, sponsors, credit, PDH value for courses and other methods of earning credit.

Carryover Hours Allowed

15 PDH per renewal period


A registrant may be exempt from the professional development educational requirements for one of the following reasons: 
(1) New registrants by way of examination or reciprocity shall be exempt for their first renewal period. 
(2) A registrant serving on temporary active duty in the uniformed services of the United States for a period of time exceeding 120 consecutive days in a year shall be exempt from obtaining the professional development hours required during that year. 
(3) Registrants experiencing physical disability, illness, or other extenuating circumstances as reviewed and approved by the board may be exempt. Supporting documentation must be furnished to the board. 
(4) Registrants who list their occupation as "Inactive" on the board approved renewal form and who further certify that they are no longer receiving any remuneration from providing professional engineering or land surveying services shall be exempt from the professional development hours required. In the event such a person elects to return to active practice of professional engineering or land-surveying, professional development hours must be earned in accordance with the requirements of Rule .1708 in this Section before returning to active practice for each year exempted not to exceed the annual requirement for two years. 


This information provided by the State Board Statutes and Rules.