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American Institute of Hydrology (AIH)

Hear From the New AIH President!

“I am truly energized about my new leadership role these next few years with AIH. As President, I want to make connections, provide synergy, and fully utilize the strong leadership qualities of our Board members and members at large.”

Who We Are

The American Institute of Hydrology (AIH) was founded in 1981 as a non-profit scientific and educational organization dedicated to the certification and registration of professionals in all fields of hydrology. AIH is the only nationwide organization that offers certification to qualified hydrologic professionals.

The purpose of AIH is to enhance and strengthen the standing of hydrology as a science and profession by:

  • Establishing standards and procedures to certify individuals qualified to practice hydrology
  • Establishing and maintaining ethical standards to protect the public from irresponsible work
  • Providing education, public advice, and training in hydrology

The benefits of being a member of AIH include:

  • Peer and employer recognition of professional competence in hydrology for career advancement
  • Certification to perform duties specified by certain agencies
  • Association to a nationwide network of hydrologists
  • Access to and opportunities for contributing to AIH Bulletin
  • Access to career development and continuing education resources
  • Eligibility for annual awards


Unlike certification examinations for other organizations, AIH examinations focus solely on knowledge and understanding of hydrology.

Benefits of Certification

Certification by AIH provides a means by which the public, employers, and clients can recognize those hydrologic professionals who are judged by their peers to possess the proper and necessary qualifications to practice their profession with integrity.

Benefits of being certified by AIH include:

  • Peer recognition of professional competence in hydrology
  • Career resources
  • A nationwide network of hydrologists
  • AIH Bulletin
  • Access to continuing education resources

Affiliate Organizations

  • Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
  • Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI)
  • The International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR)
  • The Occupational Information Network (O*NET)