March 21, 2012

Alexandria, VA - The Civil Engineering Certification, Inc. (CEC), a subsidiary of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) participated in the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) annual business meeting in Alexandria, VA. The Civil Engineering Certification is a Member Board of the CESB since 2008 and currently has two of its certification programs accredited by the CESB- the AAWRE Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE) and Academy of Geo-Professionals (AGP) Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineer (D.GE) programs. C. Dale Jacobson, PE, BCEE, F.ASCE, CEC's founding president attended the meeting on behalf of CEC as official representative to CESB, along with 30 representatives from notable engineering societies and associations.

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; it serves as a recognizing body for organizations that certify individuals; it represents its members in communications and, when appropriate, in negotiations with public and private agencies, groups, and individuals with respect to matters of common interest; and it informs employers, stake-holders, 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. CESB is governed by the members through actions at its annual meeting and through an elected executive committee. Among some other notable Member Boards of CESB are American Academy of Environmental Engineers, National Academy of Forensic Engineers and Society of Wetlands Scientists Professional Certification Program.

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CESB organization representatives at March 21, 2012 meeting in Alexandria, VA

CESB’s Executive Director Bill Anderson, P.E., DEE stated:

“At its just concluded 2012 Annual Meeting, CESB formally endorsed a jointly-developed document providing a brief but comprehensive explanation of credentials (licensing and certification) for engineering and related technical specialties. This document began six years ago when a joint committee of CESB, NSPE, and NCEES worked to prepare a concise, consensus description of credentialing to fill a void in the profession's references. After a lengthy negotiation process, a document acceptable to the prime organizations involved in engineering and related specialties credentialing was achieved.

CESB's primary objective is the accreditation of certification programs. It also serves as a resource for the certification Member Boards. To further the later objective, the Board acted to create and sustain a Certification Administrator's Committee that will provide a forum for program administrators to share information and resources needed to operate certification programs and further cooperation between the programs.

The CESB Board also acted to accredit twelve certification programs for terms ranging from three to five years. This is nearly one-third of the 38 certification programs operated by the 18 CESB Member Boards.”

The Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (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. Its creation on April 24, 1990 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.

The CEC was created in 2004 by ASCE to provide a mechanism for the post-licensure certification of the various specialties within civil engineering. CEC has partnered and worked with the Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI), Geo-Institute (G-I) and Coastal, Ocean, Ports & Rivers Institute (COPRI) to start its first three certification programs: AAWRE (2004), AGP (2008) and Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE). CEC's specialty certifications complements the goals of the ASCE through Developing Leadership, Advancing Technology, Advocating Lifelong Learning, and Promoting the Engineering Profession. The CEC also oversees the Building Security Certification Program (BSCP). The AAWRE's D.WRE program was accredited by CESB in March 2010 and AGP’s D.GE program was accredited in 2011. CEC’s third program, the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE), which has four certifications are pursuing accreditation from CESB at this time.

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