NEW HAMPSHIRE BOARD OF LICENSURE FOR PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS
57 Regional Drive
Concord, New Hampshire 03301
(603) 271-2219

Adopt ENG 403 to read as follows:
Adopted Rules 4/18/97, readopted 10/19/04

PART ENG 403 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT      

            Eng 403.01      Renewal Requirements

(a)        A renewal application shall not be accepted for filing unless the licensee indicates on the renewal application, and under penalty of unsworn falsification, that he/she has completed the minimum required hours of approved professional development hours required by 403.01 (b) and lists the specific basis for each credit.

(b)        Each licensee shall obtain at least 30 professional development hours of approved continuing education courses during the biennial renewal period as a condition of license renewal.

(c)        If a licensee exceeds the requirement, a maximum of 15 professional  development hours may be carried forward into the subsequent renewal period.

            Eng 403.02      Continuing Professional Development Requirements for New Licensees    New licensees shall be exempt from obtaining professional development hours for their first biennial renewal period.

            Eng 403.03      Requirements for Reciprocity    Licensees who are residents of jurisdictions other than New Hampshire shall meet the continuing professional development or equivalent requirements of their resident jurisdiction. The requirements for the State of New Hampshire shall be satisfied when a non-resident licensee provides evidence of having met the requirements of their resident jurisdiction. If licensees reside in a jurisdiction that has no continuing professional development requirements, the resident shall meet the requirements of the State of New Hampshire.

            Eng  403.04     Reinstatement.   An applicant may bring an inactive license to active 
status by obtaining 15 additional professional development hour units for a total of 45, but only
 upon payment of any and all outstanding renewal and reinstatement fees as specified in Eng
 302.03. Additional credits shall be for the current reinstatement period only, none may be
carried over into the licensee’s subsequent biennial renewal period.

            Eng  403.05     Professional Development Hour Requirements. Professional development hours shall
meet the following criteria:

(a)        Continuing education activities shall be relevant to the practice of engineering or no credit shall be awarded. Such continuing education activities may include technical, ethical, or managerial content;

(b)        The content of each presentation shall be well organized and presented in a sequential manner; and

(c)        There is a provision for individual participant course/program registration
including information required for record keeping and reporting.

            Eng 403.06      Professional Development Hour Credits   Professional development hours shall be credited as follows:

(a)        A maximum of 6 professional development hours shall apply to activity on a state or national board of licensure;

(b)        Courses/programs awarded one college semester hour of credit shall equal 45 professional development hours based on course credit established by the college or university;

(c)        Courses/programs awarded one college quarter hour shall equal 30 professional development hours;

                        (d)        Courses/programs awarded one continuing education unit shall equal 10
professional development hours;

(e)        Credit shall be awarded for one hour of professional development in course work,
seminars, or professional technical presentations made at meetings, conventions, or conferences
for each hour of attendance. Attendance at qualifying programs presented at professional and/or
technical society meetings shall earn professional development hour units for the actual time of
each program;                                                                                                                                                         

(f)         Teaching or instructing qualifying courses or seminars or making presentations at
technical meetings shall earn professional development hours credit at twice that of participants.
Teaching credit shall be valid for teaching a course or seminar for the first time only. Teaching
credit shall not apply to full-time faculty;

(g)        Each professional journal, published paper, article or published engineering text book shall equal 30 professional development hours;

(h)        Active participation in professional or technical societies shall equal 2 professional development hours and shall require that a registrant serve as an officer and/or actively participate in a committee of the organization. Professional development hour credits shall not be earned until each year service is completed and shall be limited to 2 professional development hours per organization;

(i)         Credit awarded for one patent shall equal 10 professional development hours; and

(j)         Professional development credits shall not be recognized for any repeat program
attended or completed.

            Eng  403.07     Record Keeping.  

(a)        The responsibility of maintaining records to be used to support credits claimed shall be the responsibility of the licensee.

                        (b)        Records required shall contain at least the following documentation: 

(1)        A log showing the type of activity claimed, sponsoring organization, location, instructor’s or speaker’s name, and professional development hours credits earned; and

                                    (2)        Attendance verification records in the form of completion   
                                    certificates or other documents supporting evidence of attendance such as:       

                                                (a)        Signed attendance receipts;

                                                (b)        Paid receipts; or

                                                (c)        A copy of a listing of attendees signed by a person  
                                                  sponsoring the course or program or the course/program provider.

                        (c)        The licensee shall retain attendance verification records for a period of at least 4 years. Such documentation shall be made available to the board for random audit and/or verification purposes. Documentation shall support professional development hours claimed. Failure to provide documentation for audit verification shall result in disciplinary action.

(d)        Not less than 5% of the licensees shall be randomly selected each year by the board for compliance with Eng. 403.01.

Eng  403.08     Exemptions   A licensee may be exempt from the professional development educational requirements for any of the following reasons:

(a)        A licensee serving on temporary active duty in the armed forces 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.

            (b)        Licensees who list their occupation as “retired” on the board approved renewal form and who further certify that they are no longer receiving remuneration from providing professional engineering services shall be exempt from the professional development hours required.

            Eng  403.09     Waiver of Professional Development Hours Deadline.   A licensee may request waiver of professional development hours deadlines provided that a petition to that effect is filed at least 30 days before the expiration of the biennial professional development hours period in question, or that late filing is justified by a showing of good cause. Good cause shall include accident, illness or other circumstances beyond the control of the licensee. No waiver petition shall be granted which does not propose a specific timetable for completing specific courses which will meet the petitioner’s professional development hours deficiency.

            Eng  403.10     Noncompliance.   Failure to submit documentation required per Eng 403.07 (c) and (d) which establishes that said requirements were so completed, shall after notice and opportunity for hearing, result in disciplinary action including license suspension or revocation unless a waiver petition has been timely filed and duly granted by the board.

*The Joint Board makes no warranty, express or implied, as to whether this document is correct,
 complete, up-to-date, or as to any other relative fact. Independent verification of the contents is
essential. Pagination may differ slightly from the original.

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