Board Certification Programs

The American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists® provides a structure for advancing your career as an environmental engineer or an environmental scientist.

Licensed Environmental Engineers (PE)s

Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE): To apply for the BCEE, you must be a licensed, professional engineer with at least eight years of full-time environmental engineering and/or teaching experience. To become a BCEE, you must take a written exam and sit for a Peer Review. If you have more than 16 years of experience, you may request a waiver of the written exam. Specialty certification provides independent testimony to your expertise. For more information, click here.

Non-Licensed Environmental Engineering Practitioners

Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member (BCEEM): The BCEEM requires the same qualifications as a Eminence for BCEE. The only difference is that a BCEEM is not a licensed professional engineer. For more information, click here.

Environmental Scientists

Board Certified Environmental Scientist (BCES): To apply for the BCES, you must possess at least eight years of full-time environmental science and/or teaching experience. To become a BCES, you must take a written exam and sit for a Peer Review. If you have more than 16 years of experience, you may request a waiver of the written exam. Specialty certification provides independent testimony to your expertise. For more information, click here.

Program Accreditation

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The Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) has accredited the Academy's BCEE, BCEEM, and BCES specialty certification programs thereby providing recognition that the programs conform to CESB criteria for Professional Engineering Specialty Certification Programs.

  • Accreditation of Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE) was granted in February 1993 and is valid until December 31, 2021.
  • Accreditation of the Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member (BCEEM) was granted in February 2005 and is valid until December 31, 2018.
  • Accreditation of Board Certified Environmental Scientist (BCES) was granted in 2014 and is valid until December 31, 2018.

CESB is an independent, voluntary body composed of organizations providing specialty certification in engineering and related scientific fields, and other organizations with interests encompassing the entire engineering and science professions. Founded in 1990, CESB provides basic criteria and guidelines for the establishment and operation of certification programs in engineering and related technical areas and recognizes those certification boards that comply with its standards. It also acts to coordinate specialty certification programs, to resolve problems encountered by member boards, and to provide the public with information about specialty certification.

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