AACE’s certification program was launched in 1976 with one goal in mind: to recognize skilled professionals in the cost engineering industry.

Since then, the certification program has grown from one hallmark certification to a portfolio of nine distinct certifications that encompass Technical, Professional, and Expertise levels. 

By selecting the "Learn More" buttons below, you can view eligibility requirements, examination structure and financial investment information and start your certification journey.

Certification Program History

To remain strong and responsive to the needs of certified members and other cost professionals, the public, and AACE International Certification Institute, 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 certification@aacei.org or via U.S. mail at Certification Board, AACE International, 726 East Park Avenue #180, Fairmont, WV 26554 USA



"AACE has allowed me to prove my skills and knowledge. The professional certifications are a great way to separate yourself from the crowd and acknowledge your skillset in a manner that employers, colleagues and government agencies can recognize."

Chad Dobbins, CCP PSP
Project Manager
Crawford Consulting Services
Pittsburgh, PA