Ohio House Bill 236, sponsored by Representative Louis W. Blessing, III, P.E. (R-29) and Representative Al Landis (R-98) passed the House and Senate unanimously in the final days of the 2016 legislative session. This bill requires Ohio engineer and surveying registrants to obtain two CPD hours per renewal cycle (1 hour per year) related to ethics or rules/standards. This will take effect beginning January, 2018, and the first re-newal requiring this education will be December 31, 2019. The text of the legislation, as passed unanimously by the House and Senate, is below with the changes underlined.
O.R.C. Section 4733.151.
(C)(2) Beginning with registrations expiring on or after the last day of December 2017 , a person registered as a professional engineer or professional surveyor shall complete at least two of the thirty hours required under division (A) of this section on professional ethics or rules relevant to the practices of engineering or surveying.
(D) A registrant is exempt from the continuing professional development requirements of this section during the first calendar year of registration.
(E)(1) A registrant who completes more than thirty hours of approved coursework or activities in a biennial renewal period may carry forward to the next biennial renewal period a maximum of fifteen of the excess hours. (2) A person registered as a professional engineer or professional surveyor may carry forward up to two hours on professional ethics or rules earned in excess of the requirement under division (C)(2) of this section as part of the fifteen hour maximum.