Certification Program FAQs

CSI Certification FAQs

Exam Program Basics Questions:

  1. When and where does CSI offer the examinations?
  2. How do I register for an exam?
  3. When can I register for an exam?
  4. What are the exam fees?
  5. What are the prerequisites for the Construction Documents Technology (CDT), Certified Construction Specifier (CCS), Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA), and Certified Construction Product Representative (CCPR) exams?
  6. Is the exam open book?
  7. How will I know which questions I get wrong?
  8. I am a CSI member. Do all members of my firm get the member price for the exam?
  9. How long will it take to receive my exam results?
  10. What is the pass rate for the exam?
  11. How soon after I pass the CDT can I take a certification exam?
  12. Is there a difference between the CDT exam, the International CDT exam and the CDT Student Exam other than cost?
  13. If my chapter does not have a study group, what are my options?
  14. Is CSI membership required to take the CDT exam or CSI certification (CCS, CCCA, CCPR) examinations?
  15. Is CSI membership required to maintain or renew CSI certifications?

Exam Source Material Questions:

  1. What are the source materials for the exams?
  2. Will CSI offer study guides?
  3. I'm an instructor. How do I prepare to lead a study course?

Exam Policy Questions:

  1. What is CSI's policy regarding exam cancellations?
  2. If I don't pass the exam, when may I take it again?

Certification Renewal Questions:

  1. How does the CDT as Certification Transition affect me?
  2. What do I have to do to renew my certification?
  3. What are the continuing education requirements for certification renewal?
  4. I frequently see programs for AIA. Do credits achieved in AIA sponsored classes count toward my certification renewal?
  5. How do I register my continuing education with CSI?
  6. What are some examples of professional or industry activities for which I can earn PDHs?
  7. What are some examples of construction industry-related activities for which I can earn PDHs?
  8. Are there any activities which do not qualify for PDHs?
  9. Is CSI membership required to maintain or renew CSI certifications?
  10. After I submit my renewal, when will I receive a certificate reflecting my new certification expiration date?

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Exam Program Basics Answers:

  1. When and where does CSI offer the examinations? All CSI examinations are administered through Prometric. Prometric is a recognized leader in technology-enabled testing and assessment services. Upcoming exams dates are listed at www.csiresources.org/certification/csi-certification.The CDT, CCCA, CCPR and CCS examinations are administered by computer-based testing at Prometric test centers throughout the U.S., Canada and U.S. Territories. To view the Prometric test center locations, visit www.prometric.com/CSI and select “Locate a Testing Center."
  2. How do I register for an exam? During open registration, candidates may apply to sit for the CDT, CCCA, CCPR and CCS examinations through the CSI website at www.csiresources.org/certification/mycertifications. Following the approval of an application, candidates will receive email notification with instructions on reserving their date and time at a Prometric test center using an individual authorization number. 
  3. When can I register for an exam? Registration dates are listed on the individual pages for the CDT, CCCA, CCPR and CCS.
  4. What are the exam fees? Exam fees vary based on CSI membership and date of registration. Full-time students may register for the CDT exam at a discounted rate. See the information available for each individual exam at www.csiresources.org/certification/csi-certification
  5. What are the prerequisites for the Construction Documents Technology (CDT), Certified Construction Specifier (CCS), Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA), and Certified Construction Product Representative (CCPR) exams?
    1. CDT certification exam: High School Diploma or Equivalent. College-level coursework and/or two (2) years’ experience in construction management is highly recommended
    2. CCS certification exam candidates must:
      1. Have prepared or coordinated either Division 00 – Procurement and Contracting Requirements or Division 01 - General Requirements actually used in requirements
      2. Have a minimum of two years’ experience in the preparation and coordination of specifications actually used in construction with a CDT. Five years’ experience is required without a CDT. 
      3. Provide contact information for two experienced professionals in the field who will attest the candidate has at least five years’ experience in the preparation of contract documents.
    3. CCCA certification exam candidates must:
      1. Have at least two years of experience in contract administration process, attested by two people experienced in the field. Five years’ experience is required without a CDT.
    4. CCPR certification exam candidates must:
      1. Have a minimum of two years’ experience representing construction product(s) exclusive of academic preparation, attested to on company letterhead by two manufacturers and /or employers. Five years’ experience is required without a CDT.
  6. What is the format of the exams? All tests are Computer Based multiple-choice examinations.
    1. CDT: 120 Questions with 20 non-scored pretest questions
      1. Overall Time: 180 Minutes
      2. Test Time: 120 minutes (2 hours)
    2. CCS, CCCA and CCPR: 200 Questions
      1. Overall Time: 300 minutes
      2. Test Time: 240 minutes (4 hours)
  7. I am a CSI member. Do all members of my firm get the member price for the exam? CSI membership is on an individual basis. A firm may not apply the member price to any individual employee who is not a CSI member. Firms with multiple candidates should explore CSI's Corporate Partners Program for information please contact Maureen Eyles at meyles@csinet.org
  8. Is the exam open book? CSI exams are not open book. Study materials are not permitted while taking the exam.
  9. How long will it take to receive my exam results? Your pass/fail status will be emailed to you approximately six weeks after the testing window closes.
  10. What is the pass rate for the exam? CSI does not publish official pass rates for any exam.
  11. If my chapter does not have a study group, what are my options?
    1. Contact the chapter and ask them to help you find a mentor in your area, as well as other candidates
    2. Download a FREE Candidate Handbook. Note that handbooks for CCA, CCS, and CCPR will be available in Spring 2019 via the CSI Store.
    3. Purchase CSI's Project Delivery Education Program, or a similar program in the CSI Store
    4. CSI offers webinars and other support in the weeks leading up to the exam. Subscribe to CSI's free, weekly e-newsletter to stay informed.
  12. Is CSI membership required to take the CDT exam or CSI certification (CCS, CCCA, CCPR) exams? No. CSI membership is not required for testing.
  13. Is CSI membership required to maintain or renew CSI certifications? No. CSI membership is not required to maintain or renew CSI certification.

Exam Source Materials Answers:

  1. What are the source materials for the exams? To be sure you're using the correct source materials, visit www.csiresources.org/certification and read the information posted for your specific exam or on the candidate handbooks.
  2. Will CSI offer candidate handbooks? Yes. Download a FREE Candidate Handbook. Note that handbooks for CCA, CCS, and CCPR will be available in Fall 2019 via the CSI Store.
  3. I'm an instructor. How do I prepare to lead a certification class? Read the relevant sources identified in the candidate handbooks. Plan to start your class in early January for the spring exam window and in July for the fall exam window. Begin marketing courses so candidates can register for the exams prior to the early registration deadline for either exam window. CSI also offers recommended education programs for purchase in the CSI Store. 

Exam Policies Answers:

  1. What is CSI's policy regarding exam cancellations?
    1. CSI exam application and registration fees are non-transferable to another individual and are non-refundable.

      Candidates who do not request a deferral or cancellation prior to the deadlines below, who no-show or otherwise do not sit for the exam will forfeit all fees. Candidates who then wish to sit for the next exam cycle must re-submit a new application and all required fees.

      Cancellation or deferral requests must be submitted to CSI in writing using the appropriate request form:


      A scheduled appointment with Prometric** must also be cancelled through Prometric via www.prometric.com/csi or by calling 1-800-503-8991.

      **Prometric’s cancellation policy states that all candidate requests to reschedule or cancel an exam appointment 30 days or less prior to the scheduled appointment date will be charged a $30 cancellation fee by Prometric. This is separate from CSI cancellation/deferral fees.
    2. Cancellations
      Review the fee schedule and submit the CSI Cancellation Request Form. You must also contact Prometric to cancel a scheduled appointment. 
      1. Cancellation requests received 8-30 days (or more) prior to the test day will be refunded amount paid less a 50% CSI Exam Fee. $30 is due to Prometric from the candidate.
      2. There is no refund or credit for cancellation requests received less 8 days prior to the test day. Full CSI Exam Fee is forfeited.
      3. *If no test date was scheduled, 50% refund if request received 8+ days prior to last day of exam window or no refund eligible. 

    3. Deferral
      If you have a medical or significant personal emergency, you can consider submitting a request to defer for one cycle. Review the fee schedule and submit the CSI Deferral Request Form. You must also contact Prometric to cancel a scheduled appointment.

      Deferred exams must be completed within the next testing window. If deferred exam is not taken during that timeframe, no refund is provided, and a new application and registration fee will be required. 

      1. If an emergency deferral is approved:
      2. If registered with not test date scheduled, the CSI Fee is $200 for members, $275 for nonmembers; $0 due to Prometric.
      3. 6-30 (or more days prior to test date, the CSI Fee is $200 for members, $275 for nonmembers; $30 due to Prometric.
      4. The full CSI Exam Fee is forfeited if:
      5. a. less than 5 days before a test date, or
      6. b. you fail to appear for a scheduled Test - "no show", or
      7. c. you are more than thirty (30) minutes late for the scheduled test start time and will be refused admission to test
    4. Re-Test
      Those who are not successful in passing an exam may retest during the next available exam window. Candidates may not take the exam more than once within an exam window. Retests require a new application and registration fee.
    5. Contact Information
      1. Should you have questions regarding CSI's Certification Programs, please contact CSI's Member Services at one of the following:
        • Phone: 800-689-2900, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (eastern)
        • Fax: 703-236-4600
        • Mail: CSI
        • Attn: Member Services, 123 N. Pitt Street, Suite 450, Alexandria, VA 22314
        • Email: csi@csinet.org
  2. If I don't pass the exam, when may I take it again? Candidates who are unsuccessful in passing an exam may retest during the next exam window, but may not take the test more than two times in 12 months. Please note that a new application form and full registration fee are required for retesting.

Certification Renewal Answers:

  1. What do I have to do to renew my certification? CDT, CCS, CCCA, and CCPR certifications are all valid for a period of three-years and expire on June 30th. The year of expiration is based on the initial date of certification. CSI sends email and postal reminders for Certification Renewal beginning in early spring. Certification renewal is fully electronic and completed within the individual portal. Candidates for renewal must report 24 Continuing Education hours, complete the renewal attestation and pay the renewal fee.
  2. What are the continuing education requirements for certification renewal? Certificants are required to earn a minimum of 24.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) by the end of the 3-year renewal period. The certification renewal period is defined as July 1 through June 30.
    1. 50% of topics must be related to the professional practice of the certification being renewed, as defined by the CSI Practice Guide.
    2. Up to 50% may accrue from serving on a CSI standing or ad hoc committee or on a CSI task team.
    3. Attending educational seminars and certification study courses by CSI Chapters and Regions.
    4. 100% must be related to the construction industry or the construction process.
  3. I frequently see programs for AIA. Do credits achieved in AIA sponsored classes count toward my certification renewal? Yes. CSI recognizes AIA credits as part of a certificant's continuing education.
  4. How do I register my continuing education with CSI? Certificants may enter completed CE activities in their account at any time. CSI does not require candidates to provide supporting documentation at the time of renewal. However, CSI does hold the right to perform random audits and may ask you to provide documentation of your continuing education hours in the form of AIA transcripts, meeting agendas and CEU certificates.
  5. What are some examples of professional or industry activities for which I can earn PDHs? Meeting state/professional license requirements, attending/instructing seminars, or publishing articles.
  6. What are some examples of construction industry-related activities for which I can earn PDHs? Technical tours and professional technical meetings.
  7. Are there any activities which do not qualify for PDHs? Yes. Activities which do not qualify for PDHs include any activities which are a normal part of your vocational job description, and which are normally and routinely performed during your employment duties.
  8. Is CSI membership required to maintain or renew CSI certifications? No. CSI membership is not required to maintain or renew CSI certification.
  9. After I submit my renewal, when will I receive a certificate reflecting my new certification expiration date? CSI mails renewal certificates approximately 4-6 following a candidate's successful completion of the renewal process.

Additional questions? Contact CSI Member Services at csi@csinet.org

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