Professional Development

No matter your career stage, renewing your commitment to the traits of a professional will give you a boost.

NSPE's Strategic Plan

Professional advancement, qualifications, and continuous learning for professional growth have become a major part of NSPE's Strategic Plan. NSPE has put together the resources on this page to assist you in your professional growth.

NSPE’s Policy on Education

It is the policy of NSPE to promote and support engineering education that creates and supports the next generation of innovators and technology leaders, resulting in licensed professional engineers with the skills and knowledge to practice in a manner that protects the health, safety, and welfare of the public. NSPE recognizes the benefits of engineering education to nurture innovation and creativity in engineering. NSPE proactively encourages its members to engage in lifelong learning and the evolution of engineering education to ensure the profession evolves in an ethical, sustainable manner. NSPE volunteers and business entities are directed to implement this policy in relevant position statements, operating procedures, and business practices.

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  • What is a PE?

    What is a PE

    Professional Licensure

    To a client, it means you've got the credentials to earn their trust. To an employer, it signals your ability to take on a higher level of responsibility. Among your colleagues, it demands respect. To yourself, it's a symbol of pride and measure of your own achievement.

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  • NICET Technicians/Technologists



    The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies, a division of NSPE, is known for its rigorous certification programs recognizing qualifications in civil engineering technology and electrical and mechanical systems engineering technologies.

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NSPE Career Center Resources

NSPE Career Center offers professional services to help you build and manage your career for maximum potential for success. Check out these resources!

  • Reference Checking
    » Reference Checking
    Check your references to ensure they're saying what you think they are!
  • Resume Writing
    » Resume Writing
    Let one of our professional writers create a resume and cover letter that will help you land an interview.
  • Career Coaching
    » Career Coaching
    Get individual help from our experienced coaching staff.

'Professional Development' Products from Shop NSPE

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Additional Resources

Professional Practice Capabilities in the Professional Engineering Body of Knowledge

NSPE’s Professional Engineering Body of Knowledge highlights the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to practice as a professional engineer across engineering disciplines.

It incorporates 30 capabilities categorized in three areas: basic or foundational, technical, and professional practice. The full body of knowledge is intended to apply across the engineering profession, for each engineering discipline and employment situation.

The professional practice capabilities are:

  • Business aspects of engineering;
  • Communication;
  • Ethical responsibility;
  • Global knowledge and awareness;
  • Leadership;
  • Legal aspects of engineering;
  • Lifelong learning;
  • Professional attitudes;
  • Project management;
  • Public policy and engineering; and
  • Teamwork.