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Engineering Schools Turn to Historic Consensus Document to Educate Faculty and Students about Engineering Credentials

New engineers and allied professionals agree, CESB’s Engineering Credentials provides a roadmap to career advancement and professional recognition.


Engineering credentials can make a tremendous difference in the career of an engineer or allied professional.  Although this fact is recognized by many seasoned professionals, the value and benefits of engineering credentials has not always been conveyed to engineering students as they learn the profession and begin their careers.
To help engineering schools prepare their students for the competitive nature of the industry, the Council of Engineering & Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) recently published a consensus document entitled, Engineering Credentials.  The document concisely describes to engineering students the role of licenses, certifications, the relationship between the two, their appropriate uses, and their benefits to consumers, employers, and practitioners. It also provides definitions of mis-understood and mis-used credentialing terms. 
A number of leading engineering schools across the nation are taking notice of this important document.  “I have personally been in touch with faculty from engineering schools that are now sharing Engineering Credentials with their students,” reported William Anderson, P.E., DEE, Executive Director at CESB. “The approach that appears to work the best is to provide the document to freshmen as an introduction to the professional aspects of engineering.  For graduating seniors, it is a valuable tool for them to take as they begin their careers.  Engineering students and recent graduates who understand the benefits of professional credentials are going to find that they are already one step ahead of the competition.”   
Engineering Credentials clearly describes the benefits of credentials to practitioners, their employers, and consumers of practitioners’ services.   The information is all included in a six-page document that is available at no charge at
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About the Council of Engineering & Scientific Specialty Boards
Founded in 1990, the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards is an independent, voluntary membership body created for its member organizations that recognize, through specialty certification, the expertise of individuals practicing in engineering and related fields.  CESB, as an accrediting body, provides basic criteria and guidelines for the establishment and operation of specialty certification programs.



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