Applicants for certification as a Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer shall demonstrate that they meet the prescribed Body of Knowledge for Water Resources Engineering by demonstrating:

  • Active engagement in the professional practice of water resources engineering,
  • A valid license to practice professional engineering in the U.S. or equivalent license issued by a foreign country.
  • An undergraduate degree (in civil engineering preferably) and either 1) a master of science or master of engineering degree in water resources, civil, agricultural, environmental, or 2) a doctoral degree in water resources, civil, agricultural, environmental engineering, or 3) have earned a minimum of thirty graduate level semester hours related to engineering.*

*If undergraduate degree is not in engineering, the degree must be approved by AAWRE Admissions Committee for eligibility. Additional Masters & Doctoral Studies that may be accepted are Public Administration, Business Administration, Risk Assessment/Analysis, Hydraulics/Hydrology. Please contact certification@aawre.org to see if you meet the educational requirements.

  • 10 years minimum of professional experience in water resources engineering work, of which eight years must have been accumulated after obtaining the P.E. licensure or foreign equivalent.** The experience shall include active participation in responsible planning, design, analysis, operation, management, regulation, research, or teaching. In the case of teaching, the work experience shall be at an educational institution of recognized standing, or its equivalent.
  • A total of 2 years of studies in masters/doctoral or combined program may be counted towards 10 years of professional experience.
  • Agreement in writing to adhere to the AAWRE Code of Ethics. AAWRE advocates high ethical standings in the profession.
  • Submission of an application, together with all fees and supporting documentation as required, including written recommendations endorsing the application from three peers who possess a valid license to practice professional engineering issued in the U.S. or equivalent license issued by a foreign country.
  • Passage of an oral examination in a manner satisfactory to the Admissions Committee. The oral examination shall consist of two phases:
    • An oral presentation demonstrating that the applicant has mastered the requisite body of knowledge at the expert level, and
    • An oral defense of the presentation in the form of questions and answers.
    • The Admissions Committee may waive the oral examination portion, if the candidate has demonstrated extensive and superior qualifications and background.

**These requirements are current as of March 2017. Each candidate is subject to formal approval by the AAWRE Admissions Committee and Board of Trustees.

If you have any questions regarding requirements, please email or call 703-295-6314.