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Fundamental Skills and Knowledge of Cost Engineering

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Correspondence Course

by James Rowings, Jr. P.E, PhD


Learn or review the basic knowledge for cost engineers and project controls professionals. Fundamental Skills and Knowledge of Cost Engineering by correspondence is a self-paced, structured method to learn the skills required to be successful. Engineering-LAS Online Learning administers the course.

Frequently Asked Questions



  • Improve or review your knowledge of cost engineering subjects through a structured study guide, study questions and exercises.
  • Practice solving cost engineering problems of varying complexity and difficulty similar to those encountered in the practice of cost engineering.
  • Receive feedback and additional practice problems when warranted.

Course Procedures

The course begins the date we receive your registration and payment. All course work must be completed within 12 months of that date.  The $500 (U.S. dollars) non-refundable registration fee must be paid in advance to Iowa State University.  Upon receiving your payment, we will send you a username and password in order to access the course website where you can download course materials including the course workbook.

You must order the textbook, “Skills & Knowledge of Cost Engineering”, 5th Edition by Dr. Scott Amos PE, Editor AACE International, 2010.

Complete the assignments at your own pace. Assignments will all be submitted on the course website, reviewed by the course teaching assistant, and then returned with a score and feedback attached. All course grades will be available on the website. After successful completion of the course, you will receive 7.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), which will be permanently recorded by Engineering-LAS Online Learning. You will also receive a certificate of completion issued by Iowa State University. All segments of the course must be completed to earn CEU credit for the course. Partial credit will not be awarded.

Total Course Hours

The course must be completed within 12 months.  Approximate time to complete this course is 75 hours.


You must complete all of the assignments and must receive 70% or better to receive CEUs.

Required Textbook
Skills and Knowledge of Cost Engineering Textbook

Skills & Knowledge of Cost Engineering, 5th Edition, Revised
by Dr. Scott Amos PE, Editor, AACE International, 2010

Now in its 5th edition, this updated and expanded guide for fundamentals is an excellent choice for anyone interested in a concise reference to all aspects of the profession.  The 5th edition includes 31 chapters on cost estimating, planning and scheduling, progress and cost control, project management, economic analysis, risk, and much much more.  This is a very useful book for those studying for the certification exam.
471 pages.  We encourage you to view the Correspondence Course Content before registering.

The required textbook can be purchased from the following stores:

*AACE and will required to register before ordering.  If you are a member of AACEI, discount can be applied.


Register Online or call ELO at 1-800-854-1675 for more information.

Preview the first lesson of this course here for free.

Registration Fee

$500 (U.S. dollars) per person
The course will cover the fundamental areas in 15 parts through a self-paced, online learning opportunity.

Time Extension

ELO offers a time extension of an extra 12 months for a fee of $200 if you are unable to finish the course in the allotted time.  Please use this form to register for an extension.

AACE contact info or call 1-800-858-COST