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Petroleum Engineering Certification

SPE's Petroleum Engineering Certification program provides you with the opportunity to obtain a globally recognized credential as a petroleum industry professional.



How to become an SPE Certified Engineer?


Step 1: Determine if you are qualified

  • An undergraduate engineering degree in petroleum engineering or related science.
  • At least 4 years of experience and training in engineering.
  • Professional membership in good standing with the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Step 2: Exam Options

SPE has partnered with Kryterion Global Testing Solutions to establish secure testing centers around the world, so you can take your certification exam at a facility that’s convenient for you. Find a testing center near you.

Application Fee is USD 250. Apply now to receive a voucher and schedule your exam.

The exam may be waived if you have passed a written competency exam to practice in petroleum engineering as a registered, licensed, professional engineer. Only exams administered by Alberta (Canada), and all U.S. states (PE licensed) are accepted. University exit exams are not considered valid for the waiver.

Email us to determine your eligibility for a waiver.

Step 3 (Optional): Prepare for the Exam

Already Certified?

To keep your certification active, SPE requires you to be a member in good standing and participate in 16 hours of professional development each year. This could consist of courses, workshops, attendance at conferences, online learning, and society activities. To meet this requirement, just maintain a record or diary of continuing education experiences for annual random review for compliance. For more information, review our Maintaining the Certification document (pdf).

  1. Annual Renewal – USD 40
    Renew your SPE Petroleum Engineering Certification.
  2. Life Certification – USD 800
    Email us to learn about Life Certification and never pay again, for life.

Are you an HR or Professional Development Manager?

Are you interested in developing or upgrading your professional development plan in your organization and go beyond the certification process? Contact us to learn more about how SPE can help.


What others say about SPE Certification

“Having a recognized independent international professional body (SPE) providing the certification was of value to the credential. SPE succeeded in opening the minds of engineers to not focus only on one part of their job, but to develop additional skills. The engineers were able to identify gaps in their knowledge and focus on increasing their knowledge and skills.”
Ali R. Al-Jarwan | CEO, ADMA

“For young engineers, the challenges are there, and we are relying on them to fill the experience gap. However, these SPE results show that our next generation of engineers has the skills and professional focus to meet the challenges”
Amin H. Nasser | CEO, Saudi Aramco


SPE Certified Engineers

How did our members do when asked questions from the exam?

If you are looking for more information regarding the U.S. Professional Engineering Petroleum Exam, please visit the NCEES website for details.