Engineering Manager Professional Certification (EMPC)

Background

American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) has established a multi-level Professional Certification Program. This provides a formal method for recognizing the knowledge and experience of professionals involved in the complex task of technical and engineering management, regardless of where they may be in their career. No matter where you are in the world or what industry or technology profession you work in, it is critical that you speak the language and demonstrate the concepts used by hundreds of certified engineering managers around the globe.

For twenty years, the CPEM and CAEM are recognized the world over as the gold standard in engineering and technical management certifications. “Certification” is a formal process whereby a community of knowledgeable, experienced, and skilled representatives of an organization, such as ASEM, provides confirmation of an individual's competency (demonstrated knowledge, education, and experience) in a specified profession.

CPEM and CAEM certifications differ from licensing in that licenses are often defined as permissions granted by a government entity for a person to practice within its regulatory boundaries. Certification also differs from a "certificate" that documents the successful completion of a training or education program.

These certifications are the most important industry-recognized certification for technical managers. You can find CAEMs and CPEMs involved in managing and leading at all levels and types of engineering and technology-driven organizations in nearly every country. Over the past twenty years, ASEM have been engaged in intensive research and development to identify the education, skills, and knowledge critical for success as a technical management professional. This work has supported the development and continuous improvement of this formal method for recognizing the CAEM or CPEM engineering management professional designation.

Unlike other certifications that focus on a particular geography or domain, the CAEM and CPEM are truly global. Certified technical managers work in virtually any industry, with an array of technical challenges, and in many locations around the globe from China, to the Philippines, North and South America, Middle East, Africa, and Europe.

The CAEM and CPEM can also provide a significant advantage when it comes to salary and earning potential. As examples from one country indicate, information from the US Bureau of Labor statistics 2014-2024 forecast shows that the occupational classes of architectural and engineering managers along with computer and information system managers (two of our key constituents for the CAEM and CPEM ) are the highest paid in the management category. The median manager wage is 20-50% higher than the annual wage for the technical employees managed in these fields.

Employers benefit as well. With certified technical managers, organizations are more likely to enhance the productivity of the technical workforce, reduce turnover, promote innovation, and meet financial and project goals.

The CAEM and CPEM signify that you speak and understand the global language of engineering and technical management and connects you to a community of professionals, organizations and experts worldwide.


Certified Associate in Engineering Management (CAEM)

The professional certification at this level is designed for young technical professionals seeking to establish credentials in preparation for early technical management or supervisory assignments. When applying for an CAEM  certification, please include a short resume/CV with your application.  Certification is valid for three years. The criteria for certification at this level are as follows:


Notes for CAEM:

  1. Copy of degree transcripts (digital copy of official preferred; unofficial accepted with a copy of diploma) must accompany application.
  2. Guidance on related EMBOK Technology or Engineering Fields are found in the EM Handbook for Certification. EMBOK Technology and Engineering Fields must display technical subject matter from a minimum 5 of 11 Domains of Engineering Management.
  3. ASEM Membership is required to receive the discounted rate.
  4. No work experience required to pursue the CAEM.
  5. Undergraduates in programs in academic partnership receive a $25 discount in addition to the member discount ($150 is reduced to $125)

Certified Professional Engineering Management 

The professional certification at this level is designed for experienced technical managers seeking to validate their skills and experience with a professional certification. When applying for a CPEM  certification, please include a short resume/CV with your application. Certification is valid for three years. The criteria for certification at this level are as follows:



Notes for CPEM:

  1. Copy of degree transcripts (digital copy of official preferred; unofficial accepted with a copy of diploma) must accompany application
  2. Guidance on related EMBOK Technology or Engineering Fields are found in the EM Handbook for Certification. EMBOK Technology and Engineering Fields must display technical subject matter from a minimum 5 of 11 Domains of Engineering Management.
  3. CV or resume documenting work experience with supervisor contact information must be provided to validate professional experience.
  4. ASEM Membership is required to receive the discounted rate.
  5. Graduate students in academic partnership receive a $25 discount in addition to the member discount.
  6. Proctor discount: If an ASEM Certified Program is conducting a bulk CPEM certification (over 5 students in one sitting), and all are members, cost per exam will drop $25 per student. This option would still require the 3- year Minimum Professional Experience.

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