Section 3105(E) of the Board’s Rules requires that, with each biennial license renewal, you must verify your compliance with the Board’s requirements for CPD.
If you choose to renew online, you must verify CPD compliance and enter the number of Professional Development Hours (“PDHs”) earned since your previous renewal. Failure to complete either of those steps will prohibit you from completing the online renewal process and may result in late fees being assessed.
If you choose to renew by mail via renewal invoice, you must verify CPD compliance on the invoice. Failure to verify CPD compliance on the invoice will result in the invoice being returned to you for completion and may result in late fees being assessed.
Section 3103 of the Board’s Rules defines acceptable CPD activity as containing subject matter which is technical in nature or related to business management practices, professional ethics, quality assurance, codes or other similar topics which facilitate professional development or which serve to safeguard the public welfare. Any activity offered by a Board-approved Sponsor/Provider automatically qualifies as acceptable CPD activity. You must determine if the activity offered by an unapproved Sponsor/Provider is acceptable. You are also responsible for maintaining adequate documentation which supports your decision to claim CPD credit for participating in any activity provided by an unapproved Sponsor/Provider.
All current CPD activities we know of are posted on our website, here.
A current list of Board approved Sponsors/Providers is here.
You must submit the completed CPD Activity Log and all supporting documentation at the time you apply for reinstatement of your expired license.
a. If you live in Louisiana, you must show proof that you have earned at least 30 PDHs within the past two years.
b. If you are not a resident of Louisiana and are licensed in your state of residence, you must show proof that you have satisfied the CPD requirements of your resident state.
c. If you are not a resident of Louisiana and are not licensed in your state of residence, you must show proof that you have met the requirements listed in (a), above.
Yes…and No. Though you are allowed to carry over up to of 15 PDHs from a previous biennial renewal period, you may not carry over more PDHs in ethics than the minimum PDHs required by Section 3105(A) of the Board’s Rules. This Rule applies to code-related activities and Standards of Practice for Boundary Surveys in Louisiana, as well.
Section 3113 of the Board’s Rules states that "One college or unit semester hour = 45 PDH"; therefore, if a college credits you with three (3) semester hours for a particular course those three semester hours provide you with 135 PDH (3 x 45 = 135).
Section 3109(A)(4) exempts you from the Board’s requirements for CPD if you request such an exemption in writing. Your request must include supporting documentation, on your employer’s letterhead, which sets forth the location and duration of time you worked in the foreign location.
If you serve as the "professional of record" for a given project, or if you are responsible for any part of a set of plans which are to be submitted for approval to any agency, such as the Office of the Fire Marshall, then you must earn at least 8 PDHs in Life Safety Code, or building codes, or ADA Accessibility Guidelines, or a combination thereof.
NOTE: Key terms are "professional of record" and "signing and sealing plans".