What is ASOPE®?

American Society of Power Engineers, Inc. (ASOPE®) is an association that strives to guide future engineers with proper education and training to become experts in power/stationary engineering. By staying up-to-date on all power engineering and technology practices, terminology and more, we promote and enforce compliance with all safety, techniques, tools, equipment, etc. amongst fellow engineers and engineer organizations. We offer licensing programs that will test your knowledge and experience as an engineer. To further your knowledge and experience, you may take part in training through our resources. Only qualified training organizations chosen by ASOPE® will be recommended to engineers interested in becoming a licensed engineer. Training procedures are approved and authorized by ASOPE® to establish proper and safe educational sessions.

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  • Establishes and maintains uniform qualification standards for the profession of Power/Stationary Engineers.
  • Promotes safety in the operation of power generating equipment.
  • Encourages the enforcement and compliance to all codes, laws, and acts assuring the protection of health, life and property, i.e., the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Public Law 91-596, and the accepted engineering practice standards of the ICC International Mechanical Code.
  • Assists licensing agencies to determine the competence of professional Power Engineers through investigations and examinations that test the qualifications of candidates for licenses issued under the rules of ASOPE®.
  • Assists States and Municipalities to establish power engineer licensing agencies and to act as a clearinghouse to facilitate exchange between licensing agencies.
  • Maintains a registry of all authorized ASOPE® examination agencies and examiners.
  • Develops and keeps current uniform terms and definitions, updating terminology and eliminating obsolete terms.
  • Promotes the education of Power Engineers.
  • Publishes a standard curriculum for education and guideline for study requirements.
  • Acts as an advisor to educational entities engaged in teaching power engineering and technology to promote the education of the Power Engineer.


ASOPE® was conceived and organized by engineers and professionals who were and are members of other licensing agencies. These persons realize the necessity of maintaining a purely third party agency, that is not affiliated with any other organization to avoid a conflict of interest.

These persons recognized the need for improved professional standards and testing methods that help provide competency in the diverse field of Power/Stationary Engineering and help assist individuals seeking to advance in the profession of Power/Stationary Engineering.

These persons realized the Power Engineer today is a person who practices the profession of Power Engineering in a more diverse field than the previous traditional boiler or steam engine operator. The Power Engineer today may be charged with facility or building operation and maintenance including boiler and boiler auxiliary equipment operation and maintenance including HVAC, refrigeration, water, steam, air, and electrical systems and controls.

The Power Engineer may also operate / maintain power boilers, turbines and generators that are connected to a grid for electrical power and co-generation of steam and electric.

While the basic principles of power engineering are the same, the magnitude of the application varies significantly between facility and power plant operation and maintenance.

Power/Stationary Engineer Competency Program

  • The ASOPE® Competency program was designed for persons working in the diverse profession of Power Engineering.
  • The ASOPE® competency program is open to anyone in the profession of power engineering. Participation in the competency program is voluntary.
  • The ASOPE® program provides an individual with the means of measures designed to advance in all matters related to the safe, efficient management of energy.
  • The program objective is to provide the recognition and promotion of high professional standards in the field of Power Engineering demonstrated through competency testing.
  • Only ASOPE® Approved Examination Agencies and approved examiners administer the competency examinations.

Training and Examination

Fire boilerASOPE® is not a training provider. ASOPE® will provide standardized curriculum and act as an advisor to educational entities engaged in teaching power engineering and technology to promote the education of a Power Engineer.

Only ASOPE® approved and authorized Training Organizations and Examination Agencies may use the American Society of Power Engineers name, logo and/or trademark. Please contact ASOPE® at office@asope.org for approved training providers.