PDH (Professional Developement Hour) Credits

Are you a Professional Engineer in North Carolina?
Do you wish to earn PDH Credits by attending our Meeting Presentations? Read On!


  • Certificates of Attendance: Does Triangle ASHRAE issue these?
    A: In-Person presentations = No. Since we document attendance by having you sign a meeting sign-in sheet. We keep that in our records and will provide it to any reviewing agency upon request.
    A: On-Line presentations = No. Since we do NOT require or maintain a registration or log-in list for on-line meetings and presentations, we are not able to document proof of attendance. Along with your standard PDA Diary, you will need to provide your own proof you viewed it, typically by taking a screen capture of the title slide.
  • Are seminars (and webinars) presented by Triangle ASHRAE usable for PDH hours in NC?
    A: Yes.The Triangle chapter of ASHRAE carefully chooses the subjects presented to match the NC requirements. Typically worth one hour credit for attending the hour-long Technical Presentation that is a part of each meeting.

  • Can you provide a Certificate of Attendance for an in-person presentation that is needed by other organizations that do things differently than NC, such as other states?
    A: Yes. Provided you signed-in during the meeting. Please contact [email protected] providing a copy of their documentation requirements.

NOTES: NCBELS requires engineers to provide some of the verification documentation.

  • The NC Board of Examiners for Engineers & Land Surveyors (NCBELS) requires PE licensees to obtain 15 PDH units a year, (actually it's 30 over a 2 year calendar window).
  • Each PE must maintain their own log of earned units, (see their website for a sample spreadsheet).
  • PLUS the some kind of proof of attendance. For in-person meetings, Triangle ASHRAE fulfills this last requirement by having PEs sign a special and separate Attendance Verification sheet before the meeting. For on-line meetings, we do not provide proof of attendance.

For other states PE requirements, please check with their license boards to determine if these Presentations are acceptable for their PDH requirements and what documentation they require. If they require proof of attendance, then be SURE to sign the meetings PDH sign-in sheet at the presentation.

The information provided below is for our members convenience ONLY. Please visit the appropriate site for the latest applicable requirements.

COVID-19 and Webinars:

On April 17, 2020, the NC Board provided clarification about online educational offerings (Webinars).
Summarized from https://www.ncbels.org/news/cpc-update:

  • Credit IS ALLOWED for correspondence, televised, Internet, videotaped, audiotaped, and other courses or tutorials.
  • Attendance verification records in the form of completion certificates, or other documents supporting evidence of attendance, which can include a combination of registration confirmation, invoice, image capture of screen, or notes to show that the licensee “attended” the “presentation.”  Ultimately, the licensee attests to the Board on the renewal form and the maintained CPC log that the reported hours were obtained.
  • If the above documentation is met, then an exam is NOT required as proof of attendance.

The Triangle Chapter of ASHRAE may broadcast webinars in leu of it's regular meeting presentations during the time of quarantine.
Each attendant will be responsible for maintaning a log for their own PDH records, AND make and keep their own copy of proof-of-attendance since a chapter sign-in sheet isn't possible.

PDH verification

"Continuing Professional Competency"

(extracted from the NC state Board of PE examiners): http://www.ncbels.org/cpc.html

Every licensee shall obtain 15 PDH units during the renewal period. ... Selection of courses and activities which meet the requirements of Rule .1702 Item (4) of this Section is the responsibility of the licensee. ... PDH units may be earned as follows:
Presenting or attending seminars, in-house courses, workshops, or professional or technical presentations made at meetings, conventions or conferences.
21 NCAC 56.1702 DEFINITIONS, Item (4): Course/Activity Any course or activity with a purpose and objective which will maintain, improve, or expand the skills and knowledge relevant to the licensee's field of practice.

Conversion of Seminar Hours to acceptable PDH hours:
"One hour of professional development in course work, seminars, or professional or technical presentations made at meetings, conventions or conferences. Contact hours equal the actual time of instruction and shall be credited to the nearest one-third of an hour."

NC State laws regarding Professional Engineers:
http://reports.oah.state.nc.us/ncac.asp?folderName=Title 21 - Occupational Licensing Boards and CommissionsChapter 56 - Engineers and Surveyors

NCBELS information:
Revisions as of 2009: http://www.ncbels.org/RulesRev.html
Continuing Professional Competency: http://www.ncbels.org/cpc.html

Determination of Credit
Fm: http://www.ncbels.org/cpcfaq.html#credit

Q. What types of activities are acceptable for CPC credit?
A. In order for a continuing education course or activity to meet the Continuing Professional Competency requirements it must have a purpose and objective which will maintain, improve, or expand the skills and knowledge relevant to the licensee’s field of practice.

To uniformly interpret the requirements and provide guidance to licensees, the following attributes serve as indicators that a course or activity complies with the CPC Rules adopted by the Board: (While not all of these attributes are necessary to show compliance, there is little question that the intent of the Rules are met if all are met.)

The course or activity is taken through an “Approved Sponsor.”
The licensee can substantiate that the course or activity has maintained, improved or expanded their skills and knowledge relevant to their field of practice.
The activity will enhance the licensee’s ability to provide engineering/surveying services in a professional and competent manner and better protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.
The subject matter of the course or activity is related to the licensee’s professional practice.
The course or activity is aimed at engineers/surveyors and is of a technical nature.
Completing courses, seminars, instruction, in-house programs, or training of engineering/surveying content that relate to the licensee’s field of practice.
Attending a technical or professional society meeting when an engineering/surveying topic is presented.
Except for full-time faculty, teaching a course related to professional practice for the first time or teaching of a course previously taught if substantial time was spent in updating material.
Completing advanced computer courses to be used in professional practice.
Completing Internet based, correspondence, televised and audiotape engineering/surveying courses where an examination is required at the end of the course.
Completing college courses related to the licensee’s field of practice.
Authoring published papers, articles, or books related to the licensee’s field of practice.
Active participation in professional or technical societies, when the licensee was an officer or actively participated in a committee of the organization.
Authoring exam questions accepted for use on the engineering or surveying examinations.

The Board has final authority with respect to approval of courses, PDH value for courses, and methods of earning PDHs.

Q. What types of courses or activities are not acceptable for CPC credit?

Executive Coaching
Estate or financial planning
Basic computer/software (e.g. Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.)
Sight-seeing and tours
Visiting vendor/exhibitor displays
Sales presentations or sales seminars (e.g. increasing sales, maximizing profitability, marketing, etc.)
Personal improvement
General business meetings
Regular employment activities
Company procedure and policy workshops

Q. I’m being audited, what type of documentation do I need to supply the Board?

A. A log including the type of activity claimed, sponsoring organization, location, duration, instructor’s or speaker’s name, and PDH credit earned. The log also requires that you briefly explain how the CPC activity will maintain, improve, or expand the skills and knowledge relevant to your field of practice. The Board may also request attendance verification records in the form of completion certificates, or other documents supporting evidence of attendance.