Workforce Development & Continuing Education
Professional Development Series
Act 25 of 2010 requires professional engineers, land surveyors, and geologists (among others) licensed in Pennsylvania to complete 24 hours of professional development hours (PDH) in each two-year renewal cycle as a condition of state licensure renewal. This mandate is to ensure these professionals maintain, improve, or expand the skills and knowledge relevant to their professional practice. Workforce Development and Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology offers courses and seminars designed to satisfy this requirement.
Beginning July 1, 2000, Act 48 of 1999 required persons holding Pennsylvania professional educator certification to complete continuing education requirements every five years in order to maintain their certificates in active status.
All educators holding Pennsylvania public school certification including Instructional I and II, Educational Specialist I and II, Administrative, Supervisory, Letters of Eligibility and all vocational certificates are affected by Act 48. Certain school and system leaders serving under administrative certificates are affected differently, since they must comply with Act 45 of 2007.
Educators must earn six credits of collegiate study; or six credits of PDE-approved continuing professional education courses; or 180 hours of continuing professional education programs, activities or learning experiences; or any combination of the above every five years to maintain active certification status.
NOTE: Each semester collegiate credit is equal to 30 continuing education hours. All credits and hours must be related to an educator’s certificate type or area of assignment, unless enrolled in an administrative program or approved by the school board.
Further information about Act 48 can be found at
Pennsylvania College of Technology provides documentation to the participant to submit to their local education agency at the completion of the course. Hours awarded are at the discretion of the LEA.