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.
What is Certification?
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 ones 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 certification.
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.
In the Spring of 2016 the CPC Examination transitioned into a Computer Based Test. The CPC examination is now given twice per year during a 2 week exam window at hundreds of testing centers across the United States. The exam features 175 Questions and is completed in one 4-hour exam session.
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 Employer
Benefits to the Owners
Future Exam Dates
Associate Constructor Examination Date: April 1, 2017
AC Early Registration Deadline February 24, 2017
AC Late Registration and Application Deadline: March 3, 2017
Certified Professional Constructor Examination Window: April 1-15, 2017
CPC Application Deadline: March 3, 2017
Associate Constructor Examination Date: November 4, 2017
AC Early Registration Deadline October 1, 2017
AC Late Registration and Application Deadline: October 13, 2017
Certified Professional Constructor Examination Window: November 4-18, 2017
CPC Application Deadline: October 1, 2017
Some AC examination sites have alternate exam days within a week of the national exam date. A listing of these sites is made available during registration.
Application and Examination Fees
Associate Constructor Fees
Certified Professional Constructor Fees
The Application Fee is paid at the time of application online with the AIC.
Where You Can Test
Associate Constructor Exam Sites
The Associate Constructor Exam is given at over 60 locations nationwide. We partner with universities and Association Chapters to provide testing sites. Click here to find an Associate Constructor Exam site near you.
Certified Professional Constructor Exam Sites
The Certified Professional Constructor Exam is given at hundreds of testing centers across the United States. Individuals that are approved to site for the exam may select a date, time and location within our 2 week CPC Exam Window to take the CPC Exam.
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.
Interesting in learning more about what is included in our body of knowledge? View our listing of references by clicking here.
The Certification Process