Professional Engineers licensed in Florida must take 18 continuing education (CE) course hours every two years in order to renew their licenses.
Of the 18 hours, one hour must relate to the Florida laws and rules of Professional Engineers from a Board-approved provider, and one hour must relate to professional ethics. Four hours must relate to area of practice. The remaining 12 hours may be related to any topic pertinent to the practice of engineering.
Up to four hours of the continuing education course hours may be obtained by serving as an officer for a Board-recognized professional or technical engineering society. The required hours relating to Florida law, rules, and ethics may also be earned by a PE serving as a member of the Legislature or as an elected state or local official.
Continuing education hours may be earned by presenting or attending seminars, in-house or non-classroom courses, workshops, or professional or technical presentations made at meetings, webinars, conventions, or conferences, including those presented by vendors with specific knowledge related to the licensee’s area of practice. Pursuant to Rule 61G15-22.011, F.A.C., only BOARD-APPROVED providers may offer certain continuing education courses and credit. To qualify as a BOARD-APPROVED provider, a provider applicant must:
- Submit an application to FBPE for approval to provide continuing education courses; or
- Be registered as a continuing education provider with the Registered Continuing Education Program of the American Council of Engineering Companies.
To submit an application for continuing education provider status go to the Provider Application Process & Renewal page under this section of our website.
Refer to Section 471.017(3), F.S., and Rule 61G15-22, F.A.C., for a full description of continuing education requirements for licensed engineers. You can view the statute in its entirety by going to the Statutes and Rules page under the Legal section of our website.
CONTINUING EDUCATION RECORD RETENTION RULE FOR LICENSEES
Rule 61G15-22.008, F.A.C., Record Keeping, states that engineer licensees are responsible for maintaining sufficient records demonstrating completion of qualifying professional development hours for at least two licensure cycles or four years.
Pursuant to Rule 61G15-22.006, F.A.C., Demonstrating Compliance,
“(1) In order to demonstrate compliance, licensees must attest to completion of the continuing education requirements upon licensure renewal. The Board will audit at random a number of licensees as is necessary to assure that the continuing education requirements are met.
(2) The licensee shall retain such receipts, vouchers, certificates, or other papers as may be necessary to document completion of the continuing education pursuant to an audit for four years from the date of completion of the continuing education activity.”
FBPE conducts a random continuing-education verification audit of its licensees in June following a renewal cycle. If you are selected as part of the audit you will be notified by the Board and be required to provide proof of completion of all hours related to your continuing education for that last renewal cycle. If you have any questions regarding record retention of CE hours or reporting please contact the Board office at (850) 521-0500, ext. 113, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*** ATTENTION NEW LICENSEES AFTER MARCH 2019 ***
If you passed your Principles & Practice of Engineering exam between March 1, 2019, and Oct. 1, 2020, and became licensed in Florida during the 2019-21 biennium, you are required to pay only the fee to renew your license. You do not need to complete the 18 hours of continuing education for this renewal cycle. Please see Rule 61G15-22.009, Florida Administration Code, Exemptions From Continuing Education Requirements.
However, you must still take an Advanced Building Code course if your engineering practice includes the design of engineering works or systems in connection with buildings, structures, or facilities and systems covered by the Florida Building Code.
Effective with the 2021-23 biennium, you will be responsible for completing your continuing education hours and paying the renewal fee to successfully renew your license by Feb. 28. 2023.
*** ATTENTION CONTINUING EDUCATION PROVIDERS ***
Continuing education providers are required to update their Florida Laws and Rules Applications to include continuing education in Professional Ethics, if the provider plans to teach the one hour of ethics. Please refer to Section 471.017, F.S., to review the changes to the continuing education requirements for Professional Engineers, and Rule 61G15-22.001, F.A.C., for continuing education provider requirements for Board approval.
Additionally, FBPE does not provide instructions for using the DBPR reporting tool. CE providers are no longer required to report CE credits for engineers. Since some providers have elected to report and others have not, it has caused a great deal of confusion for licensees. Therefore, FBPE prefers that no providers report CE credits using the DBPR reporting tool but continue to provide certificates to licensees as required by rule. If selected for an audit of CE, the licensee will provide the appropriate certificate to FBPE.