VIRGINIA
Engineering Professional Development Hours (PDH) FAQs

Continuing education for Professional Engineers in Virginia is measured in Professional Development Hours or PDH.

How many PDHs are required for professional engineers in Virginia?

Engineers in Virginia are required to complete 16 PDHs every two years.

When do Virginia engineers renew their license?

Engineers in Virginia renew on the last day of the month of original licensure.

Do your engineering courses qualify for credit with the state of Virginia?

Yes, the Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects does not pre-approve providers of engineering continuing education courses. Each engineer has the power to determine which courses meet the board requirements and their educational needs. Our courses include a short quiz at the end of each PDH course that fulfills the requirement to show evidence of achievement and completion. Quizzes are graded automatically, and certificates are available immediately upon completion.

What content is approved for PDHs in Virginia?

Technical, managerial, and ethical content that is relevant to the practice of engineering is approved as continuing education for engineers in Virginia. Business skills, professional development skills, computer skills not related specifically to engineering, and subjects that are "elementary" or entry level are not accepted.

Who stores my engineering continuing education records?

Technically each engineer is responsible for keeping track and submitting their own certificates, BUT WE STORE ALL CERTIFICATES INDEFINITELY and they can always be accessed for free. CPC completion records must be maintained for a minimum of 4 years.

How do I renew my Virginia professional engineer's license?

License renewals can be completed online at http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/OnlineServices/

Who is in charge of engineer's licenses in the state of Virginia?

Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects
Perimeter Center, Suite 102
9960 Mayland Drive
Richmond, VA 23233
Phone: (804) 367-8500

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