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Associate Constructor Certification (Level 1)
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About the Associate Constructor Certification


The 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 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.  In addition, those earning the AC credential upon graduation of a construction program have a competitive advantage in a highly competitive job market.  



Exam Registration

Registration for the Fall 2016 Examination has ended.   


All exam candidates receive a link to a PDF Version of the AC Study Guide.  If you wish to obtain a paperback copy, it may be ordered online through Amazon.  Click here to order a copy. 


How Certification Works

Certification is a voluntary and non-governmental process to recognize the education and/or experience of an individual who meets certain criteria and standards.  It is ongoing proof of commitment to ethics and professionalism and is something that is maintained throughout one's career.  To become certified an individual must meet qualifying requirements, apply for an examination, and once approved, sit for the examination.  Upon passing the examination and agreeing to the AIC Certificant Agreement, and individual is conferred the Associate Constructor certification.    


How to Qualify for the Exam

To take the Associate Constructor or Level 1 Exam a candidate must meet certain qualifying requirements.  To qualify you must meet one of the below requirements:


1.) Have graduated from or is scheduled to graduate from an accredited 4-year Construction Management Degree Program. (Individuals will earn the AC certification upon passing the exam and provided proof of graduation.)


2.) Have obtained 4 years of qualifying experience or education or a combination of the two.  (Click here to see more information on how to determine if your experience qualifies you for the AC examination.)

Upon passing the Associate Constructor Exam an individual will be awarded the Associate Constructor (AC) credential.  


The Exam

The AC exam is made up of 300 multiple choice questions, given during two 4 hour sessions on a single day.  The exam is given twice per year, in the spring and fall at over 60 locations across the country.  Over 50 University Construction Management Programs currently administer the AC exam, most require the exam as part of their program curriculum.  

Future Exam Dates

Spring 2017

Associate Constructor Examination Date: April 1, 2017

AC Early Registration Deadline Febraury 24, 2017

AC Late Registration and Application Deadline: March 10, 2017



Fall 2017

Associate Constructor Examination Date: November 4, 2017

AC Early Registration Deadline October 1, 2017

AC Late Registration and Application Deadline: October 13, 2017



Exam Fees

1st Time Associate Constructor Exam Registration Fee   $165.00
Re-Examination Registration Fee   $155.00
Late Fee (After February 20)   $25.00
Rescheduling or Cancellation Fee (Less than 30 day notice prior to the exam)   $110



The AC Exam Body of Knowledge

I. Communication Skills 13%
II. Engineering Concepts 5%
III. Management Concepts 12%
IV. Materials, Methods, and Project Modeling and Visualization 10%
V. Bidding and Estimating 12%
VI. Budgeting, Costs, and Cost Control 12%
VII. Planning, Scheduling, and Schedule Control 12%
VIII. Construction Safety 7%
IX. Construction Geomatics 2%
X. Project Administration 15%



Important Documents

Associate Constructor (Level 1) Study Guide


Associate Constructor Reference List


Maintaining the Credential

After being awarded the AC credential you must participate in the Continuing Professional Development Program.  This program ensures that each certificant keeps current on industry trends and education.  Each individual certification is valid for two years, beginning the first full year after earning the certification.  AC's are not required to obtain continuing education hours, however they are encouraged to keep current on industry trends by participating in continuing education events to prepare themselves for the next stage of certification.


To keep the AC credential in good standing an individual must:

  • Pay a yearly CPD Fee of $75, billed in November of the year before it is due.  AIC Members have this fee waived, note that AC certification is not AIC Membership.  
  • Submit the AC CPD Reporting Form every two years, This form is requested in November of the last year of your certification cycle.  
Associate Constructors can only maintain their designation for 10 years, after which they must attempt the CPC examination or re-take the AC examination.  

Associate Constructor Exam Documents

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Documents that used in the certification process of the Associate Constructor Level 1 examination and certification.
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Associate Constructor Certificant Agreement PDF (62.54 KB) Administration 5/3/2016
AC Level 1 Candidate Handbook PDF (422.21 KB) Administration 1/14/2016
Work Verification Form PDF (66.35 KB)  more ] Administration 5/16/2014
Associate Constructor Level 1 Study Guide PDF (29.13 MB)  more ] Administration 9/6/2016
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