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An Engineer's Guide to Influencing Public Policy

COURSE NO: B02-002
An Engineer's Guide to Influencing Public Policy
Note: New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania Professional Engineers: This course does not qualify for PDH credit by your State Licensing Board. For complete information, please visit the websites of the NJNYOH and PA State Licensing Boards.
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course presents a realistic approach that engineers will need to follow if they hope to have any success in the public policy arena. Although presented from the perspective of state government, this course is equally applicable to the profession's interests at the local and federal levels. It presents the "rules" of the public policy game, and how to play within those rules.


Engineers often are called upon to interact with public policy makers in the course of their careers, their professional development, and in pursuit of personal interests. There are, however, fundamental differences in what motivates engineers and what motivates public policy makers. It is impossible to influence public policy without a realistic appreciation of the interpersonal dynamics of legislative and other government bodies.  This course illustrates how engineers need to approach public policy makers if they want to be effective and persuasive.


This 2 PDH online course is intended for all engineers, architects and design professionals involved in the design and construction industries and who are interested in influencing public policymakers.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learn the difference between linear and non-linear thinkers.
  • Learn the two most important words in influencing public policymakers.
  • Learn how to identify issues and positions that will win in the public policy arena.
  • Learn how to develop alliances that support your positions and will win.
  • Learn where to spend money and where not to spend it.
  • Learn what legislative staff can and cannot do.
  • Learn how to make public presentations to policy makers (i.e. in committee hearings), and why they are helpful, but rarely critical.
  • Learn the importance of "handouts" and how to use them.
  • Learn the importance of forming single-issue alliances to pursue objectives with a realistic understanding of the roles of power and money.
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled: "An Engineer's Guide to Influencing Public Policy".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
An Engineer's Guide to Influencing Public Policy (1.2 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 2 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.


The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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