|May 27, 2014
The AACE International Certification Board has approved significant changes in the administration and requirements for the Certified Forensic Claim Consultant (CFCC) certification. The changes are designed to clarify the scope of this highly specialized certification and to better prepare candidates for the difficulty in earning the CFCC certification. According to Val Venters, CCP, Chairperson of the Certification Board, the recent changes provide a more realistic overview of the difficulty of the CFCC requirements to potential candidates before they begin the certification process. Among the changes approved by the Certification Board, the most noticeable may be the expansion of relevant claims experience from eight to twelve years, Venters noted. All changes take effect on June 1, 2014.
Here are other areas where the CFCC has changed:
The “Scope” of The Certified Forensic Claim Consultant (CFCC) is designed “for experienced claims professionals and testifying experts working in the construction dispute resolution and litigation support arenas in multiple aspects of cost engineering, project controls and project or program management; with emphasis on preparation, submission and resolution of claims through mediation or litigation; based on common law such as US, United Kingdom, etc.”
CFCC Experience and Education Requirements: Twelve (12) years claims relevant experience in preparation and submission of claims, and dispute resolution plus a four-year college degree plus four (4) letters of recommendation from industry professionals that verify years of experience + plus an approved and current certification earned after graduation which must be one of the following:
CFCC Written Report or Professional Paper: Electronic submission of an expert report submitted as evidence, a formal claim submittal, or a professional paper accepted for publication, for which authorship by the prospective candidate is verifiable, any of which must have been written within the 24 months prior to applying to sit for the examination. The written report or professional paper will be reviewed by one or more of AACE’s CFCC SMEs for acceptance. If the formal claim submittal, expert report, or professional paper submission does not represent the rigorous detailed analysis customarily prepared by an experienced claims analyst or testifying expert and that has been accepted for publication or submitted to a court, board, arbitration or other trier of fact in support of planned testimony, the prospective candidate will not be cleared to sit for the CFCC examination. The written report or professional paper must be submitted to email@example.com within one month of registration.
Study Materials: Recommended readings should not be required for a candidate to pass this examination, since the exam is built around your claims job experience and related experience requirements, based on Common Law (such as US, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australian law). However, it may be beneficial to review the AACE’s Certified Forensic Claims Consultant (CFCC) Certification Study Guide (Free download available!).
CFCC Registration and Application Fees: All first time CFCC candidates are required to make application and pay application fee, followed by submission of all eligibility requirements within 30 days of application. After eligibility has been achieved, the candidate is notified and must pay examination fee before permitted to schedule the examination. The candidate is responsible for and at risk for loss of application fees if eligibility criteria are not satisfied as determined by AACE International.
For those retesting the CFCC examination, the regular examination or resit fee will apply. Please contact certification staff member Valerie Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or JoAnn Metzler at email@example.com for retesting registration details.
Individuals considering challenging the CFCC examination should carefully review the latest requirements here. In addition, CFCC candidates must also agree to guide their professional practice in accordance with ASFE’s Recommended Practices for Design Professional Engaged as Experts in the Resolution of Construction Industry Disputes as well as the AACE International Canons of Ethics.