Board Certification

Professional certification offered through the Academy ensures that geotechnical engineers have specialized knowledge and skills in their field of practice. Once your education, experience and expertise has been vetted by a panel, you are granted the Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE) certification.

Differentiate yourself from your peers by applying for your D.GE. To maintain the certification, you are required to earn at least twenty professional development hours (PDHs) per year to stay up-to-date on new technologies and trends.

Why is Board Certification Important?

Geo-Professional Board Certification was created in 2008 to recognize engineers who have an advanced degree of knowledge and expertise in the specialized field of Geotechnical Engineering. These individuals, who are endorsed with this Board Certification, are actively engaged in this professional practice and have met and often exceed the minimum requirements.

With these skills and accomplishments, Board Certified engineer is one of the highest designations in the Geo-Profession and recognized as a respected and credible professional within the field of civil engineering.

What is a Board Certified Diplomate?

  • A Diplomate is a Board Certified Professional.
  • It is considered one of the highest designations in the Geo-Profession.
  • Over 350 engineers have achieved the status of Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE).

Requirements to Become a Board Certified Diplomate?

  • PE license (or foreign equivalent)
  • Minimum of eight years of progressively increasing responsible charge after receipt of a professional engineering license
  • Masters degree in geotechnical engineering or civil engineering (with an emphasis on geotechnical engineering)
  • Demonstrated satisfaction of experience levels in at least one area in geotechnical engineering found in the Body of Knowledge (BoK)
  • Orally defend application in a manner satisfactory to the Board of Trustees.  Oral examinations shall be held in such places and in such manner as indicated by the number and location of applicants and as determined by the Secretary/Treasurer.  They are also held via videoconferencing.  The requirement for an oral examination may be waived by the Admissions Committee only when the written application clearly demonstrates that the applicant meets all of the other requirements, and has attained the Levels of Achievement defined in AGP’s Body of Knowledge in a manner and form acceptable to the Board of Trustees. 

Benefits of Certification:

  • Respected Expertise
  • Validated Competence
  • Heightened Marketability
  • Career Advancement
  • Expanded Professional Network
  • Increased Credibility
  • Improved Leadership Skills
  • Increased Knowledge Base
  • Increased Earning Potential
  • Heightened Recognition

Additional Benefit of Becoming a Diplomate 

Your dedication to the Academies of ASCE qualifies you for a Diplomate Professional Liability credit. This credit is an exclusive Diplomate discount on your ASCE professional liability insurance that could range from 5 to 7.5%. In many cases, the value of this discount alone may exceed your application and recertification costs.

ASCE’s Insurance Brokers with Lloyds of London recognize the value of Board Certification, knowing the Diplomate has demonstrated the mastery and use of a specialized body of knowledge, superior experience, strong ethics, and have a commitment to lifelong learning. 

While our underwriters have the final decision on providing insurance after proper evaluation of your firm and its history, we will work with you to make sure you receive a fair premium and the premium credit that celebrates your expertise, strong ethics, and commitment to excellence. For more information, contact an ASCE Professional Liability Specialist at 800.650.2723.


Apply For Your D.GE Online Here