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Learn more about common A/E/C credentials.  Select a credential from the Choose a Designation drop-down below and learn more about the education, experience, ethics, and examinations needed to obtain the designation.  Don't see the one you are looking for?  Click here and let us know so we can put our researchers to work on it!

Each day our profession becomes more specialized, and clients require architects and engineers to have the certifications that prove the acquisition of this knowledge. Have you ever been confused by all of those letters that appear in RFP’s for the A/E/C credentials required to even propose on a project? Some represent a significant amount of education and training for staff. Helping firms determine which credentials are most meaningful, whether for marketing purposes or to develop an overall educational/certification program in the firm, is part of the SDA’s mission to enhance practice management in all A/E firms. We hope this is a helpful resource to the A/E/C community.

Note: SDA is providing this information as a public service.  It is correct to the best of our knowledge, but we neither guarantee its accuracy nor endorse any credentials for which we are not responsible as a credentialing organization.

 

 

 

  

 

AAHID

American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers

Overview

Certifies the knowledge, skills and abilities of healthcare interior designers, distinguishing them from other architects, designers and decorators; also promotes research of healthcare interior environments and collaborates in developing improved products for healthcare interiors.

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's degree in Interior design - CIDA-accredited program

Prerequisites/Experience

Minimum 5 yrs experience in healthcare interior design;
Evidence of NCIDQ certification required; 3 original signed letters of reference from clients (on their letterhead) containing language that indicates the applicant's specific role in the projects submitted with the portfolio; Portfolio of 4-6 completed & built projects from the past 5 yrs that depict a variety of senior and/or patient care spaces

Examinations      

Exam - 3 hours

Continuing Education

None

Issuing Institution

CIDQ (Council for Interior Design Qualification)
1602 L Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC  20036-5681
202.721.0220
inquiries@ncidq.org

Website

www.ncidq.org

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ACHA

American College of Healthcare Architects

Overview

The intent of the certification process is to provide representation to the public that a Board Certified healthcare architect has successfully completed an approved educational program and an evaluation of relevant experience, including an examination process designed to assess the knowledge and skills requisite to the performance of high-quality service in the practice of healthcare architecture.

Educational Requirements

Architecture degree

Prerequisites/Experience

Demonstration of practice as a licensed architect for not less than 5 yrs in at least one jurisdiction of the US, its territories, or Canada;
A currently valid license to practice architecture in at least one jurisdiction of the US, its possessions, or in a province of Canada;
Demonstration of a period following licensure of at least three of the past five yrs in which the specialty of healthcare facility architecture represents the majority of an applicant's full-time practice;
Three (3) letters of recommendation from atchitects who know your work personally and who are not in the firm where you are currently employed;
Three (3) reference from clients must contain specific language that indicated the applicant's specific role on th eprojects submitted with the portfolio;

At least 3 but no more than 9 projects from the past 5 yrs.

Examinations      

Exam - 2 hours.  110 quesions.  The ACHA Examination was developed to objectively measure the knowledge and skills required of healthcare architects and to foster uniform standards for measuring such knowledge and skills.  The examination is based on a content outline developed from a national survey of healthcare architects which identified tasks significant to practice. 
The objective exam consists of 110 multiple-choice questions (100 scored and 10 nonscored pretest questions).  The exam duration is two (2) hours.  The exam is computer-based.

Exam given 3 times a year (March, June, Sept)

Continuing Education

Complete 18 learning units (LU) each year, with 12 hours being specific to healthcare.

Issuing Institution

American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA)
18000 W. 105th St.
Olathe, KS 66061-7543
913.895.4604

Website

www.healtharchitects.org

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ACP

Associate Commissioning Professional

Overview

Person wishing to become a CCP but lacks experience and education in testing for full certification regarding the commissioning process.

Educational Requirements

 

Prerequisites/Experience

12 months continuous building related ACP experience. Apply for BCA's ACP certification.

Examinations      

No testing requirements. Candidate must join BCA and apply for ACP credential.

Continuing Education

Renew membership every year

Issuing Institution

Building Commissioning Association (BCA)
1600 NW Compton Drive, Suite 200
Beaverton, OR 97006
877.666.2292
info@bcxa.org

Website

www.bcxa.org

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AICP

American Institute of Certified Planners

Overview

AICP Certified planners are members of APA’s (American Planning Association) professional institute, AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners). Certified planners  have demonstrated a commitment to high standards of professional practice and a mastery of theories and tools of planning.

Educational Requirements

Sliding scale of education and experience.  See "Prerequisites/ Experience."

Prerequisites/Experience

Graduate degree in Planning plus 2 years professional planning  experience, or  Bachelor's degree plus 3 years professional planning  experience, or
Graduate degree in planning from a non-accredited program, plus 3 years professional planning  experience, or
Any other graduate, post-graduate or undergraduate degree, plus 4 years professional planning experience, or
8 years professional planning experience.

Member of APA required.

Examinations      

Exam - 4-hour.  Multiple choice, closed book exam. 

It is administered at a Prometrics testing facility (similar to LEED exams).

Continuing Education

32 CM credits per biennium

Issuing Institution

American Planning Association (APA)
205 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1200
Chicago, IL  60601
312.431.9100
1030 15th St., NW, Suite 750 West
Washington, DC  20005-1503
202.872.0611
customerservice@planning.org

Website

www.planning.org

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AEP

Associate Environmental Professional

Overview

This is an entry level program of professional environmental certification.  It is aimed at those persons beginning their careers as well as those who may not possess a college degree.

Educational Requirements

1 year in a bachelor's degree program, such as environmental engineering, health/science, environmental management or hazardous materials management.

Prerequisites/Experience

3 years of acceptable work experience may be substituted for each year of an academic degree program.

Examinations      

Exam - 1-1/2-hour. Multiple choice, open book exam.
The AEP exam tests for a person's general understanding of:
30% environmental regulations;
30% program implementation relating to pollution prevention, emergency preparedness and response, site inspections, permit requirements, hazardous materials/waste management;
30% chemistry, toxicology and geology;
10 % site and risk assessment;
10% technology of monitoring, abatement and remediation;

5% ethics, legal obligations and personal liability.

Continuing Education

None

Issuing Institution

National Registry of Environmental Professionals
P.O. Box 2099
Glenview, IL  60025-6099

Website

www. nrep.org

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AIA

Member of the American Institute of Architects

Overview

Certifies that the member is licensed by a U.S. state board to practice the profession of architecture and has completed all the education, experience and examination requirements therefore, and is a member of The American Institute of Architects

Educational Requirements

5-year degree from accredited program or 4-year degree plus Masters.

Prerequisites/Experience

Individuals with an architectural license from a U.S. licensing authority are eligible for AIA membership. Experience and exam are required to attain licensure.

Examinations      

The Architectural Registration Exam consists of seven divisions that include multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and check-all that apply questions as well as graphic vignettes.

Continuing Education

18 learning units (LU) per year  for membership renewal.
Of those 18 LU hours, at least 8 hours must be in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) topics.

Of those 8 HSW hours,  at least 4 hours must be in topics relating to sustainable design (SD).

Issuing Institution

American Institute of Architects
1735 New York Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20006-5292
800.AIA.3837
infocentral@aia.org

Website

www.aia.org

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BSCP

Building Systems Commissioning Certfied Professional

Overview

This is qualified individual working full-time for a NEBB-certified firm (NEBB = National Environmental Balancing Bureau).

Educational Requirements

Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering + 2 yrs experience, or Associates Degree in Engineering technology + 4 yrs experience

Prerequisites/Experience

Be employed by a certified firm or candidate firm on a full-time basis;
Hold a management position in the firm, be able to represent the firm on all building systems commissioning matters, and have a reputation of integrity with building owners, consultants and awarding authorities;
Have experience equal to any of the following:
1. BS Engineering + two (2) years of supervisory experience in HVAC installation or HVAC design work, or
2.  Associates Degree  Engineering Technology + four (4) years of supervisory experience in TAB or in the HVAC industry, or
3. Four (4) years of TAB, or Design experience, + four (4) years of supervisory experience in TAB or in the HVAC industry, or

4. Four (4) years of HVAC related experience (which could include accredited apprenticeship) have a minimum of two (2) years of TAB experience, and four (4) years of supervisory experience in TAB or in the HVAC industry. Ten years total.

Examinations      

Exam - 7.5 hours. Covers Fundamentals &  Procedural Standards, Air, and Hydronics.
Applicants must be a designated candidate certified professional of a NEBB–certified or candidate firm in good standing with a local chapter, as well as meeting all other criteria for qualification to be eligible to take the required NEBB TAB written examinations.

Person must have been an installing contractor and obtain NEBB certification.

Continuing Education

Person must maintain NEBB membership and be employed by a NEBB-certified Firm

Issuing Institution

National Environmental Balancing Bureau
8575 Grovemont Circle Gaithersburg, MD  20877

Website

www.nebb.org

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CAP

Certified Administrative Professional

Overview

Program structured to maintain or increase skill, knowledge, and competency in the following areas: 

  • Communications
  • Organization and Planning
  • Information Distribution
  • Record Management
  • Human Resources
  • Information Resources
  • Document Production
  • Financial Functions

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's degree + 2yrs experience
Associate degree + 3 yrs experience
Without degree + 4 yrs experience

Prerequisites/Experience

Bachelor's degree + 2yrs experience
Associate degree + 3 yrs experience
Without degree + 4 yrs experience
Mandatory job function and employer's statement required

Examinations      

Exam - 4-1/2 hr. 350 multiple choice questions (8 sections). Closed book

Continuing Education

Required recertification every 5 yrs;
Credits are earned in the categories of continuing education, other cerfitications and leadership.
Continuing ed must be subject to specific and related to CAP examinations

Issuing Institution

International Association of Administrative Professionals
10502 N. Ambassador Dr., Suite 100
Kansas City, MO  64153
816.891.6600

Website

www.iaap-hq.org

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CCCA

Certified Construction Contracts Administrator

Overview

CCCA Certification demonstrates that one understands all facets of the construction process and contractual relationships, and that one is skilled at construction contract administration in an era of complex projects, tighter delivery schedules, and shrinking budgets.

Educational Requirements

None

Prerequisites/Experience

Candidate must have passed the CDT Exam and is strongly encouraged to have at least two years experience in construction contract administration.

Examinations      

Exam - 4 hrs. 200 multiple-choice questions. Computer-based CCCA Examination, candidates must receive a grade of 75% or higher.

Continuing Education

CCCA certification is valid for three years. Ceritficants are required to earn are required to earn an average of 8 hours of continuing education = 8.0 PDHs (Professional Development Hours) per Certification Year. Within the 8 hours, a minimum of 50% must

Issuing Institution

CSI - Construction Specifications Institute
110 South Union Street, Suite 100
Alexandria, VA  22314-3351
800.680.2900
csi@csinet.org

Website

www.csinet.org

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CCP

Certified Commissioning Professional

Overview

Individual qualified by experience to lead the commissioning process

Educational Requirements

None

Prerequisites/Experience

36 months continuous commissioning experience, provide three completed commissioning projects, provide three client references, and file for BCA's CCP certification examination.

Examinations      

No testing requirement. Certificate earned through BCA. Individual must join BCA through the firm.

Continuing Education

Renew membership every year

Issuing Institution

Building Commissioning Association (BCA)
1600 NW Compton Drive, Suite 200
Beaverton, OR  97006
877.666.2292
info@bcxa.org

Website

www.bcxa.org

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CCS

Certified Construction Specifier

Overview

CCS Certification demonstrates one's excellence in specifications and contract document preparation. A CSI CCS is a skilled product researcher who knows how to investigate and identify cost-effective, efficient solutions, and then communicates those solutions through specifications.

Educational Requirements

None

Prerequisites/Experience

Candidate must have passed the CDT Exam; have prepared, helped prepare or coordinated either Bidding Requirements or Division 01-General Requirements; have directly prepared specification sections actually used in construction; and must have at least 5 years experience in a construction design discipline (not including academic work)

Examinations      

Exam - 4 hours. 200 Multiple choice questions. Computer based.
To pass, candidates must receive a grade of 75% or higher.

Continuing Education

CCS certification is valid for three years. Ceritficants are required to earn an average of 8 hours of continuing education = 8.0 PDHs (Professional Development Hours) per Certification Year.
Within the 8 hours, a minimum of 50% must be related to the professional practice of the certification being renewed, as defined by the CSI Practice Guide.
Up to 50% may accrue from serving on a CSI standing or ad hoc committee or on a CSI task team.
Attending educational seminars and certification study courses by CSI Chapters and Regions.
100% must be related to the construction industry or the construction process.

Issuing Institution

CSI - Construction Specifications Institute
110 South Union Street, Suite 100
Alexandria, VA  22314-3351
800.680.2900
csi@csinet.org

Website

www.csinet.org

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CDFA

Certified Design Firm Administrator

Overview

Program structured to maintain or increase skill, knowledge, and competency in the following areas:

  • Office Administration / Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Human Resources
  • Finance

Educational Requirements

Bachelors or Masters + 1 year
Associates degree + 2 years

Prerequisites/Experience

Bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree plus one year of experience in A/E/C design firm administration, or
Associate’s degree plus two years of experience in A/E/C design firm administration, or
No degree, three years of experience in A/E/C design firm administration
A pledge to abide by the SDA code of Ethics

Examinations      

Exam - 2 hr closed book exam;
100 multiple choice questions

Continuing Education

CDFAs are required to complete eighteen (18) hours of continuing education per year.  A credit hour is defined as fifty minutes out of each sixty minute segment;
Continuing education requirements become effective in the first full calendar year after certification

Issuing Institution

SDA - Society for Design Administration
8190-A Beechmont Ave., #276
Cincinnati, OH  45255-6117
800.711.8199
admin@sdanational.org

Website

www.sdanational.org

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CDT

Construction Documents Technologist

Overview

A CDT Certificate holder is a construction industry member known for their comprehensive knowledge of the writing and management of construction documents

Educational Requirements

None

Prerequisites/Experience

There is no required minimum   experience in the design and construction industry

Examinations      

Exam - 2-1/2 hrs. 100 multiple choice questions.
To pass candidates must receive a grade of 75% or higher

Continuing Education

None

Issuing Institution

CSI - Construction Specifications Institute
110 South Union Street, Suite 100
Alexandria, VA  22314-3351
800.680.2900
csi@csinet.org

Website

www.csinet.org

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CEA

Certified Energy Auditor

Overview

The CEA certification is one that identifies professionals as having the required knowledge and experience needed to succeed in the growing field of energy auditing

Educational Requirements

Four year degree in architecture or engineering; or
PE (professional engineer) or RA + 3 yrs experience
Four year non-engineering degree + 4 yrs experience
Two year technical degree + 5 yrs experience

Prerequisites/Experience

4-year degree or PE or RA + 3 years of verifiable experience in energy auditing, energy management, facility management, or experience related to energy management; or
4-year non-engineering degree + 4 years of verifiable experience in energy auditing, energy management, facility management, or experience related to energy management; or
2-year technical degree + 5 years of verifiable experience in energy auditing, energy management, facility management, or experience related to energy management; or
10 years of verifiable experience in energy auditing, energy management, facility management, or experience related to energy management; or
The current status of Certified Energy Manager (CEM®).

Examinations      

Exam - 4 hour. 150 multiple-choice questions,  open book exam. 
70% or better is passing.

Continuing Education

10 renewal credits each three year cycle

Issuing Institution

Association of Energy Engineers
4025 Pleasantdale Rd., Suite 420
Atlanta, GA 30340
770.447.5083
helen@aeecenter.org

Website

www.aeecenter.org

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CEM

Certified Energy Manager

 

Overview

 

The Certified Energy Manager (CEM) credential has become widely accepted and used as a measure of professional accomplishment within the energy management field. It has gained industry-wide use as the standard for qualifying energy professionals both in the United States and abroad. It is recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Office of Federal Energy Management Programs (FEMP), and the U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as by numerous state energy offices, major utilities, corporations and energy service companies

Educational Requirements

 

Four year degree in architecture or engineering; or

PE (professional engineer) or RA + 3 yrs experience

Four year degree in environmental science, physics, or earth science + 4 yrs experience

Four year business degree + 5 yrs experience

Two year energy m

Prerequisites/Experience

 

4-year degree or PE or RA + 3 years of verifiable experience in energy auditing, energy management, facility management, or experience related to energy management; or

4-year busineess degree + 5 years experience in energy engineering or energy management

4-year non-engineering degree + 4 years of experience in energy engineering or energy management or

2-year energy mgmt degree + 6 years of experience in energy engineering or energy management

2-year technical degree + 5 years of experience in energy engineering or energy management; or

10 years of verifiable experience in experience in energy engineering or energy management

Examinations

Exam - 4 hour, 130 multiple-choice questions, open book exam. 

68% or better is passing

Continuing Education:

 

10 renewal credits each three year cycle

Issuing Institution

 

Association of Energy Engineers

4025 Pleasantdale Rd., Suite 420

Atlanta, GA 30340

770.447.5083

helen@aeecenter.org

 

Website

 

www.aeecenter.org

 

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CEP

Certified Environmental Professional

Overview

The CEP program provides environmental professionals who possess special qualifications of education, experience, and accomplishment with the opportunity to be judged by a board of peers. Granted in four functional areas:

  • Environmental Assessment
  • Environmental Documentation
  • Environmental Operations
  • Environmental Planning
  • Environmental Research and Education

 

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's degree + 9 yrs experience

Masters + 8 yrs experience

Doctorate + 7 yrs experience

Prerequisites/Experience

7 to 9 years of applicable professional environmental experience. Five of the nine years must be in a position of responsible charge and/or responsible supervision.

Examinations

None

Continuing Education:

None

Issuing Institution

Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professionals

866.767.8073

office@abcep.org

 

Website

www.abcep.org

 

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CESSWI

Certified Erosion, Sediment and Storm Water Inspector

Overview

The mission of the Certified Erosion, Sediment, and Storm Water Inspector (CESSWI) Program is to serve the public trust through the certification of individuals who are technically and ethically qualified to provide nationally consistent inspections of erosion, sediment, and storm water management practices for compliance with an approved site plan/Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) including compliance with applicable (local, state, provincial and federal) laws and regulations.

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's or Associate's degree + 1 yr experience

High school diploma or GED + 3 yrs experience

Prerequisites/Experience

High school diploma or GED;

3 yrs or more of focused erosion, sediment and storm water inspection experience;

Formal 2 or 4 yr degree in a qualified field of study may count as 1 yr of experience

Examinations

Exam. Closed Book, 236 Multiple-choice questions,  

87% pass rate

Continuing Education:

20 PDUs over a 2 yr period

Issuing Institution

CESSWI, Inc. - Certified Erosion, Sediment and Storm Water Inspector

+H26

Website

www.cesswi.org

 

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CFM

Certified Floodplain Manager

 

Overview

The Association of State Floodplain Managers(ASFPM) has established a national program for professional certification of floodplain managers. The program recognizes continuing education and professional development that enhance the knowledge and performance of local, state, federal, and private-sector floodplain managers.  

For the purposes of the ASFPM CFM Program, floodplain management is defined as "Activities and efforts undertaken to reduce flood losses and human suffering and to protect the natural and beneficial values and functions of floodplains."

Educational Requirements

None

Prerequisites/Experience

The ASFPM CFM Program is directed toward individuals from widely varying occupations, interests, and educational backgrounds who have routine floodplain management duties. This includes representatives from community/state/federal officials, the private sector, academia, interest groups, and private citizens.Any individual can apply and take the ASFPM CFM exam.

Examinations

Exam - 3 hrs. , 120 Questions, Multiple Choice/ True False/ Mapping Exercise. Closed Book.

Continuing Education:

Certification renewed every 2 years, renewal fee, continuing education required- 16 CEC's over 2 years

Issuing Institution

Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM)

575 D'Onofrio Drive, Suite 200

Madison, WI53719

608.828.3000

asfpm@floods.org

 

Website

www.floods.org

 

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CFPE

Certified Fire Plan Examiner

Overview

Certification program based on NFPA 1031 "Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Fire Plan Examiner."Tests knowledge and application of NFPA 1, NFPA 13, NFPA 72 and NFPA 101.

Educational Requirements

HS diploma

Prerequisites/Experience

Requires a practicum phase following completion of the written examination (6 mo. to complete and submit 5 fire plan reviews - 2 must be site plan reviews)

Examinations

Exam - 4 hrs, 100 questions. Open book examination  

 

Continuing Education:

3 yr recertification required;

Combination of training received by certificate holder plus professional practice, association membership, instructing or lecturing or publishing by the certificate holder.Minimum/maximum points alloted in each category.

Issuing Institution

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

1 Batterymarch Park

Quincy, MA02169

617.770.3000

custserv@nfpa.org

 

Website

www.nfpa.org

 

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CFPS

Certified Fire Protection Specialist

Overview

Certified Fire Protection Specialist is an internationally recognized credential that demonstrates an individual has acquired a level of expertise and professionalism through applied work experiences, related educational opportunities and through successful completion of the CFPS exam.

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's Degree + 2 yrs experience

HS diploma + 6 yrs experience

Prerequisites/Experience

HS diploma and 6 yrs experience  

Bachelor's degree and 2 yrs experience;

Examinations

Exam - 3 hrs. 100 questions. Open book examination

Continuing Education:

3 yr recertification required;

6Combination of training received by certificate holder plus professional practice, association membership, instructing or lecturing or publishing by the certificate holder.Minimum/maximum points alloted in each category.

Issuing Institution

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

1 Batterymarch Park

Quincy, MA02169

617.770.3000

custserv@nfpa.org

 

Website

www.nfpa.org

 

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CID

Certified Interior Designer

Overview

Certified Interior Designers (or Registered Interior Designer, in some states) are qualified by evidence of a combination of interior design education and experience and passage of the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Exam. To date, Interior Design certification is regulated in 27 U.S. states, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and 8 Canadian provinces.

 

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's degree in Interior design - CIDA-accredited program

Prerequisites/Experience

3,520+ hours of experience working under a certified interior designer or a registered architect

Examinations

National Council for Interior Design Qualification Exam (2 day exam) consisting of two multiple-choice sections and a drawing practicum entirely focused on health, safety and welfare.

Continuing Education:

Varies by state

Issuing Institution

State Regulating Agencies

Website

www.ncidq.org

 

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CLEP

Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional

Overview

The CLEP designation identifies individuals who have demonstrated high levels of experience, competence, proficiency, and ethical fitness, bringing to their professional activities the full scope of knowledge requisite to the development and implementation of effective lighting efficiency solutions within the commercial, industrial, institutional and governmental market sectors.

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's degree in engineering or architecture

PE/RA/CEM

Prerequisites/Experience

3+ yrs experience in lighting efficiency

Examinations

Exam - 4 hrs. 110 quesitons. Open book

Continuing Education:

3 yr recertification required (10 hours); Continuing ed, experience, etc., required to recertify

Issuing Institution

Association of Energy Engineers

4025 Pleasantdale Rd., Suite 420

Atlanta, GA 30340

770.447.5083

helen@aeecenter.org

 

Website

www.aeecenter.org

 

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CM-BIM

Certificate of Management - Building Information Modeling

Overview

For AEC professionals, CM-BIM is an assessment-based certificate credential that denotes knowledge and understanding of concepts related to BIM adoption, practice and process transformation outlined in the AGC BIM Education Program.

Educational Requirements

None

Prerequisites/Experience

Complete 4 AGC BIM Education program courses

Examinations

Exam - 4 hrs.Multiple choice, closed book computerized exam.

Continuing Education:

None

Issuing Institution

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)

2300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 400

Arlington, VA22201

703.548.3118

info@agc.org

 

Website

www.agc.org/cs/cm-bim

 

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CPA

Certified Public Accountant

Overview

The CPA is the respected mark of excellence for public accountants. CPA's are licensed by state.

Educational Requirements

Requirements for the CPA are set by each state board of accountancy. The requirements include completing a program of accounting study at a college or university, passing the Uniform CPA Exam, and meeting experience requirements. Most states require at le

Prerequisites/Experience

Specific amounts of professional work experience in public accounting or general accounting are required by vary by state licensing jurisdiction.  

Ethics exam.

Examinations

A 4-part (4 x 4 hours) Uniform CPA Exam - computer based.

Continuing Education:

All AICPA members must complete 120 hours of CPE (continuing professional education) every three years.  

State CE requirements vary by jurisdiction.

Issuing Institution

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants(AICPA)

220 Leigh Farm Road

Durham, NC 27707

Website

www.aicpa.org

 

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CPD

Certified in Plumbing Design

Overview

Program is an international certification program for engineers and designers of plumbing systems designed to establish specific standards for professional competence in the field and identify and recognize those individuals who successfully demonstrate their acquired knowledge and abilities.

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's degree in engineering + 4 yrs experience

 

Prerequisites/Experience

4 yrs+ of practical experience in a position of responsibility for the design of plumbing systems and baccalaureate degree in a field related to engineering;

No degree plus 8 yrs of practical experience in the design of plumbing systems, or  

Be granted a credit of 1/2 yr of practical experience for each full yr of education in an accredited curriculum related to plumbing engineering

Examinations

Exam. 100 multiple choice questions

Continuing Education:

None

Issuing Institution

American Society of Plumbing Engineers

6400 Shafer Ct, Suite 350

Rosemont, IL60018

847.296.0002

info@aspe.org

 

Website

www.aspe.org

 

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CPSM

Certified Professional Services Marketer

Overview

Program recognized as mark of distinction in marketing A/E professional services.

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's or advanced degree + 4 years experience

Associate's degree + 6 years

Prerequisites/Experience

Bachelor's or advanced degree + 4 years experience;  

Associate's degree + 6 years; or  

No degree+ 8 years experience

Examinations

Exam. Computer closed book.150 multiple choice.  

Ethics exam.

Continuing Education:

50 CEUs over 3 yr period

Issuing Institution

Society for Marketing Professional Services

123 North Pitt Street, Suite 400

Alexandria, Va22314

800.292.7677

info@smps.org

 

Website

www.smps.org

 

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CPSWQ

Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality

Overview

Individuals who demonstrate an established minimal level of competence through the application review process and an examination process will be certified in the storm water quality field by CPSWQ, Inc. This certification program is based upon scholarly preparation, knowledge and experience.

Educational Requirements

High school diploma or greater.

Prerequisites/Experience

2 yrs or more (depending on degree earned) of professional level experience in storm water quality profession.

Certified professionals listed on the registry will (a) meet the educational and practical experience standards, (b) subscribe to the code of ethics, (c) qualify for particular identification of special abilities, and (d) pass a qualifying examination.

Examinations

Exam. Closed Book, 236 Questions, Multiple Choice/ True False/ and Matching; 77% pass rate

Continuing Education:

60 PDUs over 3 yr period

Issuing Institution

CPSWQ, Inc. - a division of EnviroCert International, Inc.

49 State Street

Marion, NC28752-4020

828.655.1600

david@envirocertintl.org

 

Website

www.cpswq.org

 

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CSI

Certified Stormwater Inspector

Overview

Certified Stormwater Inspectors by the National Stormwater Center meet the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit certification requirements for "qualified personnel" for construction, industry and Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permittees. The certification process focuses on Federal EPA stormwater permit compliance fundamentals and inspection protocols, including sampling and best management practices.

Educational Requirements

None

Prerequisites/Experience

Two 8 hour days of course work

Examinations

Written exam of 30 questions each day during the two day course; course participants are verbally asked two questions each day in front of the class.

Continuing Education:

The certification is effective for a period of five years.

Issuing Institution

CESSWI, Inc. - Certified Erosion, Sediment and Storm Water Inspector - a division of EnviroCert International, Inc.

49 State Street

Marion, NC28752-4020

828.655.1600

david@envirocertintl.org

 

Website

www.cesswi.org

 

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CxAP

Accredited Commissioning Process Authority Professional

Overview

Person qualified by testing and experience to lead the commissioning process and full team

Educational Requirements

None

Prerequisites/Experience

Qualifying Experience documented and submitted

Examinations

Successful completion of QCxP exam and then submit certified Professional Team Lead experience.

Continuing Education:

Renewal every five years

Issuing Institution

University of Wisconsin

College of Engineering

Dept of Engineering Professional Development

432 North Lake Street

Madison, Wi 53706

Website

www.epdfiles.engr.wisc.edu/cxcertifications

 

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CxM

Accredited Commissioning Process Manager

Overview

Person qualified by testing and experience to manage the team and lead the commissioning process

Educational Requirements

None

Prerequisites/Experience

Qualifying Experience documented and submitted

Examinations

Successful completion of QCxP exam and then submit certified Team Management experience.

Continuing Education:

Renewal every five years

Issuing Institution

University of Wisconsin

College of Engineering

Dept of Engineering Professional Development

432 North Lake Street

Madison, Wi 53706

Website

www.epdfiles.engr.wisc.edu/cxcertifications

 

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CxA

Certified Commissioning Authority

(DO NOT confuse with CxA specified for Firm)

Overview

Person qualified by testing and experience to manage the team and lead the commissioning process

Educational Requirements

None

Prerequisites/Experience

Qualifying Experience documented (at least 3 projects) and submitted to ACG

Examinations

Successful completion of CxA AABC-ACG exam, (3 hour test, 125 questions)

Continuing Education:

Renewal every year

Issuing Institution

AABC Commissioning Group - ACG

1518 K St NW

Washington, DC 20005-1214

Website

www.commissioning.org

 

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CxTS (CTS)

Accredited Commissioning Process Technical Support Provider

Overview

Person qualified by testing and experience to lead the commissioning process

Educational Requirements

None

Prerequisites/Experience

Qualifying Experience documented and submitted

Examinations

Successful completion of QCxP exam and then submit certified on-site Cx experience.

Continuing Education:

Renewal every five years

Issuing Institution

University of Wisconsin

College of Engineering

Dept of Engineering Professional Development

432 North Lake Street

Madison, Wi 53706

Website

www.epdfiles.engr.wisc.edu/cxcertifications

 

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DBIA - Professional

Design-Build Institute of America Professional

Overview

The Design-Build Institute of America is the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build. Design-build is an integrated approach that delivers design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility. Owners select design-build to achieve best value while meeting schedule, cost and quality goals.

Educational Requirements

None

Prerequisites/Experience

Elective credit: 18 hrs earned through DBIA courses or conferences.

Baccalaureate degree in an approved field from an accredited college or university in architecture, engineering, construction management, or Certification Board approved field of study.

Three (3)years total of substantial, documented experience in a responsible position in the design-build method of project delivery; or  

Masters degree in a concentrated design-build university level program approved by the Certification Board, and two years of documented experience.

Candidates who do not possess a degree in an approved field of study need an additional three years documented direct experience (totaling six (6) years of design-build experience) in a responsible position on design-build projects.

References:Three (3) professional references attesting to your design-build experience and knowledge. One must be an owner/client reference.

Examinations

Exam. 100 question, multiple-choice exam.  

 

Continuing Education:

Certification renews every two years. Calendar year accrual of 24 hours of approved continuing education credit. Hours from any of the sources used to earn original certification except the four core courses. Credit hours may also be earned by serving in

Issuing Institution

Design Build Institute of America (DBIA)

1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, 4th FL

Washington, DC 20004

202.682.0110

dbia@dbia.org

 

Website

www.dbia.org

 

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DBIA - Associate

Design-Build Institute of America Associate

Overview

The Design-Build Institute of America is the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build. Design-build is an integrated approach that delivers design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility. Owners select design-build to achieve best value while meeting schedule, cost and quality goals.

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's degree in construction management, engineering, architecture + 3 yrs experience

Bachelor's degree in business or other field of study + 6 yrs experience

Prerequisites/Experience

Degree + 3 yrs experience  

A Baccalaureate degree in a non-approved field of study (business, communications, etc.) + 6 years of design and/or construction experience demonstrated through a functional resume.

No design-build experience required.

 

Examinations

Exam.100 question, multiple-choice exam.

 

Continuing Education:

Certification renews every two years. Calendar year accrual of 24 hours of approved continuing education credit. Hours from any of the sources used to earn original certification except the four core courses. Credit hours may also be earned by serving in

Issuing Institution

Design Build Institute of America (DBIA)

1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, 4th FL

Washington, DC 20004

202.682.0110

dbia@dbia.org

 

Website

www.dbia.org

 

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EADA

Esri Certified ArcGIS Desktop Associate 10.0

Overview

Esri Certified ArcGIS Desktop Associates are adept at applying basic GIS and ArcGIS concepts and processes to workflows and are skilled at using ArcGIS Desktop to visualize, manage, and analyze geospatial data.

Educational Requirements

BS/BA degree in GIS, geography, or related science;

Prerequisites/Experience

2 yrs+ experience

Examinations

Exam - 2 hrs.95 questions

Continuing Education:

None

Issuing Institution

Environmental Systems Research Institute - ESRI

380 New York Street

Redlands, CA92373-8100

909.793.2853

Website

www.esri.com

 

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EDAC

Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification

Overview

EDAC program awards credentials to individuals who demonstrate a thorough understanding of how to apply an evidence-based process to the design and development of healthcare settings, including measuring and reporting results

Educational Requirements

None

Prerequisites/Experience

No prerequisites;

Open to anyone

Examinations

Exam - 2 hrs.

Continuing Education:

None

Issuing Institution

The Center for Health Design

1850 Gateway Boulevard, Suite 1083

Concord, Ca 94520

925.521.9404

lfranklin@healthdesign.org

 

Website

www.healthdesign.org

 

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EDDA

Esri Certified ArcGIS Desktop Developer Associates

Overview

Esri Certified ArcGIS Desktop Developer Associates are familiar with ArcGIS desktop and/or engine application development. The candidate is a developer who is sufficiently familiar with ArcGIS technologies to use, configure and set up the software and build desktop GIS applications.

Educational Requirements

BS/BA degree in GIS, geography, or related science;

Prerequisites/Experience

5 yrs. experience

Examinations

Exam - 2.5 hrs.95 questions

Continuing Education:

None

Issuing Institution

Environmental Systems Research Institute - ESRI

80 New York Street

Redlands, CA92373-8100

909.793.2853

Website

www.esri.com

 

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EGMA

Esri Certified Enterprise Geodatabase Management Associates

Overview

Esri Certified Enterprise Geodatabase Management Associates understand the components and architecture of the geodatabase and are skilled in supporting ArcGIS in a multi-user enterprise.

Educational Requirements

BS/BA degree in GIS, geography, or related science;

Prerequisites/Experience

5 yrs. experience

Examinations

Exam - 2 hrs.95 questions

Continuing Education:

None

Issuing Institution

Environmental Systems Research Institute - ESRI

80 New York Street

Redlands, CA92373-8100

909.793.2853

Website

www.esri.com

 

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EIT/EI

Engineer-in-Training/Engineering Intern

Overview

Credential earned by satisfying the state-specific requirements for the EIT/EI designation.

Educational Requirements

The typical education requirement is having earned or being within two semesters of graduation of a minimum 4-year undergraduate engineering, engineering technology, or related science degree.

Prerequisites/Experience

The eligibility requirements vary by state but typically involve satisfying a combination of education and experience and passing the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.

Examinations

Exam. 8-hour, open-book, written exam (Fundamentals of Engineering exam). The FE exam may be waived in Virginia, for example, if the candidate has earned both an undergraduate and doctorate degree in engineering from an institution that is ABET-accredited at the undergraduate level. The FE exam may also be waived in Virginia if the candidate has 20 years or more of qualifying engineering experience.

Continuing Education:

None

Issuing Institution

State Regulating Agencies

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ESDA

Esri Certified Enterprise System Design Associates

Overview

Esri Certified Enterprise System Design Associates understand concepts supporting enterprise systems integration, system performance, scalability, capacity planning, and information product design and have skills to support project implementation.

Educational Requirements

BS/BA degree in GIS, geography, or related science;

Prerequisites/Experience

5 yrs. experience

Examinations

Exam - 2 hrs.95 questions

Continuing Education:

None

Issuing Institution

Environmental Systems Research Institute - ESRI

80 New York Street

Redlands, CA92373-8100

909.793.2853

Website

www.esri.com

 

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EWDA

Esri Certified Web Application Developer Associates

Overview

Esri Certified Web Application Developer Associates are experienced developing ArcGIS Web applications and are familiar with ArcGIS concepts.

Educational Requirements

BS/BA degree in GIS, geography, or related science;

Prerequisites/Experience

5 yrs. Experience

Examinations

Exam - 2 hrs.95 questions

Continuing Education:

None

Issuing Institution

Environmental Systems Research Institute - ESRI

80 New York Street

Redlands, CA92373-8100

909.793.2853

Website

www.esri.com

 

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GISP

Geographic Information Systems Professional

Overview

A GISP is a certified geographic information systems (GIS) Professional who has met the minimum standards for ethical conduct and professional practice as established by the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI)

Educational Requirements

None

Prerequisites/Experience

Required for all positions except technicians; Requirements include 150 points of Education, Experience, and Contributions

Examinations

Not currently, but sometime in the future

Continuing Education:

None

Issuing Institution

GIS Certification Institute

701 Lee Street, Suite 680

Des Plaines, IL60016

847.824.6363

bhodge@gisci.org

 

Website

www.gisci.org

 

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ICC - BUI Plans Examiner

ICC Building Plans Examiner

Overview

The mission of the program is to promote professionalism in construction-related occupations by providing professional examinations and certification services that enhance code administration or safety of the built environment worldwide.

Educational Requirements

None

Prerequisites/Experience

No experience requirement

Examinations

Exam - 3.5 hrs. Written open book, 80 questions

Continuing Education:

3 yr recertification required;

Continuing ed, experience, etc., required to recertify

Issuing Institution

ICC Code Institute

8301 Joliet St

Hudson, FL34667

727.861.7225

info@ciedu.us

 

Website

www.buildingofficial.com

 

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IDP

Intern Development Program

Overview

The Intern Development Program (IDP) is a comprehensive training program created to ensure that interns in the architecture profession gain the knowledge and skills required for the independent practice of architecture. In the architecture profession, an “intern” is any person who by means of their education or experience has qualified to participate in the Intern Development

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's Degree

Prerequisites/Experience

Interns must acquire 5,600 training hours to satisfy the IDP Training Requirement. One training hour equals one hour of acceptable experience in an IDP work setting

Examinations

None

Continuing Education:

Licensed Architect must certify training requirements progress for each intern, periodically, via electronic report.

Issuing Institution

National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB)

1801 K Street NW, Suite 700K

Washington, DC20006

202.879.0520

 

Website

www.ncarb.org

 

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LC

Lighting Certified

Overview

The NCQLP has established a certification process by which practitioners in lighting and related fields, through testing, demonstrate their knowledge and experience across the lighting professions. The LC credential demonstrates to clients/customers and your peers that you have acquired the necessary knowledge, understanding, and ability to apply lighting principles and techniques successfully.

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's degree + 3 yrs of experience

Prerequisites/Experience

BS + 3 yrs of lighting-related experience, or  

6yrs of lighting-related experience

Examinations

Exam - 4 hours, 180 multiple choice questions, 80 of which are a series of job related case studies

Continuing Education:

3 yr recertification required (36 hours); Continuing ed, experience, etc., required to recertify

Issuing Institution

National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP)

PO Box 142729

Austin, TX78714-2729

512.973.0042

info@ncqlp.org

 

Website

www.ncqlp.org

 

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LEED Green Associate

LEED Green Associate

Overview

For professionals who support green building design, construction and operations, the LEED Green Associate credential denotes basic knowledge of green building principles and practices and LEED.

Educational Requirements

None

Prerequisites/Experience

Candidates must have experience in the form of:either  

(1) documented involvement on a project registered or certified for LEED, or  

(2) employment (or previous employment) in a sustainable field of work, or  

(3) engagement in (or completion of) an education program that addresses green building principles.

Examinations

Exam - 2 hrs. 100 multiple choice questions.The LEED Green Associate Exam is designed to measure your ability to understand and support green design, construction and operations.

Continuing Education:

15 continuing education (CE) hours every 2 year reporting period.

Issuing Institution

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

101 L Street, NW

Suite 500

Washington, DC 20037

Website

www.usgbc.org

 

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LEED AP

LEED Accredited Professional with Specialty

LEED AP BD+C

BD+C: Building Design+Construction

LEED AP ID+C

ID+C: Interior Design + Construction

LEED AP Homes

Homes: Homes

LEED AP O+M

O+M: Operations + Maintenance

LEED AP ND

ND: Neighborhood Development

Overview

(BD+C) For professionals participating in the design and construction phases ofhigh performance, healthful, durable, affordable and environmentally sound commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings.  

(O+M) For professionals participating in the operation and maintenance of existing buildings that implement sustainable practices and reduce the environmental impact of a building over its functional life cycle.  

(ID+C) For professionals participating in the design and construction phases ofhigh performance commercial spaces and tenant improvements that provide healthful, productive places to work and are less costly to operate and maintain.  

(Homes) For professionals participating in the design and construction phases ofhigh performance green homes that use less energy, water and natural resources, create less waste, and are more healthful and comfortable for the occupants.  

(ND) For professionals participating in the design and development of neighborhoods that meet accepted levels of environmentally responsible, sustainable development.

Educational Requirements

None

Prerequisites/Experience

Candidates must pass the LEED Green Associate Exam and have experience in the form of documented involvement on a project registered or certified for LEED.

Examinations

Exam - 2 hrs. 100 multiple choice questions. The LEED AP + Specialty Exams are designed to assess your understanding and knowledge of the LEED Rating System and your ability to facilitate the certification process.

Continuing Education:

30 continuing education (CE) hours every 2 year reporting period.

Issuing Institution

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

2101 L Street, NW

Suite 500

Washington, DC 20037

800.795.1747

Website

www.usgbc.org

 

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LSIT

Land Surveyor-in-Training

Overview

An LSIT or SIT is an individual authorized by a state to perform, under the responsible charge of a licensed professional land surveyor, any work involving application of special knowledge of determining property boundaries, area and volume computations, platting of land and subdivisions, construction stakeout, and other services related to land surveying. The work of a land surveyor-in-training must be reviewed and stamped or sealed by a licensed professional surveyor.

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's Degree

Prerequisites/Experience

In addition to passing the Fundamentals of Land Surveying examination, applicants must meet one of the following criteria: Graduated from, or within 12 months of graduating from, a surveying or surveying technology curriculum;  

Graduated from a curriculum similar to surveying and have at least one year of approved land surveying experience;  

Four-year degree unrelated to land surveying with at least three years of approved land surveying experience;  

Two-year degree with at least four years of approved land surveying experience;  

Survey apprenticeship program with 480 hours of surveying classroom instruction and at least six years of approved land surveying experience;  

High school graduate with successful completion of algebra, geometery, and trigonometry with at least eight years of approved land surveying experience.

Examinations

Exam - 8-hour, 170 multiple choice question, Closed book + reference materials allowed. Fundamentals of Land Surveying exam (FS)

Continuing Education:

None

Issuing Institution

Varies by state

Website

www.asla.org

 

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MLSE

Model Law Structural Engineer

Overview

A credential administered by NCEES that recognizes licensed structural engineers who have met specified education, examination, and education criteria. An MLSE credential typically expedites the comity/reciprocity licensure process.

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's degree in engineering with at least 18 semester hours of structural analysis and design, nine of which must be in design

Prerequisites/Experience

Licensed structural engineers with the following qualifications are eligible for the MLSE credential:  

1) have an active NCEES Record,  

2) earned an EAC/ABET-accredited engineering degree with at least 18 semester hours of structural analysis and design, nine of which hours must be in design,  

3) pass the NCEES FE exam,  

4) pass 16 hours of qualifying structural engineering licensing exams,  

5) complete a minimum of four years of structural engineering work, and  

6) maintain a record free of disciplinary action.

Examinations

Sucessful completion of the NCEES PE Structural Exam and at least 16 hours of qualifying structural engineering licensing exams.

Continuing Education:

None

Issuing Institution

National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)

280 Seneca Creek Road

Seneca, SC29678

800.250.3196

Website

www.ncees.org

 

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NCARB

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

Overview

The NCARB Certificate is your NCARB Record and Council certification that you have met the strictest standards of eligibility for licensure and recommends that you be registered as an architect without further examination

Educational Requirements

Professional degree (typically 5- year or 4-year + Masters)

Ifeducated in a foreign country, you must have your foreign education evaluated by the National Architectural Accrediting Board through the Education Evaluation Service for Architects (EESA).

Prerequisites/Experience

Complete the Intern Development Program (IDP) training requirements.  

Pass all divisions of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).  

Receive a license to practice from one of the state registration boards.  

NCARB verifies an architects examination and registration history, and requires an official copy of his/her education transcript sent directly to NCARB. In addition, her/she must submit experience reports to satisfy the IDP training requirement.Completion of the IDP is one of the requirements for NCARB certification.

Examinations

None

Continuing Education:

Annual Renewal of Council Record

Issuing Institution

National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB)

1801 K Street NW, Suite 700K

Washington, DC20006

202.879.0520

 

Website

www.ncarb.org

 

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NCEES Record

National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying Record

Overview

A service offered by NCEES to facilitate multi-state licensure. The NCEES Record contains educational transcripts, exam results, and employment references. The record is transmitted by NCEES (for a fee) to any state in which a PE is seeking licensure by reciprocity or comity.

Educational Requirements

None

Prerequisites/Experience

Licensure as a Professional Engineer in at least one state

Examinations

None

Continuing Education:

Annual update (update on employment activities, new licenses obtained, and an updated reference)

Issuing Institution

National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)

280 Seneca Creek Road

Seneca, SC29678

800.250.3196

Website

www.ncees.org

 

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NCIDQ

NCIDQ Certification

Overview

Interior Designers are certified by National Council for Interior Design by evidence of a combination of interior design education and experience and passage of the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Exam. To date, Interior Design certification is regulated in 27 U.S. states, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and 8 Canadian provinces. Holding the national designation enhances the designers position.

 

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's degree in Interior design - CIDA-accredited program

Prerequisites/Experience

3,520+ hours of experience working under a certified interior designer or a registered architect

Examinations

National Council for Interior Design Qualification Exam (2 day exam) consisting of two multiple-choice sections and a drawing practicum entirely focused on health, safety and welfare.

Continuing Education:

Varies by state

Issuing Institution

State Regulating Agencies

Website

www.ncidq.org

 

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NICET BSI

National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies Bridge Safety Inspection

Overview

This certification program was designed for engineering technicians engaged in the inspection of existing bridges in order to determine their physical condition, maintenance needs, and potential hazards.The program tests knowledge of the physical sciences, the materials and structural elements of common and special bridges, and the analysis, rating, and reporting of bridge inspection results.

Educational Requirements

None

Prerequisites/Experience

Level I: 3 months of technical experience.

Level II: 2 years of bridge safety inspection experience .                                                       Level III: minimum of Level II experience PLUS 3 additional years.                                           Level IV: minimum of Level III experience PLUS 5 additional years.                                       In addition, supervisor verification of job task competency is required. A personal recommendation is also required for Levels III and IV.

Examinations

Level I, II, III, and IV exams are approximately 8 hours each in duration.

Continuing Education:

90 CPD points every three years. CPD = Continuing Professional Development

Issuing Institution

National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies- a division of NSPE ( National Society of Professional Engineers)

1420 King Street

Alexandria, Va22314-2794

888.476.4238

cert@nicet.org

 

Website

www.nicet.org

 

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NICET FA

National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies Fire Alarm Systems

Overview

This certification program was designed for engineering technicians working in the fire alarm industry who engage in a combination of the following fire alarm systems activities: system layout (plan preparation), system equipment selection, system installation, system acceptance testing, system trouble-shooting, system servicing, and system sales. Technical areas covered include applicable codes and standards, types of signaling systems, supervision requirements, types of fire and smoke detectors, building occupancy considerations, basic electricity and electronics, and physical science fundamentals.

Educational Requirements

None

Prerequisites/Experience

Level I: 3 months technical experience.  

Level II: 2 years fire alarm experience  

Level III: minimum of Level II experience PLUS 3 additional years.  

Level IV: minimum of Level III experience PLUS 5 additional years.

Examinations

Level I - 75 questions 110 minutes  

Level II - 101 questions 150 minutes  

Level III-102 questions 150 minutes  

Level IV - 100 questions 170 minutes

Continuing Education:

90 CPD points every three years. CPD = Continuing Professional Development

Issuing Institution

National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies- a division of NSPE ( National Society of Professional Engineers)

1420 King Street

Alexandria, Va22314-2794

888.476.4238

cert@nicet.org

 

Website

www.nicet.org

 

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NICET WB

National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies Water Based Systems

Overview

This certification program is for engineering technicians engaged in the layout and detailing of water-based fire protection systems that must meet code and statutory requirements. Areas covered include plan and submittal preparation, applications of various types of water-based systems, equipment selection and application, and technical management of layout projects. Technical areas covered include types of water-based systems and their components; water supply requirements; hydraulics; building features, hazards, and occupancy considerations; system installation, inspection, and maintenance requirements; applicable codes and standards; and contract administration.

Educational Requirements

None

Prerequisites/Experience

Level I: 6 months technical experience

Level II: 2 years water-based fire protection systems layout core and related work experience.  

Level III: Minimum of Level II experience PLUS an additional 3 years of systems layout experience.  

Level IV: under development.

Examinations

Level I 92 questions 135 minutes

Level II 108 questions 225 minutes  

Level III General Plan Preparation 58 questions 165 minutes

Level III Hydraulics and Water Supply 50 questions 225 minutes

Level IV CBT under construction

Continuing Education:

90 CPD points every three years. CPD = Continuing Professional Development

Issuing Institution

National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies- a division of NSPE ( National Society of Professional Engineers)

1420 King Street

Alexandria, Va22314-2794

888.476.4238

cert@nicet.org

 

Website

www.nicet.org

 

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Notary

Notary Public

Overview

A notary acts as an official, unbiased witness to the identity and signature of the person who comes before the notary for a specific purpose. The person may be taking an oath, giving oral or written testimony, or signing or acknowledging his or her signature on a legal document. In each case, the notary attests that certain formalities have been observed.  

The key function is to be certain that the person appearing before the notary is who that person claims to be.

 

Virginia law defines certain “notarial acts” which a notary is empowered to perform. Notaries must constantly be aware that every notarial act affects the legal rights of others.Carelessness or negligence by the notary may injure these rights.

 

A notary who fails to perform notarial acts in accordance with the law may be sued for damages caused by their official misconduct. The employer of a notary may also be liable for the notary’s misconduct under certain conditions described later in this handbook.  

 

Educational Requirements

None

Prerequisites/Experience

Typical requirements for a notary:  

(1) at least eighteen years old and  

(2) must be able to read and write the English language. Because of a U. S. Supreme Court decision in 1984 (Bernal v. Fainter, 467 US 216), United States citizenship is no longer required for Virginia notaries (possibly others).  

(3) No person who has ever been convicted of a felony under the laws of the United State or this Commonwealth, or the laws of any other state, shall qualify to be appointed and commissioned as a notary public unless such person has been pardoned for such felony or has had his right restored.

Examinations

No testing required

Continuing Education:

None

Issuing Institution

Varies by State

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OM

Organizational Management Specialty

Overview

Program structured to maintain or increase skill, knowledge, and competency in the following areas:

Organizational Planning

Advanced Communication

Advanced Administration

Team Skills

 

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's degree - 2yrs

Associate degree - 3 yrs

Without degree - 4 yrs

Prerequisites/Experience

Bachelor's degree - 2yrs

Associate degree - 3 yrs

Without degree - 4 yrs

Mandatory job function and employer's statement required

Examinations

3-1/2 hr exam;

250 multiple choice (8 sections)

closed book

One time test

Continuing Education:

None

Issuing Institution

International Association of Administrative Professionals

10502 N. Ambassador Dr., Suite 100

Kansas City, MO64153

816.891.6600

Website

www.iaap-hq.org

 

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PACP

Pipeline Assessment Certification Program

Overview

PACP is the North American Standard for pipeline defect identification and assessment, providing standardization and consistency to the methods in which pipeline conditions are identified, evaluated and managed. The goal of PACP is to have pipeline system owners create a comprehensive database to properly identify, plan, prioritize, manage and renovate their pipelines based on condition evaluation.  

Certification is expected by municipal clients

Educational Requirements

None

Prerequisites/Experience

2-Day course; no other eligibility requirements

Examinations

Exam. Open book

Continuing Education:

Requires attending 8 hr online recertification course and taking 2 hr proctored exam every 3 yrs

Issuing Institution

NASSCO

2470 Longstone Lane, Suite M

Marriottsville, MD21104

410.442.7473

 

Website

www.nassco.org

 

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PE

Professional Engineer

Overview

Individual licensed in a U.S. state to practice engineering and/or use the title "Professional Engineer"

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's degree

Prerequisites/Experience

Requirements vary by by state but generally an individual must satisfy a combination of education and experience and have achieved a passing score on the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. Candidates typically must provide several references as part of the PE application who can attest to the candidate's competency and integrity. The FE exam may be waived by some states for specific combinations of education and/or experience (see EIT/EI description above).

Examinations

Exam - 8-hour. Open-book, written exam for most engineering disciplines. The exams are prepared by NCEES and administered by each state.  

The NCEES Structural Engineering exam is a 16-hour, open-book, written exam.

Continuing Education:

The individual must satisfy the continuing education requirements of the states in which they are licensed to practice engineering.

Issuing Institution

Varies by State

Website

 

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PHR

Professional in Human Resources

Overview

The PHR certification is designed for the HR professional who focuses on program implementation, has tactical/logistical orientation, has not yet had progressive and increasingly complicated HR work experience, has responsibilities that focus on the HR department rather than on the whole organization.The PHR exam content includes:12% Strategic Business Management, 26% Workforce Planning and Employment, 17% Human Resource Development, 16% Total Rewards, 22% Employee and Labor Relations, 7% Risk Management

Educational Requirements

Master's Degree + 1 yr experience

Bachelor's Degree + 2 yrs experience

 

Prerequisites/Experience

1 year of demonstrated professional HR experience with a Master's degree+,  

2 years of demonstrated professional HR experience with a Bachelor's degree, or  

4 years of demonstrated professional HR experience with less than a Bachelor's degree

Examinations

Exam - 4hour closed book exam. 225 multiple choice questions

Continuing Education:

60 CEU's completed before the three year anniversary of certification

Issuing Institution

Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)

1800 Duke Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

800.283.7476

Website

www.shrm.org

 

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PLA/ASLA

Professional Landscape Architect

Overview

Individual licensed in a U.S. state to practice landscape architecture and/or use the title "Landscape Architect". Some states list this license as Registered Landscape Architect (RLA) or Certified Landscape Architect (CLA), however the most accepted designation, and the one advocated by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is "Professional Landscape Architect" (PLA).

Educational Requirements

Master's Degree + 3 yrs experience

Bachelor's Degree + 3 yrs experience

 

Prerequisites/Experience

Requirements vary by state but generally require having earned a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited institution and a minimum of three years of work experience OR possess a minimum of eight years of combined education and experience if the degree was earned at a non-accredited institution. Both education and experience combinations require a minimum of two years experience working under the direct supervision of a licensed Landscape Architect.

Examinations

Exam.5-part, written Landscape Architecture Registration Exam (LARE) exam,three-day period.

Continuing Education:

The individual must satisfy the continuing education requirements of the states in which they are licensed.Currently, Virginia requires 16 hours per biennium,North Carolina requires 10 hours annually and Georgia requires 12 hour per biennium.

Issuing Institution

American Society of Landscape Architects

636 Eye Street, NW

Washington, DC20001-3726

202.898.2444

info@asla.org

 

Website

www.asla.org

 

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PLS

Professional Land Surveyor

Overview

Land surveyors in the United States are certified professionals responsible for a wide range of information and services including determining boundaries of land, air space and water, property ownership, map-making, planning and organizing property development and creating legal descriptions for the land. Boundary Surveys, Construction Surveys, Hydrographic Surveys, Lot Surveys, and Topographic Surveys are a small sample of the jobs that professionals regularly perform.

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's degree + 4 yrs experience

Prerequisites/Experience

Generally, a Bachelor's degree is required in land surveying, civil engineering or forestry + coursework in surveying plus 4 years experience.

Examinations

Exam - 6 hrs.100 multiple-choice questions, open-book. Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS)

Continuing Education:

Varies by state

Issuing Institution

Varies by State

For information:

National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS)

5119 Pegasus Court, Suite Q

Frederick, MD 21704

Website

www.nsps.us.com

 

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PMP

Project Management Professional

Overview

The Project Management Professional (PMP) credential demonstrates to employers, clients, and colleagues that a project manager possesses verfiable project management knowledge, experience, and skills.

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's degree + 3 yrs experience

HS Diploma + 5 yrs experience

Prerequisites/Experience

Four-year college/university degree and at least three years of project management experience with at least 4500 hours leading and directing projects. In addition, must have at least 35 hours of project management education.  

High school diploma and at least five years of project management experience with at least 7500 hours of leading and directing projects. In addition, must have at least 35 hours of project management education.

Examinations

Exam. 200 question, multiple-choice, computer-based examination.

Continuing Education:

60 PDU's (professional development units) over a three year renewal cycle.

Issuing Institution

Project Management Institute (PMI)

14 Campus Boulevard

Newtown Square, PA19073-3299

610.356.4600

customercare@pmi.org

 

Website

www.pmi.org

 

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PTOE

Professional Traffic Operations Engineer

Overview

Certification is for traffic engineering and traffic signal professionals

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's degree + 4 yrs experience

Prerequisites/Experience

Four years of Professional Traffic Operations Engineering experience;  

Hold a valid license issued by a state, province, or other governmental body to engage in the practice of civil, mechanical, electrical, or general engineering if he or she resides in a jurisdiction that issues such licenses. The license must be valid on the date of the examination (and a valid license must be maintained to keep the certification valid). ;If you reside in a jurisdiction that does not issue governmental licenses to practice engineering, you should attach verifiable evidence of your professional education, membership in professional organizations and other verifiable information that will establish to the satisfaction of the TPCB that you have gained a status in your jurisdiction equivalent to that of a registered professional engineer in the United States, or Canada;

Examinations

Exam - 6 hour.150 multiple choice questions. Closed book exam

Continuing Education:

3 year renewal period, 15 pdh's required per year for a total of 45 pdh's over the renewal period.

Issuing Institution

Transportation Professional Certification Board Inc.

1627 Eye Street, NW, Suite 600

Washington, DC 20006

202.785.0060

certification@tpcb.org

 

Website

www.tpcb.org

 

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PWD

Professional Wetland Delineator

Overview

A voluntary licensure program for the regulation of professional wetland delineators in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's degree.

Prerequisites/Experience

BS degree from an accredited institution in a biological, physical, natural science or engineering curriculum;

Certificate from a state and federal wetland delineation methods course (minimum 32 hrs);

4 yrs of work experience supervised by a certified PWD;

Record of >10 wetland delineations approved by the USACOE, a minimum of which 6 are non-tidal wetlands

Examinations

Exam - 3 hrs. 100 question, closed book multiple choice exam, administered by state agencies

Continuing Education:

None

Issuing Institution

Society of Wetland Scientists

22 North Carroll Street, Suite 300

Madison, WI53703

608.310.7855

bolson@sws.org

Website

www.sws.org

www.wetlandcert.org

 

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PWS

Professional Wetland Scientist

Overview

The Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) is a voluntary certification offered by the non-profit corporate program, the Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program (SWSPCP).Certification is not required by any agency and has no official or legal standing. Certification signifies that the recipients academic and work experience meet the standards expected of a practicing wetland professional and provides acknowledgment of adherence to the professional ethics of the SWSPCP.

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's degree.

Prerequisites/Experience

A PWS must meet specific experience and wetlands-related education as outlined below. Certification as a PWS requires a minimum of five (5) years of full-time professional experience. Relevant experience must be gained within ten (10) years prior to applying for the PWS. Experience must demonstrate the application of current technical knowledge to problems and programs dealing with wetland resources and activities.

Examinations

None

Continuing Education:

A PWS shall earn a minimum of 10 certification renewal points during a five-year period from the time of certification. Renewal points are earned in various ways, including employment, conference attendance, presentations and oral papers, and wetland inst

Issuing Institution

Society of Wetland Scientists

22 North Carroll Street, Suite 300

Madison, WI53703

608.310.7855

bolson@sws.org

 

Website

www.sws.org

www.wetlandcert.org

 

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QCxP (or QCP)

Qualified Commissioning Process Provider

Overview

Person qualified by testing and experience to lead the commissioning process

Educational Requirements

 

Prerequisites/Experience

Completion of class offered by the University of Wisconsin.

Examinations

Exam. 4-hour, written, 200 question exam

Continuing Education:

Renewal is required every five years, with option to upgrade the credential to Manager or Professional Level

Issuing Institution

University of Wisconsin

College of Engineering

Dept of Engineering Professional Development

432 North Lake Street

Madison, Wi 53706

Website

www.epdfiles.engr.wisc.edu/cxcertifications

 

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RA

Registered Architect

Overview

Certifies the individual is licensed by a U.S. state boardto practice the profession of architecture and has completed all the education, experience and examination requirements therefore.

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's degree

Prerequisites/Experience

Candidate must demonstrate completion of educational curriculum at an NAAB (National Architectural Accreditation Board) institution, completion of the IDP (Intern Development Program) administered by the NCARB (National Council of Architectural Accreditation Boards), and pass the Architectural Registration Examination

Examinations

Exam. The Architectural Registration Exam (ARE) consists of seven division that include multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and check-all that apply questions, as well as graphic vignettes

Continuing Education:

RAs are required  

to satisfy the continuing education requirements of the states in which they are licensed to practice architecture.

Issuing Institution

Varies by State

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RCDD

Registered Communications Distribution Designer

Overview

Those awarded with the RCDD designation have demonstrated their knowledge in the design, implementation and integration of information technology systems and related infrastructure

Educational Requirements

 

Prerequisites/Experience

5 years ITS design experience or 2 years verifiable ITS design experience and three years additional ITS equivalents chosen from combinations of experience, approved education and approved ITS license/certification

Examinations

Exam - 3 hours. 120 questions, closed-book, multiple choice (application- and knowledge-based questions)

Continuing Education:

3 yr recertification required (45 hours);Continuing ed, experience, etc., required to recertify

Issuing Institution

BICSI

8610 Hidden River Parkway

Tampa, FL33637

813.979.1991

Website

www.bicsi.org

 

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REM

Registered Environmental Manager

Overview

An REM possesses the skills and knowledge to coordinate and manage major environmental health and safety (EH&S) projects and programs. This includes environmental auditing, hazardous materials management and transportation, and real estate environmental assessment.

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's degree in environmentally-related degree

Prerequisites/Experience

Bachelor's degree in an environmentally-related discipline. Recognized majors include the physical, biological and health sciences; engineering and environmental majors. 3 years of acceptable work experience may be substituted for each year of an academic degree program; Five (5) years work directly related to environmental engineering, health, science or management.

Examinations

Exam - 2 hrs-45 minutes timed, multiple-choice, closed-book exam.

Continuing Education:

None

Issuing Institution

Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professionals

866.767.8073

office@abcep.org

 

Website

www.abcep.org

 

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REPA

Registered Environmental Property Assessor

Overview

This is a specialty certification for persons engaged in the inspection and evaluation of environmental risk in real property. The federal government's Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) recognizes the REPA credentials in bid proposals as do many banks and the U.S. Air Force.

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's degree in science or engineering + 5 yrs experience

Prerequisites/Experience

i. A state or tribal issued certification or license and three years of relevant full-time work experience; or  

ii. A Baccalaureate degree or higher in science or engineering and five years of relevant full-time work experience

 

Examinations

Exam - 4-hour.Multiple choice, open book exam. Knowledge of:  

Regulations - 10%;  

Program management as related to pollution prevention, hazard communication, permits - 9%;  

Chemistry, toxicology, geology/ hydrogeology - 10%;  

Phase III and risk assessment - 2%;  

Technology as related to analytical laboratory services and field procedures - 2%;  

Finding and using informational resources - 20%;  

Physical site reconnaissance - 30%; ASTM standards and policies - 15%;

 Ethics, legal obligations and personal liability - 2%.

Continuing Education:

None

Issuing Institution

Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professionals

866.767.8073

office@abcep.org

 

Website

www.abcep.org

 

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SE

Structural Engineer

Overview

Individual licensed in a U.S. state to practice structural engineering and/or use the title "Structural Engineer"

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's Degree

Prerequisites/Experience

Requirements vary in the few states that license structural engineers but generally an individual must satisfy a combination of education and experience requirements and have achieved a passing score on the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. In some states (CA, OR, WA, and Nevada), the candidate must also have passed the 8-hour NCEES Civil Engineering exam prior to applying for the structural engineering license.

Examinations

Exam - 16-hour, open-book, written exam. The exam is prepared by NCEES and administered by the state.

Continuing Education:

The individual must satisfy the continuing education requirements of the states in which they are licensed to practice structural engineering.

Issuing Institution

Varies by State

Website

www.ncees.org

 

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SPHR

Senior Professional in Human Resources

Overview

The SPHR certification is designed for the HR Professional who designs & plans, rather than implements HR Policy.These HR Professionals typically have six to eight years of progressive and increasingly complicated HR experience, use judgement gained with time & knowlege application, understand the business beyond the HR function and influence the overall organization.The PHR exam content includes:29% Strategic Business Management, 17% Workforce Planning and Employment, 17% Human Resource Development, 12% Total Rewards, 18% Employee and Labor Relations, 7% Risk Management

Educational Requirements

Master's Degree + 1 yr experience

Bachelor's Degree + 2 yrs experience

 

Prerequisites/Experience

4 years of demonstrated professional HR experience with a Master's degree or higher, 5 years of demonstrated professional HR experience with a Bachelor's degree, or 7 years of demonstrated professional HR experience with less than a Bachelor's degree

Examinations

Exam - 4hour.225 multiple choice questions

Continuing Education:

60 CEU's completed before the three year anniversary of certification

Issuing Institution

Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)

1800 Duke Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

800.283.7476

Website

www.shrm.org

 

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