Professional Engineer FAQ

How many PDHs are required for Professional Engineers in Illinois?

Engineers in Ilinois are required to complete 30 PDHs every two years.

When do Illinois Engineers and land surveyors renew their license?

Illinois Engineers renew on November 30th of odd years.

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

Yes, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation 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 that fulfill 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 PDH credit in Illinois?

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

Are online courses approved for Illinois Engineering PDHs?

Yes, Internet courses are specifically mentioned by the board as an approved form of continuing education for Illinois engineers.

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. PDH completion records must be maintained for a minimum of 4 years.

How do I renew my Illinois Professional Engineer's License?

License renewals are completed online at

Who is in charge of Engineer's licenses in the state of Illinois?

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
100 West Randolph, 9th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601

320 West Washington, 3rd Floor
Springfield, Il 62786
Phone: (888) 473-4858

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