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Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge

  • Civil engineering is a demanding field that requires a broad knowledge base and combinations of skills to practice successfully as a professional.

  • The purpose of the Body of Knowledge is to define:

    1. What are the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to enter into professional practice,
    2. How can the Body of Knowledge be fulfilled by tomorrow's aspiring engineers, and 
    3. Who should guide the learning of the engineering student and engineer intern.

    Download Body of Knowledge, 2nd Edition (PDF)

    The Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge, 3rd Edition will be published in May 2019


    The Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century was originally developed by a task committee of ASCE members and published in 2004. In 2008, a second edition was published, reflecting additional study and deliberation on the subject. Following the publication of the second edition, an 8-year cycle for review of the Body of Knowledge was established.

    The second edition of the Body of Knowledge formed the basis for the revised Civil Engineering Program Criteria used to review Civil Engineering programs through ABET, effective for ABET reviews beginning in Fall 2016.  

    Download a free copy of the Second Edition or purchase a bound copy of the complete report from ASCE's bookstore.

    The Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge 3 Task Committee (CEBOK3TC) is reviewing the 2nd Edition of the Body of Knowledge to determine what, if any, changes are necessary to reflect the ever-changing demands to practice as a professional civil engineer. The Task Committee convened in October 2016 and is due to complete its work in September 2018.

    Contact Leslie Nolen, ASCE Staff.