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How You Can Become Registered as an Architectural Engineer

J. Paul Guyer, P.E., R.A., Fellow ASCE, Fellow AEI

Course Outline

I.  Historical perspective on the Architectural Engineer registration

            A.  Academic
            B.  Professional
            C.  Registration

II.  Architectural Engineer Education
            A.  Requirements
            B.  Academic programs

III.  Architectural Engineer Experience

            A.  Requirements
            B.  For those who have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination
            C.  For those who are already passed the Principles and Practices of Engineering (PE) examination in another discipline
            B.  Application strategies

IV.  The Architectural Engineer Examination

            A.  Development process
            B.  Professional activities
            C.  Knowledge and skills
            D.  Course content

V.  Architectural Engineer Career Development

            A.  What the AE registration can mean for you
            B.  With a private company
            C.  With a public agency

VI.  The Information You Need

            A.  Registration boards
            B.  Professional resources

VII.  Your Next Step


This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Intended Audience

Anyone involved in the design and construction of buildings and associated infrastructure who is looking for looking for a way to advance her/his career path will want to consider this course.  It is important not only open to graduates of architectural engineering programs, but also engineers experienced in civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and related engineering disciplines.  This is an important course for all professionals committed to the building design and construction process.

Benefit for Attendee

For recent graduates of Architectural Engineering programs….

You will learn how to channel your career so that that is rewarding and important to you.  You will learn about how to pursue your registration as an Architectural Engineer and embark on your career designing buildings and related infrastructure.

For Engineers experienced in design and construction of buildings and related infrastructure….

For experienced engineers registered in the civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and related disciplines, the Architectural Engineer registration offers you a way to add value to your career.  This course will tell you how to expand your career horizons with the Architect Engineer registration.

Course Introduction

This course will introduce you to the Architectural Engineer professional registration now available in over 40 states.  You will learn how you can take and pass the Architectural Engineer registration examination even if your academic training is in another technical discipline such as civil, structural, mechanical or electrical engineering and even if you already hold professional registration in another discipline.  You will learn how this can greatly increase your value to your employer and clients.

About Course Author

Paul Guyer is a registered mechanical engineer, civil engineer, fire protection engineer and architect with over 35 years experience in the design of buildings and related infrastructure.  For an additional 9 years he was a senior-level advisor to the California Legislature on infrastructure and capital outlay issues.  He has designed and supervised the design of hundreds of construction projects requiring the preparation of detailed working drawings and specifications for federal, state and local public agencies and private companies.  He is a graduate of Stanford University and has held numerous national, state and local positions with the American Society of Civil Engineers and National Society of Professional Engineers.

Course Content

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How You Can Become Registered as an Architectural Engineer

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Course Summary

This course will introduce you to an additional career option available to you by becoming registered as an Architectural Engineer.  You will learn about ABET-approved academic programs in architectural engineering and advances in the profession that have resulted in the Architectural Engineer registration examination developed by the NCEES now being offered in over 40 states.  This professional registration option is available not only to graduates of architectural engineering academic programs but to graduates of other academic programs such as civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering.  It can be either your primary professional registration option or in addition to a registration you already have obtained in another discipline.  For engineers interested in a career in the design and construction of buildings, the Architectural Engineer registration will increase your career options and enhance your value to your company, agency and clients.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.