Board Certification Through Eminence

Board Certification through Eminence is accomplished through a nomination process. Candidates for Certification through Eminence may self-nominate, or be nominated by an AAEES member. All candidates typically submit their full CV and are screened initially, to ensure that they are eligible for consideration for certification and that their application is complete.

Evaluations occur twice a year. The deadlines for the submittal of complete Eminence Nomination packages are June 1 and December 1.

The Academy established the "Certification Through Eminence" pathway for induction into the Academy as Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE), Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member (BCEEM) for Environmental Engineers without a PE license, and Board Certified Environmental Scientist (BCES), to identify and recognize highly qualified professionals by virtue of the accomplishments of these eminent environmental engineers and environmental scientists. Those persons receiving Certification Through Eminence are exempted from the oral and written examinations otherwise required for Certification.

Eligibility for Certification by Eminence for Environmental Engineers

To be eligible for nomination as a BCEE or BCEEM, the potential candidate must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Possess a degree in environmental engineering or related engineering degree acceptable to the American Academy of Environmental Engineers Certification Board;
  • Demonstrate a minimum of 20 years of experience in environmental engineering in academia, consulting, government, industry, or the military;
  • Ten of those years must be in senior positions (Senior Management, Teaching, Research, Consulting, Industry, Executive Government position(s) or the Military);
  • Must have achieved a position of leadership within their organization. Meeting this qualification requires consideration of both the position the individual has achieved and also of the scale and nature of the organization wherein they hold this position;
  • Must show a record of service to the profession, e.g., work on committees, commissions, boards of government and professional societies/organizations, etc.;
  • Must show a record of honors and awards received; and
  • A record of publications and/or presentations in environmental topics.
  • PE license required for BCEE. PE license is not required for the BCEEM.

BCEE or BCEEM candidates must be fully qualified to practice in one or more of these areas:

  • Air Pollution Control
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • General Environmental Engineering
  • Hazardous Waste Management and Site Remediation
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Radiation Protection
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Water Supply and Wastewater

To download the BCEE/BCEEM Nomination form, click here.

Eligibility for Certification by Eminence for Environmental Scientists

To be eligible for nomination as a BCES, the potential candidate must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Possess a degree in environmental science, chemistry, biology, geology, microbiology, toxicology, meteorology, hydrogeology, or other scientific fields acceptable to the American Academy of Environmental Scientists Certification Board;
  • Demonstrate a minimum of 20 years of experience in environmental science in academia, consulting, government, industry, or the military;
  • Ten of those years must be in senior positions (Senior Position in Teaching, Research, Consulting, Industry, Executive Government position(s) or the Military);
  • Must have achieved a position of leadership within their organization. Meeting this qualification requires consideration of both the position the individual has achieved and also of the scale and nature of the organization wherein they hold this position;
  • Must show a record of service to the profession, e.g., work on committees, commissions, boards of government and professional societies/organizations, etc.;
  • Must show a record of honors and awards received; and
  • A record of publications and/or presentations in environmental topics.

BCES candidates must be fully qualified to practice in one or more of these areas:

  • Air Resources
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Groundwater and the Subsurface Environment
  • Hazardous Waste Management and Site Remediation
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Surface Water Resources
  • Sustainability Science

To download the BCES Nomination form, click here.

For more information on how to submit a nomination, contact Sammi Olmo, at 410-266-3311; or email: JSOlmo@aaees.org (Subject Title: "Eminence").

Evaluations and Schedules

Spring Evaluations

Completed nominations are accepted through December 1.

Successful candidates will be notified following the annual Spring AAEES Board of Trustees meeting.

Candidates for Spring evaluations will receive their notification prior to May 31.

Fall Evaluations

Completed nominations are accepted through June 1.

Successful candidates will be notified following the annual Fall AAEES Board of Trustees meeting.

Candidates for Fall evaluations will receive their notification prior to December 31.

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