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State of Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects

Engineer - Continuing Education

On April 17, 2020, the Board voted to modify continuing education requirements for licenses expiring on December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2021 as follows:
 
  • Regarding Rule 9.2.1 and 9.2.2, the required number of actual CE hours is 20 (in lieu of 30) for professional engineers and 16 (in lieu of 24) for architects. For architects, 8 of the hours must address the safeguarding of life, health, and property.
  • Regarding Rule 9.3.1 (5), the limit on restricted online, non-live CE activities is raised to no more than one-half (in lieu of one-fourth).
  • Regarding Rule 9.3.2, the minimum number of required ethics hours is unchanged at 1 hour.
  • Regarding Rule 9.3.5, self-guided activities may constitute no more than five hours for architects or six hours for professional engineers.
  • Regarding Rule 9.4.3, the maximum number of carryover hours is unchanged and remains at half the biennial requirement (15 for professional engineers and 12 for architects).
 
It is important to note that these modifications are temporary. The intent of the modifications are to address recent developments that may reduce the availability of in-person CE opportunities and restrict travel. In addition, the reduction of hours reflects the Board understanding that some licensees may be facing other hardships, unrelated to their practice, that may adversely impact their ability to gain CE hours.
 
The Board has also received numerous questions about what kind of courses are approved. Below are some key points to keep in mind when selecting a course for architectural and/or engineering CE hours. 
 
  • The continuing education activity must be related to the practice of architecture and/or engineering. 
  • The Board has final authority with respect to approval of courses and credits and does not pre-approve courses. 
  • The Board does not require that architectural-related courses be AIA-approved. 
  • Any web-based activity in which both the instructor and attendees have the ability to receive and discuss information in real time is not restricted. A licensee can accrue all their hours this way. 
  • Self-reported activities are separate and different from web-based activities. Self-reported CE learning is learning obtained during a self-directed educational activity. This activity may not have a sponsor or host; you did not receive a certificate for this educational time and you earned it under your own direction and guidance.  Any licensee who wants to self-report should complete the self-reported form located on the Board’s website.  A licensee can gain credit for these activities in accordance with Rule 9.3.5. 
 
To learn more about the continuing education guidelines and restrictions, please visit Chapter 9 of the Engineers and Architects Regulation Act handbook at ea.nebraska.gov/ea-act.  If you have any questions about the modifications to continuing education or requirements and restrictions, please contact the Board at nbea.office@nebraska.gov.

 

Every licensed professional engineer in Nebraska must meet the continuing education requirements as a condition for license renewal.

License reinstatement applicants are required to provide documentation of compliance with continuing education requirements during the two-year period prior to their application.

 
Next Expiration Dates:  
Active licenses held by those whose last names begin with the initials A through K expire on December 31, 2021
Active licenses held by those whose last names begin with the initials L through Z expire on December 31, 2020

 


Engineering Continuing Education (ECE) Requirements

Professional Engineers must complete thirty actual hours of engineering-related learning every biennial renewal period to meet the continuing education requirements. Of these, one must be directly related to ethical issues of professional practice.

One actual hour of learning means at least fifty minutes spent in verifiable educational pursuit. 0.1 CEU = 1 PDH/PDU = 1 actual hour

Newly licensed engineers are exempt from the continuing education requirements for their initial renewal period.


Course Information

The Board has final authority with respect to approval of courses and credit. The Board does not pre-approve ANY course. 

Information regarding allowable web-based continuing education can be found here at this link.

More detailed information can be found in:

  • Chapter 9 of the Rules and Regulations in the E&A Regulation Act


Recordkeeping

Maintenance of records used to support continuing education credits claimed is the responsibility of the licensee. Records must be maintained for a period of four years and copies may be requested by the Board for audit verification purposes. Please do not send records to the Board unless requested for an audit. Required records include, but are not limited to:

  1. A log showing the type of activity claimed, sponsoring organization, location, duration, instructor's or speaker's name, and unit credits earned;
  2. Attendance verification records in the form of completion certificates, self-guided report submittals or other documents supporting evidence of attendance; or
  3. Records of CE activities maintained by the licensee through the NCEES CPC Registry, the Professional Development Registry for Engineers and Surveyors (PDRES), or similar repositories.

Audits

The Board establishes a number of licensees to be selected at random for an audit of their continuing education. The selection of licensees typically occurs in October, when the renewal system is activated. Licensees are notified of their selection for an audit once their renewal fee is received.

Those selected must successfully complete the audit in order to have their license renewed. If the audit is not successfully completed by the license expiration date, the individual will not be authorized to practice architecture in Nebraska unless and until the audit is successfully completed and their license is renewed.

If you are selected for an audit, you will need to submit:

  • A log of continuing education credits claimed for the biennial renewal period, and
  • Attendance verification records, such as completion certificates or other information documenting evidence of attendance.

Forms

 

If you have any questions about the continuing education requirements for engineers, please contact us.