ICE is pleased to announce its first learning programme which has been accredited for US Professional Development Hours (PDH).
This programme, located on the ICE Learning Hub, has been approved in New York State.
This is a significant development for ICE members in USA. At the 2018 Americas Regional Strategy Meeting, ICE USA Representatives identified a clear need for PDH accreditation of ICE knowledge resources.
Practising civil engineers in the USA are required to obtain their Professional Engineers (PE) license. See our Working in USA
page. Continuing professional education for licensed engineers is measured in PDH.
ICE chose to launch its first pilot in New York State because it is has one of our largest membership bases and also one of the most rigorous sets of requirements.
Only learning resources which are approved by a New York State accredited provider are eligible to be used as evidence for PDH. Many, but not all, US states will recognise the accreditation. Members are advised to check specific policies regarding PDHs for each state.
“This is a first step. If the level of take-up is good, our long-term ambition is to accredit more learning programmes for our US audience,” said ICE Regional Director, International Operations, Paul Gordon.
ICE Learning and Development Manager Dean Lenton added: "This eLearning programme was chosen as ICE’s first recognised PDH knowledge offering as it's currently accessed more by our global membership than any other.
"It contains nine hours of high quality learning that has been expert reviewed by leading industry professionals within this field."
About the programme
As we strive to deliver metro extensions and large infrastructure projects, much of this infrastructure will involve or has involved tunnelling under urban environments.
This means that engineers must consider how to minimise and eliminate any negative impacts on existing infrastructure or the towns and cities they are working underneath.
This learning programme, which uses the London Underground as the main case study, will evaluate how this has been achieved historically. It will look at how engineers have designed, planned and monitored tunnelling projects appropriately to build new underground infrastructure, without having an impact on existing infrastructure or the urban environments above them.
To access the programme simply go the ‘Knowledge and resources’ page on ice.org.uk, select the learning hub. Enter your membership details and type 'Tunnelling under metro systems' into the search field.