"More than 2,000 rising stars have already been through the Fundamentals of Professional Practice program – FOPP. Today, many of them are CEOs of the same firm that enrolled them 10 or 15 years ago."

—John Bachner



What Participants Have To Say


“I learned more in the last six months than in 4.5 years at college and 8+ years as an environmental consultant. Thank you!”—Michael Meyerhoefer

“I learned more about being an engineering professional in three days than I did in five years of college. I will take everything I learned here to my job.”—Jason Mapes, P.E.

“This program has forced me to step back from the distractions and urgencies of daily work life and think bigger thoughts about the profession, my own career, and my place in the world.”—James Wells, P.G.

“The FOPP program has changed my attitudes toward what professionalism means. It has helped me become a better professional not just by creating reports, but by bettering humanity through my engineering skills. It made me more aware of the importance of community involvement.”—Anwar S. Akhtar, P.E.

“The FOPP course gave a great emphasis on how we can/should empower ourselves in this profession. I learned practical skills and knowledge that can immediately be implemented back at the office on Monday.”—Scott Lawson, P.E., G.E.

“I think the FOPP program has done a great deal in improving my professional mindset. It was challenging, informative, and an overall benefit to my professional career. It also helps to know that my superiors had enough faith in me to send me through the program.”—Tanner Hartranft

“John's passion reminded me why I became a professional in the first place. I was much more involved earlier in my career, but became complacent focusing on my work. John reminded me that my passion for my profession needs to be shared with the next generation to give back to my community. John reminded me that everything I do reflects on my professionalism.”—T. Anthony Harding, P.G., L.G.

“After being involved in litigation I was a little bitter about the profession I chose. After attending the seminar, I have a new appreciation for my profession.”—Scott Myers, P.E.

“I am inspired to advance my career and the profession by applying knowledge I learned through my FOPP experience...I think going through this program inspired me and it was the best professional development experience of my career.”—Ann Winegar, P.G.

“As soon as I started my research, I became more interested in the operations of my firm, instead of just my projects...The seminar opened me to possibilities beyond just being a technical practitioner, to becoming involved in the community.”—Lindsay Flangas, P.E.

“The lessons I learned from the course find their way into my daily activities in many forms. Because of FOPP, I am more effective at performing the duties of a professional engineer. I have learned to incorporate legal and business considerations into nearly everything I do, say, and write. I believe I am able to do a good job of balancing client needs with the best interests of our firm. After FOPP, I have the confidence and knowledge to draw the line with anyone who would compromise me as a professional.”—James D. Kellog, P.E.

"The FOPP program is a “whole” approach to advancing the success of professionals in our industry. I was impressed with the wide range of challenges we tackled such as: Risk management Communication skills Professionalism Negotiation, and Doing well by doing good. "This was, by far the most worthwhile professional development investment I’ve ever made!”—Debra Osuch, REM


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