The American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE) has been certifying construction estimators since 1976. While there are other certification programs in the construction industry, the ASPE program is the only one that tests the construction estimator's construction knowledge and estimating skills.

The Certification of Professional Estimators is an acknowledgment that you have met, and continue to meet, the criteria established for this designation as determined by the American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE). Attaining this recognition requires continuing commitments to ethics, education, and employment. It is a commitment by the individual to the construction industry and to ASPE.

ASPE certification is the highest form of professional recognition an estimator can receive. Through its certification program, ASPE recognizes the estimating proficiency and ethical awareness of the Certified Professional Estimator (CPE).

CPE recognition is being sought and attained by an ever growing number of construction estimators each year. It is the only program of its kind to attest that a construction estimator has met the necessary educational and experience requirements and has the capabilities required of our profession.

Each candidate seeking certification must meet five basic requirements:

  • Experience—Minimum of Five Years
  • Completion of Orientation Workshop
  • Technical Writing Abilities
  • Communication Skills
  • Successful completion of Certification Examinations.

The Certification Committee then evaluates each of the criteria for conformance to the program. ASPE has established that a CPE candidate must possess a minimum of five years of estimating experience in a specific discipline to be accepted into the certification program.

All candidates seeking certification must complete an orientation workshop. This workshop provides the candidate with an overview of the requirements and guidelines of the certification process.

Communication Skills and knowledge of estimating must be demonstrated to the Certification Board. This is done through the writing of a technical paper on a subject approved by the Board.

The certification exam is designed to evaluate the CPE candidate's overall knowledge of estimating. It includes quantities, contract terms and conditions, cost reporting, ethics, and other fundamentals of estimating. The exams consist of a four hour General Estimating Knowledge Exam (GEK) and an eight hour Discipline Specific Test (DST). The DST concentrates on specific practices such as General Contracting, Mechanical, Electrical, Excavation, and Concrete estimating. Preparation for the exam is recommended. A candidate will not be notified of CPE status until all requirements of the certification process have been passed.

Once recognized as a CPE, the estimator will be expected to keep abreast of current trends and improved practices in the construction industry. Conformance is measured under the provisions of the Certification Renewal Program. This program requires renewal of certification every three years.

With this testing and renewal program an employer can have a high degree of confidence in the ability of their estimating staff when they hire a CPE.

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