As part of our participation as a founding member of the The Council of Engineering & Scientific Specialty Boards, AACE International publishes the aggregate certification results from the previous year on our website. In 2012, the Certification Board reported 4,158 current certifications in use, an 11% increase over 2011 and the third straight year for double digit gains. AACE International certifications are valid for a three-year period and individuals must recertify to maintain the certification.
The CCC/CCE certification continues to be the most sought-after certification based upon the enrollment patterns in 2012. Almost 40 percent of all examinations were taken by individuals seeking the CCC/CCE. On the other end of the spectrum, only slightly more than 1% of the candidates chose to challenge the CFCC. In 2012, the pass rate was 59% compared to 67% in 2011. Based upon preliminary review of 2012 data, there appears to be no statistically significant difference in the pass rate for the fourth quarter of 2012 when the Association converted to a computer-based system hosted at testing facilities associated with Kryterion.
“The 2012 results maintain AACE International’s positive momentum in the certification arena,” commented Valerie Venters, Certification Board Chair. “With the conversion to computer-based examinations available throughout the world at the convenience of the candidate, we anticipate a significant increase in net certifications in the near future.” Venters noted that a major promotional campaign for the Association’s portfolio of products is planned in the second half of 2013.