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Certified Cost Technician (CCT)

9-day training to prepare you for the official international Cost Technician certificate of AACE, the International Association of Cost Engineers. You will earn the title Certified Cost Technician (CCT).

Certified Cost Technician (CCT) – mode of study

Option 1: 9-day training taught during 3 building blocks (in-class and live online)
Option 2: In-company training

Certified Cost Technician (CCT) – goal of this training

Certified Cost Technician (CCT)Becoming a Certified Cost Technician (CCT) is challenging. In this 9-day training you will demonstrate proficiency in the basic skills and knowledge of total cost management and you will take the necessary steps to become a Certified Cost Technician (CCT). Moreover, by providing the complete scope of estimating, planning and cost control, the training also gives you a great opportunity towards becoming a successful project manager. The Certified Cost Technician (CCT) training is your first step towards occupying a vital position in a project team and towards a successful career in cost engineering or (technical) project management.

Certified Cost Technician (CCT) – what will you learn?

The aim of each training day is to equip you with practical total cost management skills and knowledge to become a (better) cost engineer.

In this training, you will learn about a.o.:

  • the role of the cost engineer
  • Total Cost Management Framework
  • cost estimating methodologies and classifications
  • statistics, economics and finance
  • planning & scheduling
  • cost control and progress measurement
  • cost engineering fundamentals within project management
  • cost-, quality-, and value management
  • contract management
  • risk management

All theory will be illustrated with many practical examples and case studies.

After attending this training, you will be able to:

  • plan and control resources, costs, profitability, and risk
  • apply an earned value management system to control your projects
  • understand the element of cost and analysis
  • understand types of estimates
  • understand elements of economic and financial analysis
  • do the exam and get your AACE Certified Cost Technician (CCT) certification

Eligibility requirements

To become a Certified Cost Technician (CCT), you must have at least 4 years of industry-related experience, or 4 years of appropriate college-level/academic education. Moreover, you will need to agree to uphold the AACE Canons of Ethics. 

Who should attend?

Becoming a Certified Cost Technician (CCT) is challenging. The 9-day Certified Cost Technician (CCT) training is suitable for everyone who is part of any team that executes industrial projects. The training aimes at graduate engineers (bachelor or master), cost controllers, project engineers, cost estimators, project managers, project cost engineers, discipline leads, members of purchase departments, members of a tendering team, work preparators and all who are involved in technical projects, cost estimation, cost control and planning and contract review in their organization.

Generally, those seeking Certified Cost Technician (CCT) certification represent early-career young professionals who do not yet meet the required years of experience needed to become certified as a Cost Professional (CCP), or experienced mid-to-late career professionals who wish to advance their cost engineering skills.

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

The AACE International portfolio of certificates includes a Technician (Certified Cost Technician) and a Professional (Certified Cost Professional) level. For the Certified Cost Professional (CCP) certification, 8 years of relevant experience is required. Therefore, the Certified Cost Technician (CCT) certification was established to give less experienced professionals (with 4 years of industry-related experience, or 4 years of appropriate college-level/academic education) the opportunity to advance their cost engineering skills and professional development before being eligible to become CCP certified. Besides this difference, the CCT exam differs from the CCP exam – apart from the contents of the exam, you would need to submit a technical paper before you can enroll for the Certified Cost Professional (CCP) exam. Take a look at the Certified Cost Professional (CCP) credential course to decide which course best suits your needs.

About the Association for Advancement of Cost Engineers (AACE)

AACE Logo IMF AcademyAACE (International) is a non-profit, leading-edge professional society, founded in 1956. 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 10,000 members around the world, in almost 100 countries.

Certified Cost Technician (CCT) – examination

The Certified Cost Technician (CCT) exam is an open book exam that consists of 100 multiple choice questions and takes 3 hours. With testing centres all over the world, Kryterion serves as an approved examination proctor for the Certified Cost Technician (CCT) exam. You can take your computer-based exam any day, anytime that suits you.

The Certified Cost Technician (CCT) certificate is valid for 4 years and is non-renewable. The CCT course facilitates you to move forward to get certified as a Cost Professional (CCP).

Study materials

For this training you will receive AACE's Certified Cost Technician (CCT) study guide, AACE's Recommended Practices, AACE's Skills & Knowledge of Cost Engineering, AACE's Total Cost Management Framework and exclusive documentation from your instructors.

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With at least 5 participants an in-house training could be your best choice. An in-company training, customized to the needs of your organization, has many advantages and:

  • saves you and your colleagues time
  • enables you to train in the comfort of you own working environment
  • saves travel and accommodation expenses
  • can be arranged at a time convenient for you, and
  • sensitive issues can be discussed openly since no outsiders are present

Do you prefer an in-company cost technician training? Please contact us for more information. We are more than happy to discuss the various possibilities with you.


The role of the cost engineer
The training 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 (TCM). 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 training 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 training. 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 training. 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 analyze cost and schedule performance. Practical examples will illustrate the content of the training. 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 training 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 Technician (CCT) 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 Technician (CCT) – exam preparation
This last day is devoted to optimally prepare you for the Certified Cost Technician (CCT) exam. You can test your knowledge through a pilot exam that simulates the final exam.

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Your instructors are international experts in the field of cost engineering. They will provide you with a unique blend of technical information and practical challenges.

Start date(s)

The Certified Cost Technician (CCT) training consists of 9 days in total, taught during 3 building blocks. Every training day starts at 09.00 hrs in the morning until approx. 17.00 hrs in the afternoon. You can attend the training in-class or remote/live online (up to your choice). The in-class training will be held in The Netherlands. You can attend the training on the following dates:

Certified Cost Technician (CCT) – training I

  • 6 - 8 March 2023
  • 12 -14 April 2023
  • 15 -17 May 2023

Certified Cost Technician (CCT) – training II

  • 9 - 11 October 2023
  • 13 - 15 November 2023
  • 15 - 17 January 2024

Fee / Registration

The fee for the Certified Cost Technician (CCT) training is € 4.950 (VAT excl.) per person. All training materials, the exam (first attempt), 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 Technician (CCT) training (if possible), you must notify us at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the booked training. In case you are not able to attend at all, delegate substitution may be made up until 2 weeks before the training starts, without any additional costs being charged. Cancellations will be accepted up to 14 days prior to the starting date of the Certified Cost Technician (CCT) training. In this case we will invoice 10% of the training fee for administration costs. For cancellations made between 14 and 2 days before the starting date of the training, 50% of the training fee is due. If you cancel within 2 days before the start of the training, you will have to pay the full training fee. All cancellations must be received in writing.
Payment of training fees must be received within 30 days of the invoice date, though always before the start of the training.

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