PSP – Planning & Scheduling Professional (AACE-USA)

Planning and Scheduling Professional Certification-PSP(AACE-USA)

Planning and Scheduling Professional Certification

What is the PSP™?

A distinguished task force of industry experts assembled by AACE® International created the PSP™ program.

In 2007, it earned accreditation by the Council of Engineering & Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) and the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC).

The intent is to recognize specialists who meet a demanding set of planning and scheduling criteria by a rigorous examination, experience, education and ethical qualifications.

The PSP™ requirements have been established to reflect the sophistication of individuals in today’s planning and scheduling industry and to fairly measure their knowledge, experience and best management practices.

PSP™ certification will distinguish you as a Planning and Scheduling Professional who has the knowledge and skills that impact the bottom line. With AACE Certification, you can be sure that you have met a high quality standard.

Planning and Scheduling Professional Certification Review Course PSP®

This course is tailored to provide the extensive guideline for those intended to sit for the Planning and Schedule Professional PSP® certification examination.

Who should attend?

This course is intended for professionals in all business enterprises including but not limited to Project Managers, Finance Managers, Human Resource Personals, Accountant, Engineers, Planners, Cost Engineers, Cost Controlling Engineers and Quantity Surveyors.

Summary of PSP™ Certification Process

Candidates for the Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP) designation must meet these minimum requirements:

1.Experience requirements

At least 8 full years of professional experience, of which up to 4 years may be substituted by a college/university degree. Related degrees include: Engineering, Building construction, construction technology, business, economics, accounting, construction management, architecture, computer science, mathematics, etc.

2.Submit application and fees

AACE Members US$500.00
Non-Members US$625.00
Submit the application, work/education verification, and fees by the deadline date posted on AACE’s website.

3.Eligibility Criteria

8 years industry related experience or
4 years industry related experience + 4-year industry related college degree


Application submitted
Payment made
Eligibility documentation submitted
Clearance from AACE Headquarters

5.Document experience/education

Applications are reviewed and verified. Please submit a copy of college degree(s) with your application, plus any letters that could expedite the verification process.


Clearance letter and access voucher code received
Kryterion test taker profile created – Select Test center
Examination scheduled

7.Pass the examination

To become PSP certified, a 70% passing grade must be achieved on the 5-hour exam as determined by the Certification Board. Additionally, you must pass Part IV of the exam.

Planning and Scheduling Professional Certification (PSP®)

PSP exams have 120 simple and complex multiple choice questions, including one written memo question. PSP exam is five hours, maximum.

The PSP examination consists of four parts:

  • Part I is Basic Knowledge. It consists of multiple-choice questions concerning the basics of planning and scheduling.
  • Part II is Planning and Scheduling Principles. It consists of multiple-choice questions involving planning and scheduling scenarios.
  • Part III is a Practical Exercise. This part entails answering a series of multiple-choice questions concerning various aspects of a single problem.
  • Part IV is a real-time Communications Exercise. It is graded on a pass/fail basis. It requires the candidate to write the equivalent of a one-page typewritten memorandum to simulate reporting on planning and scheduling analysis to a project manager, explaining the issues and proposing a solution regarding a given problem.


PSP exam result is not given immediately, as the written portions of the exam (technical paper/memo/essay) must be graded and averaged with your multiple choice exam result.

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  • 30 Hours of Exam Preparation Training
  • Complete set of PSP Exam Preparation Study Materials
  • Course completion Certificate with 25 PDU
  • FRQ asked Questions Bank and  Mock Tests Practice

Value Added Benefits

  • Assistance for AACE Membership & Application Process
  • Flexible Timings / Evening Sessions
  • Industry Experienced, Certified Experts as Faculties
  • Best institute for Planning and Scheduling Certification Training Programs
  • Leading and Professional Training Center in Qatar, Kuwait, Chennai & Mumbai

Exam Fee

AACE Members US$500.00
Non-Members US$625.00
Submit the application, work/education verification, and fees by the deadline date posted on AACE’s website.

Contact our respective Branch Consultants

Course Outline

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Planning Development:

  • Input and data.
  • Contract Requirements.
  • Identifications of stakeholders.
  • Construct ability methods
  • Considerations and constraints.
  • Identifications of resources.
  • Value engineering.
  • Stakeholder consideration.
  • Project variables.

Planning Product

  • Planning outputs and deliverable.
  • Define scope of work
  • Define project goals.
  • Define Project plans.
  • Phase definitions.
  • Establish work break down structure (WBS).
  • Establish organizational breakdown structure (OBS).
  • Cost break down structure (CBS).
  • Review by stakeholders.
  • Cost estimate development.
  • Baseline plan
  • Periodic forecasts.
  • Risk and Recovery plan.
  • Sequence and phase relationship.

Schedule development

  • Input and data (from planning).
  • Define schedule scope.
  • Break down structure.
  • Schedule specifications.
  • Feedback from stakeholders.
  • cost estimate module.
  • creating schedule.
  • Types of schedules.
  • Activities.
  • Durations.
  • Relationships.
  • Constraints and calendars
  • Milestones.
  • Cost / resource loading.
  • Schedule basis documentation
  • Schedule quality analysis and compliance review

Schedule Maintenance / controlling

  • Maintain schedule.
  • Baseline schedule
  • Tracking schedule progress.
  • Cost and resources management
  • Schedules change management.
  • Acceleration.
  • Schedule maintenance feedback
  • Schedule output and deliverable.
  • Control level schedules.
  • Variances and trends.
  • Schedule analysis.
  • Schedule forecasts.
  • Recovery schedules.
  • Management summary.
  • Progress reports and reviews.
  • Construct ability review