Iowa Admin. Code r. 193C-7.4 - Professional development guidelines

Current through Register Vol. 44, No. 6, September 22, 2021

Continuing education activities that satisfy the professional development criteria are those that relate to engineering or land surveying practice or management. It is recognized that an engineer's specialized skills must have as their foundation a fundamental knowledge of chemistry, physics, mathematics, graphics, computations, communication, and humanities and social sciences. However, continuing education in the fundamentals alone will not be sufficient to maintain, improve, or expand engineering skills and knowledge. For that reason, licensees will be limited in their use of fundamental courses in proportion to ABET criteria for accreditation of engineering curricula. Continuing education activities are classified as:

(1) Group 1 activities. Group 1 activities are intended to maintain, improve, or expand skills and knowledge obtained prior to initial licensure. The following chart illustrates the maximum PDH allowable per renewal period for Group 1 activities:

Type of course/activity

Number of PDH allowed per renewal period

Mathematics and basic sciences

Math beyond Trigonom etry

Basic sciences: Chemistry, Physics, Life sciences, Earth sciences

10 PDH

Engineering sciences

Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electrical and electrical circuits, Materials science,

*Computer science

*Courses in computer science will generally be considered a part of the Engineering Sciences category in the ABET criterion and, therefore, limited to a maximum of 10 PDH per renewal period.

10 PDH

Humanities and social sciences

Philosophy, Religion, History, Literature, Fine arts, Sociology, Psychology, Political science, Anthropology, Economics, Foreign languages, Professional ethics, Social responsibility


Engineering-related courses

Accounting, Industrial management, Finance, Personnel administration, Engineering economy, English, Speech, *Computer applications

*The computer is considered a tool available to engineers and land surveyors. Courses related to computer drafting and general computer applications are generally not applicable to either Group 1 or Group 2 activities. Computer courses that relate to engineering or land surveying design applications, such as structural design/analysis software, are considered acceptable.

10 PDH

(2) Group 2 activities. Group 2 activities are intended to develop new and relevant skills and knowledge. Credit for participation in activities in the group is unlimited, subject to maximum carryover. Typical areas include postgraduate level engineering science or design, new technology, environmental regulation and courses in management of engineering or land surveying activity (regular work duties do not qualify).
(3) Independent study. To be readily acceptable by the board, independent study as defined in rule 193C-7.2 (542B,272C) must meet all of the following criteria:
a. A written evaluation process is completed by the independent study provider; and
b. A certificate of satisfactory completion is issued by the provider; and
c. An evaluation assessment is issued to the licensee by the provider; and
d. Documentation supporting such independent studies is maintained by the licensee and provided to the board as required by subrule 7.8(2).

A maximum of ten professional development hours of independent study activity will be allowed per biennium per licensee.

(4) Exclusions. Types of continuing education activities which will be excluded from allowable continuing education are those in which it is not evident that the activity relates directly to the licensee's practice of professional engineering or land surveying or the management of the business concerns of the licensee's practice, or which do not comply with the board's administrative rules. Examples of activities that do not qualify as continuing education include the following:

* Regular employment;

* Toastmasters club meetings;

* Service club meetings or activities;

* Personal estate planning;

* Banquet speeches unrelated to engineering;

* Professional society business meeting portions of technical seminars;

* Financial planning/investment seminars;

* Foreign travel not related to engineering study abroad;

* Personal self-improvement courses;

* Real estate licensing courses;

* Stress management;

* Trade shows;

* Peer review;

* Accreditation review;

* Independent study or self-study that does not meet the requirements of subrule 7.4(3);

* Basic CAD and fundamental computer application courses;

* Undergraduate engineering seminars.


Iowa Admin. Code r. 193C-7.4
Amended by IAB January 2, 2019/Volume XLI, Number 14, effective 2/6/2019

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