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Academy of Geo-Professionals

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The Academy of Geo-Professionals (AGP) was founded in October 2008 by practicing geo-engineers who are members of the American Society of Civil Engineers' Geo-Institute (GI). The AGP offers the Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE), the first voluntary, post-license credential to provide professional engineers an opportunity to gain further recognition in the field of geotechnical engineering.

Geotechnical engineering is the branch of civil engineering concerned with the engineering behavior of the materials and processes forming the earth's crust, in the context of the built environment. AGP's goal is dedicated to improving the practice, elevating the standards, and advancing the profession of geo-professional engineering. The Academy will meet these goals and objectives with the oversight of our Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineer (D.GE) specialty certification program for geo-technical professional engineers.

AGP identifies and certifies individuals with specialized knowledge in the Geotechnical engineering for the benefit of the public.

  • Recognizing the ethical practice of the Geotechnical engineering.
  • Enhancing the technical practice of the Geotechnical engineering.
  • Supporting and promoting positions on Geotechnical engineering issues important to the public health, safety, and welfare.
  • Encouraging life-long learning and continued professional development.

Founding AGP President, Arlan H. Rippe, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, remarked, "Earning a college degree in engineering is a significant accomplishment- specialty certification provides an advanced certificate of achievement, which greatly enhances the engineer's career development. It also gives the public further confidence in the competence of our geo-professionals."

AGP operates under the guidance of Civil Engineering Certification, Inc. (CEC).

For more information on the Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE) certification program, please visit