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Certified Cost Professional (CCP)

11-day course to prepare you for the official international Cost Professional certificate of the AACE, the International Association of Cost Engineers. You will earn the title Certified Cost Professional (CCP) if you pass the exam

Most of our courses (including in-company trainings) are now organized live online.
In case you are not satisfied with the results, we offer you (if possible) a seat
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Certified Cost Professional (CCP) – mode of study

Option 1: 11-day classroom course
Option 2: In-company course

Certified Cost Professional (CCP) – what will you learn?

The Certified Cost Professional (CCP) course will teach you the techniques of estimating, planning and cost control for the various stages of an industrial project. Having this knowledge will kick-start your career. The certification course follows the international standards set by the global organization of cost engineers, the AACE. The course allows you to take the necessary steps towards becoming a Certified Cost Professional (CCP). The Certified Cost Professional (CCP) designation is one of the most recognized certifications in the cost engineering and cost management domain globally.

About the Association for Advancement of Cost Engineers (AACE)

The AACE (international) is a non-profit, leading-edge professional society, founded in 1956. The AACE is the largest organization serving the entire spectrum of the cost and management profession. It is a member-driven organization that is serving the profession around the world. Members get the resources to enhance their success over the span of their career. There are over 8,600 members around the world, in almost 100 countries.

The AACE international salary survey reveals that Certified Cost Professionals (CCPs) earn more throughout their whole career than those without certification. When you get your cost certification, you show that you have today's highest professional standard in the industry.

Certified Cost Professional (CCP) – prerequisites

To become a Certified Cost Professional (CCP) you must have at least 8 years of professional experience. Of those 8 years, 4 years of appropriate college-level/academic education count as acceptable professional experience. You have to pass the technical paper submittal and have to agree with the Code of Ethics of the AACE and the profession of Cost Professional. You must also satisfy continuing certification requirements. If you do not (yet) have the required experience, you can first take part in the Certified Cost Technician (CCT) training.

Certified Cost Professional (CCP) and Certified Cost Technician (CCT) – differences

The AACE international portfolio of certificates includes a Technician (Certified Cost Technician) and a Professional (Certified Cost Professional) level. The initial difference between the two is the minimum years of experience and/or level of education, required to be eligible to take one of both exams. A major difference is - apart from the contents of the exam - the technical paper you have to write before you can enroll for the Certified Cost Professional (CCP) exam. Depending on your experience and qualifications, you could choose to do the Certified Cost Technician (CCT) exam rather than the more advanced Certified Cost Professional (CCP) exam. If you are more interested in the Certified Cost Technician (CCT) exam, please visit this page.

Certified Cost Professional (CCP) – who should attend?

The Certified Cost Professional (CCP) course is suitable for everyone who is part of any team that executes industrial projects. The course is aimed at cost controllers, project engineers, (cost) estimators, project managers, project cost engineers, project control professionals, contract administrators, discipline leads, members of the purchase department, members of a tendering team, work preparators and all who are involved in technical projects, cost estimation, cost control and contract review in their organization as well as those who are associated with project planning and scheduling.

What is a Certified Cost Professional (CCP)

A Certified Cost Professional is an experienced practitioner with advanced knowledge and technical expertise to apply the broad principles and best practices of the Total Cost Management (TCM) framework. Specifically covering aspects of cost engineering, the Certified Cost Professional (CCP) certification also includes the wider integration of project controls incorporating cost estimating, planning & scheduling, cost control and risk management.

Certified Cost Professionals also demonstrate the ability to research and communicate aspects of Total Cost Management principles and practices to all levels of a project or program, both internally and externally. The Certified Cost Professional (CCP) certification will demonstrate that you are a Certified Cost Professional who has the skills, experience and knowledge necessary to make a positive impact on revenues for your organization.

Certified Cost Professional (CCP) – examination

The Certified Cost Professional examination is a broadly desired and demanding examination. The exam can be daunting if you are not prepared well. The CCP exam is a closed-book exam, tests 4 modules, consists of 120 questions and takes 5 hours. The Certified Cost Professional (CCP) exam contains 2 components: the multiple choice exam and the 2,500 word technical paper. To pass the exam you must meet the minimum overall score of 70%. The 4 modules that are tested on your CCP examination are:
1. Basic cost engineering skills and knowledge
2. Economic analysis
3. Project management
4. Cost estimating and control

With regard to your technical paper (obligatory in order to enroll for the Certified Cost Professional (CCP) exam), your instructors will advise you in appropriate topics and assist you in setting up a good framework. Furthermore they will evaluate your paper when ready and provide feedback. The instructors will also check if your paper is written according to the AACE standards, so that it will be approved by the AACE examination board.

With testing centers all over the world, Kryterion serves as an approved examination proctor for the Certified Cost Professional (CCP) exam. You can take your computer-based exam any day, anytime that suits you.

How to maintain your Certified Cost Professional (CCP) certification?

Those holding the Certified Cost Professional (CCP) certification are required to recertify every 3 years from the date listed on their initial certification. To be eligible for recertification, certification holders must have at least 15 recertification units over a 3-year period.

Certified Cost Professional (CCP) – limited number of participants

We keep the groups small to give every participant individual attention.

Certified Cost Professional (CCP) – study materials

You will receive the AACE international Certified Cost Professional (CCP) certification Study Guide, AACE's Recommended Practices, AACE's Skills & Knowledge of Cost Engineering and AACE's Total Cost Management Framework. Moreover, you will receive documentation from your instructors.

Project Management Institute (PMI) – PDU's

The course is approved by the Project Management Institute (PMI) for 40 PDU's.

Certified Cost Professional (CCP) – language

All study materials as well as the lessons are in English.


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Certified Cost Professional (CCP) – in-house

With at least 5 persons, an in-company Certified Cost Professional (CCP) course could be your best choice. As an additional benefit, we can tailor the course with topics that are of special interest to your business.

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The role of the cost engineer
The course is introduced by a presentation of the AACE certification process and professional title variations, followed by elaborating on the framework of Cost Engineering and Total Cost Management. The estimating cycle, methodologies, classifications and cost control methodologies are discussed to support the importance of the role of cost engineering in projects. Furthermore, a process overview of the Total Cost Framework is introduced, including topics such as strategic asset management, risk management, project control, etc.

The following major topics are discussed:

  • presentation of the AACE certification
  • introduction to cost engineering
  • the role of the cost engineer
  • the basics of Total Cost Management (TCM)

Cost estimating methodologies and classifications
The second day of the course will focus on cost estimating methodologies and classifications. Important topics are the definition and types of cost elements and their differentiation from pricing (business and economic ratios). In addition, materials and labour are discussed, to assist in identifying project materials and issues involved in selecting and handling materials, classifications of labour rates and how each contributes to the final completed project. Moreover, cost estimating methodologies and classifications to determine estimate accuracy levels are discussed. Practical examples will illustrate the content of the course. A number of quizzes and exercises are included so that you can immediately put your newly acquired knowledge into practice.

The following major topics are discussed:

  • cost elements
  • pricing
  • material
  • labour
  • cost estimating

Statistics, economics, and finance
The focus of the third day is on basic knowledge of statistics, economics and finance. You will be provided with the required elements to understand economic costs, such as inflation, depreciation, escalation, governmental cost impacts, etc., in order to be able to evaluate the differences between two or more alternative courses of action. You will also focus on engineering economics and become familiarized with techniques that assist in the solution of substantial engineering problems. Moreover, you will learn how statistics and probabilities can assist you in examining data in order to draw conclusions. Practical examples will illustrate the content of the course. A number of quizzes and exercises are included so that you can immediately put your newly acquired knowledge into practice.

The following major topics are discussed:

  • economic costs
  • basic engineering economics
  • statistics and probability

Planning, cost control, and progress measurement
The focus of day 4 is on planning, cost control, and progress measurement. The importance of planning is discussed as well as understanding its major elements and identifying the available planning tools. In addition, scheduling methods and techniques - including their benefits and risks - are illustrated. Progress measurement and earned value management techniques are dealt with, identifying methods for measuring progress, defining the concepts of earned value, and how to use it in order to analyse cost and schedule performance. Practical examples will illustrate the content of the course. A number of quizzes and exercises are included so that you can immediately put your newly acquired knowledge into practice.

The following major topics are discussed:

  • planning
  • scheduling
  • progress measurement and earned value
  • earned value for variable budgets
  • tracking cost and schedule performance

Cost engineering fundamentals within project management
On day 5, the fundamentals of cost engineering within project management will be discussed. You will get acquainted with performance and productivity management, project management fundamentals and the project organization structure. In addition, the need and development of proper project planning is illustrated as well as project labour cost control and leadership and managing project people. Questions and exercises will help you put these theoretical concepts into practice.

The following major topics are discussed:

  • performance and productivity management
  • project management fundamentals
  • project organization structure
  • project planning
  • project labour cost control
  • leadership and management of project people

Cost management, quality management, value management, and contract management
A broad scope of engineering will be discussed, such as process and product design and production processes, patents and trade secrets, equipment parts, and tools. Activity-based cost management is illustrated to understand its importance with regard to strategic purposes, such as profit margin analysis and asset utilization. Process and discrete product manufacturing is discussed as a means to determine operating and manufacturing costs and to distinguish between different cost types. Quality management, value analysis and strategic asset management are also discussed, as well as their characteristics and importance. To gain practical experience, many exercises and examples are included.

The following major topics are discussed:

  • engineering
  • equipment, parts, and tools
  • activity-based cost management
  • process and discrete product manufacturing
  • quality management
  • value analysis
  • strategic asset management

Risk management and common cost engineering practices
On day 7, common cost engineering practices will be explained, such as net present worth and equivalent uniform annual cost or benefit. Practical exercises will help you put the theory into practice. Other topics that will be dealt with include contracting for capital projects to understand the basic requirements of a contract, key clauses, and how to choose among different types. Basic concepts in descriptive statistics are also discussed as a useful means for the analysis of information. A discussion of risk management will help you understand how to develop techniques and methods to deal with anticipated and unanticipated events.

The following major topics are discussed:

  • net present worth and equivalent uniform annual cost or benefit
  • contracting for capital projects
  • basic concepts in descriptive statistics
  • risk management

Comprehensive cost engineering skills and knowledge case
You will take part in a series of twelve assignments that are based on the course material of all previous days. This gives you, with the guidance of your instructors, the opportunity to practice your knowledge in an interactive way, and to thoroughly prepare for the upcoming Certified Cost Professional (CCP) exam.

The following major topics are discussed:

  • assignment 1: discuss estimating plan
  • assignment 2: class 5 estimate preparation
  • assignment 3: discuss basis of estimate preparation
  • assignment 4: questions on cost elements
  • assignment 5: economic feasibility of a project
  • assignment 6: unit conversion
  • assignment 7: equipment factor estimate
  • assignment 8: long term cost of ownership
  • assignment 9: network planning
  • assignment 10: equipment depreciation
  • assignment 11: questions on statistics
  • assignment 12: earned value management

Certified Cost Professional (CCP) – exam preparation
This day is devoted to optimally prepare you for the Certified Cost Professional (CCP) exam. You can test your knowledge through a pilot exam that simulates the final exam.

Recap cost engineering skills and knowledge, and paper preparation
These last two days serve as a platform to recap cost engineering skills and knowledge. You will go through the full material of the previous days to review all subjects and get a chance to solve final doubts and questions before the exam.

The following major topics are discussed:

  • introduction to the Certified Cost Professional (CCP) certification
  • recap cost engineering skills and knowledge
  • basic and applied engineering economics
  • statistics and probability
  • basic concepts in descriptive statistics
  • schedule the AACE certification exam
  • Certified Cost Professional (CCP) and technical paper submittal requirements
  • the Certified Cost Professional (CCP) exam
  • how to write a certification paper

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The Certified Cost Professional (CCP) course is a great introduction into a cost engineering future. All instructors are international experts in their field. They will provide you with a unique blend of theoretical information and practical challenges. You will be supported by online mentoring outside the classroom.

Start date(s)

The Certified Cost Professional (CCP) course consists of 11 days, taught during 4 building blocks, spread over 4 months. Every course day starts at 09.00 hrs in the morning until approx. 17.00 hrs in the afternoon. You can attend the course in-class or remote/live online (up to your choice). The course will be held near Rotterdam (the Netherlands). You can attend the course on:

Certified Cost Professional (CCP) – course I

  • 12 - 23 April 2021

Fee / Registration

The fee for the Certified Cost Professional (CCP) course is € 7.280 (VAT excl.) per person. All course materials, the exam (first try), drinks and lunches are included. Please make your choice between the public in-class training or the live online (remote) version of the training.

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Terms & Conditions
In the event that you wish to transfer your booking to a later Certified Cost Professional (CCP) course (if possible), you must notify us at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the booked course. In case you are not able to attend at all, delegate substitution may be made up until 2 weeks before the course starts, without any additional costs being charged. Cancellations will be accepted up to 14 days prior to the starting date of the Certified Cost Professional (CCP) course. In this case we will invoice 10% of the course fee for administration costs. For cancellations made between 14 and 2 days before the starting date of the course, 50% of the course fee is due. If you cancel within 2 days before the start of the course, you will have to pay the full course fee. All cancellations must be received in writing.

Payment of course fees must be received within 30 days of the invoice date, though always before the start of the course.

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