Petroleum Engineering Certification


  • Application: USD 150
  • Annual Renewal: USD 40

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  • Get recognized for your compliance with industry standards
  • Demonstrate your technical knowledge and commitment to the profession


  • An undergraduate engineering degree in petroleum engineering or related science.
  • At least 4 years of experience and training in engineering.
  • Membership in good standing with the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
  • Successful completion of the SPE Petroleum Engineering Certification Exam to measure your level of engineering fundamentals and ability to solve practical engineering problems. (The exam may be waived if you have passed a written competency examination to practice in petroleum engineering as a registered, licensed, chartered, or professional engineer. University exit exams are not considered valid for the waiver.)


SPE offers exams sessions at specific venues and conferences, as well as computer based testing at numerous exam centers around the world.  For exam waivers, please contact to determine if you meet the qualifications.

Apply for SPE Petroleum Engineering Certification online.

Complete the following forms to complete your application and email them to

To maintain your SPE Certification, you must complete 16 hours of continued professional development and education each year,  and send in your annual renewal fee.

SPE Certification Announcement
Beginning 24 September 2014, the SPE Petroleum Engineering Certification Exam will convert to a 70 problem, multiple choice exam to be administered over a seven hour period. The morning and afternoon sections of the exam will be 3.5 hours each, with an hour available for a lunch break. This new and improved exam format will still test breadth and depth of technical knowledge in the sub-disciplines of reservoir, drilling, and production/operations. The difference in the exam formats between old and new is that general engineering questions that had been used to establish a baseline to confirm that the candidate was truly an engineer were removed. SPE approved the change to a more concise and refined examination. The reduction in exam hours reflects the estimated time needed for candidates to complete all problem sets.

Please direct any questions about the new exam format to

Engineers who have successfully completed the requirements and exam »

Certified, licensed or chartered petroleum engineers »

Important Notice: Candidates that fail the first exam attempt must wait 12 months before a second attempt. Failing the second exam attempt, candidates must wait three years before the third attempt. Candidates will only be allowed to attempt the exam three times.