Board Certification

Professional certification offered through the Academy ensures that coastal, ocean, port and navigation engineers have specialized knowledge and skills in their field of practice. Once your education, experience and expertise has been vetted by a panel, you are granted the one of the four certifications offered:

Differentiate yourself from your peers by applying for your certification. To maintain the certification, you are required to earn at least twenty professional development hours (PDHs) per year to stay up-to-date on new technologies and trends.

Requirements to Become a Board Certified Diplomate?

  • Have attained the ACOPNE Body of Knowledge specific to the applicant’s area of practice.
  • Be actively engaged in professional practice.
  • Possess a baccalaureate degree or higher from an engineering program accredited by ABET, Inc. or equivalent, acceptable to the Board of Trustees.  The applicant shall have successfully completed at least 30 semester credits, or equivalent, of acceptable graduate-level, or upper-level undergraduate courses, beyond the baccalaureate degree, acceptable to the Board of Trustees.
  • Possess a valid license to practice professional engineering recognized by a State, District, or Territory of the United States or certificate of registration/charter from a foreign country acceptable to the Board of Trustees.
  • Possess a minimum of twelve years of qualifying professional experience in one or more of the specialty fields, of which eight years must be after the first P.E. license. Further, such work shall include active participation in responsible planning, design, analysis, construction, operation, management, regulation, research, or teaching.  In the case of teaching, the work experience shall be at a recognized engineering program acceptable to the Board of Trustees.
  • Agree in writing to adhere to Academy’s Code of Ethics.
  • Be required to defend their application by examination in a manner specified by the Board of Trustees.  The requirement for an examination may be waived by the Admissions Committee only when the written application clearly demonstrates that the applicant meets all the requirements specified in this Section and has mastered the requisite body of knowledge at the expert level in a manner and form acceptable to the Board of Trustees.

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 moral character/ethical standing and must agree in writing to adhere to the Academy’s Code of Ethics.

Why is Board Certification Important?

Board Certification within ACOPNE was created in 2009 to recognize engineers who have an advanced degree of knowledge and expertise in the specialized fields of coastal, ocean, port and navigation engineering. These individuals, who are endorsed with this Board Certification, are actively engaged in this professional practice, have obtained a baccalaureate degree in engineering, a master's degree (or over twenty-five years’ experience) and a professional engineer license. With these skills and accomplishments, Board Certified engineer is one of the highest designations available and is recognized as a respected and credible professional within the field of civil engineering.

Additional Benefit to Becoming a Diplomate 

Your dedication to the Academies of ASCE qualifies you for a Diplomate Professional Liability credit. This credit is an exclusive Diplomate discount on your ASCE professional liability insurance that could range from 5 to 7.5%. In many cases, the value of this discount alone may exceed your application and recertification costs.

ASCE’s Insurance Brokers with Lloyds of London recognize the value of Board Certification, knowing the Diplomate has demonstrated the mastery and use of a specialized body of knowledge, superior experience, strong ethics, and have a commitment to lifelong learning. 

While our underwriters have the final decision on providing insurance after proper evaluation of your firm and its history, we will work with you to make sure you receive a fair premium and the premium credit that celebrates your expertise, strong ethics, and commitment to excellence. For more information, contact an ASCE Professional Liability Specialist at 800.650.2723.

*The ACOPNE does not discriminate among applicants based on age, sex, race, religion, national origin, disability, or marital status.*

**In addition, ACOPNE maintains the confidentiality of each applicant’s examination results, recertification information, and any other information on file unless authorized to release the information by the candidate/certificant or if required by law.**