What is a Board Certified Diplomate?

A Diplomate is a Board Certified Professional in a specialty field of practice. The Diplomate designation is the highest advanced post-license board certification in the engineering field. Nearly 800 professional engineers have achieved the Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE) Board Certification to date. A Board Certified Diplomate has gained at least eight years of responsible professional experience after earning their first engineering degree and has achieved a post-undergraduate degree or has gained at least 25+ years experience in water resources engineering.

A Board Certified Diplomate has demonstrated advanced knowledge in at least one of the areas of the Body of Knowledge (BoK) in water resources engineering. A professional engineer becomes a Diplomate through attaining advanced experience, licensure, and education, as well as passing a panel oral examination. For professional engineers with more than 25 years of professional experience, the panel oral exam may be waived.

The Academy has three categories of Board Certified Diplomates: Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE); Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer Retired (D.WRE Ret.Honorary Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (Hon.D.WRE).

  • D.WREs are practicing professional engineers, who are active in the profession, with an active professional engineer (P.E.) licensure. Diplomates are required to earn at least 20 PDH per year and recertify their D.WRE board certification annually.
  • Retired Diplomates are those who are no longer active in the profession. Retired Diplomates are not required to maintain their P.E. licensure and their annual PDH. 
  • Honorary Diplomate is one of the highest honors given to an individual by the AAWRE. Honorary Diplomate may be a bestowed on a Diplomate, a professional engineer or a non-professional engineer. Honorary Diplomates are not required to maintain any PDH annually or recertify.



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