The architecture and engineering industries are full of acronyms, from associations to titles and certifications. Here we decode and define the acronyms you’re most likely to find on the business cards and resumes of architects and engineers.

PE (Professional Engineer)

A professional engineer is an engineer who’s licensed by their state’s licensure board.  The United States requires this license for all engineers working on public facilities. To earn it, an engineer must have a bachelor’s degree, experience working under a professional engineer for at least four years and have passed several competency exams.

SE (Structural Engineer)

A structural engineer designates the professional licensure of, you guessed it, structural engineers. Several states differentiate structural engineers from other professional engineers and require special licenses as a result. Illinois is one of those states.

CEM (Certified Energy Manager)

A certified energy manager is an individual that has demonstrated elevated professional experience, competency, ethics and a depth of knowledge on the principles and practices of energy management. The Association of Energy Engineers awards the designation and requires individuals meet a series of qualifications and pass an exam.

CPD (Certified Plumbing Designer)

A certified plumbing designer is an international certification that insures the competencies and qualification of engineers and designers of plumbing systems. This designation also serves as recognition of professionals with advanced skills specifically in designing plumbing systems.

AIA (The American Institute of Architects)

The American Institute of Architects is a professional organization for architects in the United States. The institute has nearly 300 state and local chapters that seek to serve as the voice of the architecture profession and as a resource for its members.

NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards)

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards is a nonprofit corporation consisting of the legally constituted architectural registration boards. In order for an architect earn certification by the NCARB, he or she must meet educational, training, testing and ethics standards.

LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design Accredited Professional)

A leadership in energy and environment design designation indicates a project or a design professional that meets standards established by members of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED Accredited Professionals have passed examinations and demonstrate a thorough understanding of green building design practices.

REFP (Recognized Educational Facility Planner)

A Recognized Educational Facility Planner is a professional designation granted through the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI). It recognizes successful achievements and continual professional development efforts in education facility planning.

We’re proud of the letters behind the names of our in-house architects and engineers. They symbolize years of education and industry expertise. Here’s our Kluber acronyms:

  • Michael Kluber – PE, CEM, LEEP AP
  • Donald Ware – PE, CPD, LEED AP
  • Jeffrey Bruns – SE, LEED AP
  • Christopher Hansen – AIA, NCARB
  • Mike Elliot – AIA, REFP, LEED AP
  • Clayton Haldeman – AIA, REFP, LEED AP