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How to Prepare for the American Institute of Constructor Associate Constructor Exam

Information about the Exam

The American Institute of Constructors (AIC) Associate Constructor (AC) is the first level of certification in the Constructor Certification Program. This level of certification is ideal for recent graduates with a bachelor’s degree or individuals transitioning into construction management from other industries. AC’s are individuals who have a high level of skill and knowledge in managing the process of construction. These individuals have been tested and are verified to potential employers as having a refined skill set and base of knowledge. In addition, each AC agrees to abide by the AIC Code of Ethics, ensuring that they are professional and ethical members of the construction industry.

What to Expect

The Associate Constructor exam is made up of 300 multiple-choice questions, given during two four-hour sessions on a single day. The exam is given twice per year, in the spring and fall at more than 60 locations across the country. Over 50 university construction management programs currently administer the AC exam. Most require the exam as part of their program curriculum.

The AC Exam Body of Knowledge consists of:

  • Communication skills
  • Engineering concepts
  • Management concepts
  • Materials, methods, and project modeling and visualization
  • Bidding and estimating
  • Budgeting, costs and cost control
  • Planning, scheduling and schedule control
  • Construction safety
  • Construction geomatics
  • Project administration

How to Prepare for the Exam

Candidates for the Associate Constructor Exam must meet certain qualifying requirements. Qualifications can include having graduated from or being scheduled to graduate from an accredited four-year Construction Management Degree Program or having obtained four years of qualifying work experience in combination with education. A Post Baccalaureate Certificate (PBC) with qualifying construction experience will allow an individual to qualify for the exam. A PBC program will assist in the preparation for students to take the American Institute of Construction Associate Constructor exam. The PBC in CM is a degree program specifically designed to provide the basic core knowledge needed for a construction manager.

Learn more about the LSU online PBC in Construction Management program.


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