Certificate Program

Why take this certificate program?

ASCE's Port Engineering Certificate Program is a series of career-focused courses taught by practicing engineers and university professors providing professional engineers in-demand skills used in the field of port engineering. You will learn the fundamental concepts of port engineering, the design, construction, and management of port facilities, types of seismic design classifications, and how to interpret geotechnical data.

Developers and instructors


120 PDHs/12 CEUs


Member $3,775 | Non-member $4,775

Learning outcomes

After completing this certificate program, you will be able to:

  • Describe the relationship of maritime vessel characteristics to engineering analyses of port and harbor facilities.
  • Describe the factors affecting the design and operation of marine facilities including wind, waves, ice, tides, and currents.
  • Identify the necessary basic design criteria for port/harbor structures, all applicable loads, and recommended load combinations/factors.
  • Convert criteria into operational limits and downtime estimates at various facility types.
  • Compute berthing and static mooring loads on a port structure.
  • Be able to evaluate if an existing port structure needs to be rehabilitated.
  • Learn the process of Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) delivery and know the construction management techniques (quality/ schedule/ budget).
  • Understand various design & construction element requirements and associated risks.
  • Describe the required process and applicable federal, state, and local design criteria for designing a pier and wharf.

Who should participate?

  • Entry level engineers working for port authorities or consulting firms
  • Port staff, port project/construction managers/consultants, or port tenants/operators
  • Practicing engineers
  • Engineers seeking to move into port engineering from other civil/mechanical disciplines (e.g. buildings, pipelines, etc.)
  • Other construction service providers
  • Senior level management personnel who might have recently assumed responsibilities over port engineering without any background
  • Senior level management who may be placed into a position of authority over port facilities

Certificate courses

The 3 core courses and 2 electives must be completed for a total of 5 courses

Core course suggested order of completion:

  1. Introduction to Port Engineering
  2. Design of Port Facilities
  3. Construction of Port Facilities

Electives (choose 2):

  1. Geotechnical Design of Port Facilities
  2. Port Operations and Maintenance
  3. Marine Container Terminal Planning
  4. Seismic Design of Piers and Wharves