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Civil Engineering Certification



Certifications are earned by individuals who have demonstrated a set of knowledge and skills within a certain area. Civil Engineering Certification, Inc. (CEC)was created in 2004 by the ASCE Board of Direction to provide a mechanism for professional post-licensure certification of the various specialties within civil engineering. The CEC is led by a Board of Directors and is a member board of the Council of Engineering & Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB).

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.

Certifications within the engineering and scientific community have demonstrated substantial benefits to individual participants, clients, and the public.

These benefits include:

  • Certification recognizes the individual as a leader in the practice of their specialized field of engineering.
  • Certification is an advanced qualification beyond licensure recognized by clients, employers, peers, and the public.
  • Certification demonstrates attainment of a body of knowledge within a specialty area of civil engineering and commitment to stay current on new technological innovations.
  • Certification demonstrates a strong commitment to professionalism through its ethics and continuing professional development requirements.
  • Certification allows civil engineers to maintain significant input into the advanced credentialing process.
  • Certification provides clients with an assurance that they are engaging highly qualified participants on their projects.
  • Certification supports the concept of Qualifications Based Selection (QBS).

CEC has partnered with the Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI), Geo-Institute (G-I), and Coastal Ocean Ports & Rivers Institute (COPRI) to create three professional certification programs and will continue to partner, where appropriate, with other professional organizations to implement specialty certification. CEC created its first academy, the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) and the Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE) certification program in October 2004. The Academy of Geo-Professionals (AGP) and the Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE) certification program was established in November 2008. CEC launched its third academy, the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE) in October 2009.  There may be other certifications created by other Institutes within ASCE in the future.

For additional information on CEC and its Academies, contact John Segna at (703) 295-6166 or