An act to amend the education law (CPC Law: Laws of New York State, Chapter 146), in relation to mandatory continuing education for licensed professional engineers became a law July 23, 2002, and took effect on January 1, 2004.
The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) provided considerable input into the development of the current model endorsed by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). The purpose for this model is to maintain uniformity amongst the states that have implemented continuing professional competency mandates for Professional Engineers. The New York State Continuing Education law mirrors this model in many ways, although some modifications have been made. To facilitate the eventuality of mandatory continuing education requirements, NYSSPE formed the Practicing Institute of Engineering, Inc. (P.I.E.) Its purpose is to accredit those activities that the NYS Education Department finds suitable for continuing education credits.
The Regulations have been finalized by the NYS Education Department and are published in the New York State Register. The regulations can also be viewed at www.op.nysed.gov/prof/pels/part68.htm. Some notable aspects of new Section 7211 of the law are as follows: