a. 15 Hours combined maximum:
Seminars, Courses and Lectures. Any seminar, course, or lecture in any area
that involves the application of mathematics, materials science, and the
physical principles of statics and dynamics to the design, analysis,
construction and rehabilitation of buildings, bridges, towers and other
structures, and parts thereof, to withstand the effects of various loads and
environmental conditions while remaining safe and serviceable.
Structural-engineering-related Course Work. Continuing education credit will
be given as follows: For a semester-long course, 15 PDH’s per credit hour.
For a quarter-long course, 10 PDH’s per credit hour. All 15 PDH’s may fall
in this category.
b. Attendance at Professional Meetings.
than 5 PDH’s may be earned through attendance at professional
meetings of a recognized structural engineering professional organization
(such as a State SEA), evaluated at the rate of 2 hours of meeting time
equals 1 hour of lecture time = 1 PDH or 1 CEU (1 CEU is equal to 10 PDH’s).
Note that this limitation does not apply to special seminars, annual
meetings, congresses and similar dedicated continuing education venues
hosted by professional associations.
c. 10 Hours combined maximum for the
University Lectures (Practicing Engineers Only): For full-time practicing
structural engineers PDH’s may be earned through preparation of
University-class lectures; 4 PDH hours per 1 hour of course credit.
Structural Engineering Consulting (Academics only): Full-time academics may
earn 1 PDH per 4 hours of structural engineering consulting.
Professional Presentations and Papers: 3 PDH's per paper and or seminar on a
topic associated with structural engineering is allowed. PDH credit is
limited to one single seminar or presentation per topic.
d. In-house or Employer-given Seminars. Not more than 5 PDH’s may be earned
through attendance of in-house or employer-given seminars.
e. Professional Committees. Not more than 5 PDH’s may be earned through
attendance of Professional Committee activities or meetings, not to exceed 2
PDH’s per committee.
f. Professional Practice, BIM, and Risk Management Seminars.
Not more than 5 PDH’s may be Professional Practice or Risk Management-related.
Carry Forward Hours:
1. Please list all PDH’s earned in this cycle in the first section on the
SECB Continuing Education Program Activity Log. (If you list more than 15
PDH’s, you will be notified of the number of hours eligible for carryover to
2. If you had more than 15 PDH’s for the last certification cycle and you
want to carry them over for this certification cycle, you must enter them in
the Carryover section of the SECB Continuing Education Program Activity Log.
3. Up to 15 PDH’s may be carried forward each year; but no PDH’s may be
carried forward more than one year.
Electronic Continuing Education:
All electronic continuing education claimed for SECB must only come from
the following, approved providers. Web-based seminars are not required
to be live but they are required to be specific to structural
1. AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials)
2. ACI (American Concrete Institute)
3. AIA (American Institute of Architects)
4. AISC (American Institute of Steel Construction)
5. ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers)
6. ATC (Applied Technology Council)
7. CFSEI (Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute)
8. NCSEA (National Council of Structural Engineers Associations)
9. NCSEA Diamond Approved providers (contact
firstname.lastname@example.org for current courses)
10. PCA (Portland Cement Association)
11. PCI (Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute)
12. S.K. Ghosh Associates, Inc. / Structures & Codes Institute
13. SEI (Structural Engineering Institute)
14. SE Solutions
15. SJI (Steel Joist Institute)
16. TX-DOT (Texas Depart of Transportation)
17. TMS (The Masonry Society)
Hours that will not be accepted:
1. Computer drafting software training not related to structural engineering
analysis or design.
2. OSHA Safety Training, FEMA USAR Structural Specialist Training, Realtor
3. Home schooling, reading, researching online, self-study for professional
4. Work on business projects.
5. Other non-professional development activities.