AACE and Kryterion continue to monitor the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Currently, many testing centers are now open and available to take an on-site exam. To see if there is a testing center near you, please click here. If a testing center is not available, you may still be eligible for an online proctored (OLP) exam. Please click here to review Kryterion’s online testing requirements. Be sure to run Kryterion’s System Check to test your microphone, webcam, and upload/download speeds to see if you have a computer that meets the minimum system requirements. AACE does allow the use of internal cameras.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact certification staff at certification@aacei.org.


Technician Level Certifications


Certified Cost Technician (CCT)

A CCT is an individual who has demonstrated proficiency in the basic skills and knowledge of total cost management. Generally, those seeking CCT certification represent early-career, young professionals who have not yet achieved the requisite years of experience needed to become certified as a Certified Cost Professional (CCP), or experienced mid- to late-career professionals who are working to advance their cost engineering skills.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 4 years of industry related experience, or
    4 years industry related degree
  • Adherence to AACE's Canons of Ethics


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Exam Structure

  • 3 hours maximum
  • 100 simple multiple choice questions
    • Domains: Basic Cost Skills & Knowledge
  • Open Book – using AACE's CCT Primer and S&K only (must be in a binder)
  • Any style, battery operated calculator permitted (not provided by the testing center)


Certified Scheduling Technician (CST)

A CST is an individual who has demonstrated proficiency in the general skills and knowledge of the scheduling process within the AACE International Total Cost Management (TCM) framework. Generally, CST represents early-career professionals who are working to gain the requisite years of experience, to become a certified Planning & Scheduling Professional (PSP) or more experienced mid- to late-career professionals who wish to be recognized for their planning and scheduling skills.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 4 years of industry related experience, or
    4 years industry related degree
  • Adherence to AACE's Canons of Ethics

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Exam Structure

  • 3 hours maximum
  • 100 simple multiple choice questions
    • Domains: Basic Scheduling Skills & Knowledge
  • Open Book – using AACE's CST Primer and PSP Study Guide only (must be in a binder)
  • Any style, battery operated calculator permitted (not provided by the testing center)
 
 
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Technician Examination Investment

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

  • US$250 for members
  • US$375 for non-members
  • US$175 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. 

 

Recertification & Maintenance

The CCT & CST certifications are valid for 4 years and not eligible for recertification.



To remain strong and responsive to the needs of certified members and other cost professionals, the public, and AACE International, our certification programs solicit input from all interested individuals and organizations as to the policies and procedures used in administering the Association’s certification programs. Please address any comments you may have regarding the administration of certification programs to the Certification Board via e-mail to certchair@aacei.org or via U.S. mail at Certification Board, AACE International, 726 East Park Avenue #180, Fairmont, WV 26554 USA

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