Recertification FAQs

  • Are all certifications renewable?
    No. Technician level certifications (CCT and CST) are designed to help a candidate gain enough industry experience to be eligible for a professional level certification (CCP, CEP, PSP, etc.). Therefore, the CCT and CST certifications expire after four years.

  • Why do I have to recertify?
    Recertification is necessary to verify continuing competence for maintaining AACE certification for an additional certification term.

  • Do I have a grace period?
    You have a 6-month grace period to recertify by CEUs or by exam. If recertification has not been achieved by the end of your grace period; the certification is immediately decertified and not eligible for further extension.

  • What is a CEU?
    CEU stands for Continuing Education Units. We use CEUs for the recertification process. Other groups refer to this as Professional Development Units (PDUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDHs).


  • What constitutes one CEU?
    One CEU equals ten contact hours of participation in organized continuing education classes and/or training or meeting. A contact hour is equivalent to one 60-minute interaction between an instructor/presenter and the participant.
    • Here are examples on how we calculate your recertification credits for your participation: Your Section meeting includes a technical presentation. For each Section meeting you attend, you receive .25 CEUs. You can claim up to 1.0 CEU per year for Section Meetings. For Association Events and Non-AACE Courses and Seminars, you receive .10 CEU per hour, so 10 hours would be 1.0 CEU.
  • How do I convert PDUs to CEUs?
    10 hours = 1 CEU
  • How many CEUs can I claim for AACEs Annual Meeting?
    You may claim 1.8 CEUs for attending AACEs Annual Meeting.


  • How often do I need to recertify?
    Recertification is every three years.


  • How many CEUs do I need to recertify by Continuing Education Units (CEUs)?
    You will be required to show that you’ve accumulated a minimum of 12 CEUs for the past three-year certification period.


  • When do I submit my Recertification by CEUs Application?
    You may submit your recertification application up to six-months prior to your expiration date. 


  • When does my recertification start?
    Your recertification begins at initial certification; the day you become certified.


  • How long does it take for my recertification application to be processed?
    Please allow 2-3 weeks for review and processing after receipt of your application.


  • Can I recertify by exam?
    This option requires registration for a certification examination and payment. You must pass the examination, which will renew your certification for three additional years.


  • When can I recertify by exam?
    You can recertify by exam, up to six-months prior to your expiration date.


  • How long do I have to take my recertification by exam?
    You must have taken and passed your recertification examination before your expiration date, unless other arrangements have been made and approved by AACE Certification Staff


  • How many attempts do I get to pass by recertification by exam?
    You get one attempt to pass your recertification by exam.


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 or via U.S. mail at Certification Board, AACE International, 726 East Park Avenue #180, Fairmont, WV 26554 USA


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