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Our Mission

The American Society of Professional Estimators serves construction estimators by providing education, fellowship, and opportunity for professional development.

EDUCATION

In this constantly changing world, continuing our education is one way we can keep abreast of advances in estimating and construction techniques. The American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE) encourages a wide range of educational activities that provide learning experiences for estimators at all experience levels.

Chapter Meetings
As professionals, we are constantly seeking to improve our knowledge of estimating and the construction industry. Chapter meetings include educational talks and mini-seminars on estimating and other construction related topics.

Seminars
Our chapter holds seminars that provide educational benefits for members and non-members alike. These range from two-hour single topic meetings to seminars two days long covering a variety of construction and estimating topics.

Higher Education
ASPE members are involved in teaching, sponsoring, and providing input for estimating courses in certificate, bachelors degree, and masters degree programs at schools, colleges, and universities throughout the nation.

Scholarships
In addition, Chapter 54 provides a scholarship fund to encourage young people to seek an education in construction-related fields.

ETHICS

ASPE members believe that the adherence to ethical business practices will result in greater success in the long run. How our times have you seen a contractor rise to prominence only to have his unethical business practices result in his failure a few years later?

ASPE has developed a code of ethics to guide members in their dealings with others. Ethical practices are discussed at local chapter and regional meetings, in newsletters and magazines, and at our annual convention. An ASPE representative recently appeared on a PBS broadcast that focused on business ethics.

» Read our code of ethics

STANDARDS

A primary ASPE goal is to define and publish estimating standards that, when properly employed, will produce reliable estimates in a uniformly recognizable format. Means, Richardson, and others publish unit price guides, but where can you go to find “how to” information on estimating? ASPE’s Standard Estimating Practice manuals provide just that for all sixteen CSI divisions. The standards provide not only basic and fundamental guidance in estimate preparation, but also include industry standards that are the basis for the certification of experienced estimators as Certified Professional Estimators (CPE’s). These standard estimating practices are developed and written by ASPE members in the language of estimators.

CERTIFICATION

The professional estimator is responsible for “booking” profitable work, in accordance with the ASPE Cannons, for her or his company. The question arises as to just what is a “professional” estimator and how can an employer and a client ensure that the person providing the project’s cost knows the estimating process.

ASPE has, for over 30 years, provided a system for construction companies and owners to gauge the knowledge of the person providing project estimates. That system is the Certified Professional Estimator (CPE) rating. The person who rates a CPE title has passed up to 12 hours of written exam and/or submitted 100 questions and verifiable answers relating to their profession and submitted a professionally written paper on a subject relating to their work.

Over the past several years more owners and public agencies are requiring that proposals submitted for their projects be prepared by CPE’s. The National ASPE and Chapter 54 can provide you with complete information on the process. Please contact Chana Frederick frederick.chana@gmail.com for information regarding this career enhancing process.

FELLOWSHIP

Chapter, regional, and national meetings give estimators the opportunity to share information, exchange ideas and learn about innovative techniques. Monthly chapter meetings feature guest speakers on topics of interest to those of each chapter. Serving as chapter officers or on chapter committees provides additional opportunities to learn and serve the profession. Our Chapter meetings also provide a forum to meet and discuss common problems with competitors and business associates.

PROFESSIONALISM

Education, Ethics, Standards, Certification, Fellowship … these lead to the ultimate goal — Professionalism. We think you’ll agree … If all estimators were more professional, budget and other problems of the construction industry would be greatly reduced. Join us today!