It shall be the function of the Certification Board to administer the AACE International Certification Program through the authority granted by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall establish the rules governing academic achievement, job experience, and character reference requirements for those applying for certification. The Certification Program shall be financially self-sustaining.
The Certification Board shall elect one member to serve as the Vice President-Certification Board as the responsible officer reporting to the Association’s Board of Directors.
The Certification Board shall be comprised of a Chair and a Co-Chair and a minimum of ten (10) additional members. At the request of the Chair, the Certification Board may be increased by one member for each new certification program.
The Certification Board shall be organized as follows; The Chair, Co-Chair and remaining members organized into subcommittees to administer each of the separate programs: CCP/CCT (1 chair, 2 others), and 1 Specialty Lead plus 2 others each for the CEP, CFCC, DRMP, EVP and PSP/CST and any other Specialty Certification to be added in the future.
The Certification Chair and Certification Board members shall be appointed by the President subject to approval by the AACE International Board. Administrative support will be provided by a Certification Administrator and any other support personnel selected by the Executive Director from the Headquarters staff. The Board may, subject to compliance with the AACE International Constitution and Bylaws and established criteria for the Certification Program, independently develop and adopt any rules, procedures or methods needed to effectively perform its functions in accordance with the provisions of this charter.
The Certification Board shall meet at least twice per year, the first time at the Annual Meeting and other times on a quarterly basis.
The Certification Board shall be responsible for planning, directing, and administering the AACE Certification Program. It shall prepare the certification examinations or cause them to be prepared and shall evaluate the performance of individuals who take the examinations. The Certification Board shall not determine who shall engage in or practice cost engineering, but rather certify those who apply for certification and are deemed qualified and capable of being recognized as certified cost professionals (CCP) or any specialty certification designations that may exist.
The Certification Board will maintain the Plan for Certification. This is the strategic planning document which describes both short- and long-range AACE Certification goals and programs. The Certification Board may propose changes to this Plan at any time, but all changes must be approved by the Board of Directors.
By October 1 each year the Certification Board will submit a plan and budget for the following year to the Board of Directors. This one year plan, when approved by the Board of Directors, becomes the basis for certification programs and expenditures for the coming year.
The Chair shall convene the committee to meet and preside over such meetings. He or she shall be responsible for the selection of committee members; interfacing with Headquarters staff, the Board of Directors, and Association committees; and reporting on the status of the program goals, plans and activities to the Vice President-Certification Board; the Vice President-Certification Board is responsible to report to the Board of Directors. The Certification Board Members shall attend Certification Board meetings and perform the tasks assigned by the Chair. Certification headquarters staff shall process all applications for certification and maintain all certification records.
The Certification Chair shall appoint representatives to serve as Chair of the Certification Examination Advisory Group (CEAG) and Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB). The individual appointed as CEAG Chair shall assume the responsibilities of CEAG Chair and will coordinate with the specialty certification boards as appropriate in vetting questions as outlined in Section 8203 of this manual.
Members of the Certification Board shall be members in good standing of AACE and must be certified as a CCP or in any one of the specialty certifications offered by the Association. Members holding only the CCT or CST may not serve on the Certification Board. Subcommittee chairs administering any of the programs offered must be certified in that program and all non-board subcommittee members must hold a current certification in that program. The CCP technical paper graders must be certified as a CCP. Graders of the specialty exam’s written part, known as the “memo” or “essay” must be certified in the specific Specialty certification they are grading.
The Chair and all Committee members shall serve at the pleasure of the President. The President’s appointment of the Chair is subject to the approval of the Board of Directors. The Chair and all members shall be appointed to one-year terms running concurrently with the term of the President and shall be eligible to serve any number of successive terms to which they are appointed. For continuity it is recommended that the Chair and each member serve three years. The terms of service should be staggered so that they do not expire the same year.
It shall be the responsibility of the Certification Board to inform certified individuals that any AACE certification title they use, must comply with the appropriate laws of the state, province or country in which the individual resides and/or works.
The Certification Board may recertify an individual by either examination or the Professional Credit Plan. See Section 8201 for a detailed explanation of the certification procedure.