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Professional Certifications

  • Boost your career and validate your expertise

    Certification is the recognition of attaining advanced knowledge and skills in a specialty area of civil engineering. ASCE offers certifications for engineers who demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in their area of engineering.

  • Board Certifications

    Take the next step in your career today and get board certified in:

    Minimum requirements include:

    • P.E. license or foreign equivalent
    • Master's degree
    • 8 years post-licensure progressive engineering experience

    Additional Certifications

    In addition to board certifications, professionals in engineering or related fields can obtain:

    The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) professional designation programs also recognize accomplishments, career experience, and education achieved by professionals in the engineering industry.

    Benefits of Certification

    • 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.

    ASCE certifications are overseen by Civil Engineering Certification, Inc. and are accredited by Council of Engineering & Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB).

    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. CEC will partner, where appropriate, with other professional organizations to implement specialty certification. Specialty certification complements the goals of the 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 ongoing professional development in the certification 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 is an advanced qualification beyond licensure recognized by clients, employers, peers, and the public.
    • Certification provides tangible evidence that an individual has excelled in their specialty field.
    • 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).

    Individual certification programs are developed by Academies within CEC with the participation of the appropriate ASCE Institute or technical unit.

    CEC led the efforts in creating its first Academy, the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) and the Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE) certification in October 2004. The CEC began its second Academy, the Academy of Geo-Professionals (AGP) and the Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE) certification in October 2008. The third CEC Academy, the Academy of Coastal Ocean Port & Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE) was launched in October 2009 and has four Diplomate certifications: Diplomate, Coastal Engineer (D.CE), Diplomate, Ocean Engineer (D.OE), Diplomate, Port Engineer (D.PE), and Diplomate, Navigation Engineer (D.NE).

    The CEC is led by the CEC Board of Directors. The 2016-2017 CEC Board of Directors is:

    William E. Kelly, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, President
    Jerry R. Rogers, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE, President-Elect
    Ronald M. Noble, P.E., D.CE, D.PE, D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE, Past-President
    William H. Espey, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE
    Leslie Ewing, Ph.D., P.E., D.CE, M.ASCE
    Phil G. King, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE
    Steven D. Thorne, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE
    S.Scot Litke, Hon.D.GE, Aff.M.ASCE, Public Member
    Deb Connor, Aff.M.ASCE, ASCE Staff
    Brian Sien, Aff.M.ASCE, Secretary/Treasurer, ASCE Staff

    For additional information on CEC and its Academies, contact Brian Sien at (703) 295-6314 or by email.

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