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Board Certification Requirements
1. The applicant shall comply with the AAWRE Code of Ethics.
2. The applicant shall be actively engaged in the professional practice of water resources engineering.
3. The applicant shall possess a valid license to practice professional engineering issued by a State, Territory, Possession, or District of the United States or an equivalent license or certificate issued by a foreign country, provided that said valid license or certificate of registration or charter from a foreign country meets standards set by the Board of Trustees.
4. The applicant shall have been awarded a baccalaureate degree in engineering or other related field from a college of engineering program accredited by ABET. This requirement may be waived, provided that the applicant has mastered the requisite Water Resources Engineering Body of Knowledge at the expert level in a manner and form acceptable to the Board of Trustees.
5. The applicant shall have been awarded either a Master of Science, Master of Engineering, or doctoral degree in engineering or other relevant field, from one or more educational institutions of recognized standing. This requirement may be waived, if the candidate has 25+ years of water resources engineering experience or provided that the applicant has mastered the requisite Body of Knowledge at the expert level in a manner and form acceptable to the Board of Trustees.
6. The applicant must have a minimum of 10 years of professional experience in water resources engineering of which a minimum of eight years is of progressively responsible professional experience after receipt of their first professional engineering license. (No more than a total of two years of professional experience may be granted for earning a second baccalaureate, a master’s, or a doctorate degree in engineering or other field related to the applicant’s professional practice from a college or university having met the standards established by the Board of Trustees. The applicant shall provide a description of how the additional degree relates to the applicant’s professional practice. Such work experience shall be in one or more of the specialty areas established by the Board of Trustees. Further, such work shall include active participation in 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.)
7. The applicant has mastered the requisite Body of Knowledge at the expert level in a manner and form acceptable to the Board of Trustees.
The applicant shall submit a complete application, together with all fees and supporting documentation as required, including written recommendations endorsing the application from no less than three of the applicant’s peers who possess a valid license to practice professional engineering issued by a State, Territory, Possession, or District of the United States or equivalent license issued by a foreign country. No more than one recommendation can come from the applicant’s current place of employment. No recommendations can come from a subordinate.
A certified individual does not become a Diplomate of the Academy until that individual has been approved by the Board of Trustees and has been notified in writing by the Academy Secretary.
The Board of Trustees may certify an applicant and waive one or more of the certification requirements of this Section, provided that the applicant fulfills the appropriate Body of Knowledge. Additionally, applicants must be of good ethical standing and must agree in writing to adhere to the Academy’s Code of Ethics.
If you have any questions regarding requirements, please email or call 703-295-6414.