Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying Chapter 820
Caption: Clarify CPD requirements and adopt
the Board’s 2011–2013 biennial budget.
Order No.: BEELS 2-2011
Filed with Sec. of
Certified to be
Rules Amended: 820-010-0325, 820-010-0635
820-010-0325 – Budget: To adopt the budget approved by the Board for the
OAR 820-010-0635 – Continuing
Professional Development: Clarifies the continuing professional development
(CPD) requirements as a condition of renewing a registration.
Coordinator: Mari Lopez—(503) 362-2666,
The amount of $3,027,685 is established for the
biennium beginning July 1, 2011, as the intended limit for payment of expenses
from fees, moneys or other revenue, including miscellaneous receipts, collected
or received by the Board.
Hist.: BEELS 1-1999, f. 5-27-99,
cert. ef. 7-1-99; BEELS 1-2001, f. & cert. ef. 5-22-01; BEELS 2-2002, f.
& cert. ef. 5-15-02; BEELS 4-2003, f. 5-14-03, cert. ef. 7-1-03; BEELS
2-2004, f. & cert. ef. 7-14-04; BEELS 2-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef.
6-9-05 thru 12-5-05; BEELS 4-2005, f. & cert. ef. 9-23-05; BEELS
1-2007(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-23-07 thru 6-30-07; Administrative
correction, 7-15-07; BEELS 1-2008, f. & cert. ef. 3-12-08; BEELS 1-2009, f.
& cert. ef. 5-15-09; BEELS 2-2011, f. & cert. ef. 5-12-11
The purpose of professional development requirements is
to demonstrate a continuing level of competency of professional engineers, land
surveyors, and photogrammetrists.
(a) Every registrant is required to obtain 30
professional development hour (PDH) units during the registrant’s current
biennial renewal period in order to renew for the next biennial renewal period.
(b) Every registrant will report their PDH units on the
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Organizational form and submit to the
Board office with the renewal form and fee. The CPD Organizational form must be
completed in its entirety.
(c) Supporting documentation to verify the PDH units
recorded on the CPD Organizational form must be submitted to the Board office
when requested to participate in an audit. Supporting documentation may
include, but are not limited to:
(A) Completion certificate(s);
(B) Paid receipt(s);
(C) Attendance log;
(D) Other documents supporting evidence of attendance.
(d) The CPD Organizational form and supporting
documentation must be submitted to the Board in English or translated to
(e) Records must be retained for five (5) years.
(2) PDH units must be obtained in qualifying activities
related to the individual’s registration. A qualifying activity is any course
or activity with a clear purpose and objective which improves, or expands the
skills and knowledge relevant to the registrant’s field of practice or
(3) Non-qualifying activities may include, but are not
(a) Regular employment;
(b) Real estate licensing courses;
(c) Personal, estate, or financial planning;
(d) Personal self improvement;
(e) Service club meetings or activities;
(f) Equipment demonstrations or trade show displays;
(g) Topics not relevant to engineering, land surveying,
or photogrammetry professions;
(h) Enrollment without attendance at courses, seminars,
(i) Repetitive attendance at the same course;
(j) Repetitive teaching of the same course;
(k) Attending committee meetings or general business
meetings of any organization;
(l) Taking professional or required examinations.
(4) Units — The conversion of other units of
credit to PDH units is as follows:
(a) 1 College Semester hour equals 45 PDH;
(b) 1 College Quarter hour equals 30 PDH;
(c) 1 Continuing Education unit equals 10 PDH.
(5) Sources of PDH units – One (1) PDH unit may
be obtained for each contact hour of instruction or presentation. Unless
otherwise noted, there is no maximum amount of PDH units a registrant may earn
per biennial renewal period. Sources of PDH units include, but are not limited
to the following:
(a) Successful completion of college courses;
(b) Successful completion of short courses, tutorials,
correspondence, web based courses, televised and videotaped courses;
(c) Active participation in seminars, in-house courses,
workshops, and professional conventions;
(d) Teaching or instructing a course, seminar, or
workshop one time only. (This does not apply to full-time faculty teaching
(e) Authoring or co-authoring published papers,
articles or books. Maximum of 10 PDH units per biennial renewal period;
(f) Active participation in professional or technical
society, committee, or board. Maximum of 8 PDH units per biennial renewal
(g) Self study. Maximum of 6 PDH units per biennial
(h) Mentoring of engineering, land surveying, or
photogrammetry topics to a nonregistered individual not under your supervision.
Each 10 hours spent mentoring equals 1 PDH unit. Maximum of 4 PDH units per
biennial renewal period;
(i) Non-technical educational activities related to the
(j) Developing, writing, or scoring an engineering,
land surveying, or photogrammetric mapping examination for licensure or
certification. Maximum of 15 PDH units per biennial renewal period.
(6) Determination of Credit — The Board has final
authority with respect to approval of courses, credit, PDH units for courses and
other methods of earning credit.
(a) The Board will approve without listing courses
which are sponsored by nationally recognized technical societies and those
technical societies listed in 820-001-0000(4)(b)(A) through (E) and (4)(c)(A)
(b) The Board will approve PDH units obtained by a
registrant from the list provided by NCEES Registered Continuing Education
(c) Credit determination for activities is the
responsibility of the registrant and is subject to review by the Board.
(7) If a registrant exceeds the requirement in any
renewal period, a maximum of 15 PDH units in courses/activities may be carried
forward into the next renewal period.
(8) Delinquent, retired or inactive registrants must
complete PDH requirements as outlined in OAR 820-010-0520 in order to attain
(9) In the event a registrant holds a license in
another state that has a lesser PDH requirement than Oregon or no PDH
requirement, the registrant will need to satisfy Oregon’s 30 PDH requirement to
renew the Oregon license.
(10) Multiple Registrants. The number of PDH units
required shall remain a total of 30 PDH per renewal period for persons who hold
registration as an engineer, land surveyor, and/or photogrammetrist.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 670.310 &
Stats. Implemented: ORS 672.002 -
Hist.: BEELS 2-2000, f. &
cert. ef. 2-17-00; BEELS 5-2000, f. & cert. ef. 10-19-00; BEELS 3-2002, f.
& cert. ef. 11-13-02; BEELS 1-2003, f. & cert. ef. 1-28-03; BEELS
6-2005, f. & cert. ef. 12-13-05; BEELS 2-2006, f. & cert. ef. 11-21-06;
BEELS 2-2007, f. & cert. ef. 4-5-07; BEELS 5-2007, f. & cert. ef.
9-20-07; BEELS 1-2009, f. & cert. ef. 5-15-09; BEELS 1-2010, f. & cert.
ef. 5-12-10; BEELS 2-2011, f. & cert. ef. 5-12-11
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