Our Approved Education Provider (AEP) Program is designed to provide cost and management professionals and their companies with a means of identifying suitable professional development courses. The program also identifies individual instructors whose past experience qualifies them to teach or supervise the course materials being presented.
Our high standards for granting AEP status and its ongoing review of Providers’ activities, ensures that the course materials satisfy AEP programming and participants.
AACE’s AEP Program offers
A Provider approval system with standards that ensure that continuing education programming is serving needs of the Provider’s clients
Continuous course improvement through course review and ongoing support from AACE staff
Ability to award AACE Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Course promotion and organizational recognition on this website
AEP status is a win-win situation. You or your organization will benefit and so will your constituents. Why? The AACE AEP program offers an established and proven process for conducting quality continuing education programs, networking opportunities with other continuing education providers, less paperwork, and broad appeal.
Whether you are a consultant, professional trainer, AACE Section, university
instructor, or you are experienced in the field of educating others – AEP status will benefit you and your organization! Continue reading to find out how!
An AACE AEP is entitled to:
publicize your organization as an “AACE International Approved Education Provider.”
use the official AEP logo appropriately in promotional and course materials consistent with AEP Program policies
list up to three qualified courses in a database of Approved Education Provider courses on the
this website at the base price. (Additional courses may be listed for $150 per course)
appear in the list and on the interactive map of Approved Education
Providers on the web (List of Providers).
have promotional material featured on this website, with a description of the company, contact information, and a link to the company website.
Review and Approval
Companies or individuals wishing to become Approved Education Providers (AEP) must submit as part of the application process the necessary information to allow AACE to review the course content and presenters of the material. A review will be completed for each course submitted by the AEP. The review process will be performed by a review committee comprised of three subject matter experts appointed by the Education Board.
The information provided by the prospective AEP will be distributed to the review committee. The material will be subjected to a detailed review. The review committee will evaluate and compare course content to the AACE body of knowledge, which is the Total Cost Management Framework, and provide an evaluation and assessment of the course material to the Headquarters Business Development Coordinator, who will act upon the recommendation of the committee. The Headquarters Coordinator will review the results from the Education Board review committee and inform the prospective AEP of the results of the evaluation. If the evaluation is positive, the AEP will be notified that they may begin to promote the fact that they are an Approved Education Provider and begin to receive the benefits. If the evaluation is returned indicating deficient areas, the prospective AEP will be requested to provide additional evaluation information to assist in the re-evaluation of the course material.
A key for the AEP is the credentials of the person or persons teaching the class. In the case of a review course for an AACE certification, it is required that the instructor for the course must hold that certification.
Review Data to be Submitted
A prospective AEP will be required to submit the following for review. Since each course offered by an AEP will be mapped to the Total Cost Management Framework and Recommended Practice 11R-88, Required Skills and Knowledge of a Cost Engineer, the submission of the class materials by the AEP needs to be in sufficient detail to facilitate the mapping and evaluation process. The submittal must contain:
Summary of class (short overview). This will allow the review team to have a high level overview of the course.
Teaching objective. What will be the objective of the AEP to teach, what is it that they expect to teach.
Written definition of learning objective of the class, what will the student have learned from the course.
Written definition of how the course will support the learning of the intended community and who will benefit from the course content.
Class outline or agenda listing of the subjects to be covered, with the duration of the instruction as an indication of the level of learning afforded the student.
Syllabus (detailed definition of the class) which shows the breakdown into each of the teaching sections. This is an important section as this is the key document for mapping the course to the TCM Framework. There must be sufficient detail to fully describe the course offering. Power Point slides or other presentation media are not required at this point.
Identified instructor(s) including a resume or CV providing the qualifications to teach the course. If the course is for a certification review, the instructor must hold that particular certification.
Overview of the company offering the course. This must include the number of years involved in teaching the materials, number of employees holding one or more certifications who will be teaching certification review courses, resume of the company and its principals.
The data identified above must be submitted as part of the application by the prospective AEP. If needed,
we will request additional information to be submitted in an expeditious manner. Delays in receipt of the requested data could delay the mapping and approval of the AEP application. The AEP is expected to forward the required materials to AACE Headquarters.
Audits of the AEP
The AEP may be subjected to an audit from time to time.