Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)

Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA)


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

Renewal Period: 3 years

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.

Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

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

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

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

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

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

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

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

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.

Written Exam

  • 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.

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) examination:

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RECERTIFICATION

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.

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