A/E/C Project Management Association

A/E/C Project Management Association


When you have the letters AECPM after your name, you are showing your employer, your clients, and your colleagues that you are serious about making a difference through A/E/C project management. With the AECPMA Certification you have an immediate impact on your firm, your industry, and the direction of your career. When you become AECPM certified, you get industry-specific credibility to sharpen your skills, advance your career, and take on current and future A/E/C project management challenges.

About the Requirements

Once you become a member of the AECPMA, there are some basic requirements you need to meet to become certified.

A: Candidate may substitute an Associate degree (or global equivalent) plus a minimum of 5 additional years of direct project management experience in architecture, engineering or a related field.

B: A list of pre-approved AECPMA training can be found here.  Non-approved courses and/or training may also be submitted for credits provided the content is substantially similar to the nature of the content in pre-approved training AND the training courses are approved for continuing education credit by a professional licensing board, professional association,or other similar independent organization.

About the Exam

The AECPM and AECPM-PW exams are given online and are an “open book” format.  However, applicants must complete each portion of the exam within the allotted time period and “stopping the clock” is not permitted.  An overall score of at least 75% of the available points is required to pass each exam. Applicants must complete the exam within six months of being notified of their application approval. Applicants receive two opportunities to pass the exam. If an applicant does not pass the exam in the allotted two sessions, a fee of $195 will apply to re-take the exam.

The AECPM exam is based on the AECPMA Body of Knowledge Manual and the AECPM-PW exam is based on the AECPMA PW Body of Knowledge.  These are both print format manuals that applicants receive with their application fee.

The exams break out as follows:

How to Get Started

If you are ready to take the next step towards success, here’s how it works:

  1. Download, complete, and return the AECPMA Application for Certification with your payment of $395 (includes application fee, online exam fee and up to two retakes of exam, and a hard copy of the AECPMA Body of Knowledge Manual).

  2. After we receive, review, and approve your Application for Certification, you will receive an email with online Certification Exam instructions (generally within 7-10 business days of receipt and approval of your Application for Certification).

  3. After you successfully complete the Certification Exam, you will receive your AECPMA Certificate and Welcome Kit that includes instructions for getting the most value out of your membership, earning continuing education credits, and more.

Specialty certification is also available for Public Works Project Management.

Still Have Questions?

If you still any questions about earning your AECPMA certification, check out our FAQ page or contact us.