Board Rule 9.2.3
Board Rule 9.2.3 says that web-based offerings other than those provided by
International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) approved providers,
professional engineering or architectural societies,
technical societies and associations recognized at a national level, or
will only qualify for continuing education under self-guided report submittals and are limited to 25% of the required hours for an architect or professional engineer.
Over the past several years, the Board and staff had noticed an increase in continuing education credits fulfilled through online courses. Technology has made it easier for many professionals to complete courses from the comfort and convenience of their desk, minimizing scheduling conflicts and travel costs. It is also certain that courses using this type of delivery system will increase in the years to come.
The dilemma our Board faced through the course of continuing education audits was the questionable quality of many of these courses, the time it actually took to complete the course as compared to the hours or credit claimed, and their benefits to professional practice. Though many courses evaluated were just as valuable as those attended in person, it was clear that this was not the case for a number of units being submitted.
The Board’s conclusion was to limit the amount of certain web-based credits allowed toward the required 24 actual hours of architecture- or 30 actual hours of engineering-related learning. Simply put, they will be considered under the self-reporting guidelines defined in the handbook and limited to 25% of the total required hours for an architect (6 hours) or professional engineer (7.5 hours) in a 2-year-biennial renewal period.
Web-based courses that are provided by one of the five types of providers mentioned in the Rule are not limited.
Rule 9.2.3 became law with rules that went into effect on April 30, 2016.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are conferences I attend in person limited to these providers?
A: No. All seminars and conferences attended in person meeting the CE guidelines are eligible for 100% of your required hours, regardless of who provides it.
Q: Can I fulfill all of my required hours through web-based courses?
A: Yes, as long a minimum of 75% of the hours are offered by providers outlined in the policy above.
Q: What professional societies are considered acceptable providers?
A: The following are some examples of acceptable societies:
- American Concrete Institute (ACI)
- American Institue of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
- American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)
- American Wood Council
- Amercian Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
- American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE)
- National Council of Engineering Associations
- National Council of Structural Engineers (NCSEA)
- The Prestressed/Precast Concrete Institute
Q: If I had carry-over from my last renewal period, will it have to meet the new criteria?
A: Hours earned in previous renewal cycles need only to meet the guidelines during time it was earned.
Q: How do I find out if my provider is IACET approved?
A: Please check the IACET website or contact your provider. We cannot pre-approve any course per Board Rule 9.5.1.
Q: What if I believe my web-based course to be valuable, but does not fall under one of the listed categories?
A: We encourage you to either 1) contact the provider and ask them to apply for IACET accreditation, or 2) apply it toward your 25% self-reported hours.
Q: I am an AIA member and maintain a transcript. How does the new policy affect me?
A: As of April 2016, meeting the membership standards of AIA will no longer satisfy the Board's continuing education requirement.
Q: How are AIA-approved web-based courses affected?
A: Web-based courses presented by a professional society such as AIA are exempt from the 25% limitation. Web-based offerings approved by a professional society would fall under the self-reporting limits.
Q: If I fulfill my continuing education requirement for another state, am I subject to the new limits?
A: Licensees involved in a mandatory continuing education education program in another jusrisdiction are subject to that juridisction's requirements. However, to be eligible for this, the licensure period must be identical to that of your Nebraska license (i.e., January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2015). According to Board Rule 9.4.2: Certified satisfaction of mandatory continuing education requirements in any jurisdiction recognized by the Board, for the exact renewal period in question in Nebraska, will satisfy the Nebraska requirement.
If you have any questions about Board Rule 9.2.3, please contact us.