Minimum Requirements to Apply for Diplomate Board Certification:

  • Professional Engineer (P.E.) license or foreign equivalent.
  • Minimum 8 years of professional experience after the first P.E. license.
  • Post-Undergraduate degree OR minimum 25 years of professional experience in one of the disciplines.

Completing the Application

Applicants for the Diplomate Board Certification must complete the ACOPNE application in its entirety and remit the appropriate fees in order to be considered. The application must be completed in English and all payment must be in U.S. dollars.

Upon submission of the application, the application will be reviewed for completeness by ACOPNE staff prior to being sent to the ACOPNE Admissions Committee. Once an application has been approved by the ACOPNE Admissions Committee, the applicant will be required to sit for an oral examination as a second step in verifying attainment of coastal, ocean, port or navigation engineering body of knowledge. Only after satisfactory completion of the application and examination process will the ACOPNE Board of Trustees issue the certificate of special knowledge indicating attainment of the Diplomate credential. Applicants with more than 15 years of experience may have the examination waived.

After submitting a completed application and a biography, curriculum vital (CV) or resume you will need to have three licensed engineers fill out a reference form. Once all three forms are received, your application is considered complete and will be reviewed after the next deadline (on a quarterly basis). It must then go to the Board for final approval. Once you’re approved, you will be invited to the next induction ceremony to receive your certification plaque and pin. 

Application Calendar

Spring Application Deadline: March 31st
Application committee will review applications in April
ACOPNE Board of Trustees will vote on applications in May
Approved candidates will be invited to the next ceremony

Summer Application Deadline: June 30th
Application committee will review applications in July
ACOPNE Board of Trustees will vote on applications in August
Approved candidates will be invited to the next ceremony

Fall Application Deadline: September 30th
Application committee will review applications in October
ACOPNE Board of Trustees will vote on applications in November
Approved candidates will be invited to the next ceremony

Winter Application Deadline: December 31st
Application committee will review applications in January
ACOPNE Board of Trustees will vote on applications in February
Approved candidates will be invited to the next ceremony

Application Fee

All applicants must submit a $400 application fee ($300 for ASCE members) with their completed application. This fee covers program expenses including application review, examinations, record keeping, issuance of a certificate of special knowledge, lapel pin, and first year certification dues.

Applicants who are denied certification and wish to reapply to the Academy must pay a fee of $175.

Applicants applying for more than one certification, must submit an additional $100 for each additional discipline (D.CE, D.OE, D.PE, D.NE).

Interview Schedule

The ACOPNE Academy will attempt to conduct oral examinations in reasonably convenient locations (such as a major engineering conference or meeting location, or within the state or region where the applicant resides).  However, this may not always be possible.  By completing the application, the applicant agrees to travel (at his/her cost) to the closest available examination site provided by the Academy. The Academy will work and coordinate with the candidate(s) for the best possible location for the oral examination.

The Academy provides multiple examination locations annually.

Additionally, the Academy has begun offering exams via Skype.  Generally, one panel member would travel to the office of an applicant to conduct the exam.

Steps to Apply:

1- Submit application payment online:

2- Download and fill out the ACOPNE application and submit by email.

3- Download the Reference Form and forward to your professional references. Minimum of three references required.

4- Email your Resume or C.V. to us at [email protected].


If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].