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PMAC Certificate in EPC Project Management

Once an Engineering-Procurement-Construction (EPC) contract has been signed, it is now time to manage the project to successful completion. Better understanding of EPC project management will lead to improved scope definition, project performance, cost management, and more effective startups. This certificate is intended for project engineers, project managers and others involved with managing an EPC contract and who need to know what to do, how to do it, and why they need to do it.  The certificate exam covers how EPC contracts are set up, why owners choose EPC contracts, project management tasks from the EPC contractor's point of view, and what you should be looking for during commissioning and startup. Specifically, the workshop covers: 

  • Project Delivery Systems
  • Why Owners choose EPC
  • The EPC process
  • The Design Office 
  • Work Breakdown Structures
  • Earned Value Analysis
  • Procurement & Tender Documents
  • Construction Management
  • Contract Administration
  • Training
  • Commissioning & Startup
  • Closeout

The Exam

This online examination consists of a selection of 35 multiple-choice questions and 5 true/false questions that must be answered within a 60-minute time limit. Questions will be randomly selected from a database of available questions. Candidates will be able to use reference materials in preparing their answers. Candidates will require a web browser with an Internet connection to complete the exam.

Exams will be marked automatically upon their completion, and candidates will be able to immediately view their results. A score of 70% (28 questions correct out of 40) is required to pass the exam.

Candidates who fail the exam will be able to retake the examination after re-registering and re-paying the examination fee. There is no limit to the number of attempts a candidate may make.

To apply to write the certification exam, a the following requirement must first be met:

Applicants must have completed a PMAC-accredited EPC Project Management course within the 12

months prior to the application. (Extensions may be granted on an exception basis at the discretion of

one of the assessors on the Certification Body Operational Committee. Applicants must include

evidence of course completion (a receipt or letter from the training provider is adequate evidence)

when applying to write the exam. This requirement is waived when the exam is being written on the

last day of an accredited training course.




To prepare for the examination, candidates must take the classroom based course or the on-line course (see below) and read the following book. You will not get through the exam by reading the book alone.

Plant Project Engineering Guidebook for Mechanical and Civil Engineers by Morley Selver. Published by Multi-Media Publications Inc. Available in paperback ($69.95) and Adobe PDF ebook ($39.95) formats.


PMAC has accredited a classroom-based course  and the on-line course (PM202) for this examination. The course has passed an independent assessment by a team of reviewers who have determined that the course has passed PMAC standards for substantiveness, teaching approach, quality, and professionalism. Details on this accredited course and a link for course registration can be found in our Events Calendar or at PM202 for the on-line course. Alternately, you can visit the web site for the accredited course training provider.


Registering for the exam can be completed using our EPC Project Management Certificate Online Registration Form.

The examination fee is $200 for non members, and $150 for members.


A sample certificate is shown below. Certificates remain valid for as long as someone remains a member of the association in good standing.

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