Expertise Level Certifications


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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 12 years claims relevant experience in preparation and submission of claims, and dispute resolution (the experience cited must be centered on and deal directly with the prosecution, defense and resolution of claims and disputes)
  • 4-year college degree
  • 4 letters of recommendation from industry professionals to verify years of experience*
  • A current certification or license 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
  • An electronic 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***

*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.

**Applicant may substitute an additional 12 years of verifiable claims relevant experience in lieu of an approved certification after education.

***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. 

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. 

Recommended Study Materials

There are no recommended study materials for this examination, since it 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 Claims Consultant (CFCC)'s Study Guide to learn about topics covered in the exam.

Examination Structure

  • 5 hour maximum
  • 100 simple, multiple choice questions
  • 4 written essays, where the candidate will choose from an onscreen list of suggested scenarios based upon a real dispute and will write a response in an onscreen text box for the selected scenario
  • Open Book – candidate’s choice of 2 reference books maximum
    (downloaded reference books should be printed and bound in a notebook; no loose paper, iPads, Kindles, etc. will be permitted for resource materials)
  • Any style, battery operated calculator permitted (not provided by the testing center)

 

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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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 4-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.


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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.

Examination Structure

  • 5 hours maximum
  • 119 simple, multiple and compound scenario questions
  • 1 memo writing assignment where the candidate will choose from an onscreen list of suggested scenarios and will write a response in an onscreen text box
  • Closed Book
  • Any style, battery operated calculator permitted (not provided by the testing center)

 

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Expertise Level Application & Examination Investment

While AACE membership is not required for certification, members receive the benefit of reduced examination fees.

  • US$200 application fee for members, followed by US$400 examination fee
    Total investment of US$600 for members
  • US$250 application fee for non-members, followed by US$450 examination fee
    Total investment of US$700 for non-members
  • US$250 resit fee (member and non-members)

All fees are due upon submission of an application and are non-refundable. The fee includes our eligibility documentation review and computer based testing (CBT) fee. 

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