The American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) was founded in October 2004 under the leadership and guidance of members from ASCE’s Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) and was the first Academy created within Civil Engineering Certification, Inc. (CEC). AAWRE started the Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE) certification program to adhere to ASCE’s Policy 465- to broaden and deepen the body of knowledge for practicing engineers and to elevate the standards in civil engineering.

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  1. Identifying and certifying engineers with specialized knowledge in water resources for the benefit of the public.
  2. Recognizing the ethical practice of water resources engineering at the expert level.
  3. Enhancing the practice of water resources engineering.
  4. Supporting and promoting positions on water resources issues important to the public health, safety and welfare.
  5. Encouraging life-long learning and continued professional development.


Provide excellence in leadership by elevating the professional practice of water resources engineering through advanced certification, continuing education, and ethical practice.


Board Certified Water Resources Engineers are global leaders serving society in advancing sustainable management of the world’s water.