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
The Certification Board shall report to the Vice President-TEC as delegated by the President as the responsible officer.
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, and remaining members organized into subcommittees to administer each of the separate programs: CCC/CCE/CCT (1 chair, 2 others), and 1 Specialty Lead plus 2 others each for the EVP, PSP, CFCC, CEP, and any other Specialty Certification to be added in the future.
The Chair and Board members shall be appointed by the President subject to approval by the AACE International Board. Administrative support will be provided by a Certification Staff 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, 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 four times 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 engineers (CCE), certified cost consultants (CCC), 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-TEC and the Board. The members shall attend Certification Board meetings and perform the tasks assigned by the chair. The Certification Staff shall process all applications for certification 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 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 CCC or CCE or in
any one of the specialty certifications offered by the Association.
Members holding only the CCT 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 CCC/CCE
Technical paper graders must be certified as a CCC or CCE. Graders
of the Specialty exams written part (known as the “memo”) must be
certified in the specific Specialty certification they are grading.<br><br>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
It shall be the responsibility of the Certification Board to inform certified individuals that the title they use, Certified Cost Engineer (CCE), Certified Cost Consultant (CCC), 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.
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.