Engineering Professional Development Hours (PDH) FAQs

Continuing education for licensed Professional Engineers in Iowa is measured in Professional Development Hours (PDH)

How many hours of PDH are required for Professional Engineers in Iowa?

Engineers in Iowa are required to complete 30 hours of PDH ever two years.

When do Iowa Engineers renew their license?

Iowa Engineers renew on December 31st of even years if the date of initial licensure was in an odd-numbered year or December 31st of odd years if the date of initial licensure was in an even-numbered year.

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

Yes, the Iowa Professional Licensing Bureau for Engineers and Land Surveyors 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 PDHs in Iowa?

Technical, managerial, and ethical content that is relevant to the practice of engineering is approved as continuing education for engineers in Iowa. 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 Iowa Engineering PDH?

Yes, Internet courses are specifically mentioned by the board as an approved form of continuing education for Iowa 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 Iowa Professional Engineer's License?

License renewals are completed online at

Who is in Charge of Engineer's licenses in the state of Iowa?

The Iowa Professional Licensing Bureau
200 E. Grand Ave, STE 350
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 725-9022

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