Certifications Offered
Certification
The AACE International portfolio of certifications includes a Technician Level and a Professional Level. The initial difference between the two are the minimum experience, education, or a combination of both, required in order to be eligible to take the examination. Click on the toolbox for the referenced certification for additional details and important information to help you decide which path is most suitable for you.

Technician Level Certifications
Tool BoxCertification Type Description of Certified Individual
Certified Cost Technician (CCT) A CCT is an individual who has demonstrated proficiency in the basic skills and knowledge of total cost management. Generally, those seeking CCT certification represent early-career, young professionals who have not yet achieved the requisite years of experience needed to become certified as a Certified Cost Professional (CCP), or experienced mid- to late-career professionals who are working to advance their cost engineering skills.
Certified Scheduling Technician (CST) A CST is an individual who has demonstrated proficiency in the general skills and knowledge of the scheduling process within the AACE International Total Cost Management (TCM) framework. Generally, CST represents early-career professionals who are working to gain the requisite years of experience, to become a certified Planning & Scheduling Professional (PSP) or more experienced mid- to late-career professionals who wish to be recognized for their planning and scheduling skills.

Professional - Level Certifications
Tool Box Certification Type Description of Certified Individual
Certified Cost Professional (CCP) A CCP is an experienced practitioner with advanced knowledge and technical expertise to apply the broad principles and best practices of Total Cost Management (TCM) in the planning, execution and management of any organizational project or program. CCPs also demonstrate the ability to research and communicate aspects of TCM principles and practices to all levels of project or program stakeholders, both internally and externally.
Certified Estimating Professional (CEP) A CEP is a professional with vital expertise to contribute to the economic evaluation of potential projects by supporting the development of budgets, project resource requirements and value engineering. By applying the estimating body of knowledge as outlined in AACE’s Recommended Practice 46R-11, the CEP estimates costs of a determined scope in order to advise management on project funding decisions. The CEP’s ability to clearly communicate cost estimates, both verbally and written, to all project stakeholders is critical to their success.
Certified Forensic Claims Consultant (CFCC) A CFCC is an experienced claims professional and testifying expert working in the construction dispute resolution and litigation support arenas. With emphasis on claims arising from design and construction projects in countries with common law or mixed law, where common law is part of mixed law, the CFCC represents practitioners and specialists who meet a demanding set of claims preparation and dispute resolution criteria comprising of experience, education, and compliance with industry-accepted ethical requirements.
Decision & Risk Management Professional (DRMP) A DRMP is a senior-level practitioner with business experience in life cycle asset and project management with exhibited knowledge and skills ranging from analytical to socio/psychological to management. A DRMP also has extensive technical experience in specialized tools and services such as decision analysis, cost risk and uncertainty analysis, and schedule risk analysis. DRMPs demonstrate strong communication skills to connect with all levels of project stakeholders and are increasingly employed by owners and stakeholders in their decision making process – whether it is for a go, no-go decision on an investment interest or determination of time and cost contingency amounts for capital projects.
Earned Value Professional (EVP) An EVP is a practitioner of Earned Value with demonstrated mastery of contract language as it relates to Earned Value application, the organization of a project’s scope into meaningful structure for execution; planning scheduling and budgeting the project work from initiation through close out using an integrated cost/schedule tool; highly proficient in monitoring project progress for performance measurement; an earned value management system (EVMS) and its related accounting component used to record actual costs for a project or activity; generating relevant reports, understanding and analyzing the information reported, using actual cost data from, or reconcilable with, the accounting system for management of a project or activity; and managing change to the scope of work and/or any deviation, performance trend, or change to an approved or baseline project control plan, throughout the life-cycle of a project or portfolio of projects in the public and/or private sector. The experienced EVP will have broad experiences in the interpretation of the EV data/metrics and possess the skills to provide coherent, relevant communications (oral and written) to all levels of project stakeholders (internal and external).
Planning & Scheduling Professional (PSP) A PSP is a skilled planning and scheduling professional with advanced experience in project planning, and developing, monitoring, updating, forecasting and analyzing integrated project schedules. The PSP leads the planning and scheduling process within the AACE International Total Cost Management (TCM) framework. A PSP is able to communicate effectively with all project stakeholders, both internal and external.


Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must meet the minimum requirements in order to be cleared to sit for an exam. Verification of education must be a copy of your diploma or transcripts. Verification of industry experience must be from your employer, and include dates of service, title, and a brief description of your duties. We cannot accept your CV, resume, application, job description, or employment contract as verification of employment. If you are self-employed, you may submit a notarized statement of work. All verification documents must be in English or have an English translation attached, and submitted within 30 days of registration*. The application requirements are:
 
Professional Practice and Education
CCT
CST
4 years industry related experience or
4-year industry related college degree
CCP
CEP
EVP
PSP
8 years industry related experience or
4 years industry related experience + 4-year industry related college degree
CFCC12 years claims relevant experience in preparation and submission of claims, and dispute resolution + a 4-year college degree + 4 letters of recommendation* from industry professionals that verify years of experience + plus an approved and current certification after education which must be one of the following:
  • AACE’s CCP; CEP; EVP; PSP; DRMP; Certified Construction Manager (CCM); Certified Professional Constructor (CPC); Professional engineer (PE); Registered Architect (RA); Chartered Surveyor, or Admitted to Practice Law.
  • Applicant may substitute an additional 12 years of verifiable claims relevant experience in lieu of an approved certification after education.”
Note: There are no exceptions to the eligibility criteria. One must satisfy all of the eligibility criteria in order to sit for the CFCC examination. Having some, or most, or all but one does not meet the full complement of eligibility requirements. The established certification examination eligibility requirements reflect the expectations of the claims and dispute resolution profession and fairly measure the individual’s knowledge, experience and best management practices in the development, submission, presentation/testimony and resolution or litigation of construction claims.

*References - Four (4) letters of recommendation from industry professionals (attorneys, in-house legal counsel, and/or clients, past or present) familiar with the candidate’s claims related experience and who can attest to the applicant’s years of claims-relevant experience.
DRMP4-year college or university degree + 8-years of industry related experience, of which 4-years must be directly related to the field of decision and risk management, demonstrated by providing any combination of the following:
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from the clients (past or present) describing the complexity of the project, type of risk management implemented on the project and the candidate’s role in the implementing or providing such risk management services, or
  • Three (3) work products personally produced by the candidate that demonstrates having performed any aspect of the risk management work (decision analysis, schedule and cost risk analyses, implementation of risk management programs, risk workshops, etc.) on his or her projects.
    For example, a candidate may provide a total of three (3) letters of recommendation or three (3) work products, or combining two (2) letters of recommendation and one (1) work product, or one (1) letter of recommendation and two (2) work products, etc.
  • Applicant may substitute a 4-year of college degree with an additional 4-years of industry related experience or one of the following professional certifications: AACE’s CCP; CEP; EVP; PSP; Certified Construction Manager (CCM); Certified Professional Constructor (CPC); Professional engineer (PE); Registered Architect (RA); or Chartered Surveyor.

Paper Requirement
CCT
CEP
CST
DRMP
EVP
PSP
No paper requirement
CCPA technical paper is required. Please see the Technical Paper Submittal Requirement page, by clicking here.
CFCCElectronic 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 using our Eligibility Verification Documentation Form within one month of registration.

Canons of Ethics
CCT
CCP
CEP
CFCC
CST
DRMP
EVP
PSP
All exam candidates must accept AACE’s Canons of Ethics.

NOTE: 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.
 
Study Materials
Most recommended texts are available in AACE's Online Store
CCT AACE’s Certified Cost Technical Primer, 1st Edition (FREE!)
AACE’s Recommended Practices (specifically RP 11R-88 and RP 10S-90) (FREE for Members!)
AACE’s Skills & Knowledge of Cost Engineering, 6th Edition
AACE’s Total Cost Management Framework (FREE for Members!)
CSTCST Primer
AACE’s Planning and Scheduling Certification Study Guide
CCP AACE International CCP Certification Study Guide
AACE’s Recommended Practices (specifically RP 11R-88 and RP 10S-90) (FREE for Members!)
AACE’s Skills & Knowledge of Cost Engineering, 6th Edition
AACE’s Total Cost Management Framework (FREE for Members!)
CEP AACE's Certified Estimating Professional Study Guide
AACE’s Skills & Knowledge of Cost Engineering, 6th Edition
AACE’s Total Cost Management Framework (FREE for Members!)
AACE’s Recommended Practices (FREE!)
CEP Examinee Format of Definitions (FREE!)
CFCCRecommended readings should not be required for candidate to pass this examination, since the exam is built around your claims job-experience and related experience requirements, based on common law or mixed law, where common law is part of mixed law). However, it may be beneficial to review the AACE’s Certified Forensic Claim Consultant (CFCC) Certification Study Guide (FREE!)
DRMPPrimary References:
AACE's DRMP Certification Study Guide
AACE’s Total Cost Management Framework (FREE for Members!)
AACE's Recommended Practices (RPs) (with emphasis on RPs: 10S-90, 15R-81, 16R-90, 39R-06, 40R-08, 41R-08, 42R-08, 43R-08, 44R-08, 57R-09, 58R-10 and 72R-12) (FREE for Members!)
AACE's Skills and Knowledge of Cost Engineering, 6th Edition
AACE's CCP Certification Study Guide

Secondary References:
AACE's Professional Practice Guide #02: Risk
AACE's Professional Practice Guide #08: Contingency
EVP AACE’s Earned Value Professional Certification Study Guide, 3rd Edition
AACE’s Skills & Knowledge of Cost Engineering, 6th Edition
AACE’s Total Cost Management Framework (FREE for Members!)
Earned Value Project Management, 3rd Edition (through Amazon)
Practice Standard for Earned Value Management (through Amazon)
Project Management Using Earned Value, 2nd Edition (through Amazon)
EIA-748 (most current version)
PSP AACE’s Planning and Scheduling Certification Study Guide
AACE’s Skills & Knowledge of Cost Engineering, 6th Edition
AACE’s Total Cost Management Framework (FREE for Members!)
CPM in Construction Management, 5th Edition (through Amazon)
Construction Planning and Scheduling Manual, 2nd Edition (through Amazon)
Project Management (through Amazon)

Fees

All fees must be paid upon registration. Payments are made via our secure online payment system or by check. All fees are payable in US Dollars. Make your check or money order payable to AACE International. Please note: All fees are non-refundable.

The fees include:
  • Exam eligibility documentation review
  • Computer Based Testing (CBT) fee
Individuals who are members of AACE International may apply to AACE Certification at the reduced member fee, as a benefit of your membership in AACE. Membership in AACE is not a requirement for certification.

Certification Examination Fee Resit Fee Recertification by Credit Plan Recertification by Exam
CCT
CST
US$250 Member
US$375 Non-Member
US$175 n/an/a
CCP
CEP
EVP
PSP
US$500 Member
US$625 Non-Member
US$250 US$295 Member
US$385 Non-Member
US$500 Member
US$625 Non-Member


Cert 1st time candidate application fee 1st time candidate examination fee (required after eligibility is achieved) Resit Fee Regular Examination fee (not 1st time candidate)Recertification by Credit Plan Recertification by Examination
CFCC
DRMP
US$200 Member
US$250 Non-Member
US$400 Member
US$450 Non-Member
US$250 Member and Non-Member US$600 Member
US$700 Non-Member
US$295 Member
US$385 Non-Member
US$600 Member
US$700 Non-Member

*Does not apply to group registrations.

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