ACostE Accreditation

Qualifications

The Association is committed to creating and maintaining a range of professional qualifications that meet your needs, for career experience, knowledge development and recognition. To this end we offer you a range of qualification programmes that are internationally recognised and will assist you through all of the stages of your professional development.
The programmes start with your entry into the world of Cost Engineering and take you through to the highest level of business operations. Relevant to all areas of the profession, including:

  • Cost Estimating and Management
  • Planning & Scheduling of activities and operations
  • Acquisition and Management of materials and equipment

Reflecting the needs of all business and industrial operations from IT Services, Design and Manufacture of products through to the construction and management of multi-million infrastructure and process facilities.

The programmes are summarised below:

Professional Description
Qualification through ACostE
Route
Membership status available on completion
What do I do next?
Entry
NVQ Level 2
Through the Assessment Service Centre - TASC
Student
Contact the TASC Administrator
Foundation
NVQ Level 3
Graduate
Professional
NVQ Level 4
Member
Certified
Certified Cost Engineer
Through the Certification Board of ACostE
Member or Fellow
Contact the ACostE Secretary

Certified Cost Engineer (CCE)

The Association's Certification Programme is based on a candidate achieving NVQ in Project controls and NVQ Level 4 in Estimating, Cost Engineering or Planning, or a no-less rigorous alternative, submitting a thesis in the form of a Practice Paper and being assessed at a Professional Interview.
The programme is accredited by the international Cost Engineering Council (ICEC),which gives certified members reciprocal recognition in other countries where there also is an ICEC accredited programme.

Certified Cost Engineer - is it me?

Certification confers a number of tangible benefits to the individual cost engineer, employers and the reputation of the profession in general. The need for the qualification stems to a large extent from the international nature of cost engineering. Certification provides an internationally comparable qualification of the cost engineer's capabilities. This enables employers to specify and identify appropriately qualified and capable cost engineers for their needs. It also for the first time allows a comparison of cost engineers from different countries to be made with much greater certainty than has previously been possible. Employers are now able to distinguish cost engineers on their capabilities, rather than making a decision on a series of essentially incomparable technical qualifications. It also benefits the cost engineer, in that for the first time there is an internationally recognised and comparable certification of their working capabilities. The term 'capabilities' has been used quite deliberately as it defines quite clearly the nature of Certification and the Certified Cost Engineer. Certification is designed to assess and evaluate the intellect, education and experience of the cost engineer and especially the ability to use these in a particular field of cost engineering. Collectively it is the capability to apply these on behalf of an employer to achieve particular defined objectives. So, by its very nature, Certified Cost Engineer is a working qualification rather than another academic qualification or professional membership. Certified Cost Engineers are entitled to use the letters 'CCE' after their name or use the full designation of 'Certified Cost Engineer'. The designation is a personal one and relates only to that individual; it is not transferable to the individual's employer, so a firm cannot call itself 'Certified Cost Engineers' because it employers Certified Cost Engineers. Members often ask where does Certified Cost Engineer sit in relation to other professional and academic qualifications. This is a difficult question to answer because there is no definitive hierarchy of professional qualifications. Certification differs from professional body membership because it is a certification of current capabilities, capabilities that continue to be practised at an advanced level.

What is a Certified Cost Engineer?

It is an international qualification administered in the UK by the ACostE under the auspices of The International
Cost Engineering Council (ICEC). The objectives for Certification specified by ICEC are:
a. To raise the professional standards and improve the practice of cost engineering and project management by
giving special recognition by their peers to those who, in fulfilling prescribed standards of performance and
conduct, have demonstrated and maintained a high level of competence and ethical practices.
b. To identify for employers, clients, and the public, persons with broad knowledge of, and capability to professionally
apply, the principles of cost engineering and project management.
c. To establish a continuing programme whose goal is the improvement of individual cost engineering
and project management skills and professional development.
d. To clarify the body of knowledge and standards of conduct for the practice of cost engineering and project
management.

Who is eligible?

Certification is aimed at cost engineers who occupy responsible positions within organisations and who are undertaking on a day-to-day basis cost engineering, or are responsible for the supervision and organisation of subordinates providing cost engineering service, on behalf of their organisation and/or client. Applicants would be expected to have a sufficient number of years experience in these positions. Determination of what constitutes a sufficient number of years experience will be at the discretion of the Certification Board and would be unlikely to be less than four years. The following activities are examples of eligible experience, but are notexhaustive.
a. Continuous employment in a cost engineering position requiring the direct application of the principles and practice of cost engineering.
b. Regular employment or direct supervision in the instruction of the techniques of cost engineering.
c. Regular employment in the management or supervision of a cost engineering function.
d. Self-employment as a cost engineering consultant.

How long does Certification last?

Certification is for a fixed period only and must be re-applied for in order to maintain its currency. In the system
adopted by the Association the Certification lasts for five years during which time the Certified Cost
Engineer would be expected to have as a minimum maintained their level of capabilities, and preferably to have
improved on them. The currency of Certification provides employers and those Certified with protection against
outdated capabilities. Only current capabilities are certified. For this and other reasons Certification will not be
appropriate to all Members of the Association. Consequently it is not actively promoted, as it will not be
appropriate for all Members of the Association. It should not be viewed as another grade of membership, nor
necessarily automatic progression to be sought once Member status of ACostE has been achieved.
How do I go about applying? Simply contact the Certification Board at the Sandbach office and ask for an
application pack, This provides information about the Certification process together with the necessary forms and
guidance. If you would like to discuss any aspect of Certification or require further information I can be contacted
via the Sandbach

Office Michael Coffey
Chairman, Certification Board

Chartered, Incorporated Engineer and Engineering Technician

The Association's Chartered Engineer programme is based on a candidate having and engineering education by an accredited degree, a period of engineering training followed by a period of responsible engineering experience and professional development with a Professional Review and Interview.
The Association as an institution-affiliated body of the Engineering Council through our agreement with the Society of Environmental Engineers, proposes suitably qualified members for registration as Chartered Engineers, Incorporated Engineers and Engineering Technicians.

TASC - The Assessment Service Centre

For Project Controls professionals

Formed by The Association of Cost Engineers in 2004 to provide a "Not for Profit" occupational skills development service to the project controls industry. The offices are based in Sandbach, Cheshire with approximately twenty assessors working from their homes all around the United Kingdom.

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