Certification Board Charter
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A.1. Purpose
A.2. Organization
A.2.1. Duties and Responsibilities
A.2.2. Membership Qualifications and Terms of Service
A.2.3. Policies and Procedures
A.1. Purpose
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.

A.2. Organization
The Certification Board shall approve one member to serve as the Vice president – Certification Board as the responsible officer serving on the Association’s Board of Directors, and within the Board of Directors, also serving on the Executive Committee.

The Board shall be comprised of a Chair and a Co-Chair and a minimum of fifteen (15) additional members. At the request of the Chair, the Certification Board may be increased by three members for each new certification program.

The Board shall be organized as follows; The Chair, Co-Chair , the remaining members shall be 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 EVP, PSP/CST, CFCC, CEP, DRMP and any other Specialty Certification added later.

The Chair and Board members of the Certification Board shall be appointed by the President annually subject to approval by the AACE International Board. Administrative support will be provided by Manager, Certification 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.

A.2.1. Duties and Responsibilities
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 Professional (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 forthcoming 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 forthcoming year.

The Chair shall convene the Certification Board to meet and preside over such meetings. He or she shall be responsible for the selection of Board members; interfacing with Headquarters staff, the Board of Directors, and Association’s committees; and reporting on the status of the program goals, plans and activities to the Vice President-Certification. The members shall attend Certification Board meetings and perform the tasks assigned by the Chair. The AACE Headquarters Certification Staff shall process all applications for certification, maintain all certification examination questions banks, establish and maintain the relationship with the computer based certification (CBT) service provider, and maintain all certification records.

The Chair shall appoint representatives to serve as Chair of the Certification Examination Advisory Group (CEAG), and as the Certification Board representative to the CESB (Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards). The individual appointed as CEAG Chair shall assume the responsibilities of CEAG Chair and will coordinate with the specialty certification subcommittees as appropriate in vetting questions.

A.2.2. Membership Qualifications and Terms of Service
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 examination’s written part(s), known as the “memo” or “essay” must be certified in the specialty certification for which they are grading. All graders must complete the Grader Training Module for the certification examination for which they will be grading prior to being eligible to grade certification examinations.

The Chair and all Certification Board 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, Co-Chair and each member serve a maximum of six years. The terms of service should be staggered so that they do not expire the same year.

A.2.3. Policies and Procedures
  1. It shall be the responsibility of the Certification Board, and as may be delegated from time to time to the AACE Headquarters Certification Staff, to inform certified individuals that the title they use, Certified Cost Professional (CCP) or any other specialty designation that exists, must comply with the appropriate laws of the state, province or country in which the individual resides and/or works.
  2. 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.


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