National Credential
Credential: Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCEA)  In-Demand resource
Credentialing Agency: International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA)

The International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA) Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCEA) demonstrates an individual's ability and understanding of math and statistics principles with engineering, program management, procurement, budgeting and accounting disciplines. Cost estimating requires a solid foundation of cost knowledge woven together with a variety of cost experiences. The CCEA examination has two parts that combine to examine and assess an individual's cost knowledge, skills and abilities. Candidates must have a Bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited college a minimum of five years of cost experience, or eight years of cost experience without a degree.

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

Renewal Period: 5 years

Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCEA)

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 12H Construction Engineering Supervisor MOS other          
Enlisted 3C Operational Contract Support (OCS) ASI other          
Enlisted 88N Transportation Management Coordinator MOS 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 Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCEA)

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: 8 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

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

Renewal Period: 5 years

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

International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA)
4115 Annandale Road
Suite 306
Annandale, VA  22003
Phone: 703-642-3090
Fax: 703-642-2091
Email: iceaa@iceaaonline.org

Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCEA)

Option 1: Candidates must have a Bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited college and five years of cost experience.

Option 2: Candidates that do not have a Bachelor's degree must demonstrate eight years of cost experience.

Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCEA)

Part I tests Foundation Knowledge and Practical Application.  Part I consists of 60 multiple choice questions worth 1 point each. The applicant must pass Part I of the examination with an overallscore of 70% or greater to receive credit for the examination.

  • Cost Estimating Basics
  • Costing Techniques
  • Parametric Estimating
  • Data Collection and Normalization
  • Index/Inflation
  • Basic Data Analysis Principles
  • Learning Curve
  • Regression Analysis
  • Cost Risk Analysis
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Manufacturing Cost Estimating
  • Software Cost Estimating
  • Economic Analysis
  • Contract Pricing
  • Earned Value Management
  • Cost Management

Part II tests Advanced Analysis knowledge as well as knowledge applied in a Case Study. Part II consists of 48 multiple choice questions worth 1 point each and 2 short-answer questions worth 2 points each. The applicant must pass Part II of the examination with an overall score of 70% or greater to receive credit for the examination.

  • Cost Estimating Basics
  • Costing Techniques
  • Parametric Estimating
  • Data Collection and Normalization
  • Index/Inflation
  • Basic Data Analysis Principles
  • Learning Curve
  • Regression Analysis
  • Cost Risk Analysis
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Manufacturing Cost Estimating
  • Software Cost Estimating
  • Economic Analysis
  • Contract Pricing
  • Earned Value Management
  • Cost Management

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCEA) 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.

Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCEA)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCEA) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Recertification is required every five years and can be achieved by retaking the exam or earning 30 points through a combination of experience, knowledge attainment and/or sharing and participation in the cost community and their associations.