National Credential
Credential: Certified Construction Specifier (CCS)
Credentialing Agency: Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) is an intermediate-level certification. The CCS allows candidates to demonstrate their knowledge of contractual relationships, document organization, and document preparation. A CCS is an individual who is able to administer a contract for construction according to CSI guidelines. The candidate would have an understanding of agreements, conditions of a contract, Division 01, as well as researching and sourcing products. To earn a CCS 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 Specifier (CCS)

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 11B Infantryman MOS other          
Enlisted 11C Indirect Fire Infantryman MOS other          
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 some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
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          
Warrant Officer 120A Construction Engineering Technician WOMOS some        

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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 Specifier (CCS)

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: 5 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

Certified Construction Specifier (CCS)

Candidates must have the following experience: 

  • Candidates with a CDT must have a minimum of two (2) years’ experience in the preparation and coordination of specifications actually used in construction.
  • Candidates with no CDT, must have a minimum of five (5) years’ experience in the preparation and coordination of specifications actually used in construction attested to by two people experienced in the field.

The Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must have prepared or coordinated either Division 00 – Procurement and Contracting Requirements or Division 01- General Requirements.

Certified Construction Specifier (CCS)

  • Domain 1: Coordination (15%)
    • Collect, track, coordinate information
    • Coordinate A/E team proposed choices with project brief from client
    • Direct and coordinate consultant’s input into content of PPD
    • Coordinate product information with Project Team
    • Obtain Owner bid forms, contract forms and documents
    • Coordinate Owner-provided procurement and contract documents
    • Coordinate Division 01 items among disciplines
    • Coordinate submittal process
    • Coordinate substitution processes
    • Coordinate sustainable design and construction requirements
    • Coordinate selected products with the use of other products
    • Coordinate installation procedures with the particular conditions of the project
    • Coordinate RFI review
    • Coordinate the documents of the interdisciplinary team members
    • Perform interdisciplinary review
    • Coordinate consultant files to compile the Project Manual for submission
    • Coordinate project manual deliverables
    • Maintain version control of specifications including those edited by others
    • Collect and coordinate information for addenda
  • Domain 2: Planning/Development/Organization (5%)
    • Evaluate scope of program and coordinate into SD process
    • Develop and maintain a Product Notebook of systems, products, and materials being proposed for use on the project
    • Determine project’s measurement and payment approach
    • Develop tracking tools for logging information, changes, revisions, and questions
    • Develop tracking system for questions, substitutions and related bidding items
    • Track and document project closeout items
  • Domain 3: Research (5%)
    • Conduct research on materials and systems for product selection
    • Research sourcing, availability, and lead time for selected products
    • Research applicable legal requirements to develop of specifications
    • Evaluate product performance for project conditions
  • Domain 4: Analysis and Evaluation (35%)
    • Identify project delivery method and schedule
    • Evaluate program to coordinate future needs, expansion, and impacts of changing technologies
    • Review program process and suggest strategies to identify potential building systems
    • Analyze systems and assemblies being propose for the project
    • Consult with the program team on appropriateness of systems, assemblies, and materials being considered or implied by the project requirements
    • Analyze drawings for primary building systems, assemblies, and material configurations
    • Evaluate products for code requirements
    • Assess climate information for impact on materials and methods
    • Evaluate products and systems for constructability in project locale
    • Evaluate project sustainable design criteria with propose project systems and assemblies
    • Evaluate and select products for compliance with design intent
    • Obtain and evaluate standards and information from technical and professional
    • Review references standards, i.e. ASTM standards, for appropriateness
    • Verify that necessary reference standards options have been selected
    • Discuss product selection with Product Representatives
    • Review cost estimatesfor coordination issues
    • Participate in value engineering process
    • Evaluate the acceptability of substitution request submittal
  • Domain 5: Production (40%)
    • Organize project documents according to CSI Formats
    • Develop Preliminary Descriptions (PPD), outline specification, and project manuals
    • Integrated design narratives into specification development process (UniFormat to MasterFormat)
    • Translate graphic information presented in drawings into succinct written form
    • Assist in the development of procurement and contracting requirements
    • Incorporate project-specific requirementsinto Division 01 sections
    • Prepare or edit measurement payment descriptions, when required
    • Determine means of (resource for) quality control and quality assurance
    • Determine what submittals are required to ensure quality installation and adequate project documentation (i.e. record documents)
    • Document sustainable design and construction procedures into specifications
    • Determine preparatory and finishing requirementsfor the product
    • Prepare and edit specifications sections and compile, review, and edit specification sections written by others
    • Prepare addenda
    • Prepare documents for printing and archive electronic files
    • Develop and maintain Office master guide specifications

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) examination:

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Certified Construction Specifier (CCS)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The CCS is renewable every three years. Certification holders must complete 24 continuing education credit hours, complete a renewal application, and pay a fee.