CCS Exam Overview

A Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) is a skilled product researcher who knows how to investigate and identify cost-effective, efficient solutions, and then communicate those solutions through the specifications. Achieving your CCS means:

  • Developing an in-depth understanding of agreements, conditions of the contract, Division 01, and their relationships to specifications
  • Having advanced skills in specification development, enabling you to use spec-writing software more effectively
  • Understanding how to research and source products
After passing the CCS exam, you may use the designation "CCS" after your name, on LinkedIn, business cards and your resume — and proudly share your CCS digital badge.

Exam 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, you must submit the two (2) reference letters in .doc or .pdf format to
  • If you are already a CDT: a minimum of two (2) years of industry experience required. No references or letters are required.


Spring 2020 Certification Registration

Exam Window: May 4 - June 5, 2020
Early Registration: February 19 - March 18, 2020
Standard Registration: March 19 - March 31, 2020
Late Registration: April 1 - April 30, 2020
Results Notification: July 2020 via email*

Registration Opens February 19, 2020

  Dates Member Non-Member
Early 2/19- 3/18 $375 $625
Standard 3/19 - 3/31 $460 $795
Final 4/1 - 4/30 $545 $935
Exam Window May 4 - June 5, 2020

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
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Certification renewal

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_3.png Input any continuing ed information & upload any supporting documents.
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