ASPE and NSPE Partner to Advance the Engineering Profession

Release Status: 
Immediate
Contact Name: 
Stacey A. Ober
Contact Number: 
703-684-2815
City: 
Alexandria
State: 
Virginia
Date: 
Monday, September 16, 2013
The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) and the National Society of Professional Engineers have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to enhance acceptance of the engineering profession in the United States and internationally by promoting professional licensure and ethics and exchanging information on matters that affect the plumbing and mechanical industries.

NSPE Executive Director Mark Golden (left) and American Society of Plumbing Engineers Executive Director and CEO Jim KendzelThe MOU combines the expertise of the only international organization dedicated to advancing the science of plumbing engineering with the recognized voice and advocate of licensed professional engineers. ASPE and NSPE recognize that plumbing engineers/designers and professional engineers have a shared interest in safeguarding public health and safety, and this partnership will enable the two organizations to work cooperatively toward this objective. 

NSPE Executive Director Mark J. Golden, CAE, FASAE, welcomes ASPE as a strategic partner with NSPE. "This MOU will benefit both organizations because together we will realize goals and objectives that each would not be able to accomplish on their own," he says.

A primary goal of the MOU is to promote the need for professional engineering licensure and certification programs, and the combined strengths of the two organizations can bring awareness to the need for continuing professional education through such programs. ASPE and NSPE also plan to work together to build support for a Professional Engineer licensing sub-discipline examination focused on plumbing engineering and design.

The MOU also focuses on promoting the image of professional engineering and its ethical responsibilities to the public. ASPE and NSPE will achieve this goal by creating educational seminars on the ethical application of professional engineering skills, developing new technical publications and industry standards, and supporting educational and training opportunities for engineers.

"Professional licensing and certification programs and their accompanying continuing education requirements are critical in today's fast-paced world of evolving technologies and engineering methods," says ASPE Executive Director/CEO Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE. "ASPE has always been a strong supporter of professional development for plumbing engineers, and with this partnership with NSPE we now can expand our educational offerings to the broader engineering community."

The National Society of Professional Engineers is the national society of licensed professional engineers from all disciplines that promotes the ethical and competent practice of engineering, advocates licensure, and enhances the image and well-being of its members. Founded in 1934, NSPE serves more than 35,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and just over 400 chapters. For more information, please visit www.nspe.org.

ASPE is the only professional organization devoted to the training and certification of plumbing engineers and designers. ASPE and its 6,000 worldwide members are dedicated to protecting the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the dissemination of technical data and information to expand the base of knowledge among plumbing engineers, designers, contractors, code officials, inspectors, and manufacturers. For more information, visit www.aspe.org.

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The National Society of Professional Engineers is the national society of licensed professional engineers from all disciplines that promotes the ethical and competent practice of engineering, advocates licensure, and enhances the image and well-being of its members. Founded in 1934, NSPE serves more than 35,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and more than 400 chapters. For more information, please visit www.nspe.org.