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 June 2005 HowTo
Scott Murphy is director of education services in the ASTM International Technical Committee Operations Division.

How to Use ASTM International for Your Continuing Education

ASTM Technical and Professional Training courses and participation on ASTM technical committees can help U.S. professional engineers satisfy their Continuing Professional Competency Professional Development Hour requirement for license renewal.

Over 30 state licensing boards have a continuing education requirement for professional engineers to renew their licenses. In all of these states, ASTM TPT courses should qualify for PDH credit toward license renewal. The term “should” is used because most states do not pre-approve training courses or providers for PDH credit. A review of the various state rules on what types of courses will qualify for PDH credit indicates that ASTM TPT courses satisfy the requirements in all states.

Five states preapprove providers of continuing education for professional engineer PDHs. ASTM is an approved provider in all of these states: Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, New York, and North Carolina. Approved provider status for ASTM means that engineers know in advance that ASTM TPT courses will be accepted by their licensing boards for PDH credit.

Engineers in 26 states also receive PDH credit for ASTM membership and participation on ASTM technical committees. Most states give credit for “active participation” on a committee. Some states only require membership in a professional society to receive PDH credit, and one state only gives credit if the engineer is an officer. For a complete listing of state Continuing Professional Competency requirements and links to state licensing boards, click here, then click on “PE Continuing Education.” //

ASTM International Technical and Professional Training allows you to train at your site or in the classroom.
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In the Classroom
Scheduled courses are being taught at sites around the United States, covering many of the topics listed above.

For the latest information on these options, visit TRAIN, or see the Calendar section or the TPT ad on pages 40-41 of this issue.

If you are interested in participating on one or more ASTM technical committees, go to

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