To be approved for PDHs, a continuing education program shall meet all of the following criteria:
The program includes instruction in an organized method of learning contributing directly to the professional competency of the registrant and pertaining to subject matters which integrally relate to the practice of the profession.
The program is conducted by individuals who have specialized education, training, or experience and are considered qualified concerning the subject matter of the program.
The program fulfills pre-established goals and objectives.
The program provides attendance verification records in the form of completion certificates or other documents supporting evidence of attendance.
The professional engineer section may approve any of the following providers for continuing education programs:
A school of engineering approved by the educational approval program.
Colleges, universities, and other degree granting institutions approved by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States department of education.
National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying or its affiliates.
National Society of Professional Engineers or its affiliates.
National Council of Structural Engineers Association or its affiliates.
American Council of Engineering Companies or its affiliates.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers or its affiliates.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers or its affiliates.
Occupational safety and health administration training institute education centers.
Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute.
Any other provider approved by the professional engineer section or its designee.
The professional engineer section has final authority with respect to acceptance of activities, courses, credit, PDH value for courses, and other methods of earning PDHs.
A-E 13.05 History
History: CR 11-014
: cr. Register December 2011 No. 672
, eff. 1-1-12; CR 17-060
: cr. (1m), (2) renum. from (2) (intro.) and am., Register June 2018 No. 750
Certificate of completion; proof of attendance. A-E 13.06(1)(1)
Each registrant shall certify on the renewal application full compliance with the continuing education requirements set forth in this chapter.
The professional engineer section may require additional evidence demonstrating compliance with the continuing education requirements under this chapter, including a certificate of attendance or documentation of completion or credit for the courses completed.
If a request for evidence of compliance is requested by the professional engineer section or its designee, the registrant shall submit the requested information or documentation within 30 days of receiving the written notice. Failure to do so will result in denial of registrant's application for renewal.
A registrant shall maintain records of their continuing education units and PDHs earned for a minimum of the 3 most recent biennia on a form approved by the professional engineer section.
Records required include but are not limited to attendance verification records in the form of completion certificates or other documents supporting evidence of attendance.
If a continuing education course was awarded CEUs, the CEUs shall be converted by the applicant or registrant to PDHs for recordkeeping purposes.
A-E 13.07 History
History: CR 11-014
: cr. Register December 2011 No. 672
, eff. 1-1-12.
Waiver of continuing education. A-E 13.08(1)(1)
A renewal applicant who is unable to fully comply with the continuing education requirements due to extreme hardship may submit a written request for a waiver. The professional engineer section or its designee will review the request, and in its sole discretion, may grant a full or partial waiver, or extension of time to comply with the requirements.
In this section, “extreme hardship" means an inability to fulfill the continuing education requirements during the applicable renewal period because of one of the following:
Full-time service in the uniformed services of the United States for a period of at least one year during the biennium.
An incapacitating illness documented by a statement from a licensed physician.
A physical inability to travel to the sites of approved programs documented by a licensed physician.
Any other extenuating circumstances acceptable to the professional engineer section.
A renewal applicant may not receive a waiver under sub. (2) (b)
for 2 consecutive biennia.
A renewal applicant, who prior to the expiration date of the license submits a request for a waiver, pays the renewal fee and provides a statement setting forth the facts concerning noncompliance and the basis of the request, shall be deemed to be in good standing until the final decision on the application is issued by the professional engineer section. If a finding of extreme hardship is not determined, an applicant may not engage in the practice of professional engineering until the registration is renewed based upon compliance with the continuing education requirements under this chapter.
The professional engineer section may require an applicant for registration from another state who applies for registration to practice professional engineering under s. A-E 4.08 (2)
to submit proof of completion of 30 PDHs of qualifying continuing education that complies with the requirements of this chapter within the 2 year period prior to their application. However, an applicant by reciprocity who has received his or her first license as a professional engineer within the last two years shall be exempt from meeting the 30 PDHs specified in s. A-E 13.03 (1)
as required for continuing education requirements and shall not be required to comply with the continuing education requirements for their first renewal of registration.