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ConstructionManagementCertificationInstitute

CCMApplicationPacket

CCMApplicationPacket

CCMApplicantHandbook
CCMGuidelinestotheApplication
CCMApplication
FrequentlyAskedQuestions
CommonMistakesontheCCMApplication

Thispacketcontainsfivekeyitemscombinedforeaseofuseandverificationofrequirements.
Apotentialapplicantmaywanttoseparateeachitemforeasyaccess.

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703.356.2622(o)|703.356.6388(f)
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CertifiedConstructionManager(CCM)
ApplicantHandbook

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Contents

Page

1.0Introduction

3
2.0Purpose

4
3.0DefinitionofConstructionManagement 4
4.0StepstoCertification

5
5.0Eligibility

5
6.0Application

5
7.0Candidacy

5
8.0Examination

6
9.0Certification

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10.0Recertification

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11.0LossofCertification

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12.0CodeofEthics

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13.0DisciplinaryandGrievanceProcedures11
14.0Disclaimer

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DearCCMApplicant:

ThankyouforyourinterestinCMAAsCertifiedConstructionManager(CCM)Program.
Congratulationsontakingthisimportantstepinyourcareer!Keepthispackethandyasit
containsalltheinformationyouwillneedtocompletetheprocessfromapplicationthrough
certification.Pleasereadthroughthecontentscarefully.Thecertificationofficewillkeepyou
informedofyourstatusandletyouknowwhatyournextstepsare.

EachapplicantoftheInstitutemustadheretoCMAAsStandardsofPracticeandProfessional
CodeofEthics(page13).

Ifyouhaveanyquestionsorconcerns,pleasedonothesitatetocall.YoucanreachCMCIby
telephoneat703.356.2622,byFaxat703.356.6388,orbyemailatcertification@cmaanet.org.

TheCCMprogramdoesnotdiscriminateonanybasisincludingage,race,gender,religion,
nationaloriginordisability.

ConstructionManagerCertificationInstitute,Inc.
ConstructionManagementAssociationofAmerica,Inc.
7926JonesBranchDrive,#800Mclean,VA22102
703.356.2622(o)|703.356.6388(f)|www.cmcertification.org|certification@cmaanet.org

1.0
INTRODUCTION
TheConstructionManagerCertificationInstitute,Inc.(CMCI)isanotforprofitcorporationand
awhollyownedsubsidiaryoftheConstructionManagementAssociationofAmerica,Inc.
(CMAA).CMCIspurposeistoservethepublicandtheprofessionofconstructionmanagement
throughtheestablishmentandmaintenanceofcriteriaandproceduresforcertificationof
constructionmanagers.
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703.356.2622(o)|703.356.6388(f)
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1.1ANSI/ISO/IEC17024PersonnelCertificationAccreditation
TheConstructionManagerCertificationProgramisthefirstpersonnel
certificationprogramintheconstructionindustryaccreditedbythe
AmericanNationalStandardsInstitute(ANSI)andisalsooneofthefirst
ten(10)programstoobtainthepersonnelaccreditationintheUnited
States.ANSIisaffiliatedwiththeInternationalOrganizationfor
Standardization(ISO),anongovernmentalworldwidefederationof
nationalstandardsbodiesoperatinginmorethan145countries.

TheANSI/ISO/IEC17024PersonnelCertificationAccreditationProgramadministeredbyANSI
hasbeenadoptedasanAmericanNationalStandardthatgivesassuranceofthelegitimacyof
theseaccreditedcertificationprogramstostateandfederalorganizations,owners,andthe
generalpublic.

1.2
Mission
ThemissionofCMCIistorecognizethroughcertificationindividualknowledgeandexperience
thatmeetestablishedpracticesofconstructionmanagement.

1.3
Governance
CMCIisgovernedbyaBoardofGovernors.TheBoardisresponsibleforpoliciesandprocedures
affectingcriteriaforprofessionalcertificationandthedeterminationofindividualcertification
statusofapplicantsenrolledintheCMCertificationProgram.

2.0
PURPOSE
Thishandbookisintendedasaguideforthoseinvolvedintheprocessofobtainingcertification
asconstructionmanagers.Itisnotintendedasapolicydocumentbutratheratranslationof
policyintoprocedures.Anyquestionsthatarenotcoveredbytheseproceduresshouldbe
referredtotheInstitute.

3.0
CONSTRUCTION/PROGRAMMANAGEMENTDEFINED
CMAAdefinesConstructionManagementasaprofessionalservicethatapplieseffective
managementtechniquestotheplanning,design,andconstructionofaprojectfrominceptionto
completionforthepurposeofcontrollingtime,costandquality.

ProgramManagementisthepracticeofprofessionalconstructionmanagementappliedtoa
capitalimprovementprogramofoneormoreprojectsfrominceptiontocompletion.
Comprehensiveconstructionmanagementservicesareusedtointegratethedifferentfacetsofthe
constructionprocessplanning,design,procurement,constructionandactivationforthe
purposeofprovidingstandardizedtechnicalandmanagementexpertiseoneachproject.
AprofessionalConstructionManager(CM)actsasanextensionofstafftotheOwnerand
managestheentireprojectwithpreplanning,design,construction,engineeringandmanagement
expertisethatcanassurethebestpossibleprojectoutcomenomatterwhattypeofproject
deliverymethodused.

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4.0
STEPSTOCERTIFICATION
Therearefourstepsinthecertificationprocess:
1.Eligibility
2.Application
3.Candidacy
4.Examination
CMCIexpectstheapplicationreviewprocess,advancementtocandidacy,andsuccessful
completionoftheexaminationtobecompletedinatimelymanner.Applicantsapprovedfor
advancementtotheexamphase,haveuptoone(1)yeartotakeandpasstheexam.Theone(1)
yearbeginsontheformalnotificationdateofadvancement.Extensionsbeyondtheone(1)year
timeperiodmaybegrantedforreasonsbeyondthecontrolofthecandidatethatadversely
impactthecandidatesabilitytotaketheexamsuchasmedical,militaryservice,etc.The
candidatemustmakeawrittenrequestforanextensionandattachtheappropriatesupporting
documentationverifyingthereasonfortheextensionforCMCIsreviewandapproval.

5.0
ELIGIBILITY
Thefirststepintheapplicationprocessistocompletetheeligibilityformintheapplication
packet.Theapplicantmustacknowledgethatheorshehastherequisiteexperienceasbeing
ResponsibleinCharge(RIC).The48monthsRICexperiencetogetherwithalltherequired
experienceinthesixdomainofknowledgeandskillsinthequalifyingmatrixandtheeducation
requirementwillallowtheapplicanttomoveforwardtotheapplication.

6.0
APPLICATION
OncetheInstitutereceivestheapplicationandprocessingfee,wewillreviewtheentirepacketfor
completeness.Ifthereisanymissingmaterialorinformationintheapplication,adetailedstatus
reportwillbeemailedtotheapplicant.Inthemeantime,theInstitutewillrequestlettersfrom
theapplicantsclientreferences.Ifallitemsinyourfilearecompleteandtheofficehasreceived
bothCMCIReferenceforms,theapplicationissenttomembersoftheBoardofGovernorsforthe
finalreview.

6.1
CMCIIDNumbers
EachapplicantwillreceiveauniqueCMCIID#.EachIDhasanumberthatisbasedontheorder
theapplicationisreceived.ThisIDnumberstayswiththeapplicantthroughouttheapplication
processandasaCertifiedConstructionManager.ApplicantsshouldkeepthisIDnumberina
safeplace.

6.2
Confidentiality
Allapplicationsareconfidential;noinformationwillbereleasedwithouttheapplicantswritten
permission.MembersoftheBoardofGovernorsandtheCertificationOfficestaffhavesigned
statementsofnondisclosure.

7.0
CANDIDACY
TheBoardwillmakeitsrecommendationtoeitheradvanceanapplicanttocandidacyordeny
candidacy.Thisreviewprocessgenerallytakes30daysbutmaytakeasmanyas60daysor
more.

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7.1
Advancement
TheBoardofGovernorshasthesoleauthoritytoadvanceanapplicanttocandidacy.This
determinationissolelybasedontheinformationsuppliedbytheapplicantintheapplication
form.Afterapproval,theInstitutewillinformtheapplicantofthedecisionalongwiththe
proceduresforregisteringforthecomputerbasedexamination.

7.2
NonAdvancement
Ifanapplicationhasbeendeniedadvancementtocandidacy,anexplanationwillbeprovided.
Sometimes,reviewerswillrequestadditionalinformationforconsiderationforadvancementto
candidacy.

7.3
AppealofaDeterminationofNonCandidacy
Instructionsforinitiatinganappealorarequestforclarificationwillbeincludedwiththereport
specifyingreasonsfornonadvancement.

7.4
CMCICandidacyandCMAAMembership
ApplyingtotheCCMprogramdoesnotconfersimultaneousmembershipinCMAA.TheCCM
programisoperatedindependentlyfromCMAA.ForalistofCMAAmembershipbenefitsand
forinformationonhowtobecomeaCMAAmember,applicantsshouldpointtheirbrowserto
http://cmaanet.org/cmaa-membership-categories.

8.0
EXAMINATION
Onlythoseapplicantsadvancedtocandidacyareallowedtositforthecomprehensive
examination.

8.1
RecommendedStudyMaterials
AllapplicantsareencouragedtopurchasepublicationstopreparefortheCCMexamontheir
ownthroughCMAAorotherresources.Forafulllistofpublications,pleaserefertotheCM
CoreCompetencies(BodyofKnowledge)athttp://cmaanet.org/cmci/competencies.php.This
documentisappendedtothishandbook.

CMAAoffersaCMAACMStandardsofPracticeStudyKitthatcontainsthefollowing
publications(alsolistedbelow):CMAACapstone;StandardsofPractice;AgencyandAtRisk
ContractDocuments;TimeManagementGuidelines;CostManagementGuidelines;Quality
ManagementGuidelinesandContractAdministrationProcedures.

CMAApublicationsareofferedatCMAAmemberandnonmemberrates.Foradditional
informationonpricingforCMAApublications,pleasegoto
https://cmaanet.org/publications.php;contactinfo@cmaanet.orgorcall(703)3562622.

SomekeypublicationsfromtheBodyofKnowledge:
CMAA2010StandardsofPractice
CMAA2003AgencySeriesContracts
CMAA2004CMAtRiskContracts
CMAACapstone:TheHistoryofConstructionManagementPracticeandProcedures
NationalConstructionLawManual,Acret,James,Esq.,BNIPublications,1996.
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ProjectManagement,PrinciplesandPractices,Spinner,M.Pete,PrenticeHall,Inc.,1997
CMAAContractAdministrationProcedures
CMAATimeManagementProcedures
CMAAQualityManagementGuidelines
CMAACostManagementProcedures
ArchitectsEssentialofCostManagement,DellIsola,MichaelD.,WileyandSons,2002.
CPL20.124MultiEmployerCitationPolicy,UnitedStatesDepartmentofLabor,OSHA,
OSHAInstruction.
EmployersRightsandResponsibilitiesFollowinganOSHAInspection,UnitedStates
DepartmentofLabor,OSHA,Publication3000,Revised2003.
JobHazardAnalysis,UnitedStatesDepartmentofLabor,OSHA,Publication3071,Revised2002

8.3
RequesttoTest
Onceadvancedtocandidacy,anapplicantshouldrequestaRequesttoTestformfromthe
CertificationOffice.YoucanlocatetestingfacilitiesfortheCCMExamathttp://cmaanet.org/ccmexam-site. CMCInowofferstheCCMexamongoing.Youmaychooseanythreedateswithinthe
calendaryearandwewilltrytoaccommodate. Oncetheformandfeehavebeensubmitted,the
applicantwillberegisteredbyCMCIfortheexam.Thetestingfeeis$275;theretakefeeis$100.

Onceyourexamhasbeenscheduled,youmaycancelyourexamappointmentupto72hoursin
advancewithnofees.Ifyouneedtocancelyourexamappointmentwithin72hours,youwillbe
requiredtopaya$100fee.

8.4
ExaminationComposition
TheexaminationassessesgeneralknowledgeofdesignandconstructionandmaterialinCMAAs
StandardsofPractice.Basedontheresultsofthe2004CMindustrysurvey,theCMCIBoardof
GovernorshasmodifiedthequantityoftheCMcertificationexamquestionstoreflectthe
followingpercentages:
ProjectManagement20%
CostManagement18%
TimeManagement18%
ContractAdministration18%
QualityManagement10%
ProfessionalPractice8%
Safety&RiskManagement8%

8.5
Format
Theexaminationconsistsofapproximately200multiplechoicequestions.

8.6
ExamSites
TheCCMexaminationwillbeadministeredatitstestingvendorslocationsongoingthroughout
theyear.TestingattheSpringandNationalConferenceswillbeheldatsecuresitesinthehost
city.Thetestingisdeliveredonsecuredcomputerterminalsatthesesites.

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8.7
TestResults
Thepassingscoreisdeterminedbyastatisticalformulaandmayvaryamongthetestiterations.
Theexamisdesignedonlytodistinguishthosewhohavethebasiclevelofknowledgefromthose
whodonot.Thereisnoevidencethatsomeonewhoreceivesaveryhighscoreontheexamwill
performsignificantlybetteronthejobthansomeonewhosescorefallsexactlyatthepassing
point.Therefore,ifonepassestheexam,heorshewillbeinformedonlythattheexamination
stagehasbeensuccessfullycompleted.

Applicantswhofailtheexamwillbenotifiedoftheirscoreandadiagnosticreportshowingtheir
performanceineachcontentarea.Thisinformationisprovidedtoaidindecidingwhetherto
retaketheexamandplanningstudyeffortsforfutureexams.

Allexamresultsareconfidentialandwillonlybereleasedtotheexaminee.Permissioninwriting
mustbeobtainedbytheexamineetoreleaseexamresultstoanotherparty.

8.8
Retakes
Ifanapplicantdoesnotpasstheexaminationthefirsttime,heorshemaysitfortwoadditional
retakeswithintheiryearofeligibility.Heorshemustwaitatleast45calendardaysinbetween
examattempts.Incaseofnosuccessafterthetworetakeattempts,anapplicantmustwaitayear
beforereapplyingtotheprogram.

8.9
ApplicationExpiration/CandidacyDuration
Applicantsadvancedtocandidacyareplacedinactivestatusandhaveuptoone(1)yeartotake
andpasstheexam.Theone(1)yeartimeperiodbeginsontheformalnotificationdateof
advancement.Extensionsofactivestatusbeyondtheone(1)yeartimeperiodmaybegrantedfor
reasonsbeyondthecontrolofthecandidatethatadverselyimpactthecandidatesabilitytotake
theexamsuchasamedicalcondition,deploymentformilitaryservice,etc.Thecandidatemust
makeawrittenrequestforanextensionandattachappropriatesupportingdocumentation
verifyingthereasonfortheextensionforCMCIsreviewandapproval.

8.10
ExpiredApplicationProcessing(Reapplication):
Candidateswhodonottakeandpasstheexamwithintherequiredone(1)yeartimeperiodor
didnotreceiveanextensionfromCMCIwillbeplacedintoasuspendedstatus.Acandidate
mayremaininsuspendedstatusforuptofouryearsfollowingthecommencementofsuspended
status.
Tochangefromsuspendedstatustoactivestatus,theQualificationCriteriaforcandidacymust
haveremainedunchangedfromthetimeofsubmissionoftheoriginalapplication.Inaddition,
candidatesmust:
1) Payaprocessingfeeintheamountequalto25%oftheapplicationfeeatthetimeof
therequestforreactivation.
2) VerifythatthesuspendedapplicationmeetsallcurrentRICRequirementswithout
modification.Afullapplicationfeeshallbepaidwithanymodifiedornew
application.
3) ObtainCMCIapproval

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www.cmcertification.org|certification@cmaanet.org

Anycandidateinsuspendedstatuswhodoesnotreactivateandpasstheexamwithinfive(5)
yearsoftheformalnotificationdateofadvancementwillberequiredtosubmitanewapplication
andallrequiredfees.

9.0
CERTIFICATION
Thecertificationtermrunsforthreeyears.Renewalisbasedoncontinuedprofessionalpractice
andademonstrationofcommitmenttoandpersonalgrowthintheindustry.Thereisa$200
recertificationfeeforCCMs,whichoccurseverythreeyearsontheanniversaryoftheapplicants
becomingcertified.

10.0
RECERTIFICATION
Certificationisanongoingcommitmentthatbeginswithpassingtheexam.TheCMCIBoardof
GovernorsbelievesthatallCCMsshouldbeactivelyinvolvedinandcommittedtotheCM
profession.Tothisendtheyhaveidentified2areasforrecertification:
Involvement/CommitmenttotheProfession
ProfessionalDevelopment
CCMcertificationrenewalisbasedontheaccumulationofpointsearnedthroughvarious
activities.
1. Involvement/CommitmenttotheProfession

a) Membershipinindustryrelatedorganizations

1pointperyear
(Ex:NSPE,ASCE,AIA,etc.)
b.)MembershipinCMAA

2pointsperyear
c.) WritingrelatedtotheCMprofession

Shortarticle

6pointsperarticle
Manual,Monograph,Booklet,Chapter

15points
Book

24pointsperbook
d.) Presentationsatconferences/seminars

6pointsperevent

trainingsessions
e.) ProfessionalOrganizationWork(CMAA,CMCI,AIAetc.)
Chairofcommittee,chapterofficer

3pointsperyear
BoardMember

3pointsperyear
Committeemember

2pointsperyear
CMCISubjectMatterExperts

5pointsperyear
Mentor

6pointsperpersonperyear
Writingexamitems/questions
2pointsperitemacceptedsubmitted

2. ProfessionalDevelopment

a.) Attendingmeetings(localChapters,etc.)

1point/meeting
b.) Attendingforums,conferences,etc.

2points/conference

AttendingCMAANationalConference

3points
c.) AttendingCMrelatedcourses,seminarsandtraining
3pointsperday

d.) Attendingwebinarsessions

1pointperhourtaken
e.) AttendingIndustryspecificonlinecourses

1pointperhourof
instruction

Totalpointsneededevery3years:
45
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11.0
LOSSOFCERTIFICATION
Onescertificationcanberevokedbynotcomplyingwiththerecertificationrequirements,failing
topaytherenewalfee,orbreachingthecodeofethics.

11.1 Noncompliancewithrecertificationrequirements
CCMswhohavenotacquiredsufficientmaintenancepointstoberecertifiedbytheendoftheir
anniversarymonthwillbenotifiedinwritingthattheyaresuspendedfromusingtheCCM
designationandwillnolongerbelistedasaCCMintheRegistryorotherpublicationsuntilthe
CCMmeetsthoserequirements.

11.2 Failuretopaytheannualrenewalfee
CCMswhohavenotremittedtheir$200recertificationfeearesubjecttosuspensionfromusing
theCCMdesignation.

11.3
BreachingCodeofEthics
AnyindividualfoundtohavebreachedtheCodeofEthicsissubjecttorevocationofCCMstatus.
Informationonacertifiedprofessionalsupportingacomplaintofnoncompliancemaybe
submittedfromanysource.AcomplaintinwritingreceivedbytheCertificationProgramwillbe
referredtotheBoardofGovernorsforinvestigation.
FollowingreceiptofanofficialnoticeofnoncompliancefromtheCertificationProgram,theCCM
willhavea30dayperiodinwhichcorrectiveactionorresponsetothesatisfactionoftheBoardof
Governorsmaybetaken.Ifanappropriateresponsehasnotbeenreceivedortherequired
correctiveactionhasnotbeentaken,theGovernorswillnotifytheCCMofrevocationofthe
certification.CMCIreservestherighttorequestsupportinginformationfromanyapplicant
seekingrecertification.Aspartoftherecertificationprocess,randomauditswillbeperformed.

12.0 CODEOFETHICS
TheCMAABoardofDirectorsofCMAAhasadoptedthefollowingCodeofProfessionalEthics
oftheConstructionManagerandrecommendsthatitbeacceptedandsupportedbytheCM
industryasaguidetotheexecutionoftheindividualCMsprofessionalduties:

Asaprofessionalengagedinthebusinessofprovidingconstructionmanagementservices,andasamember
oftheCMprofession,Iagreetoconductmyselfinmybusinessinaccordancewiththefollowing:

12.1. Clientservice
Iwillservemyclientswithhonesty,integrity,candor,andobjectivity.Iwillprovidemyserviceswith
competence,usingreasonablecare,skill,anddiligenceconsistentwiththeinterestsofmyclientandthe
applicablestandardofcare.
12.2 RepresentationofQualifications.
IwillonlyacceptassignmentsforwhichIamqualifiedbymyeducation,training,professionalexperience
andtechnicalcompetence,andIwillassignstafftoprojectsinaccordancewiththeirqualificationsand
commensuratewiththeservicestobeprovided.
12.3
StandardsofPractice.
Iwillfurnishmyservicesinamannerconsistentwiththeestablishedandacceptedstandardsofthe
professionandwiththelawsandregulationsthatgovernitspractice.

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12.4
FairCompetition.
Iwillbuildmyprofessionalreputationonthebasisofmydirectexperienceandserviceprovided,andIwill
competefairlyandrespectfullywithmyprofessionalcolleagues.

12.5
ConflictsofInterest.
Iwillseektoavoidanyandallconflictsofinterestandwillimmediatelyacknowledgeanyinfluencesand
offertowithdrawfromanyassignmentwhenanyactualconflictexiststhatmayimpairmyobjectivityor
integrityintheserviceofmyclients.
12.6
FairCompensation.
Iwillnegotiatefairlyandopenlywithmyclientsinestablishingabasisforcompensation,andIwill
chargefeesandexpensesthatarereasonableandcommensuratewiththeservicestobeprovidedandthe
responsibilitiesandriskstobeassumed.
12.7 ReleaseofInformation.
Iwillreleasepublicstatementsthataretruthfulandobjective,andIwillkeepinformationandrecords
confidentialwhenappropriateandprotecttheproprietaryinterestsofmyclientsandprofessional
colleagues.
12.8
PublicWelfare.
Iwillnotparticipateinanyracial,sexual,orpoliticaldiscriminationrelatedtoanyassignmentImay
undertake.Iwillavoidanyconductthatwouldbeconsideredunethicalorwillinterfereorconflictwithany
laws,statues,orregulations,andIwillupholdthesafety,health,andwelfareofthepublicinthe
performanceofmyprofessionalduties.
12.9
ProfessionalDevelopment.
Iwillcontinuetodevelopmyprofessionalknowledgeandcompetencyasapractitioner,andIwill
contributetotheadvancementofCMpracticeasaprofessionbyfosteringresearchandeducationand
throughtheencouragementofsubordinatesandfellowpractitioners.
12.10 IntegrityoftheProfession.
Iwillavoidactionswhichpromotemyownselfinterestattheexpenseoftheprofession,andIwilluphold
thestandardsoftheconstructionmanagementprofessionwithhonoranddignity.

13.0DISCIPLINARYANDGRIEVANCEPROCEDURES
AlldisciplinaryandgrievanceactionsaretobeaddressedtotheBoardofGovernorsincareof
theInstituteOffice.Anyrecommendeddisciplinaryactionsorgrievanceswillbeforwardedto
theChairforreviewbytheBoardonacasebycasebasis.DecisionsmadebytheBoardarefinal.

14.0DISCLAIMERConstructionManagerscertifiedbytheConstructionManagersCertification
Institute(CMCI)havemetthestandardsfortheCCMdesignation.PriortograntingtheCCM
designation,theCMCIBoardofGovernorsreviewsreferencesandexperiencefurnishedby
certificationapplicants.Applicantsmustpassacomprehensiveexamination.
CCMsarenotemployeesofCMCIortheConstructionManagementAssociationofAmerica
(CMAA).CMCIandCMAAdonotrepresentorwarrantthequantityorqualityofservices
providedtotheusersoftheCCMsservices,asresponsibilityfordeliveryofsuchservicesrests
solelywiththeindividualcertificant.

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ConstructionManagementAssociationofAmerica(CMAA)hasawealthofresourcesavailable
rightatyourfingertips!Fromhighqualitypublicationsandcontractdocuments,seminarsand
ProfessionalDevelopmentresourcesthatfocusonCMAAsstandardsofpracticetonational
conferencesandaninformationpackedwebsite,CMAAcanofferyouwhatyouneedtoexcel.
Gainaccesstoanentireportfolioofservicesandresourcesthatcanimproveyourprofessional
performanceandyourfirmsbusinessresults,aswellasbrighteningthebusinessoutlookfor
yourfirmasawhole.

CallCMAAtodayat(703)3562622orcheckthewebsiteatwww.cmaanet.org.

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GuidelinesforCompletingtheCCMApplication

PleasedoNOTstapleorplaceyourapplicationinafolderorbinder.

Pleaseusethisguideasyoucompletetheapplicationform.Ifyouhaveanyquestionsor
concernsasyoupreparethedocument,pleasecalltheCertificationOfficeat7033562622.
Theapplicationprocessconsistsofthreeparts.Pleasecompletethemintheorderpresented.The
firstdeterminesyoureligibility.Oncethatisestablished,completetheQualifyingMatrix.Ifyou
havetherequisiteexperience,youmaythencompletetheapplication.Checkyourworkfor
thoroughnessandbesuretoplacethecompletedApplicationChecklist(page7)ontopofyour
application.
1.
Part1: ApplicantEligibilityForm(Page8)MatchwithfinalpageNo.
Pleasecompletethisitemfirst.

2.
Part2: QualificationsMatrix(Page9)MatchwithfinalpageNo.
Readtheinstructionscarefully:youmustbeabletochecktheboxedareastoshowthat
youhavetheminimumqualifyingexperience.IfyoudoNOThavethisexperience,do
notmovetotheapplicationatthistime.

3.
Part3: TheApplication(Pages1018)MatchwithfinalpageNo.
3.1
ContactInformation
Pleaseprovideyourprimarymailingaddressandphonenumber.Indicatehowyou
wouldlikeustocontactyou.

3.2
CurrentEmployer
Pleaselistyourcurrentemployer.

3.3
Education
Pleaseprovideyoureducationalbackground.IfyouareusingaCMrelateddegreeto
qualifyasasubstituteforexperience,pleasechecktheboxnexttothatdegree.
QualifyingCMdegrees:constructionmanagement,architecture,engineeringand
constructionscience.Attachaphotocopyofthedegreetotheapplication;inlieuofa
copyofthedegreehaveyourschoolsendusofficialtranscripts.

CMCIacceptsdegreesfrompostsecondaryinstitutionsrecognizedbytheUnitedStates
DepartmentofEducationandaccreditedbythefollowingorganizations:ACCE
(AmericanCouncilforConstructionEducation),ABET(AccreditationBoardfor
EngineeringandTechnology)andNAAB(NationalArchitectureAccreditingBoard).To
seeifyourdegreeisfromanaccreditedinstitution,pleasegotothispageontheCMCI
website:http://cmaanet.org/cmci/degree_requirements.php
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TheInstitutesGovernorshavepassedapolicyontheevaluationandsubmissionof
internationaleducationalcredentials.PleaseseetheApplicantsResourcespageofthe
CCMwebsite:http://cmaanet.org/applicantresources.Internationalapplicantsmust
followtheseproceduresincompletingtheapplication.

3.4
Memberships,ProfessionalCertificationandLicenses
Pleaselistallmemberships,professionalcertifications,andlicensesthatarerelatedtothe
constructionmanagementprofession.

3.5
Resume
Submitacurrentprofessionalresumelistingalltheorganizationsyouhaveworkedfor,
positionsheld,andthetimeframewitheachorganization.Theresumeshoulddocument
yourspecificresponsibilitiesoneachproject,notsimplyprovideadescriptionofthe
project.

3.6
ProjectExperienceDocumentation
Thisisthemostcriticalpartoftheapplicationalongwithyourreferenceletters.Inthis
sectionyoudiscussyour48monthResponsibleinChargeprojectexperience,anditisin
yourbestinteresttobeasdetailedaspossibleandoutlinewhatyouspecifically
accomplishedforeachproject.Yourexperienceshouldbereasonablyrepresentedinall
thebracketedareasoftheQualificationsMatrix.TheBoardofGovernorsneedssufficient
informationtoverifyandevaluateyourexperience.Ifthiscannotbedetermined,your
applicationmaybedeniedadvancement.

Thereisarequiredformatfordetailingyourprojectexperience.Youmayvarythe
spacingasneeded,butmustfollowtheformat.Therearenoexceptionstothisformat.It
isessentialthattheprojectdocumentationexplainanddemonstratethattheexperience
meetstheconditionsofbeingResponsibleInCharge(RIC),namely:

Did the decisions that the applicant was empowered to make directly impact
the successful completion of the project and was the applicant directly
responsible in charge of construction management services and for protecting
theinterestsoftheproject/owner?

3.6.1 In the case of the preconstruction phases related to design and


procurement,theapplicantisexpectedtodemonstrateexperiencethatheorshe
has directly contributed to those phases from a position as a CM and does not
requirebeingindirectcontrolofdesignandprocurementinthesephases.The
applicantisexpectedtobeincontrolofmanagingtheprocessandnottheactual
designand/orprocurementwork.

3.6.2 Inthecaseoftheconstructionandpostconstructionphases,the
applicantmustdemonstratethatheorshefunctionedinaleadershiproleand
wasinchargeofaprojectwithresponsibilitiestoenhancethecontroloftime,
costandqualityontheprojectsuponwhichtheybasetheirexperience.The
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actionsinprovidingtheCMservices.

3.6.3 The48monthRICexperienceperiodrequiresactual(daily)responsible
inchargeexperienceandinvolvementwiththelistedproject.(Ingeneral,
corporateprincipaloversightrolesdonotsatisfythisrequirement,butactive
involvementasaProjectExecutivemaymeettheserequirements.)Specific
explanationsonvariouscomponentsareprovidedbelow.

a.
ProjectInformation
Generallyitisexpectedthatprojectswillinvolvemultipletradetypes
andwillbeofreasonablecomplexity.Inthesize/scopesection,please
explaintheportionoftheprojectthatyoufunctionedasRICindetail.
Thereviewerswillusetheirjudgment,basedoninformationprovided,
todeterminethattheprojectisofsufficientcomplexitytoqualifyfor
RICexperience.
b.
EmployerInformation
Thisisyouremployersroleontheproject:
CMAAbelievesthatallparticipantsinprojectsandprogramsare
responsibleforfulfillingtheirobligationsinanethicalandprofessional
manner,regardlessofdeliverysystemorcontractmethod.

IfanapplicantfortheCCMcanshowprofessionalcharacterandRIC
constructionmanagementexperiencethatreflectthiscommitment,
verifiedbyreferences,theapplicantcanbeconsideredforcandidacy.
CMCIislookingforapplicantswhoareinapositiontoprotectthe
interestsoftheproject.

Thereferencesshouldbeabletoattesttothestatementbelow:
IcertifythatthiscandidatehasfunctionedinaCMrolewith
responsibilitytoenhancethecontroloftime,costandqualityonthis
projectand/orprojects(orprogram)uponwhichIambasingthis
certification.Also,his/herinvolvementhascontributedtothesuccessof
theseassignmentsandduringthecourseofthiscandidatesservicethe
projectsinterestshavebeenacceptablyprotected.

Manypublicandprivateentitiesprovideconstructionmanagement
servicesusinginhouseresources,withorwithouta3rdparty
(consultant)constructionmanager.Suchexperiencewillbeacceptableas
RICexperienceaslongasallothercriteriaaremet.

Ifyouremployersrolewasdifferentfromthoseoutlinedabove,butyou
believethatitconformswiththeroleofaconstructionmanager
protectingthebestinterestoftheowner,pleaselisttheroleofthe
employerandincludeabriefstatementoutlininghowtherolewas
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c.
YourInformation
Pleaselistyourtitleorpositionontheprojectandprovidethetimeframe
thatyoufunctionedastheRIC.Ifyoufunctionedindifferentroles
duringthelifeoftheproject,itisimportantthatonlythetimeframethat
youwereRICfortheprojectislisted.
d.
ClientReferenceLetters
Pleaseprovideallknownclient/ownerinformationforallprojects.We
recognizethatspecificinformationmaynotbeavailableonprojectsthat
occurredmanyyearsago.However,youmustprovidespecificproject
informationforatleasttwoclientsthatyouwillbedesignatingasyour
references.Pleaserefertotheinformationbelowforadditional
informationrelatedtoclient/ownerreferenceletter.

Aminimumoftwo(2)separateclientreferencecontactsisrequired;they
canbefromanytwo(2)projectsthatyouaredocumentingaspartof
your48monthrequirement.Note:ifoneprojectcoversthe48months,
youwillstillneedaminimumoftwo(2)referencecontacts.Current
contactinformationshouldbeincludedfortheClient/Ownerallprojects
listedforthe48monthperiod.

TheClient/Ownerorhisrepresentativeisthepersonwhopaidforthe
projectandtowhomyouwereaccountableontheproject.Ifa
Client/Ownercontactisnotavailable,pleaseencloseanexplanation
alongwithoneofthefollowingcontacts;ifonlyoneprojectissubmitted
theotherreferencecontactmaycomefromthefollowing:
1. CompanyExecutive:thepersoninyourplaceofemploymentto
whomyoureportedduringtheproject.
2. Anotherpersonatthetoplevelofprojectoversightthatcanverify
yourexperience.

The applicant should provide current contact information, including


telephone number and work email address for each Client/Owner
reference included within the 48month RIC period. The applicant
must state that he/she has verified that the references have been
contactedandarewillingtorespondwithin3045days.

Upon receipt of a completed application, CMCI will transmit blank


reference letters to the listed references, and they will be asked to
return the completed reference letters directly to CMCI. It is the
applicants responsibility to follow up with theirreferencesto assure
that they have completed and returned the required forms to CMCI.
Werecommendthatmorethanonereferencecontactbegivenforeach
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3.7

ManagementRolesandResponsibilities
FOREACHPROJECTTHATYOUSUBMITFORYOUR48MONTHRIC
REQUIREMENT,YOUMUSTFILLOUTSECTION3.63.10.
Whenlistingyourresponsibilities,pleasebeasspecificfortheparticularprojectandas
detailedaspossible.Pleasediscriminatebetweenthoseservicesperformedbyyou
personallyandthoseforwhichyousupervised.Clarifyforthereviewerthoseservices
forwhichyouwereactiveandthoseinwhichyouwerepassivelyinvolved.For
example,astheRICCMyoumayhavebeenaccountableformaintainingthemaster
schedule,butyoudidnotyourselfcreateormaintainit,butyoudidhavesignificant
input.Responsibilitiesthatarelistedidenticallyformultipleprojects,whilefeasible,
tendtoraiseconcernsrelatedtothespecificityoftheinformationrelatedtoeachproject.

3.8
Challenges
AstheResponsibleinChargeCM/PM,pleasedescribethebiggestCMchallengeonthis
projectandhowdidyouaddressit?Limityourresponsetotwotypedpagesandattach
tothisapplication.

3.9
ProjectOrganizationChart
Attach(an)organizationalchart(s)fortheproject(s)youlistforyourRICexperience.
Pleaseplacethenameandtitleofyourreferenceinsection3.6Dwithinyour
organizationalchart,alongwithyourname/title.

3.10 AdditionalReference
Ifanadditionalreferenceisnecessary,pleaseplacehis/hercontactinfointhissection

4.

5.

3.11 GeneralDesign/ConstructionExperience
Thissectionneedstobecompletedonlybythosewhomustshowanadditionalfour(4)
oreight(8)yearsofgeneralconstruction/designexperiencetoqualify.Ifyouare
qualifyingwithaCMrelateddegree,youdonotneedtocompletethissection.
Referencelettersarenotrequiredforthissectionoftheapplication.

Part4: ApplicantConditions

Pleasereadcarefullyandsign.CMCImustreceivetheoriginalsignedcopyforitsfiles.

Part5: ApplicationFee
Pleaseindicateyourpreferredpaymentmethod.Theapplicationfeeisnonrefundable
andneedstobesenttotheaddressbelowseparatefromtheapplication.
Paymentbycheckneedstobesentto:
CMAACertification

P.O.Box37528
Baltimore,MD212973528

IfyouarepayingwithaCreditCardyoucansendyouapplicationdirectlytotheoffice:
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6.

RequestforAdditionalSupportingMaterials
TheGovernorsandtheCMCIstaffmayrequestadditionalverification,information,or
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ApplicationChecklist
Pleaseattachthisitemtothefrontofyourapplicationpacket.

Name:
________________________________________________________________

PhoneNumber:()___________________________________________________

Email: ______________________________________@______________ _________

Application(Includingdocumentationforeachproject
aspartof48monthrequirement).

PhotocopyofDegree(onlyifusingCMrelateddegreeto
qualify)

ProfessionalResume

CurrentContactInformationforClient/Owners
correlatingwithyourResponsibleInCharge
documentation

OrganizationalChart(s)foryourqualifyingprojects

PaymentbycheckMailedseparatefromtheapplicationto
CMAACertification,P.O.Box37528Baltimore,MD21297
3528

Sendyourcompletedapplicationwithcreditcardpaymentto
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Part1:ApplicantEligibilityForm

PleasedoNOTstapleorplaceyourapplicationinafolderorbinder.

________________________________________________________________
Name:

ELIGIBILITY:
Tobeeligiblefortheprogramyoumustbeabletoansweryestonumbers1and2,andbeabletocheckoneof
theoptionsinnumber3.Ifyoucannot,donotsubmitanapplicationatthistime.

1. I have 48months ResponsibleinCharge experience as a Construction Manager as noted in the following


question: Did the decisions that the applicant was empowered to make directly impact the successful completion of the
project and was the applicant directly responsible in charge of construction management services and for protecting the
interestsoftheproject/owner?

Yes No

Note:Whencompletingthetablebelow,pleasenotethatoverlappingtimeframesmayonlybecountedonce.
(i.e.donotdoublecountthemonthswhichmightoccurwhenportionsoftwoormoreprojectswerecompleted
duringthesameperiod).Pleaseonlyincludeprojectsinwhichyouaresupplyingdocumentationtocomplete
the48monthsofResponsibleinChargeexperience.
Project

FromToTotalDuration(months)

TotalNumberofNonOverlappingMonths

_______

2.Ihavetheminimumqualifyingexperienceasdefinedbythematrix.
Yes No

Myexperience/educationeligibilityismy48monthexperienceasaConstructionManagerand(checkone):

A.BA/BS/MA/MSLevelCMqualifyingdegreethroughanaccreditedcollegeoruniversity.

B.AA/ASqualifyingdegreethroughanaccreditedcollegeoruniversityAND4additionalyearsof
generaldesign/constructionexperience.(Totalof8years)
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Part2:QualifyingMatrix
Name:

________________________________________________________________

Post
construction

Thismatrix
representsthe

functions/roles

ofa
Construction
FUNCTION/ROLE

Manager
duringproject
Project
phasesas
[___]
[___]
____
[___]
____
Management
definedby
CMAAinits
publicationCM
CostManagement
____
[___]
[___]
[___]
____
Standardsof
Practice.The
TimeManagement
____
[___]
____
[___]
____
boxedareas
representthe
MINIMUM
Quality
____
[___]
____
[___]
[___]
qualifying
Management
experiencefor
the48month
Contract
____
____
[___]
[___]
[___]
CMexperience.
Administration
Thisis
cumulative
SafetyManagement
____
____
____
[___]
____
experience;you
donotneed48monthsineacharea.Inordertoenrollintheprogram,youMUSThaveexperienceintheboxed
areas.Ifyoudonothavetherequisiteexperience,pleasedonotsubmitanapplicationatthistime.

Thereare30possibleexperienceareas;foreachfunction/roleandphase,askyourselfthefollowingquestion:In
yourpositionas(title)on(name)project,didthedecisionsyoumakedirectlyimpactthesuccessfulcompletion
oftheprojectandwereyoudirectlyresponsibleandinchargeofconstructionmanagementservicesandfor
protectingtheinterestsoftheproject/owner?

Ifyoucanansweryestobothpartsofthequestion,thenplaceanXinthebox;ifyouanswernothendo
notplaceanX.Toqualifyfortheprogram,youMUSTbeabletoansweryestoalloftherequiredareasas
markedbytheboxes.Ifyoucannotansweryestotherequiredareas,thendonotsubmitanapplicationatthis
time.Youwillbeaskedtoverifythisexperienceintheprojectattachmentsintheapplication.
PHASE:

Predesign

Design

Procurement

Construction

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Part3:Application

PleasedoNOTstapleorplaceyourapplicationinafolderorbinder.
Please print or type clearly; do not staple pages.
3.1
Contact Information
Mr. Mrs. Ms. Dr. Other_____________(pleasecheckone)
Title:

Name_________________________________________________________________________

Preferrednameforrecordkeeping,correspondence,andcertificate

HomeAddress:___________________________________________________________

City________________________________________________State_______________________

Country________________________________PostalCode/Zip________________________

Contact
Telephone
()______________________________

CMAAMember

Yes No
**WereyoureferredbyacontestantoftheCMCIIncentiveProgram?**

_________________________________________________________
Name

Company
3.2

CurrentEmployer

Company_______________________________________________________________
Address________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

City__________________________________________State_____________________

Country__________________________PostalCode/Zip________________________

Telephone_____________________Email_______________________@_______.____

Position/Title____________________________________________________________
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Datestarted_____________________________________________________________

3.3.
Education

Pleaselistyoureducationbeginningwiththemostrecent.NOTE:Ifyouare
qualifyingwitha2or4yearCMrelateddegree,checktheboxontheleftforthe
degreethroughwhichyouintendtofulfilltheeducationrequirement.DONOT
checktheseboxesifitisnotaCMrelatedaccrediteddegree.QualifyingCMdegrees
arelimitedtoconstructionmanagement,engineering,architecture,andconstruction
scienceaccreditedthroughABET/ACCE/NAAB.Attachcertifiedtranscriptsora
copyofyourdegreetothisapplication.

3.3.1

Degree/Year

Accreditation:

Major

ACCE

College/University

ABET

Location(City,State)

NAAB

_____ ____

__________

_______________________________________

_____ ____

__________

_______________________________________

_____ ____

__________

_______________________________________

3.3.2

OtherRelevantEducation

Year
Subject

Institution

Location

____ ______________________
_________________________________________

____ ______________________
________________________________________

____ ______________________
________________________________________

Memberships,Certifications,andLicenses

Pleaselistallrelevantprofessionalaffiliations,certifications,andlicenseswith
dates.

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

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3.5

Resume

Pleaseattachaprofessionalresume.

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3.6.

ProjectExperienceDocumentation

FOREACHPROJECTTHATYOUSUBMITFORYOUR48MONTHRICREQUIREMENT,YOU
MUSTFILLOUTSECTION3.63.10.
a.
ProjectInformation

ProjectName:
____________________________________________________________

ProjectLocation:________________________________State/Country____________

ProjectType___________________________________________________________
Size/Scope(ExplainindetailthatportionoftheprojectforwhichyouactedasResponsiblein
ChargeRIC)____________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________

BudgetedCosts__________________________________________________

b.
EmployerInformation
Youremployer_________________________________________________________

Yoursupervisorduringthisproject_________________________________________

EmployersAddress____________________________________________________

City_____________________________________State/Country____________

Employersroleontheproject____________________________
c.YourInformation
Yourposition/roleontheproject:_________________________________________
TimeonprojectasRIC:month/year______Tomonth/year_______
Total#monthsasRIC:_____

d.
ClientInformation
ClientOrganizationName:______________________________________________
ClientContactName:___________________________________________________
ClientsAddress_______________________________________________________
City______________________________________State/Country___________

PhoneNumber:___________________________Email:_______________________
Willthisclientbeoneofyourtworeferences?YesNo(pleasecheckone)

3.7.0 ManagementRolesandResponsibilities
Foreachmanagementrolelistedbelow,describeyourspecificresponsibilitiesduringeach
phase.Pleasebeexplicitindescribingyourmanagementrole.

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willNOTbeacceptablebytheBoardofGovernors.

3.7.1 PROJECTMANAGEMENT
a.
PreDesign
b.
Design
c.
Procurement
d.
Construction

e.
3.7.2

3.7.3

3.7.4

3.7.5

3.7.6

Post-Construction

COSTMANAGEMENT
a.
PreDesign
b.
Design
c.
Procurement
d.
Construction
e.
PostConstruction

TIMEMANAGEMENT
a.
PreDesign
b.
Design
c.
Procurement
d.
Construction
e.
PostConstruction
QUALITYMANAGEMENT
a.
PreDesign
b.
Design
c.
Procurement
d.
Construction
e.
PostConstruction

CONTRACTADMINISTRATION
a.
PreDesign
b.
Design
c.
Procurement
d.
Construction
e.
PostConstruction
SAFETYMANAGEMENT/RISKMANAGEMENT
a.
PreDesign
b.
Design
c.
Procurement
d.
Construction
e.
PostConstruction

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3.8.
Challenges
AstheResponsibleinChargeCM/PM,pleasedescribethebiggestCMchallengeonthisprojectand
howdidyouaddressit?Limityourresponsetotwotypedpagesandattachtothisapplication.

1.9.
ProjectOrganizationalChart

Pleasedrawa
detailedorganizationalchartclearlyidentifyingyourposition/title,andreporting
relationshipswiththeowner/client,designprofessionalsandcontractors,especiallythose
reportingtoyou.Pleasebesuretoincludeallnamesincludingtheclient/ownerinthechart.

3.10. ProjectClient/OwnerContactInformation
AdditionalReference(ifneeded)

Name:__________________________________________________

CurrentOrganization:_________________________________________

Position:_________________________________________________

OrganizationAddress:_________________________________________

_________________________________________

PhoneNumber:_________________WorkEmail:_______________________

Organizationattimeofproject___________________________________

Position___________________________________________________

Ifonlyoneprojectissubmittedinyourresponsibleinchargedocumentation,asecondreferencemustbegiven
tocoveryour48monthsofresponsibleinchargeexperience.Ifyouaresubmittingdocumentationformore
thanoneproject,youonlyneedtocompleteonereferencecontactforeachprojecttofulfillthereference
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3.11
GeneralDesign/ConstructionExperience
Completethissectiononlyifyouneedtheadditional4or8yearsofexperiencetoqualify.
Referencelettersarenotrequiredforthissection.
a.
Dates(month/year)from:___________To________Total#months___________

Employer:__________________________________________________________

Address/City/State:_____________________________________________________

SupervisorName:______________________________________________________

Jobtitleanddescription:______________________________________________

ProjectName:_____________________

RoleonProject_________________________

Description(includetype,sizeandbudget)
_____________________________________________________________________

b.
Dates(month/year)from:___________To________Total#months___________

Employer:_____________________________________________________________

Address/City/State:_____________________________________________________

SupervisorName:______________________________________________________

Jobtitleanddescription:________________________________________________

ProjectName:_________________________________________________________

ProjectLocation:City&State:___________________________________________

RoleonProject_________________________________________________________

Description(includetype,sizeandbudget)
______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

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Pleasedonotstapleorplaceyourapplicationinabinderorfolder.

Part4:ApplicantConditions

4.
4.1
4.2
4.3

4.4

4.5

4.6
4.7

4.8
4.9
4.10

Thefollowingconditionsmustbereadandacknowledgedbyallapplicants.
Iagreetoabidebythepoliciesandproceduresofthisprogram.
Iunderstandthatallfees(applicationandexam)arenonrefundable.
IunderstandthatwhentheCMCIBoardofGovernorsapprovesmyapplication,Ihave
one(1)yearfromthatdatetocompleteallrequirementsforcertification,including
passageoftheexam.
Ihavenotbeenfoundbyacourt,federalorstateagencyorregistrationboardtohave
violatedthelawintheconductofmyCMrelatedpracticeortohaveengagedinconduct
involvingthewantondisregardoftherightsofothers.
InconsiderationofCMCIsreceipt,reviewandprocessingofmyapplication,Iwaiveany
andallclaimsagainstCMCI,CMAA,itsrespectiveboards,officers,employeesand
members(jointlyandseverally)Ihaveormayhave,noworinthefuture,fordenyingor
revokingcertification.
Iaffirmthattheinformationcontainedinthisenrollmentapplicationiscorrectand
accurate.
Iaffirmthatoncethisapplicationissubmitted,Iwillnotcontact,directlyorindirectly,
anyCMCIBoardofGovernorsmemberregardingmyapplicationuntilIhaveobtained
theCCMdesignation.IunderstandthatinorderfortheBoardtoreviewtheapplication
fairlyandimpartially;contactingthemaboutmyapplicationcouldswaytheirviewofmy
applicationrevieweithertowardsadvancementtocandidacy,orindirectlytowardsnon
advancementtocandidacy.
Ihavepreviouslycontactedallreferencesandtheyhaveagreedtorespondwithin30
businessdaysuponhearingfromCMCI.
TheCMCIBoardofGovernorsreservestherighttocancelorwithholdexamscoresif
thereisanyreason,inthesolejudgmentoftheBoard,toquestiontheirvalidity.
Inmakingthisapplication,Ifullyunderstandthatitisanapplicationonlyanddoesnot
guaranteecertification.IattestthatIwilladheretoCMAAsProfessionalCodeofEthics
andunderstandthatanyfalsestatementormisrepresentationthatImaymakeinthe
courseoftheapplicationprocessmayresultintherevocationofthisapplicationand/or
certification.

AfterIhaveobtainedtheCCMdesignation
4.10
IattestthatIwilladheretoCMAAsStandardsofPracticeandProfessionalCodeofEthics
andwillfullycooperateinanyproceedinginvolvinganallegedviolationoftheStandards
orProfessionalCode.Ialsounderstandthatanyfalsestatementormisrepresentationthat
ImaymakewhileusingthisdesignationmayresultintherevocationofmyCM
Certification;
4.11
Iwillcomplywiththeprovisionsofthecertificationandrecertificationprograms;
4.12
Iwillmakeclaimsregardingcertificationonlywithrespecttothescopeforwhich
certificationhasbeengranted;

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4.13

Iwillnotusethecertificationinsuchamannerastobringthecertificationbodyinto
disrepute,andnottomakeanystatementregardingthecertificationwhichthe
certificationbodymayconsidermisleadingorunauthorized;
4.14
Iwilldiscontinuetheuseofallclaimstocertificationthatcontainsanyreferencetothe
certificationbodyorcertificationuponsuspensionorwithdrawalofcertification,andto
returnanycertificatesissuedbythecertificationbody,and;
4.15
Iwillnotusethecertificateinamisleadingmanner.

Initial:_________
GeneralTermsandConditions
4.16
IagreethatCMAAisthesoleowneroftheCCMcertificationdesignation,andmyuseof
thedesignationispursuanttoarevocable,nontransferablelicensefromCMAA.Iwill
nottakeanyactionswhichareinconsistentwithCMAAsownershiprights,including
challengingthoserights.
4.17
IagreethatCMCImaymakechangestotheCCMcertificationprograminitssole
discretion,includingwithrespecttoeligibility,criteria,recertification,fees,and
continuanceordiscontinuanceoftheprogram.
4.18
Iherebyreleasefromliability,andforeverwaiveanyclaimsImayhaveagainst,CMAA
andCMCI,andtheirrespectivegoverningboardmembersandemployees,basedonor
arisingoutoftheCCMcertificationprogram,includingbutnotlimitedtodenialor
revocationofcertification,includingclaimsfordefamation,restraintoftrade,breachof
contract,andinterferencewithbusinessorcontractualrelations,unlessduetothebad
faithandmaliciousconductofthepersonsoughttobeheldliable.Ifurtheragreethat,
notwithstandingtheforegoingshouldaclaimbepermittedtobebroughtagainstCMAA,
CMCI,oranyoftheirrespectivegoverningboardmembersoremployees,thelimitof
theirliabilityandextentofmyrecoveryshallbeanyregistrationorapplicationfeespaid
bymetoCMAAorCMCIrelatedtocertification.
4.19
IagreethatthisApplicationshallbeinterpretedandgovernedbythelawsofthe
CommonwealthofVirginia,withoutregardtoconflictsprinciples,andexclusive
jurisdictionforanylegalproceedingresidesinfederalorStatecourtinNorthernVirginia,
andthepartiesagreeandexpresslyconsenttotheexerciseofpersonaljurisdictioninthe
CommonwealthofVirginia.
4.20
Iagreethatnoassociation,agency,apparentagency,employer/employeerelationship,
partnership,orjointventureiscreatedbyvirtueofissuanceoftheCCMdesignationtome
byCMCIorCMAA.

Optional
4.21
Ifandwhencertified,IauthorizeCMCIandCMAAtolistmynameintheCCMregistry
andtoidentifymeasaCCM. Yes No

Pleaseinitialthepreviouspageinthelowerrighthandcorner.Signanddatethispage.

Signature____________________________________________Date________________

PrintName____________________________________________

DoyouhaveadisabilityorotherconditionwhichmayimpairyourabilitytotaketheCCMexam
pleasenotifytheCMCIofficeforaspecialtestingaccommodationsform?

YES NO

AreyouinterestedinreceivinginformationfromCMAAregardingeducationandprofessional
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Theapplicationfeeis$275andpaymentofthisnonrefundablefeeisrequiredforprocessingthis
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CMAACertification

P.O.Box37528
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Ifpayingbycheck(madepayabletoCMCI,orConstructionManagerCertification
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FrequentlyAskedQuestions
CCMApplication

November1,2009
DearCCMApplicant:

Thefollowingfrequentlyaskedquestionsprovideguidancetoindividualscompletingthe2009
CCMapplicationasthefirststeptowardsprofessionalcertificationasaConstructionManager.
Theinformationandexamplesnotedherearenotmeanttobeanswerstothevariousquestionsor
promptsontheapplication:theyareillustrativeofwhatcouldbeincluded.Reviewersfromthe
BoardofGovernorswanttheindividualityandhighestlevelofcompetencetobedetailedinthe
applicantsresponses.Cuttingandpastingsectionsfromthisdocumentwouldnotbeinthebest
interestofanyseriousapplicantforcertification.

Arecommendedsequenceforcompletingtheapplicationmightinclude
1. ReadingRickRyescommentaryonCommonMistakesontheCCMApplication.
2. ReadingtheGuidelinesthatprecedetheApplication.
3. ConsultingtheseFAQs.
4. ContactingtheInstitutesstaffforadviceonanyissueontheapplicationorthe
requirements.
5. Completingtheapplicationwiththeancillarieshandy.
6. Proofingthefinalcopybeforesubmission.

Pleaseremembertobethorough,neat,anddetailoriented.Usethechecklistandplaceitonthe
topofyoursubmission.

Asalways,ifyouhaveanyquestionconcerningtheapplicationortheapplicationprocess,please
donothesitatetocontacttheInstituteOfficeat703.356.2622orcertification@cmaanet.org.

PleasenotethatthenumberingforeachquestioncorrespondstothenumbereditemsontheCCM
application.Additionalnumberswiththesamefirstdigitrelatetothesameapplicationitem:for
example,question1.2and1.3arerelatedtotheinformationinquestion1.

TheConstructionManagerCertificationInstitute(CMCI)andtheConstructionManagement
AssociationofAmerica(CMAA)donotdiscriminateonanybasisandabidebyallapplicable
statutes.ApplicationtotheCertifiedConstructionManagerprogramisopentoallqualified
persons.

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Q.Whyistheapplicationsoformidable?
A.Certificationsetsoneapartfromothersinaprofession.Itindicatesalevelofperformance
basedonstandardsofpracticethatexemplifythebestpracticesinanindustry.

TheCertifiedConstructionManager(CCM)Programstandsoutfromallotherconstruction
certificatesandcertifications.AccreditedbytheAmericanNationalStandardsInstitute(ANSI),
ourcertificationisbasedontheCMAAStandardsofPractice(SOP).Whilesomemayarguethat
theyhaveextensiveexperienceinConstructionManagement,theymaynotnecessarilyknow,
understand,orapplyCMAAsSOP.ThisiswhattheInstitutecertifies:Itisaparticularsetof
professionalstandardsintheareaofConstructionManagementbasedonbestpractices,
formulatedbytheAssociation,translatedintoassessmentinstrumentsbytheInstitute,and
appliedtoqualifiedapplicants.

TheCCMprogramwasthefirstintheconstructionprofessionaltobeaccreditedbyANSI,the
UnitedStatesbodyaffiliatedwiththeInternationalOrganizationforStandardization(ISO).It
wasalsooneofthefirsttenpersonnelcertificationprogramsaccreditedbyANSIunderISO
standard17024.Theprocesstogainthispremiereaccreditationwasthoroughand
rigorous.Thosewhoholdourcertificationhavemetthatsamerigorandthoroughnessinthe
certificationprocess.

TheapplicationgivesthereviewersfromtheBoardofGovernorstheinformationtheyneedto
evaluateanapplicantsqualificationsandexperience.Thereviewerslookforthehighestlevelof
competenceinindividualswhoknow,understand,andapplytheAssociationsStandardsof
Practice.Theapplicationisnotaproformasteptocandidacy.Advancementtocandidacy
indicatesthattheapplicanthastheverifiableeducationandexperiencenecessarytobeacertified
ConstructionManager.Passingthecomprehensiveexaminationisconfirmationofthose
qualifications.

TheGovernorsoftheInstitute,whoarethecustodiansoftheCertification,wanttomakethe
applicationprocessasinclusiveaspossibletoallqualifiedapplicants.Sincecertificationsetsone
apartfromothersintheprofession,theymusthaveassurancesthattheapplicanthasthe
professionalexperienceandisabletoknowandapplytheAssociationsStandardsofPractice.To
doso,theGovernorshavedevelopedtheapplicationtofocusontheinformationtheyneedto
judgetheapplicantsprofessionalexpertise.

UsingtheregisteredCCMhonorificafteronesnameindicatesthatprofessionalConstruction
Managementservicesarebeingrenderedbypersonswhohavedemonstratedprofessional
knowledgeandcompetencyinthefieldofprogramandConstructionManagementinaccordance
withtherequirementsandstandardsestablishedbythecertifier.Thereisdepthandbreadthto
ConstructionManagercertification:Itshighstandardsofpractice,concernforcontinuing
education,andCodeofEthicsmakeitinthewordsofoneownertheGoldStandard.

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Part1:ApplicantEligibilityForm
1.0Q.WhatisthepurposeoftheApplicantEligibilityForm?
A.Completingtheeligibilityformwillgiveyouanindicationthatyouhaveordonothavethe
necessaryeducationandexperiencetomoveforwardtotheapplication.

1.1Q.HowdoestheQualifyingMatrixapplytotheApplicantEligibilityform?
A.TheApplicantEligibilityFormisbasedontheQualifyingMatrixonpage8.Foreach
bracketed[__]area,theapplicantmustbeabletoshowthatsheorhehasverifiableexperiencein
thisfunction.Oncethismatrixiscompletedwithalltherequiredbracketschecked,theapplicant
mustdetermineifsheorhehas48monthsofnonoverlappingResponsibleinChargeexperience
tocompletethisitem.Ifso,theapplicantshouldcompletethegridwiththeprojectsname,
dates,andduration.Iftheprojectscoverthequalifyingmatrixandthedurationofthat
experienceis48monthsormore,theapplicanthassatisfiedtheRICexperiencerequirementfor
eligibility.

2.0Q.WhatifIdonothavethequalifyingexperiencebasedonmycompletionofthematrix?
A.Youcannotproceedwithoutaminimumof48monthsexperience.

2.1Q.CanIsubstituteotherworkoreducationforthe48months?
A.No.Youmusthave48monthsofResponsibleinChargeexperience.Thereareno
substitutions.

3.0Q.Ihavetherequiredconstructionmanagementexperiencecalledforinnumbersoneand
twooftheApplicantEligibilityForm,butIdonothaveadegreeinconstructionmanagement.
AmIstilleligibletoapply?
A.YourdegreesmustbeinoneofthethreecategorieslistedfromcollegesrecognizedbytheUS
DepartmentofEducation,andaccreditedbyABET,ACCE,orNAAB.Ifyouhavenodegree,you
maysubstituteeightadditionalyearsofgeneraldesign/constructionexperienceforatotalof12
years.

Part2:QualifyingMatrix
Q.CanIcheckexperienceincategoriesotherthanthebracketedrequiredroles?
A.Yes,infact,itistoyourbenefittolistasmanyverifiableroles,butyoumusthaveallthe
requiredareas,i.e.thosewithbrackets,asaminimum.

Q.Ihaveagoodnumberofthebracketeditemsbutnotall.CanIsubstituteotherrolesforthe
requireditems?
A.No,youmusthavetherequiredrolesnoted.Thesearecriticalandwillbeverifiedaspartof
theapplicationprocess.

Part3:TheApplication
3.1Q.WhyamIrequiredtosubmitahomeemailaddress?
A.Peoplechangejobsduringthecourseoftheircandidacy.Ahomeemailishelpfulin
contactingyouifyoudochangejobs.

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3.1.1Q.CanIhavemypreferrednamechangedduringthecourseofmycandidacy?
A.Absolutely.Pleasesendusarequestinhardcopywithyoursignatureaswellasthenames
youusedandareusing.Wewillneedlegaldocumentationtomakethenamechange.

3.2Q.Imcurrentlybetweenjobs.WhatshouldIputforcurrentemployer?
A.Listyourlastpositionanddates.Besurethatthisinformationcorrespondstothedateson
yourprofessionalresume.

3.3Q.Ihaveunofficialtranscriptsofmydegree.CanIsubmittheseforms?
A.No.Youmustsubmitofficialcopies.Therearetwowaysthismaybedone:haveyourschool
sendanofficialcopytoourofficeorsubmitcertifiedcopiesinsealedenvelopesasisthe
practiceinmostpostsecondaryinstitutions.TheInstitutedoesaccepttranscriptsfaxedfrom
yourcollegeoruniversitysregistrarsoffice.

3.3.1Q.WillIbepenalizedifIdonothaveothereducationinCMrelatedfields?
A.No.Section3.3.2givestheapplicanttheopportunitytoindicateothereducationalactivitiesin
constructionrelatedwhichhelpspresentabetterunderstandingoftheapplicant.

3.4Q.AmIconfinedtojustconstructionmanagementrelateditems?
A.Yes,thisinformationgivesthereviewerabetterpictureoftheapplicant.Service,fraternal,
andreligiousorganizationsarenotappropriatehere.

3.5 Q.Whatisaprofessionalresume?
A.Aprofessionalrsumfollowstheconventionalrules(nomorethantwopagesinlength),
whilehighlightingthefunctionsontheQualificationsMatrix.Youreducation,specialskillsand
workexperienceshouldbearrangedinawaythatconvincesthereaderofyourexpertise.

3.6 Q.WhatifIdontknowalltheinformationneededfortheProjectExperience?
A.Thisisacriticalsection.Makeeveryefforttosupplythenamesandcurrentaddressesofthe
employerandthesupervisor.Absenceofanyinformationinthissectionmaydelayprocessing
yourapplication.

3.6.1Q.MayIsupplymyownreferences?
A.No.Theprimaryreferencemustbesomeonewhohasadequateknowledgeofyourroleas
ResponsibleinCharge.Anotherreferencewillbeneededifonlyoneprojectissubmittedinyour
documentationforthe48monthsResponsibleinChargerequirement.

3.6.2Q.WhatifIamunabletocontacttheemployertoverifymyRICexperience.
A.Thereareinstanceswherethepersoncannotbelocatedorwhomaybedeceased.Inthese
cases,youmaychooseanotherindividualwhocanattesttoyourRICexperience.

3.7 Q.WhatexactlydoyouwantinthesectiononManagementRolesandResponsibilities?
A.WewantactivitiesthatyouperformedineachsectionfromProjectManagementthrough
SafetyandRiskManagementduringyour48monthsRIC.Allareasmustbeaddressed.The
applicationrequiresyoutousepastparticiplesofactionverbs.Theseindicatethatyou
performedaparticularactionontheproject.

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3.7.1Q.Whatwouldbesomeexamplesofactivitiesinpredesignphase?
A.Possibleactivitieswouldinclude:
Project:
CMPlan,ProjectProceduresManual;ChoosingConsultants
Cost:
ProjectBudget,CostAnalysis
Time:
MasterSchedule,MilestoneSchedule
Quality:
OwnerObjectives,Organization,Scope
Contract:
CommunicationProcedures
Safety:
OwnerCommitment
Program:
Team,Plan,Administration,Finance

3.7.2Q.Whatwouldbesomeactivitiesinthedesignphase?
A.Possibleactivitiesincludebutarenotlimitedtothefollowing:
Project:
CMPlan,ProjectProceduresManual
Cost:
CostEstimates
Time:
Master&MilestoneScheduleUpdates, Design&PreBid

Schedules
Quality:
DocumentControl,ValueEngineering,Design&

ConstructabilityReviews
Contract:
DesignReviewMeetings,Schedule

Reports,ProjectCostReports
Safety:
SafetyConsiderationsinDesign
Program:
DesignPackaging,Management

3.7.3Q.Whatwouldbesomeexamplesofprocurementactivities?
A.Herearesome;thesearenotmeanttobeexhaustive.Yourexperiencemayvary.
Project:
CMPlan,ProjectProceduresManual
Cost:
PricingAddenda,BidAnalysis&

Negotiation
Time:
ContractorsSchedule
Quality:
Ad/SolicitBids,BiddersList,Instruction

toBidders,BidConf,BidOpening,

PreAwardConference,Award
Contract:
PreQualification,BiddersInterestCampaign,

BidPackages,BidEvaluation,Contracts
Safety:
DraftingContractRequirements

3.7.4Q.Whataresomeconstructionphaseactivitiesthatmightbeacceptable?
A.Possibleactivitiesmayincludebutarenotlimitedtothefollowing:
Project:
CMPlan,ProjectProceduresManual
Cost:
ScheduleofValues,ChangeOrderControl,Claims
Time:
MonitoringContractorSchedules,ImpactAnalysis,

RecoverySchedules,Claims
Quality:
Inspection/Testing,Recordkeeping,Changes,

DocumentControl,DeficientWork,Progress

Payments,PunchList,Substantial&FinalCompletion

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Contract:
OwnerPurchasedEquipment,Permits,Insurance,Bonds,

ProjectSiteMeetings,FieldReporting,

DocumentFlow,Reporting,RecordDrawings
Safety:
Submittals,Compliance,Meetings,Audits,

Reports,Training

3.7.5Q.Canyougivesomeexamplesofactivitiesinthepostconstructionphase?
A.Possibleactivitiesincludebutarenotlimitedtothefollowing:
Project:
CMPlan,ProjectProceduresManual
Cost:
FinalCostReport
Time:
OccupancyPlan
Quality:
QualityManagementAssessmentwithOwner,FinalReport
Contract:
O&MManuals,SpareParts,Warranties,

FinalPermits,Movein,Startup,Final

Payment,ContractCloseout,Reports

3.7.6Q.ItappearsthattheprojectphasesintersectwiththeCMsrolesateachstage.Isthat
correct?
A.Absolutely.Andwhenanindividualhasverifiableexpertiseandexperienceintheseareas,
thatpersonisagoodapplicantforcertification.

3.8 Q.MyresponsetotheChallengessectionisnottwopages;willIbepenalized?
A.ItistoyourbenefittolistthechallengesANDthewayyouapproachedit.Thisgivesthe
reviewerasenseofyourproblemsolvingskills.Beconciseandavoidpaddinganyresponse.
Theshortorfiveparagraphessaycanbeemployedhere.

3.9 Q.CanIhanddrawtheprojectorganizationalchart?
Theprojectorganizationalchartmustbelegibleanddelineatethelinesofinteractionamongall
significantparties.Thechartmustbeindicativeoftheapplicantsexperienceinconstruction
management.Whilehanddrawnchartsareacceptable,theInstituteprefersthosecreatedwitha
suitablegraphicsprogram.

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CommonMistakesontheCCMApplication
RickRye,FluorCorporation

Introduction
TheCertifiedConstructionManager(CCM)program,administeredbytheConstructionManagement
CertificationInstitute(CMCI),isafastgrowingidentifierofaprofessionalpractitionerintheconstruction
managementindustry.Thenumberofindividualssubmittingthemselvesforcandidacyisrapidly
increasing.Presently,over1225constructionmanagershaveearnedtheCCMdesignation,andmore
than150areintheprocessofapplicationorpreparingtositfortheexamination.

However,theCCMapplicationprocesscanbeoneofthemostformidableactivitiesthatanapplicantcan
endure.First,applicantsmusteffectivelydemonstratetoCMCItheirexperienceandtheresponsibilities
theyhavehadinoverallprogram/constructionmanagement.Secondly,applicantsmustclearly
demonstratetheleadershiprolesandresponsibilitiesthatwillqualifyforcandidacybythedefinitionof
responsibleincharge,obtainlettersofrecommendations,andultimatelytakeacomprehensive
examination.Ifthatisnotenough,theapplicantisfacedwiththechallengeofclearlyrepresentingtothe
CMCIandanindependent,objectiveCMCIBoardofGovernorsthattheireducation,experience,and
leadershiprolemeetsthequalifyingrequirementsoftheCCMprogram.Theapplicationgoesunder
detailedscrutinybytheCMCIBoardofGovernors,ofwhomallareCCMprofessionalsandhold
responsiblepositionswithCMrelatedemployers.

UnderestimatingImportantElements
Unfortunately,manyoftheapplicantsunderestimatethemostimportantpartsoftheapplicationeven
thoughtheyareclearlyemphasizedintheApplicationGuidelines.Applicantscommonlyrelyheavilyon
theirprofessionaleducationandtheirparticipationonmajorcomplexprojects.Otherapplicantshave
beenfoundtoglossovertheimportantelementsoftheapplication,thinkingitsomewhatunimportant,
andsupporttheirqualifyingexperiencebytheirjobtitleorcompanyposition.Thesealonearenot
qualifiersthatmeettheCCMcriteriaofprofessionalism.

Mostmistakesaremadebecauseapplicantsdontfollowordontunderstandtheapplicationinstructions.
Unfortunately,thesecommonerrorsmaycausetheapplicationtoberejected;thesemistakeswill
significantlydelaytheprocessingoftheapplicationorreceivingafavorablerecommendationfromthe
BoardofGovernorstobeadvancedtocandidacyorboth.SomeofthemostcommonmistakesonCCM
applicationscanbesummarizedasfollows:

Incompleteprojectdocumentation.
Incompleteapplicationinformation.
Inabilitytodetailtheirqualifyingrolesandresponsibilities.
Inabilitytoclearlydemonstrateresponsibleinchargethatisrequiredtoqualifyforcandidacy.
Failuretoclearlydocumentthequalifyingtimeingeneraldesignandconstructionor
responsibleinchargeexperience.

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Lackingspecificityindocumentingtherequiredqualifyingexperienceasrequiredbythe
QualificationsMatrix.
Lackingminimaleducationrequirements.
Althoughtherecanbemanyothermistakesandshortcomingsthatinterrupttheapplicationprocess,
therearethreeerrorsthatcanbefatalifnotdocumentedanddemonstratedclearlytotheBoardof
Governors.Thesefatalflawsarethedocumentationforresponsibleincharge,theCMrelateddegree,
andcleardocumentationthattheapplicanthasthequalifyingexperienceasanadvocatefortheowner
andtheproject.

QualifyingResponsibleInChargeExperience
TobeadvancedtocandidacyforCCM,theapplicantmustclearlydocument48monthsofresponsiblein
chargeroleofdecisionmakingthatdirectlyimpactedthesuccessfulcompletionoftheprojectandwasdirectly
responsibleinchargeofconstructionmanagementservicesandforprotectingtheinterestsoftheproject/owner.
Oftenapplicantsappeartohavetherequisiteknowledgeandresponsibleinchargeexperiencenecessary
toqualifyforCCMcandidacy;however,theydonotprovidetherequireddocumentationinits
completenessinthesectiononProjectExperienceDocumentationtosupporttheresponsibleincharge
experience.Ifthereisonemostimportantpartoftheapplication,itisthissection,alongwiththe
applicantsreferencelettersthatsubstantiatesthisexperience.

ThisresponsibleinchargeroleisbestdeterminedwhenaCCMapplicantclearlydemonstratesCM
experienceasanextensionofstafftotheOwnerandhasbeenresponsibleforanentireprojectwithpre
planning,design,construction,engineeringandmanagementfunctionsthatcanassurethebestpossible
projectoutcomenomatterwhattypeofprojectdeliverymethodwasused.

Acommonmisunderstandingbysomeapplicantsisthattheresponsibleinchargerequirementcanbe
fulfilledbyfocusedspecialtyservicessuchasadministrativeprojectmanagement,projectadministrator,
systemsmanagementorothersupportservicesthatcanbeadiversifiedpartoftheconstruction
managementorprojectteam.However,responsibilitiesasaprojectteamsupportmember,suchas
AdministrativeProjectManager,eventhoughtheresponsibilitiescanbecomprehensive,donotinitself
fulfilltherequirementsofaCCMcandidacy.

Themostsuccessfuldocumentationtosupport48monthsofresponsibleinchargeexperiencegenerally
relatestobuildingconstructionorconstructionmanagementexperienceasrepresentedbytheCMAA
ConstructionManagementStandardsofPractice.Specifically,CCMcertificationrequiresmanagement
responsibilityinmultifunctionalareasasrepresentedbytheCCMQualificationMatrix.Inaddition,by
grantingcertification,CMCIrepresentstothegeneralpopulationofclientsandconstructionusersthat
theindividualhasdemonstratedthecomprehensiveknowledgeandskillsetsneededtoplan,direct,and
manageaCMprojectand/orprojectorganization.

TheCMAAConstructionManagementStandardsofPracticeisclearabouttheleadershiproleexpectedof
professionalconstructionmanagersoverseeingtheintegratedsystemsandmultipledisciplinesthat
composeaCMteam.Forexample,aqualifyinglevelofresponsibilitieswillincludeworkinconstruction
projectcontrolanddevelopment,siteplanning,design,constructionmethods,constructionmaterials,
valueanalysis,costestimating,scheduling,contractadministration,accounting,businessandfinancial
management,safety,buildingcodesandstandards,inspectionprocedures,engineeringandarchitectural
sciences,mathematics,statisticsandinformationtechnology.

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Anothercommonmistakeisthelackofspecificityindemonstratingtheresponsibleinchargerolefor
eachspecificprojectthatisusedtorepresenttherequired48months.Itisimperativethatspecific
responsibilitiesbefurnishedforeachphaseofeachproject.Providingaonetimesummaryintendedtofitall
projectexperiencesisnotsatisfactory,doesnotcomplywiththeapplicationrequirements,andwillnot
passtheBoardofGovernorsreview.

TheCMCIGovernorswatchforthedocumentationofprojectexperiencesthatinvolvemultipletrade
typesandareasonablycomplexbuiltenvironment.Inthesizeandscopesectionoftheapplication,the
applicantshouldexplainasclearlyaspossible,andindetail,theportionoftheprojectinwhichheorshe
wasresponsibleincharge.TheBoardofGovernorsreviewerswillusetheirjudgment,basedonthe
informationprovidedbytheapplicant,todeterminethattheprojectissufficientlycomplextoqualify.

Itisessentialthattheprojectdocumentationexplainanddemonstratethattheexperiencemeetsthebasic
definitionofresponsibleincharge.Mostimportantly,thequestionmustbesatisfiedthattheapplicants
decisionmakingresponsibilitieshaddirectimpactonthesuccessfulcompletionoftheproject,andthat
theapplicantwasdirectlyresponsibleinchargeforconstructionmanagementservicesandforprotecting
theinterestsoftheprojectandowner.

Forexample,inthecaseofthepreconstructionphaserelatedtodesignandprocurement,theapplicantis
expectedtodemonstratethatheorshehasdirectlycontributedtothosephasesfromapositionasaCM
anddoesnotrequirethattheybeindirectcontrolofdesignandprocurementinthesephases.The
applicantisexpectedtobeincontrolofmanagingtheprocess,nottheactualdesignand/orprocurement
work.Anotherexample:Intheconstructionphase,theapplicantmustdemonstratethatheorshe
functionedinaleadershiproleandwasinchargeofaprojectwithresponsibilitiestoenhancethecontrol
oftime,cost,andquality.Theapplicantmusthaveprotectedtheinterestsoftheprojectownerthrough
hisorheractionsinprovidingtheCMservices.

The48monthresponsibleinchargeexperienceperiodrequiresactualdailyresponsibleincharge
experienceandinvolvementwiththelistedprojects.Ingeneral,corporateprincipaloversightrolesdo
notsatisfythisrequirement,butactiveinvolvementasaProjectExecutivemaydoso.

TheCMRelatedDegree
AcommonmistakebysomeapplicantsissubstitutingaCMdiplomaforaCMrelateddegree.CMCI
definesthesedegreestoincludemostcommonlyArchitecture,Engineering,ConstructionManagement,
orConstructionScience/Engineering.ACMDiploma,eventhoughfromareputableuniversityorother
institution,isacomplimenttotheapplicantspersonaldevelopmentinCMservices,butthesenondegree
programsalonedonotmeetthefouryearcurriculumcriterionestablishedbyCMCI.Thequalifying
academicexperienceisexpectedtoincludestudiesinprojectorganizationsandmanagement,scheduling,
andimplementationandexecution,costcontrolapplications,constructability,valueengineering,contract
management,andconstructioninvestmentsandfinanceasgenerallyaccreditedbygoverningbodiessuch
astheAmericanCouncilforConstructionEducationortheNationalArchitecturalAccreditationBoard.

WhentheapplicantdoesnothaveaCMrelateddegree,thedocumentationmustsupportaminimumof
96months,oreightyears,ofgeneraldesign,construction,engineering,orconstructionmanagement
experienceinadditiontothe48monthsofresponsibleinchargeexperienceneededtoqualifyforCCM
candidacy.Thisqualifyingexperienceisnottobeunderestimatedinimportance.Generaldesignand
constructionexperiencequalifyingasasubstitutionforaCMrelateddegreeisexpectedtoincludeproject

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relatedservicesthatemploytheapplicationsandtechniquesofdisciplineddesign,constructionand
planning.

Morespecifically,thisexperienceisdefinedasrelatedtothedesignandconstructionprocess,exampled
bestasrelatedtobuildings,roads,bridges,orotherbuiltstructures.Constructionmanagementhas
clearlyevolvedfromarchitecture,civilandrelatedengineering,generalcontracting,andproject
managementofthebuiltenvironment.Qualifyingexperiencemustincludeworkinginanenvironment
ofcoordinatingandexecutingprojectsthroughtheassemblyofmaterials,equipment,budgets,schedules,
contracts,andsafetyofemployeesandthegeneralpublic.Experiencefocusedonspecificsystems,
electronics,orcomputertechnologies,eventhoughrelatedtotheconstructionindustry,doesnotfulfill
therequiredexperienceandcriteriaasqualifyingsubstitutionsfortheCMdegree.

Itisveryimportantthattheapplicantclarifyanddistinguishclearlythequalifyingexperiencefor
responsibleinchargecomparedtothegeneraldesign/constructionexperience.Atotalof144monthsof
nonoverlappingexperiencemustbeclearlydocumented.

ACCMasAdvocatefortheOwner
CCMshouldbeanadvocateoftheProjectandnottheOwner.TheProjectencompassestheOwner,
designer,builderandotherprojectteammembersandaCMisobligatedtobefairtoallparties. A
commonshortcominginapplicationsisnotbeingclearabouttheCMcontractroleandrelationshipwith
theownerwhendocumentingtheprojectexperiencesasresponsibleincharge.Manydifferent
approachescanbeusedtosuccessfullydeliveraproject.
Additionally,theapplicantsreferencesmustcertifythattheapplicanthasfunctionedinaCMrolewith
responsibilitytoenhancethecontroloftime,costandqualityonthequalifyingprojectorprojectswhile
theownersinterestshavebeenacceptablyprotected.
Manypublicandprivateentitiesprovideconstructionmanagementservicesusinginhouseresources,
withorwithoutathirdpartyconstructionmanager.Suchexperienceisgenerallyacceptableas
responsibleinchargeexperienceaslongasallothercriteriaaremet.

AFinalNote:DemonstratingYourCommitment
TheCCMdesignationisrepresentativeofanindividualscommitmenttoexcellence.This
accomplishmentisabenefittoboththeCMindustryandthepublicatlarge,butthefirststepisto
negotiatetheapplicationprocess.ItisimportanttoreadtheApplicationGuidelinescarefullyandtake
seriouslythequalifyingrequirementsthatwillleadtocandidacy.TheInstitutesstaffarereadytoassist
withanyquestionsorclarificationabouttheapplicationprocessortherequireddocumentation.

ConstructionManagementAssociationofAmerica,Inc.
7926JonesBranchDrive,#800Mclean,VA22102
703.356.2622(o)|703.356.6388(f)
www.cmcertification.org|certification@cmaanet.org

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