SAME is invested in providing members with the tools and resources to develop and advance their careers within the A/E/C profession.

The Credentialing Committee is a sub-group of the Young Professionals Community of Interest, and is working to help members understand the importance of credentials, what credentials apply to the A/E/C profession, and how to get and maintain them.


What are Credentials?

Licenses and accredited certifications are complementary credentials. Licenses define the individuals legally authorized permission 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. Certifications enable professionals to pursue specialized skills in their field of practice and stay on the front end of technical capabilities.

Why is Credentialing Important?

Maintaining professional credentials demonstrate a level of technical competency in a specific field. For uniformed servicemembers, attaining credentials while serving in uniform improves technical skills and increases potential for promotion. After leaving the service, the same credentials can help individuals earn a position with higher initial pay.

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.

Credentialing

Credentialing Assistance Program

The Young Professionals COI oversees SAME’s Credentialing Assistance Program to promote the professional development of Young Professionals and Enlisted Members in support of the Society’s Strategic Plan. The Credentialing Assistance Program provides financial support for professional development, education, licensure and certification preparation, exam testing, and mentoring initiatives to benefit members.

SAME will reimburse a portion of exam sitting or registration fees as well as reimburse for costs of testing preparation and training materials upon confirmation of passing of an exam.

Eligibility Requirements
  • This program is open to all SAME members, regardless of age.
  • Applicants must be a member of SAME for at least 18 months before applying.
  • Applicants must have passed the respective examination and provide required documentation with the application.
What this Program Covers
  • This program will provide financial assistance for exam sitting fees, registration fees, and/or study expenses (such as books or classes for the specific exam).
Restrictions
  • No single government official or employee shall receive through this assistance program more than $200 in assistance, whether one time or multiple times.
  • No single private sector individual shall receive through this program more than $500 in assistance, whether one time or multiple times.
Non-Listed Credentials
  • A SAME member may request reimbursement for a credential not listed. The Credentialing Committee will evaluate the information in the application and determine whether or not to approve the request. Additional information may be requested.

Questions? Contact Jeannine Finton at jfinton@same.org.


Career Paths to Credentials

Additional Information/Resources

Military COOL Sites

The Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard offer portals, credentialing opportunity online (COOL), that highlight nationally recognized engineering and STEM-related credentials to help military engineers shape their career development while in uniform and in preparation for their transition to the private sector.

Build Your Future

Build Your Future is a recruiting and image enhancement initiative under the National Center for Construction Education and Research, which is the accrediting body for the construction and maintenance industries. They develop curricula and assessments, and provide credentials and certifications that are industry recognized. If you are an engineer Soldier or Seabee, you can easily crosswalk the industrial trades against the Army Engineer MOS or Seabee Ratings, using the credentialing portal through Build Your Future. (SAME is also working to develop crosswalks for USAF and USCG occupational specialties.)

Industry Certification Programs
PMI
NCCCO
CMAA
AEF
UA VIP
DBIA
INCOSE
TEEX
ACI
ICPM
LEED
NCCER
IFMA
ASCE
NICET
ACG
EMA
Bicsi
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