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Hey folks, I need some help. I am writing a short article for an ASCE committee and wanted some anecdotal stories as how being Board Certified may have helped you.
Did you get a raise when you became a Diplomate? Has it helped you get a job? Have you seen RFQ's or RFP's looking for that qualification? Any other benefit you have accrued?
(Besides being able to say you are "Board Certified" – which is pretty neat all by itself)
Working for a public agency I did not see a raise nor would I see RFPs or RFQs. The D.WRE certification, while fairly recent for me, has helped provide some "street creed" so to speak. I deal with a lot of people of all sorts, property owners, contractors, Engineers, elected officials, attorneys, non-profits and local businesses. For some that know that the D.WRE is it helps directly establish some credibility for others that might not know what it is, including the general public, it has started discussions always working to my benefit. It has also helped in the same manner working with the local ASCE or other Professional Groups and non-profits in the same manner.
Karen,Being a Board Certified Port Engineer was helpful in securing the job I have today, and has helped in my acceptance in the role of National Ports Practice Leader for Mott MacDonald in North America. The board certification provided me credibility during the hiring process, as well with my new colleagues. Our firm believes in board certification, and we have a number of engineers that have become Diplomates in Port and Coastal engineering. We feel it provides our clients a level of confidence in the quality of staff working on their projects, and a demonstrates a commitment to the specialty fields we work in.