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The Board of Trustees, upon the affirmative vote of a simple majority of its voting Trustees, at a duly constituted meeting of the Board of Trustees or by letter ballot, voice vote or show of hands may certify an applicant, provided the applicant meets the qualifications for certification. Provided further, all certification approvals shall be reviewed and approved by the Board of Trustees at its next meeting. The requirements for certification are:
1. The applicant shall be of good moral character and of high ethical standing in the profession.
2. The applicant shall be actively engaged in the professional practice of geotechnical engineering.
3. The applicant shall possess a valid license to practice professional engineering issued by a State, Territory, Possession, or District of the United States or an equivalent license or certificate issued by a foreign country, provided that said valid license or certificate of registration or charter from a foreign country shall be evaluated by the CEC Board of Trustees on a case-by-case basis to assure that the license or certificate meets the standards set by the CEC Board of Trustees.
4. The applicant shall have been awarded a baccalaureate degree in engineering or other related field from a college of engineering program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. This requirement may be waived, provided that the applicant has mastered the requisite Body of Knowledge in a manner and form acceptable to the Academy Board of Trustees.
5. The applicant shall have been awarded either a master of science, master of engineering, or doctoral degree in engineering or other relevant field, from one or more educational institutions of recognized standing. This requirement may be waived, provided that the applicant has mastered the requisite Body of Knowledge in a manner and form acceptable to the Academy Board of Trustees.
6. The applicant shall possess a minimum of eight years of progressively increasing professional experience, in responsible charge, after receipt of their first professional engineering license. Such work experience shall be in one or more of the specialty areas established by the Board of Trustees. Further, such work shall include active participation in responsible planning, design, analysis, operation, management, regulation,
research, or teaching. In the case of teaching, the work experience shall be at an educational institution of recognized standing.
7. The applicant has agreed in writing to adhere to the ASCE’s Code of Ethics.
8. The applicant has mastered the requisite Body of Knowledge in a manner and form acceptable to the Academy Board of Trustees.