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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.

  • Purpose

    The purpose of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge is to define the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to enter into professional practice.

    Download a free PDF copy of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge: Preparing the Future Civil Engineer (3rd Edition)

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    Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge: Preparing the Future Civil Engineer, Third Edition, outlines 21 foundational, technical, and professional practice learning outcomes for individuals entering the professional practice of civil engineering. Recommendations for fulfilling the outcomes through formal education, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and mentored early career experience are provided.

    Background

    The Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century was first published by ASCE 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. In accordance with this review cycle, the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge 3 Task Committee (CEBOK3TC) was formed in October 2016 and completed the third edition, The Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge: Preparing the Future Civil Engineer in October 2018 (publication date: April 2019).

    The Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge guides ASCE’s work in advancing the professional development of civil engineers. It forms the basis for the Civil Engineering Program Criteria used to review Civil Engineering programs through ABET.

    Contact Leslie Nolen, ASCE Staff.

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