Certified Construction Manager

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CCM Application Handbook

The Certified Construction Manager® (CCM®) recognizes professionals who have chosen a career in construction management and voluntarily met the prescribed criteria of the construction management certification program with regards to formal education, field experience, and demonstrated capability and understanding of the ż body of knowledge.

The CCM is accredited by the () under the 17024 standard.

What is a CCM?

CCMs are committed to excellence in construction management, career advancement, and the pursuit of knowledge. CCMs provide professional services which apply effective management techniques to the planning, design, and construction of a project or program from inception to completion to control time, cost, and quality.

The purpose of the CCM is to improve the delivery of the built environment by identifying the construction managers (CMs) who are best qualified by education and experience to deliver professional construction managementservices with the highest quality and ethical conduct.

What Does a CCM do?

Why Should I Become a CCM?

Show your clients, employers, colleagues, and other stakeholders your expertise in capital program and project management. Demonstrate your ability to manage costs and safely deliver programs and projects on time.

Increase your Professional Marketability: Having a CCM helps you stand out and showcase your experience being responsible-in-charge of CM services. You can provide resolutions toward your client’s best interests and complete successful programs and projects.

  • CCMs earn about 10% more than CMs who do not hold the credential; and
  • require or prefer candidates with the CCM.

Display your Leadership and Professionalism: The CCM is a sign of professional achievement and will help you validate to clients and supervisors that you are dedicated to your profession and that you are part of an elite group of qualified industry experts.

  • Receive a printed certificate and digital badge to show your CCM status;
  • CCMs are in demand at a time when the industry needs skilled workers; and
  • CCMs pass a comprehensive exam that tests 10 practice areas, including management of time, safety, sustainability, technology, and costs.

Expand your Knowledge and Grow your Network: As a CCM, you maintain your credibility by staying up to date with industry best practices, being engaged at industry events, and adhering to the code of ethics through the recertification process.

  • CCMs are honored in ż publications, the ż website, and ż conferences;
  • Hundreds of CCMs serve as mentors to early career professionals;
  • CCMs are chosen to teach at colleges/universities, professional workshops/training events, and conferences; and
  • Many CCMs are selected to write exam test questions, develop industry best practices, and serve association boards and committees.

Why Should Organizations Hire CCMs for Programs or Projects?

Service providers: Compete for new business by showing that your CMs are among the best in the industry.

Owner organizations: Demonstrate your leadership and knowledge by setting an example with your qualifications.

Identify you Have the top Talent in the Industry: CCMs must provide at least two references to verify their experience and pass a comprehensive exam that tests 10 practice areas, including management of time, safety, sustainability, technology, and costs.

  • CCMs are required to recertify every three years by showing continued professional development or passing the CCM exam again.

Ensure Safety, Reduce Costs, and Deliver Programs and Projects on Time: Public and private owners rely on CCMs on their teams to manage their risks.

  • Many owners list preferences for CCMs on their teams in RFPs and RFQs; and
  • Get lower liability insurance by having a CCM on your staff through .

Attract and Retain the Best Talent: By demonstrating your support for your team's continued professional development, employees stay longer at companies that support professional development.

  • CCMs are required every three years to provide a minimum of 25 points earned by participating in training or volunteering within the industry.


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