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Academy of Coastal, Port, Ocean, and Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE)
Body of Knowledge for Navigation Engineering
The ACOPNE Navigation Engineering Body of Knowledge (NEBOK) is to be used by ACOPNE evaluation panels to determine if candidates for Diplomate certification qualify for certification.
The intent of the NEBOK is not to establish a checklist of requirements, but to provide a template by which the Academy can more uniformly evaluate a candidate’s education and experience, reducing but not eliminating subjectivity.
The American Society of Civil Engineers BOK lists the outcomes necessary for Professional Licensing in 24 Categories. Navigation Engineering Certification requires the same levels as the ASCE BOK plus mastery of at least one advanced technical outcome in navigation engineering under ASCE BOK Outcomes 5 through 24.
We define “Mastery” of an outcome to mean that the engineer has reached the level of expertise such that more challenging, complex, and difficult problems may be solved than can be addressed by an ordinarily competent licensed engineer.
Mastery of a topic can be demonstrated by planning, designing, constructing, operating, managing, regulating, or researching navigation projects of geographic or type diversity at the expert level with increasing levels of responsibility and difficulty, teaching advanced courses on these topics, authoring or coauthoring papers and contributing to books, and contributing to the profession, such as through society committees, on these topics. Mastery may be manifested as exceptional expertise in a single area or as recognized expertise in multiple topic areas.
The NEBOK consists of:
The technical outcomes below will be used by the ACOPNE Board of Trustees or a Board-designated examination panel to evaluate applicants for certification.
Hydraulics and Hydrology
Channel and Basin Design and Construction
Lock and Dam Design and Construction
Operation and Maintenance of Navigation Facilities
Approved by the ACOPNE Board of Trustees September 16, 2016