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- 12 years claims relevant experience in preparation and submission of claims, and dispute resolution (the experience cited must be centered on and deal directly with the prosecution, defense and resolution of claims and disputes)
- 4-year college degree
- 4 letters of recommendation from industry professionals to verify years of experience*
- A current certification or license after education which must be one of the following**:
- Admitted to the Practice of Law - State or National Bar Association
- Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) - Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
- Certified Construction Manager (CCM) - Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)
- Certified Construction Manager (CCM) - Construction Management Association of Korea (CMAK)
- Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCEA) - International Cost Estimating & Analysis Association (ICEAA)
- Certified Cost Professional (CCP) - AACE International (AACE)
- Certified Estimating Professional - (CEP) - AACE International (AACE)
- Certified Practicing Project Director (CPPD) - Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM)
- Certified Professional Construction (CPC) - American Institute of Contractors (AIC)
- Certified Professional Cost Engineer (CPCostE) - Association of Cost Engineers (ACostE)
- Certified Professional Estimator (CPE) - America Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE)
- Chartered Project Professional (ChPP) – Association of Project Management (APM)
- Certified Senior Project Manager (CSPM) - International Association of Project Managers (IAPM)
- Chartered Quantity Surveyor (CQS) - Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
- Expert Certified Construction Claims Specialist (ECCCS) - Society of Construction Claims Specialists (SCCS)
- Expert Certified Construction Delay Analyst (ECCDA) - Society of Construction Claims Specialists (SCCS)
- Level A or Level B Certification - International Project Management Association (IPMA)
- Master, Expert or Fellow Level - Cost Management (CM) - Guild of Project Controls (GPC)
- Master, Expert or Fellow Level - Forensic Analysis (FA) - Guild of Project Controls (GPC)
- Master, Expert or Fellow Level - Planning & Scheduling (PS) - Guild of Project Controls (GPC)
- Master, Expert or Fellow Level - Project Controls (PC) - Guild of Project Controls (GPC)
- Planning & Scheduling Professional (PSP) - AACE International (AACE)
- PRINCE 2 - AXELOS
- Professional, Chartered or Registered Engineer (PE, P.Eng., Ceng, etc.) - Any state or national engineering association or licensure organization
- Program Management Professional (PgMP) - Project Management Institute (PMI)
- Project Professional Qualified (PPQ) - Association for Project Management (APM)
- Project Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP) - Project Management Institute (PMI)
If an individual has a post education professional certification not on the above list, they may submit proof of the certification and information from the certifying association or organization to AACE International, for consideration as fulfillment of this requirement. Click here
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- An electronic submission of an expert report submitted as evidence, a formal claim submittal, or a professional paper accepted for publication, for which authorship by the prospective candidate is verifiable, any of which must have been written within the 24 months prior to applying to sit for the examination***
*References - Four (4) letters of recommendation from industry professionals (attorneys, in-house legal counsel, and/or clients, past or present) familiar with the candidate’s claims related experience and who can attest to the applicant’s years of claims-relevant experience.
**If an individual does not have one of these certifications or another certification acceptable to AACE International, they may substitute an additional four (4) years of claims analysis experience, in lieu of a post education professional certification.
***The written report or professional paper will be reviewed by one or more of AACE’s CFCC SMEs for acceptance. If the formal claim submittal, expert report, or professional paper submission does not represent the rigorous detailed analysis customarily prepared by an experienced claims analyst or testifying expert and that has been accepted for publication or submitted to a court, board, arbitration or other trier of fact in support of planned testimony, the prospective candidate will not be cleared to sit for the CFCC examination.
Note: There are no exceptions to the eligibility criteria. One must satisfy all of the eligibility criteria in order to sit for the CFCC examination. Having some, or most, or all but one does not meet the full complement of eligibility requirements. The established certification examination eligibility requirements reflect the expectations of the claims and dispute resolution profession and fairly measure the individual’s knowledge, experience and best management practices in the development, submission, presentation/testimony and resolution or litigation of construction claims.