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The Academy's Membership and 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.

Membership Program

Student Members

Student Members: If you're a college student and currently enrolled in an environmental engineering or environmental science program, you can gain admission into the Academy as a Student Member. There is no fee. For more information, click here.

AAEES Members

AAEES Members: This level is for recent graduate with an EIT certificate or for recently licensed (PE) engineers working in environmental engineering or environmental science. For more information, click here.

Certification Programs

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 BCEES, you must possess at least eight years of full-time environmental science and/or teaching experience. To become a BCEES, 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

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. The Academy BCES specialty certification program was accredited in 2014 and is valid until December 31, 2018. Accreditation of the BCEE was granted in February 1993, and is valid until December 31, 2016. Accreditation of the BCEEM was granted in February 2005 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.

What are the Fees?

Membership and Board Certification are an investment in your future. Fees associated are:

  • Application Fee for Board Certification - $75
  • Examination Fee for Board Certification - $175

Annual Dues for 2015

  • Specialty Certification Renewal for BCEEs, BCEEMs, and BCESs - $195
  • Specialty Certification Renewal for BCEEs, BCEEMs, and BCESs Life Members - $0
  • Extra Specialty (per specialty) - $45
  • Emeritus - $70
  • AAEES Member - $110
  • Student - FREE

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