Professional Construction Estimators Association of America (PCEA) -
Professional Construction Estimator Certification Program
Revision Date: 07/12/2021
The Professional Construction Estimators Association of America, Inc. (PCEA) was chartered in 1956 with 35 members from various construction disciplines in Charlotte, North Carolina. The PCEA is a not for profit organization started by estimators, for estimators.
During our early years, members rallied together to exchange ideas, promote educational endeavors and high ethical standards, while simultaneously developing new friendships. Under the leadership of Charlotte’s early presidents, the members set forth many goals to promote and support the industry while expanding the voluntary association. As a result of these efforts, a second chapter was formed during 1958 in Greensboro, North Carolina (now called the Triad Chapter). The Raleigh-Durham Chapter (now called the Triangle Chapter) followed behind in 1963. Subsequent chapters were formed in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
PCEA members have always been active in the promotion of construction education for the betterment of the industry. Each chapter individually coordinates, develops and establishes programs to assist and enhance the educational endeavors in their community while pursuing the educational goals of membership. PCEA chapters support programs ranging from scholarships to local students, endowed scholarships at several universities, providing construction instructors, purchasing equipment for use in technical training and introducing construction as a trade to “at risk" students.
PCEA is committed to the education of our members in the construction industry, as well as others in the construction estimating profession. Originally, PCEA had teamed with another organization for our certification program. That relationship ended in 2010. The New PCEA Certification Program is one of many ways in which a person may celebrate their career and obtain professional recognition in the field of construction estimating.
The CPCE (Certified Professional Construction Estimator) is unique certification that recognizes individuals for their professional achievement and commitment to the construction industry and estimating in general. Unlike many other certifications, the CPCE is based on experience and the resumé that senior level estimators bring to the table. We at the Professional Construction Estimators Association of America (PCEA) believe that there is nothing more important than hands on experience and have based our certification program on the evaluation of an individual’s actual experience and job history. Below is a list of requirements for the program:
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