In recent years, Ohio LTAP has occasionally received the following questions (or similar variations) from its customers regarding Ohio Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements and credits for licensed Professional Engineers and Surveyors.
"Do any of the workshops/courses offered by Ohio LTAP qualify for CPD credit for licensed Professional Engineers or Surveyors?"
Unfortunately, there is not a quick and simple answer to this question. However, the following information should be helpful as a general guideline.
- The State of Ohio Engineers and Surveyors Board does not pre-approve CPD courses or CPD providers.
- Ohio LTAP does not make the determination as to whether or not any of its workshops or courses might qualify for CPD credit.
- Each licensed professional engineer/surveyor is responsible for making sure that the courses they take for CPD credit meet the CPD requirements. The Continuing Education / Frequently Asked Questions page of the Engineers and Surveyors Board website ( http://www.peps.ohio.gov/ ) states the following:
There are three basic questions that will help you judge if a course is acceptable.
- Is the activity, course or seminar relevant to the practice of engineering or surveying and does it include technical, ethical or managerial content?
- Is the provider of the course, seminar or activity reputable and one that can demonstrate knowledge and expertise on the subject matter?
- Does the provider supply a course outline and a record of attendance?
If the answer to these questions is yes, then the courses will likely meet Ohio's CPD requirement.
If you are trying to make a determination about a particular Ohio LTAP workshop or course with regard to possible CPD credit, please carefully read the announcement flyer, particularly the sections listing the Description, Agenda and Instructor(s).
"If I attend the entire duration of a workshop/course offered through Ohio LTAP, will I receive some type of documentation that I attended?"
Yes. At the end of our regular LTAP workshops/courses, attendees receive an attendance certificate that lists their name (if they pre-registered) and the topic, date, and number of Contact Hours of training completed. Please note:
- Ohio LTAP occasionally facilitates workshops/courses taught by external training providers that issue their own attendance certificates. These typically contain similar information as described for the LTAP certificates.
- An exception is that Ohio LTAP does not issue attendance certificates for the abbreviated "Circuit Rider" classes (2 to 3 hours) that are provided on-site at local agency facilties.
We hope this information helps to address any questions you may have had regarding workshops/courses offered by Ohio LTAP. Again, the ultimate responsibility rests with each licensed professional engineer or surveyor to select appropriate courses or activities for CPD credit. Please refer to the Engineers and Surveyors Board website ( http://www.peps.ohio.gov/ ) for detailed information regarding CPD requirements.
Ethics Training Information
On January 6, 2017, Governor Kasich signed House Bill
236 into law. The bill updated Ohio
Revised Code (ORC) § 4733.151 (C) by adding #2 as listed below:
“(C) (1) A person
registered as both a professional engineer and professional surveyor shall
complete at least ten of the thirty hours required under division (A) of this
section in engineering-related coursework or activities and at least ten of
those thirty hours in surveying-related coursework or activities.
(2) Beginning with
registrations expiring on or after the last day of December 2017, a person
registered as a professional engineer or professional surveyor shall complete
at least two of the thirty hours required under division (A) of this section on
professional ethics or rules relevant to the practices of engineering or
This update to the law for Engineering and Surveying
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) means license holders are now required
to complete two hours of training on ethics or the rules relevant to the
practices of engineering or surveying when submitting license renewals for the
2020/2021 period. This training needs to
be taken during 2018/2019 for the 2020/2021 renewal period.
So how or where can Professional Engineers and
Professional Surveyors obtain the required ethics or rules training? The following sources are currently available,
free of charge, as an option to complete ethics training:
Ohio Ethics Law E-Course from the Ohio Ethics Commission
- The course is approximately one hour in length and offers an overview of the
entire Ethics Law. An electronic
certificate of completion will be offered at the end of the e-course. Do not turn off your browser at completion of course until
you have completed the Certificate of Completion page! To receive your Certificate of Completion, the course
must be viewed in one sitting and the learner must achieve a passing score of
at least 70 percent on the quiz contained throughout the course. The course fulfills the annual Ethics Law
training requirement per Executive Order 2011-03 for state employees. The
course is equally applicable and appropriate for all local government employees
and officials, as well.
Ethics Law Webinars - The Ohio Ethics Commission
presents monthly one-hour webinars to provide a convenient and helpful overview
of the Ohio Ethics Law. Once registered,
you will receive an email confirming your registration with information you
need to join the webinar.