National Credential
Credential: Certified Professional Constructor (CPC)  GI Bill resource  ANSI resource
Credentialing Agency: American Institute of Constructors (AIC)

The Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) credential is an advanced intermediate level certification recommended for individuals who have several years of experience managing the construction process. Candidates are required to have relevant experience prior to taking the exam; at least 2 years of which must include relevant leadership experience.

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

Renewal Period: 2 years

Certified Professional Constructor (CPC)

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 some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 11C Indirect Fire Infantryman MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 12A Engineer Senior Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted 12B Combat Engineer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 12C Bridge Crewmember MOS other          
Enlisted 12H Construction Engineering Supervisor MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. III      
Enlisted 12N Horizontal Construction Engineer MOS some          
Enlisted 18B Special Forces Weapons Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted 18C Special Forces Engineer Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted B6 Combat Engineer Heavy Track ASI most          
Enlisted C3 Well Drilling ASI 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.

Promotion Points Promotion Points icon

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.

Star Credential Star icon

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.

Proponent Funded Funded icon

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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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Certified Professional Constructor (CPC)

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: 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

Certified Professional Constructor (CPC)

Option 1: Hold the Associate Constructor Certification and have an additional four years of acceptable professional construction experience including a minimum of two years managing the execution of construction work.

Option 2: A graduate degree in a construction program and four years of acceptable professional construction experience including a minimum of two years managing the execution of construction work.

Option 3: A baccalaureate degree in an accredited construction program and four years of acceptable professional construction experience including a minimum of two years managing the execution of construction work.

Option 4: A baccalaureate degree in a construction-related program and five years of acceptable professional construction experience including a minimum of two years managing the execution of construction work.

Option 5: A baccalaureate degree (in any program) and six years of acceptable professional construction experience including a minimum of two years managing the execution of construction work.

Option 6: An associate's degree in an accredited construction program and six years of acceptable professional construction experience including a minimum of two years managing the execution of construction work.

Option 7: An associate's degree (not related to construction) and seven years of acceptable professional construction experience including a minimum of two years managing the execution of construction work.

Option 8: No degree and eight years of acceptable professional construction experience including a minimum of two years managing the execution of construction work.

Note: AIC awards Qualifying Experience based upon type of work performed, such as executive, supervisory and project management work, technical work, administrative, teaching/research, and supervision of specialty trades. Visit the AIC Qualifying Requirements for Certification page for additional details about qualifying experience.

The Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) credential has the following other requirements:

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

Certified Professional Constructor (CPC)

  • Project Scope Development (20%)
  • Employment Practices (5%)
  • Working Relationships (5%)
  • Construction Start-Up and Support (8%)
  • Construction Resource Management (18%)
  • Construction Cost Control (18%)
  • Project Closeout (8%)
  • Construction Risk Management (12%)
  • Ethics (6%)

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) 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 Professional Constructor (CPC)

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) credential has the following recertification information:

Once awarded the CPC credential, certified individuals must participate in the Continuing Professional Development Program. This program ensures that each certificant is up-to-date and aware of current industry trends and practices. Each individual certification is valid for two years, beginning the first full year after earning the certification. Maintenance requirements are:
  • Paying an annual fee. 
  • Obtaining 32 Hours of CPD Credit over the 2 year Certification Cycle. Every two years certified individuals will be asked to submit an affidavit verifying that the required 32 CPD Hours were earned.