The certiﬁcation process includes an educational workshop, writing a 2500 word acceptable technical paper on estimating, and completing two examinations. There is a choice for an applicant to undertake the educational workshop. It may be acquired either at the ASPE Chapters in the month of November and early December, or online. The initial exam is based on general knowledge exam. It is aimed at enhancing your skill for project management and business knowledge. The exam will last for 4 hours and contain over 500 multiple choice and true/false questions on construction topics. One has to score 70% for getting pass mark. The second exam focuses on discipline speciﬁc test for a particular area of expertise.
The ASPE is presently providing exams in general Estimating, Earthwork, Concrete, Rooﬁng, Drywall
Systems, Painting, Plumbing, HVAC Piping, HVAC Sheet Metal, and Electrical. These exams will continue for 8 hours and contains true/false, multiple choice, and estimating problems. The exams are scheduled
all through the country in March, July, and November.
Certiﬁed Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCE/A) — Society of Cost Estimating and Analysis (SCEA) organize The Certiﬁed Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCE/A) certiﬁcate. The applicant should possess estimating knowledge with all categories in construction as well as engineering.
In order to apply for the exam, the applicant should contain the following criteria :-
(1) a college degree (in cost estimating/analysis or with more than 10 courses in cost estimating and analysis)
and two years experience in cost estimating/analysis in a position speciﬁcally identiﬁed as requiring such; (2) an associate’s degree and ﬁve years experience as described above; or (3) seven years of experience as described above with submission of a biographical sketch demonstrating education, experience and relevant performance.
The exam consists of several methods of evaluating the cost of a project like cost-beneﬁt analysis and present worth analysis, as well as estimating models like parametric estimating and comparison estimating. The exam extends for 4 hours and divided in two parts. The ﬁrst part includes 80 to 100 multiple choice and true/false questions involving mostly on terminology and concepts. The second part contains about 50 multiple choice questions related to calculations and problem solving. Minimum 70% mark is required to qualify for the exam. The exam is held twice a year in the spring and fall at the SCEA National Education Conference & Workshop. (SCEA, 2006).
Certiﬁed Parametric Practitioner (CPP) — The International Society of Parametric Analysts (ISPA) conducts this newly launched certificate course. This certiﬁcate course is related with professional recognition of a practitioner’s education, job experience, knowledge, and skills. To apply in writing examination, the applicant should possess the following :-
A college degree in a ﬁeld of study directly associated with parametric analysis (or at least ten courses concerning estimating) and two years experience with parametric analysis; an associate college degree and ﬁve years of experience in parametric analysis; or seven years of experience in parametric analysis with the submission of a brief biographical sketch demonstrating the applicant’s capability or knowledge to pass the examination. The exam will continue for 3-4 hours and includes100 multiple-choice, ﬁll in the blanks, and true/false questions. The qualifying mark is 75%.
Certiﬁed Cost Engineer/Consultant (CCE/CCC) — The Association for the Advancement Of Cost Engineering, International (AACEI) is developing The Certiﬁed Cost Engineer/Consultant certiﬁcation. This certiﬁcation is set up to offer ofﬁcial and public recognition, having experience with the most current skills and knowledge of the cost estimating profession. To apply for the CCE/CCC certiﬁcation test, the applicant should contain at least 8 full years experience in the cost engineering profession (up to four can be substituted for by an engineering degree or a PE license.)
The applicant should pass a 7-hour test, as well as writing a 2,500 word minimum technical paper for being a Certiﬁed Cost Engineer or Consultant. The exam contains 100 multiple-choice and compound questions. The applicant should obtain 70% marks to qualify for the exam. The exam is scheduled twice a year in the summer and winter in different places around the U.S.
Certified Cost Consultant (CCC)/Certified Cost Engineer (CCE)
AACE’s CCC/CCE is independently authorized by the Council of Engineering & Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB). The goal is to identify specialists who fulfill a demanding set of cost and management criteria by a continuous examination, experience, education and ethical qualifications. These courses are designated for the individuals in today's cost and management industry to enhance their knowledge, experience and keep them updated with the best management practices.
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