Steps in applying for D.WRE Certification

  1. Create a username and password for online application and submit information and payment.
  2. Request for 3 professional references to fill out the reference form and send to AAWRE.
  3. Application will be reviewed by AAWRE Admissions Committee.
  4. You will be notified of status of application.

Completing the Application Forms

Applicants for the Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer credential for the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers must complete the AAWRE application in its entirety and remit the appropriate fees by the specified deadlines in order to be considered. The application must be completed in English and all payment must be in U.S. dollars.

Upon submission of the application, the application will be reviewed for completeness by AAWRE staff prior to being sent to the AAWRE Admissions Committee. If an application is deemed incomplete at the published deadline, further processing/review will be delayed until the next application cycle.

Once an application has been approved by the AAWRE Admissions Committee, the applicant will be required to appear for an oral examination as a second step in verifying attainment of the water resources engineering body of knowledge. Only after satisfactory completion of the application and oral examination process will the AAWRE Board of Trustees issue the certificate of special knowledge indicating attainment of the Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer credential.

Application Deadlines

AAWRE has expanded our application reviews to 4 times per year, with deadlines at end of each of the following months: March, June, September, December.

Application Fee

All applicants must submit a $300 application fee ($400 application fee for non-ASCE members) with their completed application. This fee covers program expenses including application review, oral examination, record keeping, issuance of a certificate of special knowledge and pin, and first year's certification dues.

Annual Certification Fee

All fees shall be paid in United States dollars by check or money order drawn on a United States bank.

Diplomates will receive a renewal notice annually. The renewal form will require that the Diplomate:

  • attest to their continued active engagement in the practice of water resources engineering,
  • attest to their continued possession of a valid license to practice engineering,
  • attest to earning 20 professional Development Hours (PDHs) during the preceding 12 month period,
  • attest to adherence to the Academy Code of Ethics, and
  • submit an annual fee.

The Annual Certification Fee is set by the AAWRE Board of Trustees and is currently $125.

Prospective candidates may apply the following ways:

  1. Apply online
  2. Download the Word copy of the application and submit your electronic copy of the application via E-mail to AAWRE
  3. Email your updated resume or CV and list of (3) professional references to AAWRE
  4. Download/Save reference form to forward to your contacts


For any questions regarding the application process, please send email to AAWRE at