CCP Certification

Eligibility Requirements

  • 8 years industry related experience or
    4 years industry related experience + 4-year industry related college degree
  • 2,500 minimum word technical paper
  • Adherence to AACE's Canons of Ethics


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CCP Examination Investment

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

  • US$500 for members
  • US$625 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. Review our policy by clicking here

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Exam Structure

  • 5 hours maximum
  • 120 simple multiple choice and compound, scenario questions
    • Domains: Basic Skills & Knowledge (38)Economic Analysis (28), Project Management (27), and Cost Estimating & Control (27)
  • Closed Book – onscreen formula sheet(s) will be available for use
  • Any style, battery operated calculator permitted (not provided by the testing center)

Earning the Certification

  •  An overall average score of 70% or higher is needed to pass the exam
  • The final exam result is arrived by averaging the score of all four domains:
    Ex: Domain 1: 69% (fail domain) + Domain 2: 70% (pass domain) + Domain 3: 65% (fail domain) + and Domain 4: 76% (pass domain) / 4 domains = average score of 70% (pass the exam)
  • CCP candidates must also separately receive a 70% or higher on the CCP technical paper

Recertification & Maintenance

CCP certification is valid for 3 years and must be recertified through the accumulation of 12 CEUs in at least two categories or reexamination. Click here to learn more about 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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