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 to ensure that continuing education programming is serving needs of potential clients.
Continuous course improvement through course review and ongoing support from AACE staff.
Ability to award AACE Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
Provider promotion and organizational recognition on AACE International’s 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 registered and approved promotional and course materials consistent with AEP Program policies.
Promotion on AACE’s website list of Approved Education Providers with a direct link to your website for unlimited courses offered.
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
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 must contain 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?
Learning outcomes. What does the AEP expect the student to learn from the course?
Intended Community. Who will benefit from the course content?
Class outline or agenda. What are the subjects to be covered and timeline of the instruction?
Syllabus (detailed definition of the class). What is the breakdown of each teaching section? The Syllabus is critical and will serve as the key document for mapping the course to the TCM Framework. Please provide sufficient detail to fully describe the course offering (Power Point slides or other presentation media are not accepted in lieu of a syllabus).
Instructor(s). Who is teaching the courses and are they qualified to teach course material? Provide a resume or CV for each instructor to verify their qualifications to teach the course. NOTE: If the course is for a certification review, the instructor must actively hold the certification.
Company Overview & Verification: Provide 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.
Samples of company verification may include your business charter, articles of incorporation, proof of accreditation by an appropriate accrediting body, or evidence of recognized proprietorship. Samples of teaching verification may be a list of attendees from a course taught at least a year prior to application, or some other authenticated verification that a class was taught.
The data identified above is part of the AEP application and must be submitted by the prospective AEP by completing our online form.
Audits of the AEP
An annual audit of the AEP program is conducted by the Education Board through random selection. An AEP must always be prepared to be subject to an audit upon notification.