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The Constructor Certification Program was created in 1996 to provide constructors a professional certification of the skills and knowledge needed to manage the complex construction process.  The Constructor Certification Commission is a semi-autonomous organization within the American Institute of Constructors that oversees the program, including the creation of the examination and the policies and procedures that govern the program.  The Commission is governed by a Board of Governors of Certified Professional Constructor (CPC).  

Certification Programs

The Constructor Certification Program includes two levels of certification, the Associate Constructor (AC) and the Certified Professional Constructor (CPC).  


Associate Constructor (AC) is the first level of certification in the Constructor Certification Program.  This level of certification is ideal of recent graduates of 4-Year Construction Management Programs or those transitioning into construction management from other industries. AC's are individuals that have a high level of skill and knowledge in managing the process of construction.  Why is this important?  AC's bring value to any project as they have a verified skill and knowledge level that is based on a nearly 20 year old body of knowledge that continues to be refined.  AC's bring peace of mind that you have a high performing individual on your team who seeks continual professional improvement through our required Continuing Professional Development program.  In addition, each AC agrees to abide by the AIC Code of Ethics, ensuring that they are professional and ethical members of the industry.  Learn more...


Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) is the highest level of certification in the Constructor Certification Program.  This level of certification is ideal for individuals with established constructors who have several years of project oversight experience and seek to take their career to the next level.  Individuals that seek the CPC designation are experienced at managing the process of construction. Why is a CPC important to have on a construction project?  CPC's provide a project with an individual who has verified experience and skills, giving you peace of mind that your project is being managed efficiently and effectively.  You also know that you have an ethical and professional managing your project as all CPC's abide by the AIC Code of Ethics. Learn more...


The Benefits of Certification

Certification benefits all parties involved in the construction process as it raises the standards of professional practices.  Certified Constructors practice with a high level professionalism and ethics. Here are some other ways in which certification benefits those involved in construction: 

Benefits to the Constructor
  • Provides an internationally recognized professional qualification of construction management skills and knowledge.
  • Provides an analysis of individual strengths and weaknesses measured against a national standard.
  • Enhances the Constructor image as a professional to their employer, clients, and the public.
  • Provides a marketable credential that sets you apart in a competitive marketplace. 
Benefits to the Employer
  • Provides an third party assessment of an employee's skills and knowledge, based on a comprehensive national standard.
  • Provides a recognized credential within your company that improves marketability to your clients.
  • Provides assurance of employees continued professional development through the maintenance of their certification.  
Benefits to the Owners
  • Provides an increased level of assurance of the skills of their management team.
  • Provides a means to pre-qualify contractors who bid on their projects by requiring certified professionals on their project.  
  • Provides a higher level of assurance that their project is being managed effectively and efficiently.
  • Peace of mind that they have a professional and ethical management team. 

Future Exam Dates

Exam Date  Late Fee Effective Application Deadline
March 28, 2015* February 28, 2015 March 6, 2015
November 7, 2015 October 2, 2015 October 23, 2015
Some examination sites have alternate exam days within a week of the national exam date.  A listing of these sites is made available during registration.  
Examination Fees
 Examination   Fee
Associate Constructor (Level 1) First Time Registration    $165.00
Associate Constructor (Level 1) Re-Exam Registration   $110.00
Certified Professional Constructor (Level 2) Regular (AC Upgrades)   $450.00
Certified Professional Constructor (Level 2) Exempt (Non-AC)   $550.00
Certified Professional Constructor (Level 2) Re-Exam Registration   $170.00
Exam Late Fee   $25
Where You Can Test

Exams are given at over 60 locations nationwide.  We partner with universities and Association Chapters to provide testing sites.  Click here to find a site near you. 

Important Documents

Candidate Handbook 

Associate Constructor (Level 1) Study Guide

Certified Professional Constructor (Level 2) Study Guide

Constructor Body of Knowledge

 The Constructor Certification Exams are based on the Constructor Body of Knowledge.  This Body of Knowledge was established by content experts and maintained regularly.  Click here to view the Body of Knowledge. 

Certification Exam Documents

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Examination Application (PDF) PDF (72.19 KB) Administration 11/25/2014
Candidate Handbook PDF (325.89 KB) Administration 6/5/2014
Certified Professional Constructor L2 Study Guide PDF (4.48 MB) Administration 5/19/2014
Associate Constructor (Level 1) Study Guide PDF (6.78 MB) Administration 12/10/2014
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