Professional and Legal Issues Certificate Program

This Certificate Program focuses on some of the core legal and risk management issues that are critical for engineers to master in successfully designing and deploying products from a safety and reliability perspective. Courses address patent law, product liability, risk management, and expert witness testimony.

Upon completing each individual course, an SAE Certificate of Achievement is awarded, issuing the designated number of Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Upon completing all four courses, a comprehensive certificate is awarded, recognizing completion of the entire certificate program.

The entire four-course program must be completed in seven years.

Required Courses

Successful completion of a learning assessment is required for each course to gain the CEUs for the course.

To enroll in the Certificate Program
There is no formal application process. You may simply begin taking courses at your convenience. You may self-monitor your transcript as you progress through the program by visiting and clicking My Transcript (requires log in).

To request overall Certificate Program framed certificate
When you have completed all courses, please notify SAE Customer Service, 877-606-7323 or Once your transcript is audited and completion of courses verified, your certificate will be issued.