We have an interactive webinar on 22 Feb where the speakers will be on line to answer your questions. Do you have any questions that you would like them to answer? Please reply below and we will ensure your questions get asked.
Accreditation was originally done at the behest of BCECA the British Chemical Engineering Contractors association involving the companies like Fluor, Foster Wheeler, Worley Parson, AMEC, Bechtel, CBI etc all the main players in the oil and gas contracting industry. It was subsequently extended to cover Manufacturing and other sectors of Industry. Accreditation is benchmarked to Engineering Council IEng and CEng but reflects the skills of the Project Controls/Cost Engineering community.
Before the webinar we had a number of other questions which were submitted. They are below with the answers:
What are the most important benefits of Projects controls to Engineers in the competitive marketplace?
Answer: The engineer needs to focus on Engineering and scope delivery. He needs Project Control professionals to establish a delivery framework for cost and time and track the delivery of actuals against the cost and time plan and look at the strategic issue associated with delivery of the project scope and recovery strategies. The person doing this needs to be sufficiently removed from the day to day delivery to ensure that a segregation of duty/ independence exists between the Engineering and PM functions to ensure the risk of bias in reporting and the tracking, is minimal for the project team, the client and the senior management. It is essential the Project Control professional has sufficient engineering grounding to understand the engineering issues and processes to be able to take an objective view and challenge if and when required. Experience shows combining the duties with the engineers or project managers invariably means the project is compromised by lack of quality in the processes used and control infrastructure and overoptimistic reporting.
For candidates outside the UK: Is it possible to conduct the professional interview via Skype or similar technology? How can external companies with a PC focus and training capacity, support this initiative in their country/region of operation?
Answer: For Accreditation and Certified Cost Engineer we would carry out the interview using Webex a similar functionality to Skype. All the assessment work is done in e Qual, an online assessment tool, which enables all the evidence to be filed by the applicant and comments made by the assessor as required
The process could be supported locally by Training Organisations who build course modules around the National Occupational standards, and gain accreditation to deliver these from ACostE. Where this happens there would be a reduced assessment fee
How does AcostE compare with AACE with regards to international recognition?
Answer: ACostE and AACE are separate organisations who are both members of the ICEC organisation (the International Cost Engineering Council) which accredits our ability to award CCE (Certified Cost Engineer) status which is an internationally recognised. It is for this reason we asked for Accreditation of ACostE’s Tiered Accreditation to get the same international recognition for the different levels of ECostE, RCostE, ICostE and CPCostE.. Our Tiered Accreditation is accredited by ICEC, as is our ability to deliver CCE.
Should I receive some notes for reference ? any international recognition?
Answer: Not sure what this is driving at: hopefully the above response covers the international aspects. We require sponsors to validate all applications, supporting documents and evidence, if that is also the question that has been asked
I am a MACostE, how can I access to CEng (RCostE(Registered))?
Answer: ACostE has 3 routes to professional status depending on the background and prior qualifications:
Tiered Accreditation Board leading to ECostE, RCostE, ICostE and CPCostE
Certification Board leading to CCE and
Engineering Committee (Affiliated to The Engineering Council) leading to IEng, and CEng
To access these routes you need to apply to the ACoste Sandbach Office and they will look at the best route for your case. If you do not have a higher degree in an Engineering Subject and have not practiced as an engineer for a reasonable length of time before moving into Project Control it is unlikely you will be able to gain CEng or IEng status, which is why we created the Tiered Accreditation. We recognised that many Practising professionals are operating at a similar level of capability to their engineering colleagues and cannot gain an equivalent status.
I am a corporate member of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors but cannot attend as I will be oversea on holidays but wish to be recognised as a Project Controls Professional
Answer: By Applying to ACostEs office at Sandbach,
with your CV as a opener we will be able to make some assessment of the best way forward. In theory both Tiered Accreditation (more flexible if you have not been working at a senior level) and CCE are available to you providing you have suitable prior experience in Cost Engineering. This is a Benchmarking process of your “Can Do” abilities. Engineering Council Post nominal’s would not be available, as I guess you have no Engineering Practice back ground, see comment above
What are the basic qualifications which I should have? What are the facilities we have to obtain this status within Sri Lanka?
Answer: The whole Tiered accreditation is based around the UK National Occupational standards of which we use 40. If you have no Qualifications you would undergo on-line assessment (e Qual) of 20 units for ICostE plus interview and level pack which benchmarks you to IEng requirements. To get to Certified Professional level a further 5 Differentiated units are assessed plus another professional interview and a further level pack which benchmarks you to CEng requirements
If you have a suitable engineering or QS based Degree or similar eg a QCF Level 5 Diploma in the UK, this allows you to enter higher up the accreditation Framework/ reduces the number of units you need to be assessed against. We do not take Qualifications on their own you have to demonstrate hands on Cost Engineering, Estimating or Planning experience for a suitable period commensurate with your target accreditation Level
For Certified Cost Engineer it is unlikely unless you have a degree and have practiced Cost Engineering, Estimating or Planning at a very senior level for several years we would consider you, as ready to apply for that