Overview

The main objective of PDH Source is provide quality continuing education to Professional Engineers and practitioners. The courses we offer are convenient, inexpensive, and of high engineering value tailored to be an effective option for obtaining the Professional Development Hours (PDHs) needed to maintain the PE license as well as to keep the engineering practitioners updated and current in their fields The targeted quality and the practical value of these courses are to exceed any state board requirements.

PDH Source strives to make each course content relevant to professional development such that it will “maintain, improve or expand the skill and knowledge of the licensee’s field of practice”. PDH Source will provide a full refund of money in the event that any course offered is not accepted by licensing board for any reason.

PDH Source complies with the Continuing Professional Competency Guidelines published by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). All online courses, webinars and seminars are guaranteed to be accepted by your state board. If your PDH is rejected by your state board for any reason, we’ll refund your money. See more details.


Accessibility Standards: Minimum Requirements

This course will introduce you to minimum requirements for handicapped accessibility for buildings and related infrastructure. You will learn about the terminology, scope and technical requirements for accessible elements of buildings, routes, parking lots and related features. Course Outline 1. PURPOSE 2. GENERAL 3. MISCELLANEOUS INSTRUCTIONS AND DEFINITIONS 4. ACCESSIBLE ELEMENTS AND SP...
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Asphalt Concrete Pavement Recycling

This publication contains guidance for preparing plans and specifications and for ensuring the quality of recycled bituminous concrete. In addition, this publication provides useful information to design engineers, laboratory personnel, and inspectors concerning the mix design, plant production, and laydown of recycled pavement mixtures. The emphasis is on airfield pavements, however, the concep...
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Bearing Capacity Analysis

This course will introduce you to methods for analysis of soils and rock to determine load bearing capacity. Stresses transmitted by a foundation to underlying soils must not cause bearing-capacity failure or excessive foundation settlement. The design bearing pressure equals the ultimate bearing capacity divided by a suitable factor of safety. The ultimate bearing capacity is the loading intens...
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Boring Log Interpretation

A boring log is a description of exploration procedures and subsurface conditions encountered during drilling, sampling and coring. Learning Objectives: Topographic survey data including boring location and surface elevation, and bench mark location, and datum, if available. An accurate record of any deviation in the planned boring locations. Identification of the subsoils and bedrock ...
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Breakaway Walls; Construction and Design

At the end of this course, one should be able to understand the basics of design and construction of breakaway walls as well as the rules and regulations that apply to the design and constructions of the breakaway walls. Learning Objectives: Brief background about the National Flood Insurance Program, NFIP. The NFIP, regulations and standards as far as breakaway walls are concern Desig...
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Bridge Inspection

A key component of any bridge maintenance and repair plan is a carefully thought-out program of bridge inspection. This course, after reviewing various bridge components in depth, provides a thorough discussion of bridge inspection procedures. The course would be especially suitable as a training course for consulting firms and government agencies responsible for bridge maintenance. Almost all t...
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Bridge Maintenance and Repair

The construction of a bridge generally constitutes a significant cost in the operation of a transportation system. This cost can be avoided or at least delayed for many years by extending the bridge service life through a carefully planned program of maintenance and repair. This course describes such a program. First, maintenance and repair tasks common to most types of bridges such as cleaning ...
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Building a Storm-Resistant Safe Room

Every year, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other extreme windstorms injure and kill people, and cause millions of dollars worth of property damage in the United States. Even so, more and more people build homes in tornado- and hurricane-prone areas, possibly putting themselves in the path of such storms. This course is based on the FEMA publication, “Taking Shelter From the Storm: Building a Safe ...
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Building Design Specifications and Tools

This course will introduce you to the most important resource available to engineers and architects engaged in the design of buildings and related infrastructure. It represents the collective knowledge of thousands of engineers and architects acquired over the past century. It will provide you with design guidance based on building and space types, design disciplines and objectives, and products...
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Building Radon-Resistant Housing

Description: Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that is a primary cause of lung cancer in the US. Customers rely on industry professionals to design and construct high quality, safe structures, free of the hazards of radon gas infiltration. This can be easily accomplished by utilizing a handful of simple construction practices, along with commonly used building materials. Learning Object...
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Cathodic Protection for Underground Structures

This is an introduction to cathodic protection for underground structures such as tanks and pipelines. It covers the two principal methods used to mitigate corrosion: the sacrificial anode and impressed current systems. It introduces you to the nine steps in designing a sacrificial anode system, the thirteen steps in designing an impressed current system, and the field testing requirements neede...
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Classification of Wetlands

This classification, to be used in a new inventory of wetlands and deepwater habitats of the United States, is intended to describe ecological taxa, arrange them in a system useful to resource managers, furnish units for mapping, and provide uniformity of concepts and terms.Wetlands are defined by plants (hydrophytes), soils (hydric soils), and frequency of flooding. Ecologically related areas o...
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Common ADA Errors in Facilities Design

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that new construction and alterations to existing facilities comply with the ADA Standards for Accessible Design. The Justice Department is the government agency responsible for enforcing the ADA. As part of its enforcement efforts, the Department has conducted numerous on-site investigations of newly constructed or altered public accommodation ...
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Communication Systems for Medical Facilities

This course will introduce you to communication systems for medical facilities, including hospitals, medical clinics, and medical and laboratories. You will learn about communication distribution facilities, telephone system requirements, telecommunications infrastructure systems, dedicated intercom systems, entertainment and educational television systems, radio frequency distribution systems, ...
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Concrete Methods and principles - Full 8 Hours Course

This course caters, mainly, to Engineers, Construction Project Managers, Contractors, Quality Control Managers, and Public Officers and private firm owners who deal directly or indirectly with concrete. Through this course, attendees are expected to learn basic fundamentals of concrete ingredients and their effect on the final product of concrete, fresh concrete and procedure to ensure quality c...
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Concrete Methods and principles - Segment 3

This course caters, mainly, to Engineers, Construction Project Managers, Contractors, Quality Control Managers, and public officers and private firm owners who deal directly or indirectly with concrete. Through this course, attendees are expected to learn basic properties of hardened concrete in terms of strength and durability. This course introduces basic testing standards and principles used ...
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Concrete Methods and principles – Segment 1

This course caters, mainly, to Engineers, Construction Project Managers, Contractors, Quality Control Managers, and public officers and private firm owners who deal directly or indirectly with concrete. Through this course, attendees are expected to learn basic fundamentals of concrete ingredients and their effect on the final product of concrete. This course introduces each concrete gradient in...
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Concrete Methods and principles – Segment 2

This course caters, mainly, to Engineers, Construction Project Managers, Contractors, Quality Control Managers, and public officers and private firm owners who deal directly or indirectly with concrete. Through this course, attendees are expected to learn basic fundamentals of fresh concrete. This course introduces the basic properties of fresh concrete and ways to produce healthy concrete. This...
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Concrete Methods and principles – Segment 4

This course caters, mainly, to Engineers, Construction Project Managers, Contractors, Quality Control Managers, and public officers and private firm owners who deal directly or indirectly with concrete. Through this course, attendees are expected to learn the main causes of concrete cracking. This course introduces the main concrete defects and the causes of theses defects, ways to prevent these...
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Control & Chemical Feeding - Wastewater Treatment

Description: This publication contains criteria on metering, instrumentation, controls, and chemical feeding devices used in wastewater disposal systems. Specific design problems may require departures from these practices; therefore, use these criteria with discretion. For example, use of computers and microprocessors for data logging, indication, and process control is considered an emergin...
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Design of Small Water Systems

This course provides information of interest to planners and designers of small water systems. Such systems generally cannot benefit from economies of scale, and proper management and operation are critical to produce satisfactory finished water quality. The major emphasis of this course is on the design of systems that will be effective and reliable, requiring a level of operation and managemen...
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Design of Trombe Walls for Residential Use

Since ancient times, people have used thick walls of adobe or stone to trap the sun’s heat during the day and release it slowly and evenly at night to heat their buildings. Today’s low-energy buildings often improve on this ancient technique by incorporating a thermal storage and delivery system called a Trombe wall. Learning Objectives: The course introduces the student to the basic...
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Disinfection with Peroxone

Description: This course is intended for civil, environmental, and chemical engineers. However, this course could appeal to engineers of other disciplines as well. An attendee of this course will gain knowledge about the use of the ozone/hydrogen peroxide combination known as peroxone for disinfection and oxidation. In this course, you need to review the material in the study guide, ‘D...
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Distribution of Stresses in Soil

This course covers the analysis of stress conditions at a point, stresses beneath structures and embankments, and empirical methods for estimating loads on buried pipes, conduits, shafts, and tunnels. Course Outline 1. INTRODUCTION 2. STRESS CONDITIONS AT A POINT 3. STRESSES BENEATH STRUCTURES AND EMBANKMENTS 4. SHALLOW PIPES AND CONDUITS 5. DEEP UNDERGROUND OPENINGS 6. NUMERICAL STRES...
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DOE Smart Grid: an Introduction

The U.S. electric power infrastructure—the grid—will face large challenges in the next 20-30 years as population and associated energy demand increase, environmental regulations become more strict, and the possibility of terrorist attacks must be considered. Fortunately, we have a way forward. Federal and state policymakers, business leaders, and other stakeholders are coming to agree that a...
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Domestic Wastewater Treatment Overview

Description: The 1972 legislation known as the Clean Water Act set secondary treatment as the required level of treatment to be provided by domestic wastewater treatment plants in the United States. In this course you can learn about the basic processes used in primary and secondary wastewater treatment, processes used and contaminants removed by advanced treatment, treatment & disposal or be...
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Electric Power Requirements for Buildings

This course will introduce you to an approach you can use to determine electric power requirements for buildings and multi-building developments and activities. You will learn about terminology, and acquisition and analysis of preliminary load data you will need. You will learn how to estimate individual loads, emergency loads, area loads, and loads for entire developments and activities. You wi...
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Electrical Generators for Power Plants

This publication provides an introduction to electrical generators for power generating plants. Course Outline 1. TYPICAL VOLTAGE RATINGS AND SYSTEMS 2. GENERATORS 3. GENERATOR LEADS AND SWITCHYARD Learning Objectives: Learn about typical voltage ratings and systems; Learn about power plant service power systems; Learn the fundamentals of the common bus system; Learn the fundame...
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Electrical Systems for Medical Facilities

This course will introduce you to electrical systems for medical facilities, including hospitals, medical and dental clinics, and medical and dental laboratories. You will learn about general electrical requirements, exterior electrical systems, alternate power sources, interior electrical systems and lighting requirements. You will become familiar with system requirements, equipment needs, pati...
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Energy Conservation in Industrial and Commercial Environment

Description: This course caters to Engineers, Technicians, Facilities Managers and other Professionals who are interested in enhancing their understanding of the concept of energy and utilities, and would like to learn means for reducing energy costs in an industrial or commercial setting. This course addresses usage, cost and conservation of energy in its more common forms such as electrical...
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Energy Savers, Tips on Saving Energy & Money at Home

Description: This course introduces different ways to save energy including methods and techniques. The energy issues will be addressed in a simplified form, at the same time emphasizing on the practical aspects of energy saving. New energy sources will also be covered including renewable energy. Learning Objectives: Your Home’s Energy Use Insulation and Sealing Air Leaks Heating ...
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Energy Storage for Solar and Wind Power

Wind and solar energy are intermittent sources of energy: the wind does not blow continuously nor does the sun always shine. If wind and solar power are ever to provide a significant portion of national energy use, devices are required that store the energy as it is generated and distribute the energy as it is needed. This course describes a number of such devices. The three most promising techn...
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EPA Green Streets

Description: Roads present many opportunities for green infrastructure application. One principle of green infrastructure involves reducing and treating stormwater close to its source. Urban transportation right-of-ways integrated with green techniques are often called “green streets”. Green streets provide a source control for a main contributor of stormwater runoff and pollutant load. T...
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Exterior Electrical Power Distribution

This publication provides policy and guidance for design criteria and standards for electrical power and distribution systems. The information provided here must be utilized by electrical engineers in the development of the plans, specifications, and calculations, and must serve as the minimum electrical design requirements. It is applicable to the traditional electrical services customary for D...
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Fuel Cells–Green Power

Description: This three PDH course provides information about various aspects of the hydrogen-based fuel cell and an introduction to several other fuels and fuel cell technologies. Hydrogen fuel cells present great promise for the future, and have significant advantages over the internal combustion engine or even hybrid power technologies for automobile use. There is, however, a need for in...
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Hazardous Waste Exclusion

Description: In determining whether a given waste is regulated by RCRA, the second step after determining that the waste fits the RCRA definition as a solid waste, is to determine whether the waste is specifically excluded from the RCRA regulations. Learn about those exclusions in this course. This course is intended primarily for environmental, civil, and chemical engineers. Someone c...
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Hazardous Waste Identification

Can you determine whether a given waste is a hazardous waste regulated by EPA under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) ? This course covers a very organized approach to answering just that question, starting with determining whether your waste is considered a “solid waste” under the RCRA regulations and moving on to determining if it fits one of the RCRA requirements for being...
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Industrial Wastewater Collection and Treatment

Description: This course provides and introduction to industrial wastewater collection and treatment. Industrial waste should be collected in a manner that avoids unsafe conditions to personnel, equipment, and facilities. Industrial wastes should either be pretreated sufficiently to be accommodated in a domestic wastewater collection and treatment system, or provided with a separate collectio...
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Interior Electrical Distribution Systems

This publication provides an introduction to interior electrical distribution systems for buildings and related infrastructure. Topics covered include transformers, service entrances, switchgear, switchboards, panelboards, motor controls and motor control centers. Course Outline 1. INTRODUCTION 2. GENERAL POWER SYSTEM CRITERIA 3. POWER DISTRIBUTION AND UTILIZATION 4. GLOSSARY This is a...
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Introduction to Biofuels

Biofuels include ethanol from grain or sugar, diesel fuel from soybeans, ethanol from cellulosic feedstock, and several other feedstock/fuel combinations. This course provides information about the Biomass Research and Development Board’s seven point Action Plan for development of biofuels. There is also information about and a comparison among the wide variety of possible biofuels, with gre...
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Introduction to Interior Lighting Design

This course will introduce you to principles of lighting design for building interiors. The concepts and considerations of visibility, glare, uniformity and illuminance will be explained and discussed. You will learn about lighting controls and their importance in operation of lighting systems and energy conservation. You will learn about recommended applications for a wide variety of luminaires...
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Natural Cooling Concepts for Residential Design

Description: This course introduces the student to basic concepts for incorporating natural cooling aspects into the design of residential or commercial structures Learning Objectives: There are alternatives to energy-consuming air conditioning. This publication provides some common sense suggestions and low-cost retrofit options to help you design for natural cooling and save electri...
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Ocean Energy Technology

This course presents an overview of ocean energy technology as a source of renewable energy for U.S. Federal sites. It investigates ocean energy resources and new technologies under development to capture that energy. A brief history of the technologies is presented, as well as each technology’s commercial market development status. Benefits and barriers to research and development are also ex...
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Oily Wastewater Collection and Treatment

Description: This course provides an introduction to oil wastewater collection and distribution. Oily wastewater typically is found aboard ships, and at seaports, airports, fuel farms, and industrial facilities. Section 311(b)(3) of the FWPCA prohibits the discharge of oil in harmful quantities into or upon the navigable waters of the United States. As indicated in the Title 40 CFR Part 110, ...
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OSHA Construction, Demolition, and Cleanup Safety Issues

Description: Construction, demolition, and cleanup projects are inherently hazardous. Accident rates in these industries are accordingly higher than in other industries. OSHA’s mission is to reduce these accident rates through safety rules and regulations. This course provides an introduction to the OSHA rules that cover common situations, for example, fall prevention, scaffold safety, work...
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OSHA Fatal Facts: Fatalities Caused by Improper Work

Description: In the United States, about 4,500 workers die each year in accidents on the job. Many of these accidents are the result of a failure to follow proper work practices. In an effort to increase awareness of this situation, OSHA maintains on its website a collection of “Fatal Facts”—summaries of accidents in which one or more workers died because of improper work practices. The...
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Power Plant Load Shedding and Cogeneration

This course provides an introduction to electric power plant load shedding and cogeneration. When a power plant or an individual power generating unit experiences a gradual increase in load, or a sudden but mild overload, the unit governors will sense the resulting speed change and increase the power input to the generator. The additional load is handled by using the spinning reserve; that is, t...
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Protecting Birds from Power-Line Hazards

Every year, many birds are killed through collision with power lines or through electrocution. Electric utilities have a strong incentive to reduce these deaths because 1) power outages may result, and 2) the utilities risk prosecution under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act or the Endangered Species act. Both civil and criminal penalties may be levied. This course describes principles that indiv...
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Renewable Electricity Futures Study-Grid Effect

Since its origin in the early 1920s, the U. S. electrical grid has evolved to handle power sources whose output is predictable and can be controlled. Examples are coal, oil, natural gas, and hydropower. Because the output from these sources is controllable, operators of the grid can work with power plant operators to increase or decrease power production as the load on the grid varies. Through a...
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Sustainable Lighting Design

This publication discusses how to provide sustainable lighting design to achieve the required LEED or other certification level in accordance with owner’s objectives. Incorporating sustainable goals into the design process requires a careful analysis of both the cost and the benefits of the strategies outlined in the rating system. Any design strategy has both synergies and tradeoffs with othe...
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Tropical Engineering: Mechanical, Electrical, Miscellaneous

This course provides an introduction to special considerations in design of plumbing, HVAC, electrical distribution and miscellaneous features and systems in tropical climates where high humidity, heat, heavy rain and seafront conditions are common. Course Outline 1. MECHANICAL 2. ELECTRICAL 3. SPECIALTIES 4. EQUIPMENT 5. FURNISHINGS 6. SPECIAL CONSTRUCTION This course will give mech...
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