CCCA Overview

CSI's Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) certification demonstrates you have a high level of knowledge for developing, administering and enforcing construction documentation. Passing the CCCATM exam means you’ve proven your skill in:

  • Quality assurance and quality control
  • Bidding and negotiating procedures
  • Construction observation and inspection
  • Division 01, General and Supplemental Conditions, agreements, and all other documents related to the project
  • Enforcement and liability
…and you may use the designation "CCCA" after your name, on your LinkedIn, business cards and resume — plus, proudly share your CCCATM digital badge.

Exam Application Requirements:

  • If you are not a CDT: a minimum of five (5) years of industry experience is required, plus two (2) letters from industry references to verify your years of experience. In order for your application to be processed, please submit both reference letters in .doc or .pdf format prior to beginning registration to
  • If you are already a CDT®: a minimum of two (2) years of industry experience is required and no references or letters are required.

Spring 2021 Exam Cycle
Registration: February 17 - May 14, 2021
Exam Window: May 3 - June 4, 2021

Dates Member Non-Member
Early Registration 2/17 - 3/10 $375 $625
Standard Registration 3/11 - 4/18 $460 $795
Final Registration 4/19 - 5/14 $545 $935
(CDT® only)
All dates $165
Exam Window May 3 - June 4, 2021

Registration cost does not include prep materials, courses, practice guides, or the AIA A-201 or EJCDC C-700 exam source materials, which may be purchased separately. For bulk rate pricing and registration, please contact Themica McBee, Membership Manager at

CCCA Knowledge Domains

Domain 1: Project Records (23%)
  A.      Identify the documents that are part of the contract.
  B.      Verify preconstruction submittals have been received and reviewed.
  C.     Advise team members on the proper use of contractual forms.
  D.     Organize and maintain complete project documentation.
  E.      Implement and maintain logs for recording documentation.
  F.      Evaluate project schedules for contract compliance.
  G.     Identify the scope of alternates and implications on other work.
  H.     Identify project performance measurement and cost adjustments.
Domain 2: Project Initiation (14%)
  A.      Participate in the bidding process.
  B.      Identify the Owner’s bidding requirements.
  C.      Participate in the constructability review of project design.
  D.      Review schedules for omissions, conflicts, and unrealistic timeframes.
  E.      Ensure that bid addenda, accepted alternates, and negotiations are incorporated into the project scope of work.
  F.      Provide guidance on contract administration policies and procedures.
  G.     Communicate with the contracting parties during the construction process.
  H.      Understand relationships, roles, and responsibilities of the project team related to subcontracts and subcontractors. 
Domain 3: Quality Assurance and Quality Control (23%)
  A.      Identify and report contract document discrepancies with recommended action.
  B.      Confer with project team to discuss and resolve project issues. 
  C.     Provide feedback on interpretations of contract documents.
  D.     Follow up on progress reports.
  E.      Review the Contractor's schedule of values.
  F.      Process the Contractor's applications for progress payments.
  G.     Ensure testing required by the contract is conducted.
  H.     Organize contract modification documentation.
  I.         Process action and information submittals (e.g., shop drawings, product data, samples). 
  J.       Process requests for substitutions and “or equal” items. 
  K.      Administer product substitution requests. 
  L.       Review and maintain informational and action submittals.
  M.     Evaluate systems and products compliance with contract documents. 
  N.     Verify test reports indicate compliance with code and contract requirements.
  O.     Review Contractor's compliance to closeout procedures and submittals including warranty documentation, maintenance and operation.
  P.      Verify preconstruction submittals have been received and reviewed.
  Q.     Evaluate the project document submissions to determine if the contract requirements are being met.
Domain 4: Site Visits and Observations (11%)
  A.      Participate in project meetings as required in the contract documents.
  B.      Participate in pre-construction conference.
  C.      Make periodic visits to the site during construction and observe the quality and progress of the work.
  D.      Identify on-site design issues and engage project team to formulate solutions.
  E.      Document field conditions and determine if conditions differ from the provided reference documents.
Domain 5: Claims and Disputes (14%)
  A.      Identify construction issues and procedures for resolving them.
  B.      Interpret contract documents for compliance.
  C.     Notify parties of non-conforming work.
  D.     Review and determine legitimacy of a claim.
  E.      Review and process proposed changes for effect on cost, time, and quality.
  F.      Participate in the development of revisions, changes, additions, and deletions, related to the enforcement of the construction contract.
  G.     Follow procedures for change order requests.
  H.     Evaluate change order requests.
  I.         Evaluate the effect of non-conforming work.
  J.       Participate in dispute resolution measures. 
Domain 6: Project Closeout (15%)
  A.      Review and confirm closeout procedures and requirements (e.g., warranty documentation, maintenance, operation).
  B.      Determine when project reaches substantial completion.
  C.     Identify non-conforming work.
  D.     Conduct the Substantial Completion inspection.
  E.      Coordinate final inspection of the project.
  F.      Issue the Certificate of Substantial Completion.
  G.     Obtain from contractor the required contract closeout documents (e.g., lien waivers, affidavits of payment, consent of surety, sustainable design closeout documents, warranty certificates).
  H.     Coordinate Record Documents submittal.
  I.         Coordinate project team’s sign-off.
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