Technician Level Certifications 

Designed for early-career professionals or recent college graduates working to gain the requisite years of experience to achieve a professional level certification. However, many experienced mid-to-late career professionals have started their certification path at this level.

These certification are valid for four years and are not renewable.

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Professional Level Certifications

Designed for experienced practitioners with advanced knowledge and technical know-how in the broad aspects of Total Cost Management or specialty area and able to communicate effectively with all project stakeholders, both internal and external.

These certifications are valid for three years and eligible for renewal for an additional 3 years through CEUs or re-examination.

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Expertise Level Certifications

Designed for senior-level practitioners and specialists who meet a demanding set of skills, knowledge, and ethics as expert witnesses or decision makers.

These certifications are valid for three years and eligible for renewal for an additional 3 years through CEUs or re-examination.

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About Us

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, you can view eligibility requirements, examination structure and financial investment information.

Certification Program History



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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Testimonials

"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