The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) has an extraordinarily broad group of professionals. That is what makes the society so unique. We are not a single profession talking about issues facing our nations infrastructure; we are collectively looking at the big picture to overcome challenges together. SAME is invested in providing its membership with the tools and resources to develop and advance their careers within the Architect/Engineer/Construction (A/E/C) Industry. The Credentialing Committee is meant for our members to understand the importance of credentials, what credentials apply to the A/E/C industry, and how to get and maintain them. SAME wants to provide our members with the resources to be successful in their pursuit for credentials.
What are credentials?
Licenses and accredited certifications are complementary credentials. Licenses define the individuals legally authorized services to offer regulated services to the public whereas certifications do not. Accredited certification programs have been scrutinized by one or more of the three nationally-recognized certification accreditation bodies.
Why is credentialing important?
Credentials measure an individual’s objective capabilities and technical credibility. The possession of one or more of these credentials indicates to the public that the holder’s capabilities have been vetted using regularly accepted practices.
SAME has transformed the Credentialing Community of Interest (COI) into a committee under the Young Professionals COI. The Young Professionals of SAME, those 39 or younger, are most likely to be pursuing credentialing to advance in their professional careers. SAME finds that to best deliver resources and assistance is to provide the authority of the Young Professional COI to best oversee the administration of this committee.