National Credential
Credential: Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA)
Credentialing Agency: Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) is an intermediate-level certification. The CCCA is for candidates who can demonstrate their knowledge in all facets of the construction process and contractual relationships, as well as construction contract administration. A CCCA is an individual who can complete tasks in the areas of quality control, bidding and negotiating, construction inspections, and enforcement and liability. To earn a CCCA certification, candidates must have experience in the field and be able to pass an exam.

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA)

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 12B Combat Engineer MOS other          
Enlisted 12C Bridge Crewmember MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 12H Construction Engineering Supervisor MOS other          
Enlisted 12K Plumber MOS other          
Enlisted 12N Horizontal Construction Engineer MOS other          
Enlisted 12R Interior Electrician MOS other          
Enlisted 12W Carpentry and Masonry Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 3C Operational Contract Support (OCS) ASI some          
Warrant Officer 120A Construction Engineering Technician 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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Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA)

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: Construction Documents Technology (CDT)
  • Experience: 2 years
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

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

Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
110 South Union Street
Suite 100
Alexandria, VA  22314-3351
Phone: (800) 689-2900
Fax: (703) 236-4600
Email: csi@csinet.org

Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA)

Candidates must hold a Construction Documents Technology (CDT) certification.

Candidates should have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Candidates with a CDT must have a minimum of two (2) years’ experience in the construction contract administration process. 

Candidates with no CDT, must have 5-years’ experience in the construction contract administration process.

Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA)

  • Domain 1: Claims and Disputes (10%)
    • Review, determine entitlement for, and distribute decision on claims between Owner and Contractor.
    • Participate in dispute resolution measures.
    • Evaluate the effect of nonconforming work on payment applications.
    • Identify construction issues and procedures for resolving them.
    • Interpret documents to issue revisions, clarifications, and modification.
    • Participate in the review of RFI (Request for Information/Interpretation), RFP Request for Proposal), COR (Change Order Request), and work change directives.
    • Determine if field conditions vary from the available information.
  • Domain 2: Contracts (14%)
    • Inform and receive direction from the Owner during the construction process.
    • Participate in the development of revisions, changes, and additions to the construction contract.
    • Impartially evaluate interpretations of the contract documents to make recommendations under the terms of the contract.
    • Assess and evaluate additional services requested of the A/E.
    • Participate in the preparation and response to process ASIs (Architect’s Supplemental Instructions) and change orders.
    • Prepare and issue Field Orders for minor changes in the work not involving changes in contract price or contract times.
    • Prepare A/E and Owner initiated proposal requests and associated design data to submit to the Contractor.
    • Prepare and process Change Orders.
  • Domain 3: Project Records (28%)
    • Identify what information is part of the contract and what information is not.
    • Prepare and submit progress reports.
    • Ensure forms are completed properly.
    • Advise team members on the proper use of common forms.
    • Review and comment on schedule of submittals prepared by Contractor.
    • Review and comment on progress schedule (preliminary, acceptable, periodic updates, recovery schedules, and associated documents).
    • Design tracking logs for recording documentation.
    • Receive, log, review, and respond to Contractor's submittals such as shop drawings, product data, samples, and other submittals.
    • Review and approve (or reject) Contractor's requests for approval of substitutions and "or equal" items.
    • Issue Certificate of Substantial Completion with definitive list of uncompleted work items prepared by A/E.
    • Obtain from Contractor the required contract closeout documents,such as lien waivers, affidavits of payment, consent of surety, sustainable design closeout documents, and others required.
    • Obtain and review Contractor's record drawings for completeness. A/E may prepare CAD drawings from Contractor's mark-ups.
    • Receive and review Contractor's request for final inspection.
    • Organize and file project documentation.
    • Determine when project reaches substantial completion.
    • Evaluate use of allowances during construction administration.
    • Identify measurement and cost adjustments.
    • Identify the scope of alternates and implications on other work.
    • Establish contract administration filing system, communication system, and project forms.
    • Review Contractor's compliance to closeout procedures and submittals including warranty documentation, maintenance and operation.
    • Verify preconstruction submittals have been received and reviewed.
    • Evaluate the project document submissions to determine if the contract requirements are being met.
  • Domain 4: Quality Control/Quality Assurance (25%)
    • Report contract document discrepancies to Owner with recommended action.
    • Assess the Contractor's "cost of the work".
    • Review and comment on the Contractor's schedule of values.
    • Review and certify the Contractor's applications for progress payments.
    • Confer with construction team to discuss and resolve issues, complaints, and construction problems.
    • Reject work that does not conform to the contract documents.
    • Witness tests required by the contract documents, when A/E presence is specified.
    • Verify specified code required tests are completed with reports submitted.
    • Evaluate requirements for each product, by specifications and manufacturer's requirements.
    • Assess implications of substitutions on related work.
    • Review submittals, and quality control submittals.
    • Review, analyze, and prepare contract modification documentation.
    • Communicate procedures and methods to the owner, design, and constructor teams.
    • Provide input about firm's contract administration and documentation methods for effectiveness and participate in periodic review and modification.
    • Verify test reports indicate compliance with contract.
    • Ensure that bid addenda, accepted alternates, and negotiations are incorporated into the project scope of work.
    • Perform "constructability review" of project design.
  • Domain 5: Site Visits (23%)
    • Identify on-site design issues and engage project team to formulate solutions.
    • Report construction progress to owner throughout the construction process.
    • Administer pre-construction conference.
    • Participate in project meetings as defined in the contract documents.
    • Coordinate with the Resident Project Representative (RPR), if any, at the site.
    • Review and document field conditions.
    • Receive and review code required inspections and testing for compliance with the contract documents.
    • Interpret the project requirementsto execute the contract and to facilitate solutions to construction issues.
    • Make periodic visits to the site during construction and observe the quality and progress of the Work.
    • Receive and review Contractor's request for Substantial Completion inspection and associated list of uncompleted work items.
    • Conduct the Substantial Completion inspection.
    • Conduct final inspections.
    • Evaluate project for completion and issue A/E declaration of acceptance.
    • Perform site visits, issue progress reports, and request site visits from consultants based on work in progress.
    • Observe compliance with project sustainability requirements.
    • Participate in construction meetings with Contractor and Owner.
    • Establish project construction administration work plan based on the project delivery method and the procurement method.

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Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The CCCA is renewable every three years. The certification holder must complete 24 continuing education credit hours, complete a renewal application, and pay a fee.