Mark Crossley 2015-04-29 01:34:14
The impulse to stay current and broaden their horizons is one of the most important character traits of professional engineers. While the vast majority of professions and most national and state governments require practitioners to demonstrate regular participation in professional development activities to remain licensed, the profession of agricultural and biological engineering does not require licensure, and therefore continuing education is not mandatory. However, for those agricultural and biological engineers who believe that licensure is important— and many do—continuing education is vital for the profession and the key to their continued success. While earning professional development hours (PDHs) is a requirement for licensed engineers, it’s just as important and greatly benefits non-licensed engineers as well. After all, an engineer’s value can be severely diminished without continued professional development, especially as trends and technology continue to change and evolve so quickly. In the second quarter of 2014, ASABE rolled out the ASABE Continuing Education Center—a collaborative effort between PDHengineer.com and ASABE (asabe.pdhengineer.com). This online resource provides a convenient way for members to earn PDHs by completing a vast array of online courses and webinars, all designed specifically for engineers. You can instantly print a certificate of completion after viewing a selection, and you can be absolutely certain that your credits will be accepted— PDHengineer guarantees it. The flexibility of online courses allows completion around work or family schedules and other commitments as well. The technical expertise of our membership is very broad, and the online offerings through the ASABE Continuing Education Center reflect this. The screen shot above captures the multitude of subject areas offered on the site. Well over 800 courses covering all major engineering disciplines are available for ASABE members—all at a 15% discount. To receive the discount, just enter discount code “ASABE” during the checkout process. As the Continuing Ed Center website says: “Continuing education—Valuable for our profession and the key to your success.” Log on to discover the possibilities. Many thanks to Chad Yagow and Chuck Roth from ASABE’s EOPD-416 Continuing Professional Development Committee for their insight and legwork in bringing this new collaboration to life. Mark Crossley, ASABE Director of Membership, St. Joseph, Mich., USA, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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