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        Construction Manager Certification Institute

                         c. 2005

Congratulations on your decision to earn the CCM designation. This study guide will
help you prepare for the exam. In it you will find the following information:

   Exam length and number of questions
   Strategies for preparing for the exam
   Exam content outlines
   Sample questions
   Resources

This publication has been written to help you prepare for the exam. It does NOT
guarantee that you will pass the exam nor does it guarantee that the questions come from
the listed resources. Most of the exam is based on responsible-in-charge experience and
cannot be pinpointed to any one book.
                           TABLE OF CONTENTS

General Exam Information
      Passing Score

The Exam Questions

Test-Taking Strategies
       Prior to the Exam
       Taking the Exam
       How Careless Mistakes Are Made


Exam Content Outlines
                     GENERAL EXAM INFORMATION

        Certification applicants who have been advanced to candidacy by the Certification
Board of Governors are eligible to take the Certification Exam. Candidates must register
in advance for the exam and pay the $275 exam fee.

Exam Pass
     You must pass the closed book CCM exam using an overall passing score.

        You may take the exam up to three times. There is a $100 fee to re-take the
exam. Re-takes will not be scheduled within one month of having taken the exam. If
you still have not passed the exam after 3 times, you may reapply to the program one year
from the date of your last exam by paying the current exam fee and sitting for the closed
book exam.

Exam format
        The exam is 6 hours in length divided into two 3-hour parts; both parts are taken
in the same day. There are 200 questions divided into 7 content areas as follows:

Part 1: 3 hours
            Cost Management, Time Management and Professional Practice

Part 2: 3 hours
 Project Management, Contract Administration, Quality Management and Safety & Risk

Questions are multiple choice. Some require mathematic calculations.

Exam content
       The exam tests general knowledge of construction management. Material is
based on the Construction Manager Body of Knowledge (CMBOK) and is taken from the
following sources:
     Project Experience/General Knowledge
     CMAA publications (Capstone, CMAA Standards of Practice, Agency Series
       Contract Documents and CM At Risk Contract Documents)
                            THE EXAM QUESTIONS
Types of Questions

There is 1 type of question on the exam: multiple choice. Sample questions are given
below. There are also a few questions that will require some mathematic calculation—be
sure to bring a standard calculator.

What the questions test

Questions test your recall of a subject and/or your ability to apply your knowledge and
experience about a subject. As you read through the section content outlines, you want to
be able to define, discuss and/or apply the terms, concepts and/or situations.

Test Question Examples

1. The dollar and time amount allocated by the owner for a project is defined as ______.
   a. a standard
   b. a budget
   c. an agreement
   d. a schedule

2. Which of the following does NOT affect the CM’s roles and responsibilities?
   a. the type of owner-cm contract
   b. laws that regulate cm practice
   c. fed and state statutes
   d. case law interpretations
   e. none of the above

   Answers: 1. B. 2.E
                         TEST-TAKING STRATEGIES
For some of you it may have been a while since you’ve had to take an exam. These
guidelines will help you.

Prior to the Exam

1. Start preparing now. Don’t wait until the last minute and cram. Cramming is the
   least successful study strategy, and there’s too much material to cover. Schedule
   specific times and subjects for studying.

2. Break the material into manageable subjects and into manageable study times; i.e., 60
   minutes at a time will yield better results than a 5-hour stint. Find specific times,
   places and no distractions for best results.

3. Study with another person or group of people. Call the Certification office and find
   out if the CMAA Chapter near you has formed a study group.

4. Most people do better on exams when they are prepared and well rested. A good
   night’s rest prior to taking the exam will yield better results than late-night cramming.

5. Make sure you are organized for exam day: pencils, calculator, and know where you
   are going.

Taking the Exam

                       BEFORE ANSWERING.

1. Multiple choice questions:

There is only one BEST answer, not CORRECT/RIGHT answer, but BEST answer for
the choices given. Don’t get hung up on the question, don’t argue with the question, and
don’t over read the question (read too much into it and/or assume too much.) Just read
the question and the choices and choose the one you think is BEST. If you don’t know or
aren’t sure, you can maximize your guess by eliminating those choices that you know
cannot be the answer.
2. Time management.

Answer the questions that you know first, mark the ones that you don’t know and go back
to them.

How Careless Mistakes Are Made

1. Didn’t read the question carefully: don’t read the question and answers too quickly
   and miss important words or misread it entirely. Take your time and read the
   question and choices carefully before choosing an answer.

2. Picked an answer before reading all of the choices. Be sure to read through all of the
   choices. One of the answers may seem like the best one, but there may be an even
   better one that you didn’t read.

3. Placed the answer in the wrong spot on the answer sheet. Make sure that you mark
   your answer in the correct spot on the answer sheet. Be especially careful if you are
   skipping a question.

This exam is designed to test your knowledge of CM; the questions are not written with
the intent to trick or trap you.

Your project experience as a CM

CM Standards of Practice, CMAA

CMAA Standard Contracts, CMAA

Capstone: The History of Construction Management Practice and Procedures, CMAA

Other books that might be helpful (others have found them useful for studying):

Contract Administration Procedures, CMAA

Cost Management Procedures, CMAA

Time Management Procedures, CMAA

Quality Management Guidelines, CMAA

Owners Guide to Construction Management, CMAA

These resources are listed to assist you in preparing for the exam. They do NOT
guarantee success, nor are they intended as the origin for exam questions. They are
listed as sources to help refresh your memory on CM topics as you prepare for the exam.

Since some questions do come from CMAA publications, these have been referenced in
the content outline for each section.
CM Standards of Practice: Chapters 1 and 2
Capstone: Chapters 2,3, 4

Be able to define, discuss, and apply the following terms, concepts, and situations.

1. The 3 major project standards in CM
2. Obligations of a professional CM
3. Most common problems affecting a projects scope of work
4. Schedule of values
5. Force account
6. Change order
7. Constructibility factors
8. Value engineering
9. CM and leadership
10. Agency vs. at risk CM relationships
11. GMP Agreement
12. Direct costs
13. Advantage to owner of multiple prime contracts
14. Beneficial occupancy
15. Phased construction
16. Critical path method
17. Substantial completion
18. The construction management plan
    Member roles
19. Identifying site conditions re how affect construction sequence
20. Unit price contracts
21. Selecting the designer
22. Project procedures manual
23. Design phase documents
24. Assessing and evaluating bidder qualifications
25. Sections in contract documents
26. Signatories to Agency CM agreement
27. How characterize the traditional delivery system
28. Legal aspects of owner/CM relationship
29. Standard of care
30. Scope of CMs duty to act
31. Cost overrun
32. Professional negligence
Professional Practice/Project Management continued…

33. Financial risks under Agency CM
34. Methods of compensation
35. Proposals/RFP
36. Industry standards for compensation
37. Use of project progress reports
38. Requirements contractor must meet prior to payment
39. Certificate of Occupancy
40. Punch list
41. Occupancy plan
42. Shop drawings
                       CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION
CM Standards of Practice: Chapters 1 and 6
Capstone: Chapter 2.3
CMAA Contract Documents

Be able to define, discuss, and apply the following terms, concepts, and situations.

1. Contract administration
2. Document control system
3. Fast tracking
4. CM’s scope of work during the design phase
5. Design phase milestones
6. Advertisement for bids on public projects
7. Quality requirements found in which part of contract
8. Performance bond
9. Public bidding statutes (what they do)
10. Constructibility reviews during which phase of the project
11. Addenda
12. Why develop a project communication system
13. Competitive bid
14. Construction contract procurement plan
15. Shop drawings
16. Mechanics lien
17. Where find “detail” and “schedule” on contract documents
18. Construction Specifications Institute Master Format
19. Exculpatory clauses
20. Bid bond
21. Why project documentation is important
22. Submittal flow process
23. Contract changes
24. Determining project material requirements
25. Punch-lists
26. Force account work
27. Notice of Award
28. Change orders
29. Purpose of a Contract’s General Conditions
30. CM inspection of work
                      SAFETY & RISK MANAGEMENT
CM Standards of Practice: Chapters 1 and 7
Capstone: Chapters 2.3, 4 and 5

Be able to define, discuss, and apply the following terms, concepts, and situations.

1. CM liability
2. Risk management
        Components of program
3. Alternative forms of dispute resolution
        Arbitration hearings
4. Partnering
5. Contractor prequalification criteria
6. Experience modification rate
7. Hazmat forms/documents with safety/health information
8. Safety Program
        CM responsibilities
        Construction documents
9. Federal Laws and Regulations
10. Project Safety Committee
11. Safety documents submitted during pre-construction phase
12. Insurance
        Professional liability
13. You can download the 2004 OSHA 300, 300A and 301 forms at
CM Standards of Practice: Chapters 1, 3, 4
Capstone: Chapter 2.3

Be able to define, discuss, and apply the following terms, concepts, and situations.

1. Purpose of cost management system
2. Elements of procurement management
3. Cash flow curve forecasting
4. Cost management plan
5. External factors that impact project costs
6. Two categories of estimates
7. Conceptual estimating
8. Life cycle cost
9. Initial schedule of values
10. Lump-sum contract
11. Project budgets
12. Parameter estimating
13. Effective cost management
14. Progress estimate
15. Progress payments
16. Market surveys
17. Value per function analysis
18. Two types of change order pricing
19. Determining large impact costs
20. Value engineering analysis
21. Documenting time extensions
22. Two types of CPM network diagrams
23. Pre-design phase construction schedule
24. Force account work
25. Calculating schedule variance
26. Calculate cost variance
27. Calculate contractor/subcontractor bids/estimates
28. Precedence diagram scheduling
        calculate early/late starts, finishes
        activities in the critical path
        total project duration
29. Preparing estimates of costs for change orders
30. Project recovery
31. Graphic approaches to schedule progress reports
32. Factors in determining the frequency of progress reports
33. When to use recovery schedule
34. Ways to classify construction delays
35. Why use time impact analysis procedures
36. Time value of money concepts
37. Cost benefit analysis
38. Cost Model
39. Factors affecting the rate of return of a project
40. Cost overruns
41. Back charging
42. Impact cost
43. Material pricing
                          QUALITY MANAGEMENT
CM Standards of Practice: Chapter 5
Capstone: Chapter 2.3

Be able to define, discuss, and apply the following terms, concepts, and situations.

1. The quality management plan
2. Predesign phase goal
3. How to deal with nonconforming work
4. Document control system
5. How to determine conformance to quality requirements
6. Quality attributes
7. Goals during procurement phase
8. Constructibility review
9. Field reports
10. Determining if bidders meet project quality requirements
11. Inspecting work
12. Construction quality control plan