Recertification by CEUs

Choosing this option requires the accumulation of 12 CEUs over a 3-year certification period, which is earned through various activities in 4 separate categories. Certificants must submit an application prior to expiring to avoid removal from our certified directory and inability to continue to use an AACE designation.

The categories for recertification CEUs are:

  • Category A: Performed
  • Category B: Professional Development
  • Category C: Industry Contribution
  • Category D: Volunteer Service

Pricing Structure


From the day you became certified or recertified, you can create a recertification application and begin tracking your activities. Also, you can recertify as early as 6 months before your expiration date. 

If you have already acquired at least 12 CEUs in more than one category, and are within 6 months of your expiration date, you can complete and submit your application today.

How do I start - recert

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Click here for a downloadable version of the category and value table
(also included in the Recertification Handbook).

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Our online learning center features modules based upon actual technical presentations captured at our Annual Meetings, and is worth 0.10 CEUs upon completion. The entire collection is also available for more than 7 CEUs.

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Take Note

If you are currently certified, you may begin your recertification by CEUs application at anytime.

From the moment you are certified, or recertified for an additional 3-year term, you can keep track of your activity or CEUs within your AACE profile during that time. When you are ready, you can simply submit, make payment and wait for staff review and approval.

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Here is a tutorial to show how to keep track of your recertification CEUs and submit an application.

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