National Credential
Credential: Associate Constructor (AC)  GI Bill resource  ANSI resource
Credentialing Agency: American Institute of Constructors (AIC)

The Associate Constructor (AC) certification is an entry-level certification recommended for recent graduates of a 4-year Construction Management Program or those transitioning into construction management from other industries. AC is the first level of certification in the Constructor Certification Program offered by AIC. AC's are individuals that have a high level of skill and knowledge in managing the process of construction. Candidates must agree to abide by the AIC Code of Ethics, ensuring that they are professional and ethical members of the industry.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 2 years

Associate Constructor (AC)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 12A Engineer Senior Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted 12H Construction Engineering Supervisor MOS other          
Enlisted 12N Horizontal Construction Engineer MOS most   III      
Enlisted 12T Technical Engineer MOS some          
Enlisted 12W Carpentry and Masonry Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 18C Special Forces Engineer Sergeant MOS some          
Warrant Officer 120A Construction Engineering Technician WOMOS most     Proponent FundedFunded  
Warrant Officer 919A Engineer Equipment Maintenance Warrant Officer WOMOS other        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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Associate Constructor (AC)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 4 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 2 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

American Institute of Constructors (AIC)
Constructor Certification Commission
700 N. Fairfax Street Suite 510
Alexandria, VA  22314
Phone: (703) 683-4999
Fax: (571) 527-3105
Contact Page

Associate Constructor (AC)

To take the AC (Level I) exam, a candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • Graduated from or is scheduled to graduate from an accredited 4-year Construction Management Degree Program.
  • 4 years of qualifying experience, education, or some combination of the two.

See the Candidate Handbook or the Qualifying Requirements for Certification for additional information on experience and education requirements. 


The Associate Constructor (AC) credential has the following other requirements:

  • All exam candidates and certified constructors must agree to uphold the basic principles of professionalism and ethics. See the Candidate Handbook for the Constructor Code of Conduct.

Associate Constructor (AC)

  • Communication Skills (13%)
  • Engineering Concepts (5%)
  • Management Concepts (12%)
  • Materials, Methods, and Project Modeling and Visualization (10%)
  • Bidding and Estimating (12%)
  • Budgeting, Costs, and Cost Control (12%)
  • Planning, Scheduling, and Schedule Control (12%)
  • Construction Safety (7%)
  • Construction Geomatics (2%)
  • Project Administration (15%)

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Associate Constructor (AC) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Associate Constructor (AC)

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Associate Constructor (AC) credential has the following recertification information:

Each individual certification is valid for two years, beginning the first full year after earning the certification. Certified individuals must participate in the Continuing Professional Development Program by completing the following: 
  • Pay a yearly CPD Fee, billed the year before it is due. AIC Members have this fee waived, note that AC certification is not AIC Membership.
  • Submit the AC CPD Reporting Form every two years, This form is requested in November of the last year of the certification cycle.  

Associate Constructors can only maintain their designation for 10 years, after which they must attempt the CPC examination or re-take the AC examination.