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Engineering Manager Professional Certification (EMPC)

Colleagues in Canada should visit the CSPE / OSPE page at https://www.asem.org/CSPE-OSPE-Professional-Certification


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 have been 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.

TO APPLY:  

  1. Familiarize yourself with the Engineering Manager Professional Certification Handbook.
  2. Download the certification application (linked below) and complete.
  3. Send your completed certification application, along with your short CV or resume along and your transcripts (unofficial transcripts will suffice) to asem-hq@asem.org.

The certification team will review your packet and advise on next step.


Certified Associate in Engineering Management

The Certified Associate in Engineering Management (CAEM) Certification is designed for young technical professionals seeking to establish credentials in preparation for early technical management or supervisory assignments. The focus of the certification is to document the candidate has the requisite EMBoK knowledge to provide a foundation for professional practice. The CAEM Certification is valid for three years, can be renewed once, and requires verification of continuing education for renewal. The goal is to progress to the Certified Professional in Engineering Management (CPEM) during the CAEM interval.




Notes for CAEM:

  1. Copy of degree transcripts (digital copy of official preferred unofficial accepted) must accompany application.
  2. At the discretion of ASEM, related Technology and Engineering Fields: Qualifying Bachelor’s degrees include BS, BSET, or BSE (or international equivalents through such mechanisms as the Washington Accord or the Bologna Agreement) in the following or related engineering disciplines: aeronautics, astronautics, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, industrial, mechanical, nuclear, software, systems. Other qualifying fields of study include chemistry, computer science, mathematics, chemistry, physics, and technology management. If the Bachelor’s degree does not come from the above fields, then a Masters or Doctorate degree (or international equivalent) in those fields is acceptable. 
  3. ASEM Membership is required to receive the discounted rate.
  4. No work experience required to pursue the CAEM.
  5. Students in programs participating in the academic partnership receive a $25 discount in addition to the member discount.


Certified Professional in Engineering Management

The Certified Professional in Engineering Management (CPEM) Certification is designed to recognize experienced professionals who are seeking to validate with a professional certification their skills, knowledge, and experience in the management of technical operations. The focus of this application is to document the candidate has the requisite background for approval to sit for the examination. The CPEM Certification is valid for three years and requires verification of continuing education for renewal.



Notes for CPEM:

  1. Copy of degree transcripts must accompany application (digital copy of official preferred; unofficial accepted with a copy of diploma).
  2. At the discretion of ASEM, related Technology and Engineering Fields: Qualifying Bachelor’s degrees include BS, BSET, or BSE (or international equivalents through such mechanisms as the Washington Accord or the Bologna Agreement) in the following or related engineering disciplines: aeronautics, astronautics, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, industrial, mechanical, nuclear, software, systems. Other qualifying fields of study include chemistry, computer science, mathematics, chemistry, physics, and technology management. If the Bachelor’s degree does not come from the above fields, then a Masters or Doctorate degree (or international equivalent) in those fields is acceptable.
  3. ASEM Membership is required to receive the discounted rate.
  4. Applicants from programs participating in the academic partnership receive a $25 discount in addition to the member discount. 
  5. CV or resume documenting work experience with supervisor contact information must be provided to validate professional
  6. Applicants with a PhD or equivalent in other fields, with significant Engineering management professional and teaching experience may apply for consideration in this category.

Training materials are available through ASEM. Please visit Training Materials page for more information or visit the ASEM store.


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