May 16, 2024: Our current certification application system will shut down on June 14, 2024 in order for us to prepare for transition to a new system on June 27, 2024. As a result, new applications will not be accepted during this time. Stay tuned for more information. If you have any questions, please contact us at certification@aacei.org.


As of May 16, 2024: We are transitioning to a new Association Management System (AMS) at the same time we transition to a new CCP exam format. These changes will take effect on June 27, 2024. To avoid any potential confusion, we will not post details of the new exam until the transition occurs. Applying any time before the launch of the new CCP exam will still include the technical paper.

In the interim, we encourage you to prepare for the upcoming changes by familiarizing yourself with the general memo structure. A helpful resource to guide you through this is our article on "How to Write a Memo." Similar guidance tailored specifically for the CCP memo will be made available on our website concurrent with the launch of the updated format.

We understand the importance of providing timely and accurate information, and we assure you that relevant details regarding the new CCP exam structure will be promptly posted on our website. We appreciate your patience and commitment to your professional development.

Don't hesitate to contact certification@aacei.org with any further questions or concerns. We support you in navigating these changes and ensuring a smooth tra

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$525 for members
  • US$690 for non-members
  • US$260 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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The only prerequisite for an AACE International examination is meeting the above eligibility requirements. Candidates are never required to purchase or participate in training offered by AACE International, AACE International Certification Institute, or any AACE-affiliated companies as a prerequisite for certification. Candidates are also not required to purchase study materials offered by AACE International. However, many candidates find the study guides and other recommended resources helpful in their certification preparation. The following recommended resources are available for you to purchase and use at your discretion.

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
Please note that it is the policy of the Certification Board, in accordance with our accreditation authority, to release results on a Pass or Fail basis only; therefore, no individual scores will be given.

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 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