April 10, 2015

The Civil Engineering Certification, Inc. (CEC) participated in the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) annual business meeting on March 25 in Alexandria, Virginia.  The meeting was attended by Bill Kelly, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, board director of CEC and representatives of more than 25 other member board professional engineering and scientific societies and organizations.  The CESB hosts the annual business meeting in March each year to review business goals and review accreditation programs of the various member organizations

CESB Officers and Directors at the 2015 annual meeting on March 25 in Alexandria, Virginia.

Dr. Kelly, a member of CESB executive committee and chair of the Committee on Professional Engineer Specialty Certification, and CEC and AAWRE director John Segna, P.E., BCEE, F.ASCE attended to represent CEC.  The CEC was created in 2004 by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to provide a mechanism for professional post-licensure certification of the various specialties within civil engineering.  The CEC, which is the overseeing body of AAWRE also oversees two additional professional certification academies, the Academy of Geo-Professionals (AG) and Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE).

The CESB is the recognized accreditation body for engineering and scientific certification and specialty certification programs. CESB is an independent, voluntary membership body created for its member organizations who recognize, through specialty certification, the expertise of individuals practicing in engineering and related fields. Created in April 1990, the CESB was the culmination of organizing work by volunteers from among the 130 attendees (23 organizations represented) who participated in the April 1988 National Conference on Engineering Specialty Certification.

CESB as an accrediting body provides basic criteria and guidelines for the establishment and operation of specialty certification programs for engineers, technologists, technicians, and related scientific; serves as a recognizing body for organizations that certify individuals; represents its members in communications and in negotiations with public and private agencies, groups, and individuals; and informs employers, public officials, the public, and engineering and related practitioners of the benefits of specialty certification. CESB is governed by the members through actions at its annual meeting and through an elected executive committee.

Dr. Kelly reported on the highlights from the 2015 annual business meeting:

“CESB’s new president Penny Whoolery promises an upgrade of the CESB website and that CESB will explore new ways to add more value to member activities.  CESB will be developing a new Strategic Plan for 2016 meeting.

CESB defined its continuing education requirement in terms of PDHs and stressed that all members must report continuing education in equivalent PDHs.  The accreditation of the Board Certified Environmental Engineer Member (BCEEM) certification program was re-accredited.  CEC may also look at this as a possible model (for additional member value to our professional academies).”

The Member Boards of CESB are not-for-profit organizations operating certification programs, such as the Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professionals (ABCEP), the American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists (AAEES), the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).