Specialty certification complements the goals of ASCE through:
•Developing Leadership—through the promotion of specialty certification as a vehicle for post-licensure professional development.
•Advancing Technology—through the development of specialized bodies of knowledge for utilization during the certification process.
•Advocating Lifelong Learning—through the requirement of on-going professional development in the recertification process after achieving licensure and professional experience.
•Promoting the Profession—through the provision of specialty certification as a broadly recognized, specialized credential in the practice of civil engineering.
Civil Engineering Certification, Inc. (CEC) was created in 2004 by the ASCE Board of Direction to provide a mechanism for the post-licensure certification of the various specialties within civil engineering. Accreditation is a voluntary process used to assure the quality of certification programs. In the U.S., two main organizations accredit engineering related certification programs:
The American Standards Institute (ANSI)
The Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB)
ASCE is an ANSI recognized Standards Developing Organization (SDO) and is a CESB Affiliate Member.