ACOPNE has defined the following subspecialty fields of expertise consistent with the sub-disciplines contained in COPRI:
Coastal engineering involves the practice of civil engineering, as well as the sciences of oceanography and coastal geology concerned with the interactions between water and land, including shorelines, bays, lakes, estuaries, inlets, river mouths, and harbors, and the structures within these environments.
Ocean engineering involves the practice of civil engineering and the science of oceanography concerned with the design, analysis, operation, and planning of systems that operate in the oceanic environment.
Port engineering involves the practice of civil engineering, environmental engineering, and the science of oceanography concerned with the planning, design, construction, maintenance, operation, pollution control, and technical functioning of ports and harbors.
Navigation engineering involves the life cycle planning, design, construction, operation and life maintenance of safe, secure, reliable, efficient and environmentally sustainable navigable waterways (channels, structures and support systems) used to move people and goods by waterborne vessels.
Diplomates subdiscipline certifications under ACOPNE are:
- Diplomate, Coastal Engineering (D.CE)
- Diplomate, Ocean Engineering (D.OE)
- Diplomate, Port Engineering (D.PE)
- Diplomate, Navigation Engineering (D.NE)
Requirements for ACOPNE Certification
Applicants for certification as a Diplomate, within ACOPNE shall demonstrate that they meet the prescribed by demonstrating:
- Actively engaged in professional practice within the Coastal, Ocean, Ports, or Navigation engineering profession.
- The applicant should be actively engaged in professional practice and shall possess a baccalaureate degree or higher from an engineering programs or equivalent, acceptable to the Board of Trustees. The applicant shall have successfully completed at least 30 semester credits, or equivalent, or upper level undergraduate courses, beyond the baccalaureate degree, acceptable to the Board of Trustees.
- Possess a minimum of twelve years of qualifying professional experience after the baccalaureate degree. Further, such work shall include active participation in responsible planning, design, analysis, operation, management, regulation, research, or teaching. In the case of teaching, the work experience shall be at a recognized engineering program acceptable to the Board of Trustees.
- Possess a valid license to practice professional engineering recognized by a State, District, or Territory of the United States or certificate of registration/charter from a foreign country acceptable to the Board of Trustees.
- Agree in writing to adhere to the Academy's Code of Ethics. ACOPNE advocates for candidates in high ethical standing in the profession.
- Be required to defend his/her qualifications and professional experience in a manner satisfactory to the Board of Trustees. The requirement for an examination may be waived by the Admissions Committee only when the written application clearly demonstrates that the applicant meets all of the requirements in the requisite body of knowledge at the expert level in a manner and form acceptable to the Board of Trustees.
For additional information on the ACOPNE, please visit the ACOPNE web site at: www.acopne.org
Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineers
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Reston, Virginia 20191