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AACEi Planning and Scheualing Course

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Philip James
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HI All


Has anyone completed the AACEi planning and scheduling course.

I would like some feedback and ideal benefits to gain experience in planning. As I look towards trying to become a project planner in the future


Rafael Davila
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  • I always found AACEi references very poor, in particular their Recommended Practice No. 29R-03 Forensic Schedule Analysis where there is little or no attention to the resource issues as if projects do not require consideration of resources.
  • Apportionment of delay responsibility may be inaccurate unless resource allocation practice is considered in the analysis.
  • Anyway even if we disrregard resources their publications have been the subject of much controversy.
  • I do not see much difference in their PSP Certification Study Guide.
  • From the table of contents:
  • 1.2 Considerations and Constraints ....................................... 31 
  • 1.2.1 Identification of Resources  ....................................... 33 
  • 1.2.2 Value Engineering .................................................. 37 
  • As usual AACEi in an effor to make is simpler avoids in depth discussion of how to account for resource constraints. a mere four pages.  Perhaps 10 times what they discuss about resources on their Recommended Practice No. 29R-03 Forensic Schedule Analysis, neither publications are good enough by abysmal margin. 
  • I would look elsewhere. 
  • Best Regards,
  • Rafael Davila
Paul Giamalvo
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Hi Philip,

I've been running AACE cert classes for 25+ years now and based on very recent experience, I would say that the cost related certs are proving to be more in demand today than are planner/scheduler.........

Meaning my recommendtation to you would be to start out with AACE's CCP (which used to be CCE- Certified Cost Engineer OR AACE's CEP-  Certified Estimating Professional as those are the credentials most likely to qualify for today's jobs.

Having said that, while AACE certifications are recognized and are well respected, they are only EXAM based certifications and do not validated COMPETENCY. 

SO how about considering being one of the FIRST to get your Guild of Project Controls Foundation or Practitioner Certification?   We are getting very close to being ready to roll out the Planning & Scheduling Foundation Level Exam and hope to follow it up in short order with the Practitioner level?

As the Guild of Project Controls has designed a COMPETENCY base program you could get started immediately by filling out your profile and meeting the other requirements and then when the exams go live you can take the exam and then be one of the first to get a "low number" GPC Credential?


Dr. PDG, Jakarta, Indonesia

Patrick Weaver
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Hi Philip,

The basic starting requierment for the primary AACEi certification PSP is 8 years experinece in a scheduling role. There is a new Certified Scheduling Technician (CST) credential, see:  It only requires 4 years experience, or a 4 year degree. 

I have no idea what this offers byt the study materials are avaialble from the AACEi wensite.

For more general planning and scheduling resources see: