ASPE offers numerous ways for our members to get involved in the industry and grow in their careers. Check out these quick tips to learn how you can make the most of your ASPE membership.
One of ASPE’s greatest benefits is its members. Everyone is busy at home and at work, but members who attend Chapter meetings, Conventions & Expositions, and Symposiums are more likely to build a killer contact list. Our members are eager to help you in your next plumbing engineering problem, which undoubtedly will make you more competitive in the workforce.
Whether you are in sales or engineering, you sell yourself every day. ASPE has many networking opportunities for you to meet professionals who possess the skills and training necessary to help you out of a tight spot or put you in touch with someone who can help you. If you are outside your comfort zone, ask your Chapter Board to make the introductions. Exchange business cards and remember to follow up with a brief conversation or email thanking them for their time. Before you know it, you will be a pro in engaging other members, which will lead to career growth and prosperity.
If you are not able to attend a Chapter meeting, ASPE Connect offers you a way to build your network online.
Being a member of ASPE enables you to call upon a friend for help. Your Chapter Officers know who does what. Call your Chapter leaders when you are stumped on the job and ask for help. More times than not, you will find a fellow member who is more than willing and able to assist you with your problem. If they can’t help, kick it up to the Region Director, and they will find you the help you need. ASPE members treat other members like family; it’s our most valuable membership benefit.
Demonstrate your abilities to lead and boost your industry visibility by volunteering to join your Chapter Board of Directors or apply to join the Society Board of Directors. Employers, clients, and coworkers respect and look up to ASPE Chapter and Society Officers. Without our leaders, we would not have a Society; it’s worth the work.
ASPE produces webinars for members to expand their knowledge of plumbing systems and design. Members pay about half the price as nonmembers and if the webinar is sponsored, members can participate for free, so this is a great member benefit. You can access current webinars as well as every webinar ASPE has ever held at ASPE Education. Don’t forget to recommend these to your colleagues and clients.
Through our special Read, Learn, Earn series, ASPE also can help you accumulate the CEUs required for maintaining your CPD or CPDT credential or other regulatory agency CEU programs for your Professional Engineer license. This benefit is free to members and $35 for nonmembers. Download one of the articles, read, learn, and earn your CEUs. When you complete the payment screen, the system guides you through the questions and you can enter your answers directly into the system. (Note that members do NOT need to add a credit card.) Voila! If you get 90% correct, you will receive 0.1 CEU.
We’ve seen some extraordinary new things come out of ASPE in the past couple of years, but this benefit is as good as it gets. Did you know that you can track your CEUs on ASPE Education? Well you can, and here is how:
- Go to ASPE Education.
- In the menu click on My Education. This takes you to your dashboard.
- Under My Dashboard, click on Transcript/Achievements.
All of your ASPE-sponsored CEUs will already be populated in this table, but you can also add other CEUs from other sources. Simply click on the link toward the top of the table and the site will direct you to a page to add the session information and to upload a certificate.
This member benefit is invaluable in keeping your CEUs current, and it’s only offered to members. Don’t get caught empty-handed when the eventual audit for your credential comes around.
If you are an Affiliate member, in sales, who steps up and takes on a membership role, you are in a unique position to promote ASPE and your company. Your leadership role is a valuable way to place yourself in front of prospective clients and members. Talk to your Chapter Board of Directors and see what you can do to promote yourself and ASPE.
ASPE has mentor opportunities so you can help foster the career of another member. Opportunities are available for all members. Just click on Mentoring Program under Membership & Global Community to get started. Leave your mark on our Society.
We all market ourselves every day with everything we do, and ASPE can help with programs that can add letters to your name: our Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD), Certified Plumbing Design Technician (CPDT), and Green Plumbing Design (GPD) programs. These programs will help others instantly recognize your leadership and expertise in the plumbing design industry.
Accessing your ASPE account information has never been easier. Once you've logged in to aspe.org, go to My Account. There you will find everything connected to your ASPE account, including contact information, membership renewal receipts, ASPE Bookstore receipts, any items you've downloaded from the Bookstore, and a link to your dashboard on ASPE Education. You also can change your contact information and password if needed.
ASPE has made it easier than ever to renew your membership. Log in to aspe.org as you ordinarily do and then click on the Join/Renew button. You’ll be renewed in no time! NOTE: If you have lapsed for more than 90 days, your account was purged from the membership database and you will need to reapply for membership.
ASPE Young Professionals (AYP) is designed for young industry professionals looking to meet with peers to share experiences, exchange ideas about the plumbing design industry, and network with other Chapter members. The focus of AYP is to help young plumbing engineers, design professionals, and practitioners establish contacts and further the mission of the Society. ASPE members 35 years old and younger are all included in this special-interest group.
The core mission of the Women of ASPE (WOA) is to engage, retain, and advance women in the plumbing design industry, through education, leadership development, and networking opportunities. WOA is committed to bringing together women and assisting them to achieve their professional and personal goals.
The ASPE Plumbing Engineering & Design Handbook of Tables is a tool to help members with pipe sizing, equations, and more. This information is available not only as a book, but it is also available in both the Apple App Store and in the Google Play Store, offering you a portable way to access these valuable tables from your phone. More recently, the tables have become available for download to your Mac or PC so you always have these tables available at your fingertips.
ASPE’s Career Center is a valuable tool for ASPE members seeking new jobs or those looking for experienced plumbing engineers to join their team. Check it out to see what new opportunities might be available!